NESKOWIN, ORE. -- US 101, Proposal Rock Inn
Following the route I presume John Steinbeck took, Tuesday morning I drove south from Seattle to Aberdeen, Wash., on I-5/US 12 and hopped on US 101, which hugs the Pacific Coast most of the way to San Francisco.
Right now I'm 283 miles from Seattle and about 1,000 feet from the ocean.
From Astoria, Ore., to here has been a series of stops to see spectacular views of the Pacific surf, wide empty beaches, giant rocks rising from the sea, steep cliffs, tidal basins and fishing boats.
No wonder there was so much traffic on US 101, which is two lanes most of the time as it runs along the ocean and cuts over, around and through spruce-covered mountains:
It's got to be one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the USA.