Thursday, November 4, 2010
Travelling the No1
We were going to stop in Big Sur to see my friends Christian and Sarah but as timing would have it Christian was flying off to the UK to visit his mum the day we were going to arrive so we decided to go 'walk about' for 2 weeks until he returned. We stopped in San Francisco on our way to Highway 1 to exchange the oil filter at BMW as they had sold me the wrong one and to pick up some spark plugs. Wending our way through mad traffic we finally started driving along the No1 and the coast as far as the New Brighton Sate park just past Santa Cruz. We were met with signs saying that due to overspend some of the parks services were not as they should be: Sorry; but still charged us $35 for the privilege of camping there and $1 if we wanted a shower. While in San Francisco Jill had brought herself a camera, wanting to be more independent and artistic with the camera. Knowing that size is very important on the bike here is a picture of what she got alongside my camera. Went for a walk on the beach in the morning and saw some seals swimming. Rejoining the No1 the road passes through Monterey and Carmel before hugging the cliffs past Big Sur, over bridges, before flattening out just before Hearst Castle where Elephant Seal come ashore at this time of year to do whatever Elephant seal do at this time of year, the males fighting and the females sunning themselves. Having watch for a while we headed off to Hearst San Simeon State Park where we were able to primitive camp (meaning no flush toilets and sinks) for $20 instead of the $35 that the main camp site with flush toilets cost.