We had a quiet day today. After Breakfast we did a few cleaning jobs around the trailer then had lunch. We drove down from the campground to the state park beach for which, surprisingly, there was no charge. However, as we have discovered, a parking lot with beach access is just that. Christine stayed in the truck and I took a short walk to what I expected to be the beach. The path ended in a cliff, which is not evident in the photos. The actual path to the beach was considerably longer and entailed quite a detour. This trip confirmed our impression on the first day that the much advertised "trail to the beach" from the campground was, in fact a long hike. Unless you were prepared to devote an entire day to the outing, it is doubtful if you would make it.
From there we drove past the Manchester Fire Hall which has some interestingly sculptured trees. It looks as though the fire department must have time on its hands. On through Point Arena, past the expensive gas station to Gualala where a Chevron station offered a 10 cent discount with a Safeway card. The result was almost $2 less per US gallon. The 60 Km round trip saved us over $20 in gas price and over $15 when you consider the gas consumed.
We returned to Manchester and went into the grocery and hardware store - yes, one store - and got a few essentials. The hardware section was well stocked and would have served us better than any of the places we tried in Florence.
We returned to the campground and had dinner. While I was barbecuing a 5th wheel from Illinois longer than ours drew into the campsite beside us. I asked the fellow how he had come, hoping for good news about a way to get to Petaluma tomorrow. He had come over the road not advised by the campground. He warned us not to take it. It was dreadful. After we ate, we took in as much of the outside utilities as we could.
After consulting the campground owner we decided to take his advice and tomorrow we will return north on Highway 1 and take 128 over to the 101 down to Petaluma.