So quite a bit has happened since my last update:
Update 2 - San Francisco to Ashland (via the Napa Valley):
Saturday morning we woke up early and packed the car. We had collected some extra ‘stuff’ in San Fran, so we needed to pack carefully. We were heading towards Napa, but thought we would do a little tour around San Fran before everyone woke up. We hit the painted ladies, and Lombard St, then headed out towards Napa.
In Napa we stopped at a little deli, tasted some cheese and wine. The venue we chose had an exotic car club day, so the rear parking lot was full of Ferrari’s, Porsches and Lamborghinis, the guy that was managing the lot waved all the cars through and then asked me to reverse in next to the Ferraris so everyone could take photos. Simone and I found this funny, but we got the best park in the lot. After some lunch, we went to 2 wineries, one for Simone and one for me. I choose a winery called Chappellet, who have won awards for their Cab Sav. Their vineyard is located up a severely steep hill, I mean 30 degrees incline steep. I encountered another car half way up and had to stop, then roll back down in reverse to a less steep point and get another run up at it. On the way out of town we pulled over and shared a glass of wine by the side of the road before deciding to start the long drive north
We took the option of heading out of town on a nice windy road from St Helena to Winter, then onto the I-5 to head north. We settled into some pretty flat miles with the outside temperature about 36 degrees Celsius, this wasn’t too pleasant. Eventually we started to climb and the temperature started to drop, Mt Shasta’s snowy peak started to appear and the scenery completely changed. The last 2 hours of the drive to our overnight destination of Ashland were great, but it was a long day in the car (starting the day at 8am and finishing at 9pm). We covered about 384 miles and averaged about 9.3 liters per 100 km’s over the trip.