Hi. I've looked at a bunch of threads here, thanks everyone for your advice. I've got a couple of questions still:
I want to go through Yosemite on my way from SF to Fresno, it looks like this is the most sensible route but if not do tell me!
Over the Bay Bridge, down the 880, east on the 580 then the 205, then the 120 through Escalon, Manteca, Oakdale, etc and entering the Park on Big Oak Flat Road. It seems like there'd be another route further South, coming in on the 140, but it's hard for me to tell what would be more scenic or a more interesting drive.
The more questionable bit is this: from Fresno to LA I'm thinking about taking the 41 right across to where it meets the 101. Obviously I could save time taking the 5, but I'm guessing it's just a big concrete road, would it be worth the extra time to make it across to the coast and coming down the 101? I'm staying in Santa Monica so coming in on the Pacific Coast Highway makes some sense, but I get the impression it's at its most spectacular much further north, around Big Sur and above SF...
Any help would be much appreciated!