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PBS TV personality Huell Howser may be gone, but he's definitely not forgotten. Huell, who truly was "Mr. California," with his shows "California's Gold," "Road Trips with Huell Howser," and others, remains a friend to all that is good in the Golden State.
The Sun Runner Magazine has created this petition to encourage Caltrans and local government to recognize California Route 62 (AKA: Highway 62, the Twentynine Palms Highway), as the Huell Howser Highway. Route 62 is ideal for this designation as it runs from Palm Springs (where Huell had a home, and where he died earlier this year), through Twentynine Palms, where Huell had a home and a wonderful relationship with the community.
It is our intent to remember this wonderful man who spent so much time on the road discovering and sharing the best of California with his own road - The Huell Howser Highway.
Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties is renowned for its iconic stature as one of the most scenic highways in the United States with stellar views of the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountains and Terraces. Caltrans recent "chipseal" resurfacing has decimated a nearly 25 mile stretch of this road in Northern San Luis Obispo County making it dangerous for cyclists and uncomfortable for other means of transport.
Highway 1 is a heavily used cycling route with a substantial number of local riders using it on a daily basis. It also attracts significant numbers of cyclists from around the state and beyond who participate in organized tours and fundraising events such as:
- Best Buddies Challenge, for which Maria Shriver is the Chair Person;
- California Coast Classic - Arthritis Foundation
- National and local bicycle touring companies (for example Backroads, Central Coast Outdoors, Cycling Escapes, etc);
- The Amgen Tour of California (2006-2008);
- Wounded Warriors;
- Numerous fundraising rides supported by the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club and Cambria riders.
Thus, in addition to concerns for safety, the potential economic impact of the current road condition on the local economy is likely to be significant.