Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We left Mike and Sharron after breakfast at their local restaurant. Again we had had a great time with them and it was sad to leave. They had recommended that we stopped off at Nepenthe for a coffee so we headed off to San Francisco via Route 1

What a view (for me as Ian had to keep an eye on the driving). Cyclists and joggers were successfully challenging the route. We were overtaken by about 30 octogenarian Harley freaks, this road rocks. We found Nepenthe and had great fun in a fabulous store (seriously worth a stop off for local and California arts, crazy toys, fab vintage clothes) and a restaurant with an amazing view of the coastline. As we had just had brunch it was just a juice and ice cream stop and it was annoying that we had not timed it to stay for a meal.

Ian had managed to secure a tee off time at the infamous Pebble Beach Golf Course (well I mean you are on the doorstop). This is a public course but you have to be loaded to play it (the fees are amazing). But this was Ian's long overdue birthday present so all was justified.

What was a little embarrassing was arriving at the club in a Cruise America 30 ft long RV. What was amusing was that the golf club is on the 17-mile drive, which is run by the Park Authority, and an entrance fee of $9 to enter was charged for us to access the golf course. I don’t think the guy at the gate believed us that we were going to Pebble Beach. We waved goodbye to Ian as he walked off in his trainers and shorts and arranged to meet him five hours later.

Meanwhile I took control of the RV and drove it to Monterrey. I was lost, had to reverse up a drive and nearly took out their post box, the gas attendant jumped out the way as I tried to manoeuvre it by the gas pump and then in a fluster failed to put the petrol cap on. I even took it to the mall and couldn’t get it out without the help of a couple of blokes helping me reverse. The kids thought I was a hero and I hated every minute of it and was glad my hero returned to take over after his game of golf.

For those motoring around these parts with kids, highly recommended is the Dennis the Menace Park at Monterrey. The kids had a ball and I had a rest.

Tonight was our last night with the RV and was spent an hour outside San Francisco at a lovely KOA campsite at Santa Cruz.
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