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April 29, 2024

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A fuzzy, slurred historical account, with numerous statements more than a bit off in terms of the history of the route and its geologic circumstances. Not intentional, probably, but it shows how the urban mindset imagines and defines things as facts are lost and events become more distant. Heading into the article, any critical reader knew they were in for a city person's ride when they saw a two-lane paved road described as a "trail" and a "path" -- both terms wangled onto the road to help sell the double-sized, quadruple-budgeted, underground expressway of the two tunnels. It could have been so much better. In our developed, anthropocentric, dollar-grubbing, roofed and paved urban world, a thing is no longer a thing. A thing is transformed into the artificially generated words used to characterize it.

All that said, there are plenty of interesting, even spectacular, sights and natural phenomena to be seen from the road. These are the headlands of San Mateo County, worth visiting for the features that made this precipitous stretch a sorry place to put a railroad and a state highway. The interpretive signs are unbalanced and incomplete for what they try to convey, but they do provide some of the informational pieces of the place.

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