Forgive me, it's been a while since my last ride report....
Wednesday, I was to leave for a class in Death Valley. Unfortunately, last
week, it was cancelled. However, I still had the time off.
Tuesday, I packed a couple of days clothing and took off. Points unknown.
Just outside of Gilroy, is Hwy 25. 25 parallels 101 about 15 miles and a
world away. As I headed towards Hollister, the higway turned east and then
south down the Coyote Valley. Once I passed Hollister, I shared the road
with the odd car and several hundered airline passengers overhead. In fact,
hwy 25 is called the "airline highway".
Rich farmland lies beside the road.
Soon, the road meets up with the Pinnacles National Monument. This would be
a great spot for camping. This is the private campground about a mile outside
of the park.
There are miles of beautiful valley to ride. Two lane, some nice twists and
did I mention cows?
25 eventually connects with 198. This eventually leads to San Miguel
via Bradley Road and a short stretch on 101. Along the way, the
predominant crop seems to be grapes.
Father Junipero Serra helped establish the Missions of California. One
of which is in San Miguel. Damaged during the earthquake of 2003,
the mission doesn't look as if it will open to the public anytime soon.
There are cactus along the property too.
As I headed south on 101, I pondered where next. I love the coast so
the choice was easy when I saw the sign for Cambria.
The first night was spent in the town of Morro Bay. Hey look! It has
smoke stacks just like Moss Landing!