Yesterday was a stay-at-home day. No going into Coastal Center and no trip to therapy over the hill at Best HMO. Grand. Just grand.
My only obligation was a conference call which turned out to be invigorating and interesting.
After that, my caregiver and I thought we would drive up the coast to eat lunch at Taco Bell in Pacifica.
The motivation to do this was that the new Devil's Slide tunnels opened up to traffic for the first time at 2 a.m. yesterday morning.
When I first moved to Coastside, the best way to get to San Francisco was to drive north on Highway 1 and go through Pacifica to 19th Avenue in the City. The only problem was that, in the area south of Pacifica, the land called called Devil's Slide seemed to disappear bit by bit in each major winter storm that came our way. At last, the highway became so damaged that Devil's Slide had to be closed for repairs for an extended period of time. A tunnel (or tunnels) to be carved through the mountain at the slide had been proposed for a long time. After this last highway closure, everyone agreed that work should proceed. Yesterday, after six-plus years, the tunnels were finished and opened for business.
So my big excursion on my day off was to take a trip through.
We traveled north. Gone was the ribbon of highway just clinging to the mountainside. In its place appeared the portals to the two side-by-side tunnels. The trip through the tunnel was quick and easy. The wonderful, sweeping views of the ocean awaited us at the other end. All and all our trip was a nice diversion from my routine.