Road block

Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Mar 01, 2012

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Where I stayed
Carmel Mission Inn
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , California
Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The plan on this leg of the journey was to travel up the Pacific Coast Highway from San Luis up to Carmel.  We were looking forward to comparing the coastal routes of New Zealand and California. On the news a couple of days ago, we just caught that there had been a land slide a few days ago and the PCH was closed. We were gutted when we heard this, but lived in the hope that it may be cleared before we were due to drive up there.  We checked again online last night and unfortunately just south of Big Sur the road was still blocked.   We checked on Google Maps last night to see if there was an alternative route if we travelled part way up the highway – but there is only one road that goes off it and that was just short of Cambria. 

We set off to travel a little way up the PCH until just after Cambria and to visit Moonstone Beach before doubling back on ourselves and taking Route 46 over to Highway 1, which leads all the way up to San Francisco.  Unfortunately, this is not the spectacular part of the PCH that everyone raves about – but nothing we could do about that.  The beach was pretty much like any other beach to be honest, so we didn't really stay that long.  Route 46 was nice and scenic and Highway 1 was very long and barren.  In all honestly I think we have been thoroughly spoilt by visiting NZ first – as the scenery there was so spectacular, I am unsure if anything could ever be as beautiful again. 

We arrived at the hotel around 3.30pm and settled in with a coffee for half an hour.  The hotel is lovely and advised us of a buffet dinner, which is free if you buy yourself a drink.  As you can imagine this appealed to Steve!

We drove into Carmel (when I say we, I mean Steve as I have been put off driving in LA) and wow it is a fantastically pretty place.  The houses are amazing – diverse and each one individual in nature.  Have a look at the pics and we will take some more before we leave tomorrow.  We drove all along Ocean Avenue – which is just idyllic.  The town itself is gorgeous and very quaint and a lot of the shops wouldn’t look out of place in the Cotswolds.  The famous Clint Eastwood was mayor of this place also a fair few years back. 

After this we went back to the hotel, via a supermarket.  I cannot find any decent decaf tea in the States at all – not like in Oz and NZ.  Bought some new different ones again today, but I have just had a cup and they are naf too! I am getting withdrawal symptoms.......

Well the buffet tea was delicious.  Chicken skewers covered in a sweet chilli sauce, macaroni cheese, clam chowder soup and lots of cheeses, biscuits and fresh fruit – yum yum.  I didn’t go for the chowder, but Steve said it was very nice. 

Tomorrow we are going to head over to Monterey – going to go and have a look at Cannery Row.  Read the book when I was in school, so not that long ago and still fully fresh in my mind!!! Then onto our final destination on this leg – San Francisco.  So looking forward to getting there as I have heard fantastic things about the place. 

As Gemma kindly reminded me today – 29 days until we come home.........gotta make every day count! 
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Guy & Kath on

Pity the Pacific Coast Highway was closed but with the exception of Route 101 it looks a great place

joylormer on

U.S. coffee is generally yuk! Although my daughters do not agree.

steve-claire on

We've stuck mainly to Starbucks Joy, suppose it is what you get used to

Gem on

Hell yeah - 29 days baby!!!

Jo on

The new camera seems to be working really well too! x

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