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Mar 21, 2016 - Pebble Beach / Salinas CA

Our plans today will be a drive to the Monterey Peninsula, home to Pebble Beach. We have been told about the “17 Mile Drive”. The 17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California, much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees. The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this...

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2016 Westward HO

Mar 20, 2016 - Pebble Beach / Salinas CA

We got an early start this morning around 9:30 am heading north to our next stop of Salinas California at the local KOA. We drove US 101 which takes us thru the Salinas Valley which is located between the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and the Diablo Mountain Range. The Salinas Valley is one of the major valleys and most productive agricultural regions in California. Agriculture dominates the economy of the valley. Promoters call the Salinas Valley "the Salad Bowl of the World" for the production of lettuce, broccoli, peppers and numerous other...

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2016 Westward HO

May 12, 2015 - First day on the road

Well, here we are in Salinas at the Elks Lodge. Ain't fancy, but electric and water and we are good. Just here overnight, then on to Petaluma. We stopped at the rest stop north of Paso Robles, Camp Roberts Rest Area. We were about 30 minutes ahead of the Sedlaks, so were sitting at a bench waiting. While waiting, a tour bus full of Chinese tourists pulled in. They ran straight for the "potties", then on the way back to the bus, one lovely young ladies stopped and asked us if they could take our photos! Unusual, but wanting to appear...

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Canadian Tour-2015

Feb 10, 2015 - In the garden basket of the Salinas Valley

We departed the Napa Valley late this morning, taking the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Area on I-680 south. Traffic mid-day was busy and not overwhelming in any way. Near San Jose, we veered onto US 101 south toward the Monterey Bay area. Around Morgan Hill, Bev called ahead to the Elks in Monterey to see if they had a space for us. No such luck. The AT&T Pro Am is going on this week and everything is more than busy. So she called the Elks in nearby Salinas and they assured us they would indeed have space. It's located right across...

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Dream On

Aug 15, 2014 - RM and Gooding auction previews

We met up with our friend (and tour guide) from Calgay, Neil, and went and previewed the Goodings and RM auctions. Gooding provided nice glossy brochures for the entry free, but with RM we got nothing which was a little disappointing. The cars, however, were stunning. They were staged inside and outside in the sunshine. Very impressive. This is the pack from Gooding. The next task we had was to get back to Selinas, pick up the QP, get it washed and over to Concorso for early placement. We found a pressure washer facility and Rich & Ash...

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Aug 14, 2014 - Laguna Seca and Bonhams auction

Well Thursday started early as we wanted to get out to Laguna Seca to watch the Concourse D'Elegance cars do their parade laps at 9am. Luckily our hotel in Salinas is only 20min away from Laguna so we managed to get there in time. As Thursday was practice day and not officially part of the 3 day pass, entry to the circuit was free! They only charged to get into the paddock, which was a reasonable $20. Maserati had a large display to celebrate 100 years. We then walked the paddock and saw a Ferrari 250 GTO just parked there! The most...

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Aug 13, 2014 - Salinas

So after a fun time in Vegas, we all packed up and headed south again in the QP. Richard decided to take the back seat and have a little snooze as he was a little behind on sleep, so we pressed on for Salinas. As we left Vegas we came across a Solar plant that Ash later discovered was the largest in the world, which we can quite believe at it was huge. We then came across a huge wind farm and then a massive group of nodding donkeys, so they obviously like to embrace all forms of energy in California! We made really good time and made the...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Pebble Beach, Carmel, Salinas

We were headed towards Carmel when we saw a sign for Pebble Beach. We both thought that it had to be “the” Pebble Beach we were thinking and it was along a 17 mile scenic tour route so we figured it had to be interesting. Kind of surprised we had to pay $10 toll to use the road, but that was okay. The homes along the route were beautiful, as we suspected they would be. The ones that were located on the ocean were either behind gates or facing towards the ocean but you could see they were million dollar views. We finally found ourselves at...

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2014 Southwest Trip

Jul 1, 2013 - Salinas, California

We spent two nights in Salinas, California. On Monday, July 1st, Carmen and I drove 64 miles south to Big Sur. The fog was still hanging around which made for some interesting pictures. On the way back we took the 17 mile drive thru Pebble Beach which included driving between the “Links at Spanish Bay” and the Ocean. Ron

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Jul 1, 2013 - Monterey Peninsula

We spent the last couple of days on the Monterey Peninsula, including Moss Landing, Carmel, Monterey Bay and all points in between. One of the best things about this area is the cool weather!!! It made visiting all the sights very enjoyable, I think we were all happy to be out of the heat, even with a little fog. Today we took the "17 mile drive" which gave us a chance to see Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, golf courses as well as some of the most scenic coast in America. We also visited Carmel, and the wharf at Monterey to end a great visit....

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Jun 18, 2012 - Monday 18th June

Well, here we are with only two days to go. It was Hamish’s turn to sleep in today. I got him his breakfast and by the time we got on the road it was about 8.30am. We only had just over 300 miles (500kms) to go today to Salinas, south of San Francisco. We had a lovely fine day again, and cooler temperatures than yesterday – it was very pleasant. Almost as soon as we left Redding we started getting into all sorts of different crops. Olive groves that seemed to go on forever, paddocks and paddocks of tomatoes, sweet corn, orange, cherry and...

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Oct 11, 2011 - San Simeon to Salinas

Great weather greeted us again today. Hit the highway about 8:30am and cruised along stopping occasionally to check out the views. Banks of sea fog would blow in and clear again within minutes, something we dont see at home. Took a few pictures to try to show how picturesque this coast is but they are not able to capture the magnitude of the scenery. Anyway its in our memory now and that's what is most important. Along the way we visited a art gallery filled with some unique but very expensive bronze frogs that were glazed in the most...

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