That's a Big yes Sur
Trip Start Nov 30, 2011
55Trip End Feb 05, 2012
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We checked out of the Castle Inn as early as we could manage and headed out of town. First though, was a drive down the "worlds crookedest street" - that's Lombard Street just a couple of blocks from the Castle Inn and a street so steep that it descends diagonally rather than straight down. After maneuvering my way down the hill we headed for the Presidio - an area in the northern tip of the San Francisco peninsula and an ideal place to get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. As it was Saturday morning the place was buzzing with joggers and other active types. One woman stood with a group of friends and seemed to need to stretch a lot, constantly bending over in her super thin skin tight leggings right in front of us, clearly showing us her lack of underwear - not that I was looking of course
We finally got underway and found Highway 1, which runs right down the coast all the way to Mexico. We were doing the most interesting part. Rather than taking the Google Maps suggestion, which was to run down the freeway and join Highway 1 at Santa Cruz, we took it from the very beginning at Lincoln Park all the way through Pacifica and Moss Beach and Half Moon Bay. There was some very pretty countryside and by the time we made it to Santa Cruz we were very glad we had come that way. From Santa Cruz through to Monterey the road is just multi lane freeway and not at all interesting but we stopped off at Carmel for lunch. This is a very pretty town but also very VERY touristy. Clearly an up-market weekend destination for the well-to-do of San Francisco.
Still, we had a nice lunch and headed on our way, the best part of the road yet to come. Pretty soon after Carmel the road reverted to a single carraigeway affair and became more interesting. The Big Sur stretch itself starts just after Carmel and continues right through to here at San Simeon where we are spending the night.
The views are spectacular and the coastline as rugged and captivating as you might imagine
Another brilliant day.