“Jefferson, I think we’re lost.” – Little America, R.E.M.
The distance between Rodeo and Santa Cruz is just over 90 miles. For the most part the drive is unremarkable – urban, industrial cities and rural, unincorporated towns along the Eastshore Freeway, shaping the wasteland East of the San Francisco Bay. But then the interstate gives way to Highway 17 and you begin the ascent to another world. The road is a thin, curlicue curved by the green Santa Cruz Mountains.