El Camino Real

When I was on “The 101” the other day my GPS unit reminded me that it is also referred to as “El Camino Real” (pronounce the last word as two syllables: re-AL).  That term is Spanish for “The Royal Road” and it is sometimes called “The King’s Highway”.  I had driven on a portion of this road when I visited San Diego a few years ago.

This is the symbol which you see many, many places along the road.  A bell, hanging from a lamppost.

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Although this road is found in other places, in California it represents a 600-mile stretch of road which connects 21 Missions, several Presidios, and other places of historic significance.