Day 13: This road? That road? What road?

November 10, 2011

On the Road

This was the GPS display this evening when I went to type in new directions.


We left Morgan Hill this morning bound for Turlock, CA. We I have a thing about avoiding interstates so we decided to take Highway 152.

Despite an ominous sky, the drive was beautiful.

The road wove through farms and hills covered with Oak trees.

We passed San Luis Reservoir and around that time we passed a few signs as well. Signs we should have paid attention to. Signs that would have saved us a lot of time. Signs that would have helped get us to our destination.  Signs that wouldn’t have made me feel like an idiot.

We drove on. We crossed Interstate 5 in favor of the smaller highway and headed north from Los Banos until we ran into this.

Ending the call I was on with my dad, “Dad, I think I have to go. The road is closed. I saw a sign back a bit but I didn’t really read it.”


I opened up my “trusty” GPS and told Brent to head down “this road”. We’ll take it to “that road” and it will connect “a road” that will get us to Turlock.

A few mintues later we ran into this….

“On the GPS it looks like a major road,” I explain.  So we go right, instead of left, because this road meets up with our original road. “Maybe it’s passed the construction part.”

It is…about 300 feet.

“I bet they just put those there to reduce traffic. I bet it’s fine.”  So we go left bypassing the original road closed sign.

It was fine…for about 40 minutes.

We passed nothing the Great Valley Grasslands State Park and  birds for miles until I saw this up ahead.

I held my breath.

Uh-oh. I guess they meant it.

We turned around, headed back, drove around the orginal “road closed” sign, and all the way to Interstate 5.

The day only got better.

The rv park we were going to stay at was a parking lot. “I’m not paying $40 to sleep there. I’d rather sleep at Wal-Mart.”

So we did.  I feel legit.

Wal-mart would have been fine except we forgot to fill up our water tanks, it was raining, one of the boys favorite books got demolished in the slide out, and I broke the doorknob to the bathroom. Thing 2 really “had to go” (he doens’t mess around) and said the door knob wouldn’t turn. “Oh you just have to turn harder,” I said.  Nope it wouldn’t turn, he informed me dancing outside the door. I walked over, grabbed it, and turned it. Turn it so hard that the inside broke into about a 1000 pieces.


At least Wal-mart had unicorn bike helmets.

Love and Laughter,

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I’m Jenn and I’m so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I’m stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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13 Responses to “Day 13: This road? That road? What road?”

  1. Mariza Says:

    I would had done the same thing! Who wants to look at signs when you have such a beautiful sky and scenery to enjoy! Those photographs are amazing! I think it was totally worth it to get lost. I loved the one of the San Luis Reservoir! What an amazing image!
    Hey, I posted some photos of the curtains I made on my blog!


  2. Jess Says:

    You have a whole year of that ahead of you! Loved the pictures!


  3. [email protected] Says:

    What an adventure! I would have probably done the same thing. Anything to avoid 5! 🙂


  4. Lisa Says:

    At this point….I think my family would be ready to call it quits! Keep persevering. Just think, if everything went perfectly, there would be many less memories!


  5. Michelle Says:

    Oh my goodness, I know the 152 east by heart as that is the route to my parent’s in Fresno. You look adorable in the unicorn helmet 😉


  6. Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) Says:

    Haha the helmet. I’m wondering what a “slide out” is- I haven’t been keeping up!


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