Hey, there ain't too much to do in this town, but I figured I'd let you know about the ONLY 2 truck stops in Salinas.
- Exxon Truck stop is on the corner of San Born and Tervin, on the left hand side. If coming northbound US 101 take the Monterey Peninsula exit and head west on Sanborn. Ya can't miss it on the left. If headed southbound US 101 take the Monterey Peninsula exit and do the same...head west!
- Giggs 76 Truck stop on the corner of Abbot and San ZBorn. Follow same directions to the Exxon, but keep heading west on Sanborn. Go up and over the overpass that crosses the train track and you'll see it on the right hand side!
There is also a Peterbilt dealer just before the Exxon Station on the right (first one you can make). There is also a Ford Heavy Truck dealership/shop.
Both of the truck stops have scales and truck washes, but the Giggs Truck stop also has a restaurant and a Carl's Jr. across the street from it.
Also check out a place called The Whole Enchilada on Highway 1, the coast highway. It's a mile north of Castroville and south of Watsonville. There's a small commercial fishing harbor right next door. The restaurant has limited overnight truck parking (if behaved). You'll find very friendly people, great food and good music 7 nights per week. It beats havin' to stay at one of the local truckstops.
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