Originally Posted by Spencer
5 is so fucking boring and mundane. Burgers at Harris Ranch are good, but I can’t remember, do you drive by the millions of cows and manure going North or South? Always better eating at Harris, before you drive by the slaughter house.
101 from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles is gorgeous, and if you have time to stop at some of the great vineyards and cafes, do it. Tri Tip sandy at Firestones in SLO is the best.
The cows are east of the 5 so you'll always be closest to them on the 5 northbound. That said, you'll still smell them southbound as the southbound lanes are only a small grass/dirt median away.
The 101 is not a bad drive but in all honesty, I'm normally fine with the 5 as it gets us to and from faster. With having to stop for the kids, making up time on the 5 helps out. That said, I do love it when I can actually stop in Paso Robles and get some wine tasting in. Unfortunately, we're usually too time-crunched heading north and left too late to make it to Paso before closing when heading south. I can only rarely win.