Driving Highway 1

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

This time we set the alarm as we need to start our day early. We packed the last things and headed out to pick up our car at 10:00AM. But... as the Taxi driver dropped us off at the wrong Hertz branch our reservation could not be found, then when it was found the lady behind the counter told us it was canceled for some unknown reason, they had no idea why, and we found it very strange as we called earlier that morning to confirm, anyhow.. Hertz managed to rebook and we had to wait until noon to get our car. This kind of derailed my plans for the day, but that is how travel goes, nothing can be planned in detail. We had our Brunch in an Italian Bistro on Market street, and headed out to a RadioShack to get ourselves a GPS device. It would be cheaper to buy one than to rent one for who knows how much per day. We got ourselves a nice Garmin Nuvi. When we headed back to the Hertz garage, our car had arrived and we were ready to head out. We got ourselves a comfortable red Nissan Ultima for the next week and a half. We are going to drop it off in Las Vegas, but how we get there is still not quite clear as we lost our napkins. Around 13:00 we drove off heading out to Monterey and Pismo Beach along the scenic Highway one. The drive was gorgeous, and our Navigation system seems to have an strict 'American Airlines Stewardess' voice, so we silenced her as she keeps trying to get us back on the main highway (101). Around 15:00 (and after many photo stops) we reached Monterey where we stopped for a walk, a cup of coffee and a small snack. The roads around Monterey going north (opposite direction) were packed as people were getting out of the first day of US Open (Golf). Because of the golf the 17 mile drive was closed off, but we did get to see Ocean Drive, which is just as gorgeous. After enjoying the views and making nice photos we headed out towards Big Sur. We crawled out of Monterey as traffic was still a little bad, but once we got back on Highway 1, the ride was smooth and windy. View after view passed our car window and finally it hits the redwoods of Big Sur. About 20 minutes into Big Sur we reached McWay falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State National Park. We parked the Ultima on the side of the road and headed out to the viewpoint where we took some amazing photos. Near the end of Big Sur we reached Ragged Point Inn where we had dinner. After dinner it was around an hour and a half more of driving before we reached Pismo Beach, where we checked in to the Mission Inn Hotel.
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