I know that 101 intersects with I-5, but I believe I've read that those last few miles of 101 are pretty congested. We'll be heading from Northern CA. I'm not taking I-5 at the first cut-off due to visiting some relatives in the Monterey area. I see that we can cut over at Hwy. 46 near Paso Robles or via Hwy. 126 further south. My preference would be 126 because I would like to stop in Santa Barbara, but the reality is that we probably won't have enough time to do much anyways, so I'll let the better route decide. Any comments would be appreciated.