Day 23 - Leaving San Francisco for Pismo

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 23

San Francisco to Pismo Beach on the Pacific Highway

The plan today was a 5-6 hour longish drive on the old US1 coast road and to get about three quarters of the way to LA so we picked Pismo Beach last night and booked a nice looking place. Up bright and early, had a quick chat to Vic on Skype and IM to Meg at the same time as we had to check out at 10am. Off on time and stopped at Safeway to get a few bits to re-stock Tina's Afternoon trolley before heading out.

Just about to head out of the city and a cabbie pulled up beside me and told me a tyre was flat so we re-routed to pump it up but sadly it had a nail in it so we had to find a tyre place to fix it up. So on our longest drive day we ended up nearly two hours later than planned.

Anyway we left the city and cut across to Half Moon Bay, no total eclipse in sight, and picked up Highway 1. That turned out to be a long road…

We kept on to Monterey stopping occasionally, slightly obsessed with the odd fog rolling in from the Pacific and settling in odd places on the coast. Mostly the coast was obscured but it was an interesting set of views. Just as suddenly as it was there it disappeared and we stopped for a stretch and some tea at Monterey which is very charming and had free parking. We didn’t have time for the aquarium so left there heading through Carmel and back on US1.

The coast road is a bit like Amalfi or Cornwall except much bigger and much longer and with safer drivers! The fog kept coming and going which was strange but there were lovely stops all along the way. We drove maybe 200-250 miles or so today. We drove down 17 mile drive which is a long road full of swanky houses, golf course (pebble beach which is being used in the US Open this month) and dripping with wealth. We parked up on a beach there and ate our prepared bargain salad bought earlier from Safeway.

The next chunk of road was a longer stretch than earlier and took another 3 hours or so and by the time we made Pismo we were fidgeting a lot! We arrived at about 8pm, took in the cases and grabbed some dinner which was excellent – lovely clam chowder, shrimp and steak. One great thing here is the service is really fast and we can turn around in 30-40 mins which is great when you’re tired like now.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Far too long on the road. Tina’s going to caption the pics then we’re crashing. LA tomorrow…

Safe, sound, and saddle-sore

Mark & Tina

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daveandsue on

Shame about the puncture...Pismo Beach - I like the name but long day to get there. The sunset photo is beautiful. Loving the blogs - first pleasure of the day xxx

amanda on

wow who took the pictures there amazing
i got 3 postcards in the post yesterday and i was reading them laast night

mum barb on

well roads roads and more roads. when do you stay a couple of days to enjoy thoes lovely swimming pools. i see your your still on your diet then. i carn't believe the miles your traveling but it all looks different so its not boreing. the time is flying by. hot and sunny back here. xx

jeroenandlinda on

Nice travel blog, we are right behind you doing this drive on the 17th,. hope we have more luck with the car.

lasthours on

Hey, good luck guys. It's a great trip. Add us to your list if you blog! email:
mark & tina

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