October Surprise

We decided that a six day tour through the Central Coast would be a good practice for our future boarder to boarder tours. We hope to do first the Pacific Crest from here to Canada and then the Pacific Coast back. But we need to get our equipment sorted and learn what it takes to ride day in day out and camp nearly every night. This was one of our warm-up rides.

Paul and I took the train from Solana Beach to San Luis Obispo and spent the first night in a hotel. We arrived at about 8:45 PM and didn’t want to ride 17 miles in the dark and then set up camp. We stayed at the the Avenue Inn in San Luis Obispo.

 

 

Must have thought they were long lost members of the Egyptian Dynasty. Why else would you have a pyramid for a tomb/headstone?

Must have thought they were long lost members of the Egyptian Dynasty. Why else would you have a pyramid for a tomb/headstone?

 

Paul trying to figure out how to take a picture with his phone. He kept running out of space on his phone. He had to upload to the cloud and delete old pictures so he could take more.

Paul trying to figure out how to take a picture with his phone. He kept running out of space on his phone. He had to upload to the cloud and delete old pictures so he could take more.

 

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Los Osos Valley Road is also the Red Davis Bikeway. Nice wide bike lane. Traffic wasn’t too bad on this Thursday morning. It was a beautiful day and enjoyable riding.

 

Morro Bay State Park, where we spent our first night camping. Must have gone in and out this entrance seems like half a dozen time, going to town to get groceries. Later we got better at shopping.

Morro Bay State Park, where we spent our first night camping. Must have gone in and out this entrance seems like half a dozen time, going to town to get groceries. Later we got better at shopping.

 

Our campsite at Morro Bay State Park

Our campsite at Morro Bay State Park

 

iAnother view of our campground, looking toward the golf course

Another view of our campground, looking toward the golf course. We saw deer in the brush along the edge.

 

iFirst visit to Cayucos.

First visit to Cayucos. We ended up spending two nights here on the way back south, because of rain. Nice shot of Moro rock, to the South.

 

Moro Rock from Cayucos.

Moro Rock from Cayucos. From the pier, with a little zoom. Just a beautiful day. We kept hoping that he rain would go north of us. Luck was not with us.

Low clouds coming in

Low clouds coming in. They got thicker through Friday night when they started leaking.

Heading toward Pismo Beach.

Heading toward Pismo Beach. We rode side roads along first one side, then the other of 101.

Paul with all his rain covers on.

Paul with all his rain covers on. Fortunately we didn’t experience any rain on Monday and had fair weather the entire 30 miles from Cayucos to Pismo Beach.

Arriving at Pismo Beach we were greeted by this sign.

Arriving at Pismo Beach we were greeted by this sign. Friendly place Pismo Beach.

Moro Rock from Pismo Beach.

Moro Rock from Pismo Beach. The exclusive neighborhood of Pismo Beach that is.

Monarch Butterflies in the Butterfly Grove near Pismo Beach.

Monarch Butterflies in the Butterfly Grove near Pismo Beach. This was less that a mile from where we camped. Didn’t look but the trail from the campgrounds might connect here. It’s hard to make them out in the photo, because the underside of their wings are brown. Other butterflies would move their wings, when a new one came to land on the branch. Some people we met said that in February they are thick everywhere in the grove.

The Dunes south of Pismo Beach.

The Dunes south of Pismo Beach. Highway 1 was raised above the neighborhood and we got a good view of the Dunes. The only place i know in California where it’s legal for citizens to drive on the beach. We saw hundreds of sand cars and ATVs for rent along Highway 1.

Scenic View on Highway 1

Scenic View on Highway 1. Just before the crest of a long hill on the way from Pismo Beach to Guadalupe I stopped to snap this. Looking back at Pismo Beach and across the bay. Clear skies and beautiful weather for our last riding day on the Central Coast.

Waiting for the train.

Waiting for the train. A 23 year old russian who we saw at the campground and again at lunch came up to us at the station and was asking about how to jump a freight train. We asked why he wanted to do that and he said “For the adventure”. I guess you have to be young to think that risking your life in a train yard is an adventure.

We had a great adventure and saw some beautiful sites on the Central Coast. The rain wasn’t particularly pleasant, but we learned some things we will need to know for our planned longer tours. Looking forward to more tours in the near future to further test our equipment and methods. Watch this space.

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