Detour 3 hours to travel 1 mile on Big Sur

Trip Start May 07, 2011
Trip End Nov 09, 2011

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Drove over the Nacimiento-Fergusson mountain pass
Nearly ran out of fuel
Found our way back to California 1
Ate lunch in the car
Watched elephant seals
Drove north to the other side of the land slide in rain and mist
Drove back and stopped in San Simeon for the night
Motel beer, margarita and pizza for dinner

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We woke refreshed from a good night's sleep in the tent. One of our most restful nights! Since the Big Sur is so picturesque, we drove north along the Big Sur coastal road back to Bixby bridge before we took the Nacimiento-Fergusson mountain pass over to the highway 101. This was a very winding steep mountain pass. Good fun to drive. 

From the 101 we took the next road back to the coast. In total this detour took us about 3 hours and was well over 100 miles long. Along the way, we nearly ran out of petrol and spent about an hour driving through an area used for army training. There was also a large army base with more military vehicles than we had ever seen. There was even a huge military transport plane (the type with a large ramp at the back) taking off. The temperature was atleast 12C warmer inland than on the coast. 

Back on the coast we drove north to the south side of the road closure. On the way we stopped to eat a sandwich at one of the view point car parks. Here there were some funny squirrel things which would run right up to your feet looking for food. We didn't feed them but other people were. One jumped in the car at Matthew's feet to grab a crumb. They were both cute and amusing.

Just a bit further north, we stopped again at an Elephant seal viewpoint. There were hundreds of female and juvenile elephant seals keeping warm in large groups on a beach. They are quite snuffly sounding and make a lot of noise! We watched two young males have a good fight and a few females seemingly having arguments. The adult males are away at sea at this time of year. The seals were molting so some of them were quite ugly looking. They are very sociable and don't mind when other seals move over them to get in or out. 

We watched them until it started to rain quite heavily and a sea fog descended. We then continued north to the road closure. By this point we couldn't see much but did it anyway for completeness. Once we reached the roadblock, we drove south again and found a motel in San Simeon. The motel had a nice looking bar so we ate a really good pizza and had a couple of drinks before bed. There wasn't much else in San Simeon except more motels.
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