After lunch, we stopped off at Carmel-by-the-Sea for something hot to drink, then a walk on the beach. The fog never burned off, and it was still chilly. There were a fair amount of people on the beach, plus a couple of surfers. Afterwards, we headed over to dinner at a fish place near Asilomar.
On the way back, we got into a debate about the difference between CA and east coast highways. My friend's contention was that CA highways don't have nearly as many mileage signs, call boxes, rest areas, etc. She was very critical of I-5, which I think is a bad example to use, because it passes through some very sparsely populated land as it makes its through the Central Valley. It's been almost nine years since I've been on I-5, but I recall there were usually mileage signs about every ten miles. Even if there were none, I never felt like I didn't know how far I had to drive, since I'd made the run from the SF bay area to/from LA so many times I could tell by how far I'd driven how much further I had to go. Anyway, to confirm some of my points, I found an interesting site called WestCoastRoads that has, among other things, a full list of I-5 exits, including many pictures. I also learned from usenet that some parts of I-5 in the Central Valley don't have call boxes because they are cell phones, and there is no cellular service in those areas. I wonder if that is a well-known fact. I imagine most people who use I-5 and have cell phones figure they can use them to make emergency calls if necessary.