USA 2013 – Sept 10th Day 10 – Awesome Pacific Coast Highway
Miles travelled today = 141 Miles so far this trip = 1743
Only 141 miles covered today, but WOW, what a 141 miles it was.
The day started off with an incy wincy lie in, until 8am. After an average breakfast, we headed off to Fisherman's Wharf at Monterey Bay. A quaint little bay with a pier, restaurants, gift shops etc. we stayed for just under 2 hours, and at 1pm, after stopping at a 7/11 to pick up some sandwiches, we headed off to 17 mile drive. Pleased to say, any fog or mist was well out to sea, so we could enjoy the sunshine.
For those that don't know, 17 mile drive is a road that runs, in our case, from a small town called Pacific Grove, full circle, with most of it having the Pacific Ocean on one side, and golf courses on the other. Nestled in the hills overlooking both of these things, are houses, no, mansions that cost anything up to $12m.
It was a beautiful drive, a windy one with the gusts whipping up the sand and blasting it into you. On the way round, we saw sea lions and otters bathing on the rock with the local birds. They were also swimming and jumping in and out of the sea.
This road also encompasses the famous golf course, Pebble Beach, a championship course, used I think on the PGA tour in the USA. On the way out, we stopped by, and had a look around, nipping into the bar for a nose, and to take a few pictures.
When we had seen all we wanted to, we jumped back in the car, back onto the Pacific Coast Highway, ready for the cruise down the coast.
Despite it only being about 120 miles, the sat nav said it would take us about 4 hours. We could have spent 40 hours on it. So many places to stop, so many great views. The road itself was a pleasure to drive, with the 55mph speed limit plenty fast enough considering the bends we had to encounter.
About halfway down, we found a little place called The Coast Cafe, with awesome views overlooking the road and the ocean. The staff there must love the view they have to work with, and seemed happy enough to serve us a couple of Lattes.
We were soon back on the road, and found a place to pull in and watch the sunset. Not only did we enjoy a great sunset over looking the Ocean, but we could also enjoy what must have been approaching 100 Elephant Seals find their way to the sand, grunting and groaning, ready for the night sleep.
If you can't picture the scene, here is one to help you. A warm evening, on the beach, surrounded by nature, watching the sunset to the soundtrack of content seals filling the air.
Reluctantly, at 7pm, we jumped back in the car to head off to our motel at Morro Bay. We had a quick check in, before dashing into town for a nice dinner at a restaurant called Distasios on the Bay.
We have about another 200 miles to do tomorrow, and I can't wait. Nighty night!!!