Drivers have switched, and now I'm driving.
We've stayed on 101, and zoomed past Buellton and Industrial Eats. This was a big restaurant recommendation from our pal, Nanette, who knows really good food. However, after Montecito we weren't ready for another stop. Yet.
If we'd taken the inland route 154, we would've also zoomed past Los Olivos and my very favorite Los Olivos Cafe--wonderful delicious food, great wines. Worth a stop, but we were eager to get to Big Sur. This is probably our longest day of driving--324 miles from home to Big Sur.
At 206 miles at Cambria we have lunch at the French Corner Bakery. It's okay. Nothing to write home about, as Mom would've said.
At 250 miles we're driving alongside the rugged sea with choppy white caps, and for miles and miles the California poppies and ice plants are in full gorgeous neon bloom along the shoulder of the road.