Monday 5 May

Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
Trip End Oct 27, 2008

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Monday 5th May
We left early and continued down the road and headed east to the Monterey Peninsula.  It is beautiful here, with a fishing wharf, an old custom house that is now a museum all about the original port here that was the only legal entry to the Californian coast. All the big ships used to off-load there goods to be inspected and taxed and re-loaded again so they could then trade up and down the coast.
The beaches here are stunning, with fine golden sand. All the views are amazing and hard to describe. We keep going "wow, look at that!"
We cycled around the wharf area of Monterey along the cycle paths which was absolutely lovely and saw real Californian sea lions in their thousands all along the end of the wharf.
Our next stop was down the Pacific Highway into the Los Padres National Forest and the Big Sur Area.  This is probably one of the world's most scenic drives, up high along the cliff edge looking out onto the most spectacular bit of coast line.
We over-nighted at the Pfieffer Big Sur State park for $20. It was a great Camp site amongst the redwood trees and covered a large area.  Zach and Holly had such a lovely time cycling all over the place on their own, chasing the squirrels around!  They are quite safe in parks like these as they are well looked after by the park rangers who patrol the area. Everyone (except us) has a fire at night in a fire pit provided with each site. There is also a wooden picnic table to put your all-American red and white checked table cloth on... yes we have one too!
We didn't have any power hook up but that is no problem for us in our van.
I even did some laundry here before we left the following day.
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