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november_moon Dec 11th, 2013 04:03 PM

Stu - No one is saying (except National Geographic, apparently) that Hwy 1 is called PCH up here. All we are saying is that while Hwy 1 may be called Cabrillo Highway, no one really calls it that, so if the OP (or anyone else) is looking for directions, asking for Cabrillo Highway will probably result in some confused looks. That's all.

I know you are the resident expert and the rest of us are just poor substitutes for your vast knowledge, but come on, throw us a bone.

spirobulldog Dec 11th, 2013 04:17 PM

Whatever you call the HWY, hopefully the sarajane will check back in and share additional thoughts.

If she does intend on staying at Yosemite she should get reservations ASAP.

StuDudley Dec 11th, 2013 05:43 PM

>>I know you are the resident expert and the rest of us are just poor substitutes for your vast knowledge, but come on, throw us a bone.<<

That's not a nice thing to say...

Goldens Dec 12th, 2013 07:20 AM

The term "Cabrillo Highway" in Half Moon Bay and surrounds is only used when quoting a mailing address. I live on it. Locals here called it Hwy 1 or just 1.
The road sign at my corner says my cross street and Hwy 1. It does not say Cabrillo.

Also, nobody here calls our access road San Mateo Road. It's 92.
San Mateo road is used for mailing/location addresses.
If we're talking to another local we say "over the hill". That refers to locations east on 92.
Locations west on 92 after HMB we say"in the ocean".

If you ask directions to Sam's nobody will say Cabrillo. Cabrillo is our school district.

StuDudley Dec 12th, 2013 07:59 AM

I didn't even know 92 was called San Mateo Rd until yesterday when I looked it up on the map. It has always been 92 to me, & Cabrillo Highway has been Hwy 1.

I'm only bringing up the Cabrillo thing because the OP called it PCH and National Geographic thinks it is the PCH also. If sarajean is still around and looks up Sams in the Zagat guide, it will say it is on Cabrillo Highway. It would be beneficial to know that's AKA Hwy #1.

As a side, nobody I know calls it Hwy 1 in San Francisco - it's 19th Ave (I was born on 22nd ave). US 101 is not known as 101 - it's Van Ness.

Stu Dudley

Goldens Dec 12th, 2013 08:30 AM

This thread reads like the old "Point/"Counterpoint" skit on SNL!
Well, I'm off to work. I will turn on 1 and head over the hill.
Everyone have a good day.

P.S. I may have lunch at Sam's Chowder House in Palo Alto.

Tomsd Dec 13th, 2013 04:52 AM

Always thought of 92 as 92 when living in the Bay Area - and down here in San Diego now - it's definitely PCH - certainly at least to north of Malibu. :)

And if Stu's recommendations/descriptions are not perfect - they are still the best overall for the Bay Area, even if he does prefer the Castro area/restaurants - over the Marina. :)

StuDudley Dec 25th, 2013 03:12 PM

We just returned from a drive along Ca #1 from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica. There seems to be four different names for this stretch of road.

In Half Moon Bay the street signs say either Route 1 or Hwy 1 - as Goldens stated.

In in Mirimar, El Granada, Moss Beach, and Montara, the many street signs say Cabrillo Highway.

Once we got to Pacifica, it was called Coast Highway.

That's the trivia for today!

Stu Dudley

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