Caravan is great either way...
although I would prefer 101. I just drove down and up 101 to S Cal this past weekend to see family and it was smooth. I was going to post a suggestion today for the NorCal Caravan and then I saw Keith took the bull by the horns and got things back on track. As an alternative for the 101'ers, I was gonna suggest that we do the normal Pleasanton, Gilroy meet places, then skip Atascadero and stop in Pismo Beach at the Outlets Mall off Twin Cities and 4th Streets exits. There is a number of fuel and food outlets between those 2 exits. Then on to Pasadena via 101. Thanks for keeping the Caravan alive Keith!