18.05.2012 - 18.05.2012 19 °C
Not far from Monterey is Pebble Beach where a round of golf will set you back $450.00, needless to say we didn't play around in Monterey.
Also not far is Carmel by the Sea, whose famous ex-Mayor was Clint Eastwood. If you are in to art then this is the place for you. Every second shop is a gallery.
The coast road (highway 1) is the way to go. Especially round Big Sur area, windy roads, high up, narrow roads and we saw over 120 cyclists over the period of 100 odd miles to Morro Bay. Bit hairy at times but luckily smiler had me to point out both the signs pointing out 20 miles round the corner and what speed he was doing ie slow down! 20 is the limit not the target!
Called in to Hearst Castle, bit of a blue, should have booked and since it was a bit of a wait ie couple of hours figured we would see it next time we pass. A large beach with truckloads of elephant seals also broke the trip, when we first spotted it the beach seemed like it had a heap of dead fish washed up on it.
In Morro Bay took a stroll around and ended up in a bar - Legends. The first local picked our accent correctly. The second couple offered to teach us shuffleboard. So Smiler and I took on Janet (principal of the local elementary school who reminded us of Molly from Mike and Molly) and her partner Steve who works in construction and was born and raised in the area. With a combination of luck and luck we won. Pretty cool game that smiler says reminds him of bowls. On to a game of pool and again even though we were playing "Scottish" rules we won again! It is the only bar we've been in to with a moose head on the wall and a st Bernard dog greeting each patron. Janet pointed out the local Mayor and said the bar was their equivalent of the cheers bar where everyone knows your name. Cute for a town with a population of 10,000.