2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwood Road Trip Part 3
April 23, 2014
My road trip up California's North Coast continued in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 as I headed north from Mendocino up to Eureka along some of the best and most spectacularly scenic roads in the country. It is here where California 1 (a.k.a. Pacific Coast Highway) comes to its northern end, meandering along the coast before turning inland and becoming a serious mountain road. In other cars, this surprisingly lengthy strip of serpentine road could be a tiresome chore, but the CLA's nimble handling, compact dimensions and punchy engine made it a wonderful way to spend a morning.
After driving through the famous Chandelier Tree where CA-1 ends, we continued onto the 101. Whereas this same highway can be eight or more lanes in Los Angeles, up here in Redwood Country, it occasionally gets down to two as it meanders through groves of ancient trees. Then again, here in Eureka, it becomes a pair of one-way city streets before continuing up through Arcata and onto Oregon.
More on the drive in coming posts, but I figured I'd take a moment to discuss the CLA's trunk. Below you'll see we've managed to fit three medium-sized suitcases, a small briefcase-sized bag, a grocery bag, a 24-pack box of assorted beer collected throughout the journey and a 21-inch computer display (it is a working trip, and I've grown accustomed to a double screen). There's no way I could fit all that in the Audi A3's rinky-dink trunk.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor in Eureka, Calif. @ 6,941 miles