Sunday 30th October 2016
We have slowly been making our way down the coast towards San Diego. I think California is coming out of the drought as it has rained quite a bit lately. A trip to Korbel Champagne Winery was a welcome stop. I wanted to buy a bottle like the one below but Dean said the 120 liter size would be tough to fit in the fridge. Had to make do with a couple of the regulars.
I think Dean was a nice addition to the art work along the road.
Finally a sunny day! We put our bikes on the train and were in downtown San Francisco in less than an hour. We spent the whole day biking over 20 miles around many of the landmarks. I always enjoy checking out the Golden Gate Bridge even if it is a weird orange color. The official color is called “International Orange”
Of course we had to have San Franciscan sourdough bread for lunch. I had chili and Dean the clam chowder. After that ginormous lunch we pushed our bikes up, up, up, hill after hill. Everyone else seemed to take the tram. I bet they were laughing their heads off at the 2 nutters hoofing it up the hills.
We finally made it to the top of Lombard street which is a pretty famous city landmark. Riding our bikes down the curvy street drew some surprised looking faces. It sure was a lot faster coming down the hills.
San Luis Obispo is a pretty little college town. This Mission was built in 1772. I really like the simple layout and the wooden ceilings.
Onto Deans favorite pass time. Checking out the new breweries.
It felt good to be back in flower country. There were lots of flowering trees and shrubs.
Since it is Autumn I am on the hunt for Monarch Butterflies. The lower California coast is a popular wintering area for these lovely insects. They cluster in massive groups on the Eucalyptus trees. We stopped at a local Eucalyptus grove that the Monarchs favored. A volunteer group had telescopes set up for viewing. Since I use my phone for pic taking I was out of luck until I saw a young guy holding his camera up to the lens of the telescope. Yeah!!! some fairly decent pics of the orange beauties clinging to the leaves.
This is Bubblegum Alley known for the accumulation of used bubblegum. It was creepy, yucky kinda cool.
We had a lovely hike along the bluffs of Montana de Oro State Park. It was very brown and dried up though. The last time we were here it was late spring and the whole area was covered in yellow flowers which is how it came by the name Oro, which is Spanish for gold.
We are in a little campground in Morro Bay. This is a nice little fishing village. The power plant stacks can be seen from a long way off. Morro rock is how the town got its name.
It was fun checking out this bar. It had a gazillion self serve taps. Sadly only 2 of cider but I made the best of it. You gave up your credit card and got a little bracelet. Swipe it over your choice and draw as much as you want. The prices are per ounce. A great way to try new stuff. Dean of course had a LOT more to choose from. I watched one guy just pulling a swigs worth from many taps and the screen kept a running total. Way cool.
The rain is back. Time to move further south.