I dropped Andrew at the San Francisco airport and head off on what was to be a short drive to Monterey. After arriving at Monterey in about two hours and feeling pretty good I decided to push on. I was hoping to find a quite little surf side town to hang out for a day or two. I called into a beautiful but ritzy little town for lunch called Carmel. Very much like Portsea with more shops. As you head south from Carmel along the coast road you head towards the Big Sur. The road hugs the coastline and the mountains meet the sea. You soon hit the Bixby Bridge. A beautiful concrete arch span bridge that spans an entry to the ocean. Its 285m long and 85m high. The drive is long and windy but well worth the effort. I would say it is comparable to the Great Ocean Road. Beautiful grass rolling hills meet the rugged ocean coastline. A few surprises were tossed up along the way. Seals lounging by the roadside just beyond the fence and Zebras in a paddocks in the distance. Yes Zebras. apparently they are the heard of San Simeon Ranch. As described here as the worlds largest private zoo. I arrive in Santa Barbara and check into my hotel. A quaint little place but just another hotel. Santa Barbara is an expensive location and finding cheap accommodation was pretty much impossible. After a big day of driving and a good night sleep I don’t really feel like hitting the road and I need some down-time to book a few flights and accommodation in Mexico. I have a quick look on Air BNB and find a private room just around the corner. A beautiful, clean, well presented and cheaper than hotel room. Just what I was looking for. I find a great coffee roaster in SB, Handlebar Coffee Roaster and I hang out there for a few hours sipping coffee and planning my trip.
I’m on the road again and this time I look for a quite seaside town and I stumble across San Clemente. A great rustic little town with only a small shopping strip. I find another Air BnB place to stay although not nearly has good as the house join Santa Barbara, but to be fair not nearly the price either.
I head out into the local town for dinner and find myself at a small wine tasting room. Great concept. $20 for 4 wines and $16 for an awesome cheese and cure meat platter. Cosy little place with friendly people. One of the owners serves me and we get chatting. Later that night her husband sits at my table and starts up a conversation. Next thing he has opened a $160 bottle of Napa red and we are enjoying a great conversation.
San Diego is the next stop to catch up with Daniel and Kathleen. I hang out for a few days for a few laughs then head off to LAX for my trip to Mexico. Also found a great coffee place owned by a French guy. The Pacific Bean. Real coffee and home made pastries. Perfect.