Today ended the first phase of our trip, with the hills of the north largely behind us and the beaches and cities of Southern California ahead. A long, even climb out of Lompoc preceded a dramatic return to the sea down the Gaviota Canyon, whose walls soar above Route 101. Motel 8 in Goleta offered showers, laundry, ’49ers football, and Game 2 of the World Series – the Yankees having up until now lacked our close attention except by way of the morning papers.  
   
   
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