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Aug 9, 2017 - California Dreamin'

August 8, 2017 California Dreamin' That's what I will be doing shortly because I am too tired to do anything else. Even though I haven't driven that many miles since leaving Lodi yesterday morning, I have been on roads that require a firm grip on the wheel and every bit of my attention, every single second. CA 12 from I-5 traveling west towards the coast is the worst. It's a very heavily traveled two-lane with either a cement barrier or 2' tall yellow rubber stakes along the center line, and the speed limit is 55. It's like driving through...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Inconvenient Beaches and Gas Stations

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...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Murder? Mendocino Wrote

After breakfast we headed northwards to a small village called Mendocino. If the name means nothing to you, you may remember Cabot Cove, he town in Angela Lansbury's "Murder She Wrote". Mendocino was the real life Cabot Cove where scenes for the programme were filmed. We drove up the coast with a critical eye contemplating if this is the route we should take on Friday to join the 128 over to the 101 or the road we took yesterday south and join the 101 further south. We parked on the main street of Mendocino and strolled past the stores....

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Jun 22, 2015 - Hair-raising Journey

We had breakfast and packed up to leave. We were on our way shortly after 9:30. The first part of the journey was familiar. We drove through Eureka and down the 101 past the Avenue of the Giants to Leggett where we joined California State Highway 1. This may have been a mistake, but the alternative was much longer and the 1 was a red road on the map. The other entailed a lengthy portion on a black road which we assumed would not be as good. Well, the 1 was well paved, but there the good aspect of it ended. It was narrow, twisty and hilly....

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Jun 22, 2015 - South to Russian Fort

We got our picnic ready after breakfast and set off southwards along California State Highway 1. It was better than the first part yesterday, but still a very twisting and hilly road with many tight turns. I think we will take another route on Friday. One disappointing aspect of the California coast is the distance the road is from the ocean. Looking at the map one gets the impression this road hugs the water and the views would be superb. In fact the road is often tree-lined, obscuring the view and in the breaks in the trees one may be...

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Jun 22, 2013 - A Trailer Day

Spent the morning doing trailer stuff. A number of small things needed fixing and we did some cleaning. Also some reading, writing and napping. Also got the pictures organized so that the next time we have good WIFI, I can upload. After lunch we explored the area. Went to Point Arena and watched them launch a boat by hoist from the pier. That was neat. Checked out a grocery store filled with local organic stuff and out to the lighthouse. Saw some seals lounging on the rocks in the sunshine and then to Manchester for a few groceries. Back to...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Marilyn is Not Impressed!

Away from the campground later than usual as I had to go to Safeway and buy a Verizon Refill Card for the WIFI. We are due to put time on Sunday. Also stopped at Trader Joe's, filled up with gas and got a truck wash. Headed north on US 101. At Petaluma we headed to the coast and picked up US 1 – PCH, at Bodega Bay. We had been debating for a number of days about 101 or 1 and we made the wrong decision. PCH was winding, steep, high off the water in places, lots of sharp 15 MPH switchbacks and narrow. Marilyn was not impressed. Just the kind...

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Jun 17, 2008 - California North Coast of San Francisco

June 17, 2008 – Manchester, California - Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is an experience you never forget once you have done it. The bridge, with its 7 lanes of engineering monument to art and physics and forethought, is a sight to see. The style is art deco, the paint, international orange, the height of the towers are 745 feet above the water and each year millions of cars, trucks, busses and even RV’s cross this visual landmark of San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge was our entrance to the Costal Highway, which was our northbound...

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