Early this morning we got hugs from Lou and from Megan as they each headed out to their professional realms. For a couple of hours we stayed coccooned in the apartment giving rush hour traffic a chance to calm. Later in the morning we made our way to Cupertino and a short visit with Gigi’s weekend host before we hitched her up to hit the trail. Chuck offered us some home grown apples to take with us as we make our way south. Now as we travel US-101 we’re noticing the El Camino Real markers, a mission bell atop a Franciscan walking crook. We learned that this highway was once a primitive road connecting the missions established in the 1700s by Jesuits and Franciscians under the auspices of the Spanish Crown.

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