Continuing our trip up the California coast, we were on our third day out of Tucson. This leg started off in the town of Santa Maria. Now we were headed north to San Jose (245 miles). I had wanted to make this segment as short as possible to give us plenty of time to enjoy the sights. According to Google maps our destination was a little over 5 hours away. I believe we left our hotel in Santa Maria around ~8:30am and didn't get to San Jose until 7:30pm, a total of 11hours! This included a stop in Avila beach, visiting the elephant seals, small road stops, lunch, bad traffic coming into Santa Cruz, and a small detour through some redwood forests. I only mention this as it's important to add sight seeing into your time tables. Here we are at our first stop after the elephant seals. The clouds and burned away and we were left with beautiful views of the ocean.
Lime Kiln State Park we hit some construction traffic related to a pretty impressive bridge project (PDF of the Pitkins Rockshed Project. !Warning! 5MB in Size). The road was down to one lane and that meant that we had to wait our turn to proceed. This allowed me to jump off the bike and snap some pictures. This is one of my favorites of the trip. Even though my uncle was stopped, it feels like he's cruising down the road, wind in his face, Pacific ocean as far as the eye can see.
The next morning we had a quick breakfast, at the hotel, and then set out to explore the hills southwest of San Jose. If you're ever in this neck of the world I highly suggest exploring highway 9 and 236.
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After enjoying an amazing ride into the hills we pulled over to stretch our legs. I think this is in the Castle Rock State Park portion of highway 9.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Half of 236 isn't even a 2 lane road. Just a single ribbon of asphalt that snakes in and out of the trees. There was a bicycle event going on and we had quite a few cyclists pass us as we headed into the park. My dad posing in front of one of the giant redwoods.
Davenport. Apparently there's been a cement plant in Davenport since as far back as 1906. Here's my mom studying the map to make sure they're at the right location. Either that, or she's trying to locate the nearest quilt store.
San Luis Reservoir.
Los Banos. This was on a nearby plaque.
Cocoon. Luckily no photos were taken:)
More to come.