Monterey, County Highway 101

Two Trucks
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A pickup with its bed filled with bags of fertilizer passed a slower flatbed truck filled with cages.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Outside Salinas, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 11:46:43 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7947
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Out Of State Truck
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A power pole was reflected off the back of a shiny aluminum truck from out of state that was hauling unknown merchandise down the road.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Outside Salinas, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 11:48:43 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7976
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Over Railroad Tracks
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Highway 101 curved west to cross over railroad tracks. A county road paralleled the tracks and passed under the freeway.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Outside Gonzales, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 11:50:56 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7978
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Through Agricultural Lands
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Much of the highway ran a curved route through flat agricultural lands. Notice the dirt trench that divided the northbound side from the southbound side.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Outside Greenfield, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 11:51:20 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7979
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Oversized Load
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A large flatbed truck hauled an oversized load of what appeared to be an agricultural device of some sort.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Outside Greenfield, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:01:05 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7981
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Highway Patrol Lent Aid
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A California State Highway Patrol car pulled over behind another car that had stopped to call for help using a roadside emergency call box.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Outside Greenfield, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:02:57 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7982
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Straight As An Arrow
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A section of the highway that ran straight and flat. Notice a notched sleep barrier along the right shoulder. Also notice low telephone lines paralleling the road.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Approaching King City, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:06:30 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7984
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The Coast Range
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Looking west, the Coast Range of mountains looked like hills in the distance. Clouds from a storm that had just passed still lingered over those mountains. Along this section of road, power lines grew to more mature sizes.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Approaching King City, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:13:45 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7987
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Coalinga Cutoff
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A sign mid-roadway advised that the offramp for highway "198" from "San Lucas" to "Coalinga" was at the "Next Exit." The highway passed near San Lucas but was many miles west of Coalinga.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Below King City, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:14:33 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7988
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Farm Workers
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Farm workers toiled in a field just off the highway. Here the view was northwest with the Coast Range of mountains in the background.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Below San Lucas, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:15:10 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7989
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Chopped Hill
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Highway 101 ran level through what was once a hill. Notice, on the left, how the hill was cut back and stair-stepped to prevent erosion.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Below San Lucas, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:25:25 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7995
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Cracked Concrete
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A section of the highway in which cracks had been filled with patching tar.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Below San Lucas, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:25:57 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7996
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Classic Oak
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The rolling hills that from time-to-time paralleled the road were covered in the brown grass of summer. A lone, but classic oak tree accented this hill.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Below San Lucas, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:27:41 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7997
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A Silverback Trailer
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We passed a handsome travel trailer called a "Silverback" (made by Forest River external link) that had a ladder up its back to a sloped roof.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Nearing Paso Robles, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:34:38 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8002
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Coors Light
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A large truck hauled Coors Light beer ("The Silver Bullet") toward the Vineyard exit off Highway 101.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Nearing Paso Robles, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:53:54 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8008
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San Anselmo Road
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A 76 gas station was available by exiting at this exit 220B for San Anselmo Road.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  San Anselmo Road Exit, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:56:36 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8011
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Exit 219 Was Closed
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For folks that day, the usual exit 219 was closed for repair. Instead, many had to either exit early or wait 3/4 miles for the Curbaril Avenue Exit.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  At Exit 219, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:57:54 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8013
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Alongside The Road
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Hills began to appear alongside the Highway. In the California tradition, those hills were spotted with many oak trees. The summer brown grass was ready to turn green again as soon as the rainy season began in earnest.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Past Exit 219, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:04:07 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8014
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San Lous Obisbo County Lay Ahead
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The Highway cut through hills and approached the coast. As Monterey County ended, soon San Lous Obisbo County would begin.


Monterey County Highway 101   •  Past Exit 219, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 22 December 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:07:13 Thursday 7 October 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_8015
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