Friday, March 02, 2007

North Coast Travelogue: Feb 28- Mar. 1, 2007

Since my latest travelogue is over 4000 words, I thought I'd post it on a separate page. No, I'm not putting it somewhere else because of some anon's complaints. It's just too long (like some of the others I've done) and I don't want the travelogue to bump other posts off the front page of the blog because of its length.

Feel free to post any comments related to it here, though.


At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Fred, OK. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do at these kind of facilities. I think I understand better now why you would be so frustrated it was closed this time around. Oh and Fred, I think it's OK. Don't beat yourself up over it!

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Fred, have you ever been to that little deli off the northernmost healdsburg exit, east side of the highway? It's got some good wholesome eats and drinks, and is located in a good location for a break. My wife and kids and I stop there usually coming back from the bay, starving for some real food. It might be Dry Creek exit.It's worth a try.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I don't think we've been there, 1:42.

We actually stayed at the Travelodge on Dry Creek Road a little over a year ago and ended up buying dinner at a supermarket deli there. Forget the name of the supermarket. It was in a small mall that had a Round Table Pizza, or some such thing, too.

Last summer we were in a similar situation as this last time coming up. We saw signs advertising food and lodging on the freeway so pulled off on one of the Healdsburg off ramps. Other than McDonald's, which I loathe, and some restaurant that looked like it was closed, we couldn't find anything.

In fact, while we drove around in search of a place, we recognized some landmarks from when we stayed at the Travelodge but not well enough to know where we were.

We gave up on it and ended up at the Coverdale Subway. Wasn't too happy with it at the time because the place didn't have regular iced tea in anything but those small bottles. Plus, it was in the middle of the summer and it was PACKED.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Hayduke said...

I enjoyed the trip down and the trip back. Reminded me of all my trips over the years, looking for a restroom, decent food (scarce), good gas stations, and idiot drivers tailgating me. A couple of times I have pulled over the side of the road because someone was following me too close only to have them pull over too and stop behind me. Then they sat there a few seconds feeling foolish when they realized what they had done and pulled out and went on. I think the message in this is that there are people on the road who are so on autopilot they would follow you off a cliff.

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually like to travel slightly faster than average traffic. about 80 mph all the way down and back up here. Whenever I travel at night, I usually get a companion. Someone I pass going 80 when they were going 65. Suddenly they want to go 80 as well.

I almost always run into these people around Rio Dell and they last until around Laytonville. I have pulled off on exits and waited 10 minutes before, but without me they go back to driving 65 again and when I pass them, they decide its time to go back up to 80. Pisses me off.

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Fred, I think that deli I mentioned in healdsburg earlier is called Denman's delicatessan and wine shop. It's easy on/off the freeway, close by, and usually pretty quiet. They have clean bathrooms, and I've even let my dog run in their parking lot. It's a tip I can give and feel good about based on my own experiences; the only thing is, I'm not sure about their iced tea.Enjoy.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

The Rays market on the south end of Willets (west side of 101) has a decent deli and is easy to resume travel either north or south. Avoid the fish and chips place on the south side of the center though. Food there is yukkie.

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you rascals just crack me up.

At 6:30 AM, Blogger Fred said...

5:21 wrote, "I think that deli I mentioned in healdsburg earlier is called Denman's delicatessan and wine shop.".

By golly, I think I actually remember seeing that place. It was real close by the Healdsburg Travelodge.

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Jay said...


I wish if i can share my findings on 100+ mostly visited and popular travelogues websites and portals here.



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