Horses on the beach

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Oceana Inn

Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, April 15, 2010


Oh, what a shame to leave that gorgeous bed. I wanted to buy a trailer for the bike and tow it with me, but Des wouldn't hear of it, he was tempted too though!

I pulled my winter riding jacket out of my roll bag, and my scarf. Now that we are travelling further north, there is a noticeable difference in the temperature and, with everyday, it is getting colder. We are travelling towards the summer months though, so hopefully, it will balance out a bit.

We took the 101 and the 1 highways to hug the coast and get as much out of the ride as we could. It was very scenic. At one stage we passed a beach area which had been especially designated for motor homes, big parking bays which ran parallel with the road, and wide turnouts. They were all parked along the very shore line of the coast and had the best views. The travelers were seated outside their wagons on deck chairs with gas log fires, US flags on flagpoles and satellite dishes. It seemed a bit surreal to us as they were virtually camped along a fairly busy road, but it didn’t seem to bother them.

We stopped at a supermarket in Pismo Beach for a few supplies, and so I could prepare a home cooked meal in our motel room. The Oceana Inn at Pismo Beach, was close to the beach so we checked in, and turned the heater up high to get the chill out of the room and our bones. It didn’t take long to do either. I made a lovely lunch with all the things we’re familiar with, ham, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and onion, all on fresh buttermilk bread. We’ve had some pretty strange food on the road, it’s nice to have something like we have at home.  Generally speaking, the food in the USA is like ours, but if it has that Mexican influence, look out!


With 299 kilometers under the belt yesterday, we decided to stay an extra day in Pismo Beach and have a look at the RV and motor home parks and take a stroll along the beach. It’s a beach that allows vehicles to drive on it and reminded me a lot of Goolwa Beach at home in South Australia. It was also close to Shell Beach which supports cockles, but you must have a license to take them from the beach. It was a sunny day in the 70’s Fahrenheit, and we shared the beach with horses and riders.
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