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May 9, 2017 - Mendocino to San Jose

The morning on Mendocino was clear but still windy as we set out for our return to San Jose. As usual CA 1 wound its way through yet more redwoods. Is it possible to become blasé about redwoods? They are magnificently straight and tall. One can see the attraction these forests must have had for the timber cutters and millers. The results can be seen of course in the denuded hills which are now pasture or vineyards. Still it is great that there were enough farsighted people who saved the rest as National and state parks. The road near the...

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Apr 24, 2017 - Back in the USA - San Jose

San Francisco Anthony collected us from the hotel at 10am and drove us back to his place in San Jose. His house, in the very un-American street called Half Pence Way, not far from Farthing Way and Half Crown Way, is overlooked by lovely green hills. By now my eyes were really paining me so we stopped by a local drug store to try to get some Brolene ointment. Unfortunately no eye treatment is available without a prescription. As I didn't have a local doctor it was suggested that I see the local nurse-practitioner who had an office in the...

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May 16, 2016 - San Jose. CA

Larry’s birthday took us to San Jose for one night. We passed though the vineyards along the road, through the morning coastal fog, along St. Luis Bay and through Atascadero and Paso Robles. We passed by vineyards with wine tasting, and fields of long horn cattle, past Camp Roberts Military base, and saw many El Camino Real bell markers. We were surprised to see an area filled with oil pumps pumping away. This was Exxon Mobile oil fields in the middle of wine and orchard country. Then we passed through cherry orchards and Gilroy known for...

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Feb 1, 2016 - San Jose and Monterey

Yesterday we ran up to San Jose to see the Winchester Mystery House. This was the home of Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune. This was a lady with some strange ideas. She kept a crew of workmen busy, building, adding, and changing this house, 24 hours a day, for 38 years until her death. Supposedly a psychic advised her that she should build a house and never finish it to ward off evil spirits from all of the victims of "the gun that won the west". It stands today with a mere 160 rooms and 13 bathrooms, but only one...

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Jul 24, 2014 - Yosemite National Park to San Jose

No photos of San Jose, but mainly because where we stayed was a bit of a dump, but for one night only it was ok. Disappointed, as we were staying in silicon valley, only a few blocks from eBay HQ etc. The highlight was getting the laundry done and surviving the night without being robbed. The air con was very loud, but we needed it on all night to drown out the noise from the traffic and neighbouring rooms both sides. Hey ho, you win some, you lose some.

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May 24, 2014 - Departed San Jose

First night camped in Redding Ca. The following day we drove and camped in Coburg Oregon from there we camped in Wilsonville Oregon out side of Portland. We visited with Peggy's friend Cathy and had dinner. The following day we drove to Bellvue Washington.

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Jul 27, 2013 - Journee de logistique

Aujourd'hui était dédié à l'organisation du départ. On est parti de l'auberge en direction du terminal de train vers 9h. Surprise, le vélo de Mik avait une crevaison que l'on a réparé devant l'auberge. J'ai oublié de parler des services pour vélos de la ville de San Francisco, super impressionnant, des pistes cyclables et des voies réservés un peu partout. Le top, une carte interactive sur internet où on peut donner notre point de départ, arrivée et la pente maximum que l'on souhaite franchir (très utile considérant les pentes ici). C'est...

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Apr 25, 2013 - The Coast Road

We spent most of yesterday afternoon surfing the net, peering into the Trailer Life Directory, and scrutinizing maps and any other possible source of camping sites trying to locate a campsite in San Jose where we hope to see Barbara's son, Brian. Finally found one this morning just south of San Jose, but near enough to drive in. It is an “RV Resort” which is a bit upscale from what we usually look for to lay our weary heads for short stops, but we're both happy just to have found a place. We're driving through California wine country with...

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Sep 12, 2012 - San Jose, California

We were up to another great morning, warm and sunny and +16. We headed south along the edge of Yosemite National Park over hills, mountains, valleys and rock. The day warmed quickly and pretty soon we were basking in +34 heat. We turned west and snuck into Gilroy, Garlic Capital to make a purchase of ??? Guess what? Garlic! Yes, Patti is not too thrilled with the 3 braids of garlic, now in her suitcase. We headed into San Jose and spent the night with John and Sarah. We ended up walking to a restaurant – with African cuisine. The food was...

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Aug 25, 2012 - San Jose, CA

I departed Weed, CA at 06:45AM on I-5 south. I arrived at Elks Lodge 0522 in San Jose, CA at 12:10PM. 50amp E/W. No dump on site. You have to drive a couple of miles to dump your tanks. After getting signed in for my RV site and setting up I took a short nap. I then went to see an old friend whom I had served with in Germany. I had last seen him in 1972. We had a nice talk and then he, his wife, and I went out to dinner. An enjoyable afternoon and evening. 314.6 RV miles today – 5 hours and 25 minutes driving time. 19.7 SUV miles today.

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Aug 24, 2012 - Winchester Mystery House

Great tourist day today but we had to drive 76 miles to get there. We went to San Jose to go to the Winchester Mystery House. It was bought and built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Winchester and heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. In 1884, Mrs. Winchester left New Haven Connecticut and the graves of her husband and only child (who lived only 6 weeks), moved to San Jose, California and began the obsession that would last until the day she died. She purchased an unfinished 8-room farm house and for the next 38 years the sound...

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Jun 7, 2012 - The night before...

I made it to Michael's without hitting anything this time but a teenager in a Honda almost hit ME when someone pulled in front of her and she swerved my way while hitting her horn. She thought better of slamming into a 24' RV and dumped her brakes instead. We plugged into Michael's house power and after one or two blips, it has been on steady for several hours now. No big deal if the converter doesn't work -- the aux. battery is still good. Have to take Katie to the airport at 7:15 tomorrow, then hit the road! Yay!,

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