This is the view along the spit and toward the Carquinez Bridge, which is a little dim in this picture:
All was going well until I started to get back into the rental car and it was locked. The keys were on the inside. I am not sure why it locked. At least I did have my phone and so I could call AAA for help to get back into the car. Of course, I didn't have my wallet and so I didn't have my membership number. It took a few phone calls, but I finally got everything straightened out and the person who I was talking to had NO idea where Benicia was. She finally got it on the map and dispatched some help. I went into the Benicia Main Street office to wait. It is a repurposed railway station, and quite nice.
I had forgotten that there were so many palm trees! The guy came fairly quickly and it took him about 90 seconds to open the car. I was off again. While crossing the bridge, I was listening to the radio and heard that Highway 1 (down the California Coast) had been closed because a truck had overturned. It is two-lane almost all the way. I decided just to go to Paso Robles down Highway 101. It worked out fine, and I ended up in Paso Robles in time for dinner. I had tried to reserve a room on-line at the Best Western, but my reservation hadn't gone through. There were lots of fire crews there for training, but I did get a room. I had dinner, connected with my sister-in-law Sally Reynolds and took it easy for the rest of the night. I had planned on staying in Cambria, on the Coast, but didn't take that route, so would have some extra time in Paso Robles.