We said our goodbyes in California on a Monday evening and started our journey towards Austin. We had planned out a few key stops along the way but traveling with a almost 2 year old in the car we knew we had to keep our options open. So we did not prebook any hotels for our 5 days on the road. The trip was about 1750 miles long (2816km) so we knew we were in for an adventure.
Our first leg of driving was 3.5 hours to San Louis Obisbo. Konrad did great in the car. He fell asleep almost right away and slept almost the entire way. He woke up when we had about an hour or so left of driving. We stopped at the nearest truckstop for a quick snack and then we spent a long time of looking at all the sleeping Big Trucks. Konrad loves loves loves big trucks. So he was so mesmerized by being able to see all the trucks up close. After about 45 min of running around we finally convinced him to get back in the car so we could get to a hotel.
It was already after midnight when we found a hotel in San Louis Obispo. We had packed the travel bed for Konrad but we where so tired that I just laid Konrad on the spare queen bed and Jeff rolled the sheets up so Konrad had a barrier around him. He didn't fall out of bed and we questioned why we even bother packing the pack’n’play. From that point we made sure to ask for a room with two beds so Konrad could have his own.
We went to downtown San Louis Obispo for breakfast and so Jeff could show us bubblegum alley. A very gross and bubblegum smelling alley with so much gum stuck to the walls that it's several inches thick. Konrad wanted to touch it all but Jeff distracted him.
We went for second breakfast at the Madonna Inn. This place is famous for all their kitsch and their unique hotel rooms that are all decorated differently. Once our bellies were full we walked around on the property and looked at the their horses and farm equipment. So far Konrad hasn't complained, although all we had done during our stops is to look at big machines.
Next stop is Santa Barbara.