|We were on the road early and the first stop was to watch the elephant seals again. The plan was to drive up to Monterey which was only 95 miles, which we did but it took us 3 hours. There is mtn on one side and ocean on the other with only a ribbon of road in the middle. Dale enjoyed it. We stopped at quite a few turn outs to check out the surf and rocks. We spent some time walking around Big Sir and did see some of the mansions driving through Carmel. We then headed east and from mnts and ocean we were in there crop growing area with lots of fruit, veg and nut stands. We stopped for the night at Merced, but it doesn't show up in the map location. We used the coupon book again and got a room at the ramada for 49/night.