A trip down Highway 1 meant self-discovery and a search through memory for a travel writer, whose drive down the coast was marked by childhood scenes and a renewed sense of self.
“It wasn’t that I was looking to reclaim the highway, or the state, when I embarked on the trip,” Mac McClelland writes. “I didn’t have a strict agenda. I was open, as one needs to be here, to where I would end up.”
And California turned out to be a sanctuary, too. The 659 miles of highway are dynamic and complicated, a winding and sharp reminder that you don’t have to be born someplace for it to be home.
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