You can drive California State Route 33 from north of Los Angeles to somewhere just south of San Francisco and it runs like a shadow of the much larger and direct Interstate 5.
I try to avoid Interstates where I can and stumbled across SR 33 a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for a route from Tehachapi in Kern County down to the coast at Santa Barbara where I would attend the 38th annual Society of Ethnobiology meeting.
The options presented by Google Maps took me on a couple of variations of a direct route through Bakersfield and down through the outlying suburbs of Los Angeles and along the coast road. I was in no great hurry and my California roadmap showed a much less direct but far more interesting-looking zig-zag route through Kern and Ventura counties that kept me off the orange coloured threads of the Interstates and onto the yellow and white State and County roads. And a large part of that run would take me through the Los Padres National Forest and across the San Rafael mountain range that hugs the coast north of Los Angeles.
Bingo. That’ll do me.