Pacific Coast Highway
Golden Gate Bridge

July 26th


Pacific Coast Highway northbound from San Simeon State Park - notice the waves, rocks, hills and low lying clouds


Do you think Sissy´s a little cold? Temperature was about 69 degrees and windy


Sissy snapped this one of some seals or sea lions basking in the sun on the beach. We couldn´t tell what they were because of the height off the beach


North side of the Golden Gate Bridge. This pic was taken right after we crossed


John posing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. The wind was kicking about 30 MPH

As you know, when we left San Simeon State Park we headed northbound on Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). The street signs indicated San Francisco was about 250 miles away. Whelp, that trip took us 9 hours to drive because we stopped at least 30 times along the way for pics and to simply enjoy the scenery.


This is our contest pic. Can you spot the 5 seals or sea lions in this one?


The road was 2 lanes about half way and 4 lanes the other half, but that didn´t matter because traffic was light until we started getting into Carmel. We drove up and down and in and out of the cliffs along the coast. Sometimes we were in overdrive and other times it was 2nd gear up the hill. California had many pull-offs or Vista Points along the route for tourists to take a break and just absorb the beauty. The state also provided many Coast Access points and State Parks which were free to whomever wanted to use them.


Another beautiful pic along the Pacific Coast Highway - we threw in the rock, ocean and shoreline just for good measure


A couple places we pulled off for pics Sissy refused to get near the edge of the cliff. John guessed it was memories of the Rocky Mountain National Park - hah, hah. She was probably right though because the cliffs in California are steep along the coast. No worries though, Sissy didn´t fall off and we had a great time.


Sissy posing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge shortly after we crossed over


There´s not too much else to say about this drive except we made it to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. After crossing through the clouds, we headed to our campground in Marin County - Greenbrae, California. The next page(s) you see will be titled San Francisco because we plan to tour downtown for a day and Muir Woods for a day both on the bike.


The Lone Sailor Monument on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Notice the clouds rolling in from the Pacific Ocean




John & Sissy EXCLUSIVE RATINGS: (1 bad - good 10)

  • Campground - 8
  • People - 10
  • Roads - 9
  • Scenery - 10
  • Traffic - 10
  • Things to Do - 10
  • Weather - 9

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