Start Time: 7:02 AM PDT
Stop Time: 8:09 PM PDT
Start Location: Half moon Bay, CA
Stop Location: Crescent City Harbor, CA
Lodging: Bayside RV Park
Breakfast: Campsite (ceareal with almond milk)
Lunch: Lucas Wharf Restaurant & Bar (burger and cole slaw)
Dinner: Campsite (PB&J on flour tortilla, Apple)
Miles Traveled Today: 433
Weather: 53-95, Clear and Sunny all day
Route: US-1, US-101
Words are not adequate to describe today’s ride, but I’ll try my best. The weather was perfect, mild temperatures for all but about one hour. I tried to get an early start this morning so I could beat the rush hour traffic in San Francisco, but I did not get away as early as I had intended. No big deal though, traffic was not a problem at all, and all the red lights just gave me time to check out all the cool Architechtural elements of the buildings along CA-1.
On the way up, I rode through the longest tunnel I have ever driven through, and unfortunately, I was not prepared with either my iPhone or the GoPro (something I took care of immediately after getting through the tunnel). I did get these photos of the opposite side of the tunnel.
I caught a couple glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge long before I got to it. Each time I would get to a high point on my route, I would see the tops of the support columns. Although I have seen literally hundreds of pictures of the bridge, seeing it in person is just plain old exciting.
When I reached the other side, I made sure to follow the instructions given by several of my friends and exited at the Vista Point, and took lots of photos.
My next objective was to take US-101 a couple miles up and catch CA-1 again. Almost as soon as I got on CA-1, the road got sexy (curvy), and the sexy went on for the vast majority of the day. Shortly after getting on CA-1, I started riding through multiple Red Wood Forests, some were dense and short for Red Wood trees, others were massive and tall. This was the first one, so I stopped and got a shot as I exited the grove.
Stopped at Lucas Wharf Restaurant & Bar for lunch, and the view was georgeous. Unfortunately I was not in the mood for fish, or better stated, I was not in the mood for a $30,00 lunch, so I just had their burger and cold slaw, which was excellent.
As I was eating my lunch, one of the fishing boats came in, and I watched as they cleaned up the boat, took out their catch, took pictures of each other with the fish, cleaned the fish and packed the meat in a cooler. Somebody will have extra fresh fish tonight.
This guy, this crazy guy is my hero. This guy was navigating these roads in this big fat motor home like he was a Indy driver. Never, and I mean never did the guy miss a beat. He was carving up CA-1 like it was a Christmas Turkey. I tip my hat to MotorHomeMan.
Turned out to be a 13 hour ride day, and if I had it to do over, I would break this Pacific Coast Highway ride into 3 days instead of 2. I did arrive at Bayside RV Park just in time to check-in, and sprint to the harbor to catch the sunset, then sprint over to the other side of the harbor to catch a glimpse of the sea lions and seals.
So tonight will be filled with the sound of the harbor horn every 8 seconds, sea lions and seals barking all night long, all to the melody of the surf breaking on the beach and rocks of the harbor. I could get used to this song.
Well, the Lord kept me on top of Sweet Baby JIL today, and for that I am thankful. The last two days will be days I will cherish for the rest of my life. In my little bitty brain, I fantasized a good part of the day about taking each of my grand-children on this ride of the Pacific Coast Highway someday (one at a time of course).
Tomorrow I’m off to Crater Lake in Oregon.