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    • Day23

      Accidently found the best mexican food

      April 25, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Rode from the middle of nowhere near Sequoia to the middle of nowhere on the coast... 3.5hr ride with pretty much nothing interesting that happened.

      Stole an orange from an orange farm for breakfast, that tasted pretty good.

      Got peppered by a few more pistachio beetles.

      Got to my motel, sorted my washing, tidied up bags etc.

      Then the highlight of the day! Went out to get some food and wondered into a run down looking Mexican place, ordered my food which arrived in a plastic box, and sat there eating it thinking it was pretty much the best meal I'd had the whole time I'd been out here. A quick look at reviews shows that I've accidently walked into the best mexican place in about 50 miles 😁
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    • Day11

      Morro Bay - Hearst Castle

      June 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Off early on the train again, and took the Coast Starlight (another great train name) from San Francisco (Oakland) to San Luis Obispo approximately 6 hours away. Had lunch on board with two ladies (who obviously lunch a lot). ‘You speak pretty good English to say you’re from Scotland’ declared one of them, a Hattie Jacques look alike. ‘I try my best’ I meekly replied.

      When I disembarked, an ageing hippie at the bus stop, who seemed to have spent too many years in the sun and on the wacky backy, wanted to discuss President Trump’s forthcoming state visit to the UK. “I tell you something’ he declared emphatically, ‘I wouldn’t let that man anywhere near the King and Queen of England’. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that neither of these personages actually existed.

      It was quite a walk from the Amtrak station to the town centre. A jolly-hockeysticks young woman offered me a lift in her rickshaw type of bicycle. ‘You’re in luck” she announced ‘I’m getting sponsored today so rides are free’. She gratefully accepted my tip though. Then I took the local bus to the coastal resort of Morro Bay 12 miles away and a bargain at $1.10 (senior fare). An lady on the bus who introduced herself as Marilyn chatted about the local attractions.

      What a pretty town Morro Bay is, lined with seafood restaurants and with a huge rock, like Paddy’s Milestone, sitting just off the coast. I took a lovely walk right out to the Rock enjoying the wildlife - sea lions; sea otters lying on their backs and balancing their young on their tummies, and cute little ground squirrels looking for treats from visitors. Given the distance I had walked, I decided to take the tourist tram back to town. As I boarded, the female driver, sporting a hairstyle like the bride of Frankenstein, greeted me with ‘I know who you are - Marilyn told me - you’re Robert from Scotland’. Although I am sure it was meant as a friendly gesture, it creeped me out a little.

      Next day I paid a visit to one of California’s top attractions - Hearst Castle at San Simeon. On the bus there I met 85 year old Hester whose nephew told me she was longest serving volunteer at the Castle. ‘She’s given 5000 hours’ he boasted. ‘It’s over 6000 now’ she corrected ‘and I am still waiting for my goddam 6000 hours pin!’ Nice to see such selfless dedication from a volunteer.

      Hearst Castle is a fabulous place built by William Randolph Hearst, the publishing tycoon and movie producer. The venue for high society parties in the 20s and 30s, it was great to view the grand rooms, gardens and pools, and see film footage of the Hollywood stars who enjoyed hospitality there. Back to San Luis Obispo for an overnight before another early start tomorrow...
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      Traveler

      Loving your commentary Robert you bring your fellow travellers & those you meet alive. Another lovely place visited!

      6/2/19Reply
      Aileen Johnston

      Man these pools look gorgeous. Tempting to jump right in x

      6/2/19Reply
      Jim Murray

      😂😂😂

      6/3/19Reply
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    • Day32

      Central Coast Brewery - San Luis Obispo

      November 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Before officially leaving the Central Coast we tasted some beers at the Central Coast Brewery. They offered many New England IPAs and even a Peanut Butter Stout. It actually tasted like PB!

      Avant de quitter officiellement la Central Coast, nous nous sommes rapidement arrêtés à San Luis Obispo pour une dégustation de bières locales sous le soleil de Californie, à Central Coast Brewery. Une bonne série de New England IPAs et même —au grand plaisir de Meagan— une stout aux arômes de beurre de cacahuète. Et c'en avait vraiment le goût !Read more

    • Day3

      Highway1

      September 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Den Rest des Tages mussten wir einige Kilometer zurücklegen, damit wir morgen San Francisco erreichen. Wir sind unter anderem den Highway 1 an der Küste entlang gefahren. Der Highway 1 gilt als die schönste Küstenstrasse der Welt. Eine wunderschöne Strecke. Wir haben immer wieder kleine Zwischenstops eingelegt um Fotos zu machen. Heute Abend sind wir in San Luis Obisco zur Zwischenübernachtung (eine kleine schöne Stadt)Read more

    • Day3

      Santa Monica

      September 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      L.A. haben wir heute Morgen verlassen. Weiter ging es auf den Highway 1 an der Küste entlang Richtung San Francisco. In Santa Monica haben wir nochmal einen Stop eingelegt. Ein ewig breiter Sandstrand, der sich über 5 km weit an der Küste entlangzieht. Auf dem Pier gibt es noch einen ganzjährigen Vergnügungspark namens Pacific Park, mit Achterbahn und klassischen Jahrmarktfahrgeschäften.Read more

    • Day7

      San Luis Obispo, United States

      October 24, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Depois de uma passagem rapida pelo Muro de pastilhas, onde deixamos a nossa marca, seguimos caminho para Santa Barbara.
      Um caminho chato, no meio dos campos de agricultores ao som dos Metallica, Guns'n Roses, Deftones e Pantera.
      Apenas a parte final da viagem é que segue junto ao mar.
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      Traveler

      Bom som ... like

      10/29/16Reply
       
    • Day2

      Highway No. 1 bis San Luis Obispo

      September 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Unsere ersten Kilometer führten durch LA.
      Wir fuhren direkt an die Küste und von dort auf den Highway No. 1 richtung Norden aus der Stadt heraus.

      In der nächst größeren Stadt sind wir dann erstmal zu Walmart gefahren und haben das nötigste für unsere Reise eingekauft. Wir waren über eine Stunde in diesem Laden, der einfach unglaublich groß ist.

      Danach ging es weiter den Highway entlang. Wir machten immer mal wieder halt um die Aussicht zu genießen.
      Der Highway führte auch durch einige Plantagen. Da wir nicht genau wussten was dort angebaut wird, haben wir gehalten und uns die Felder angeschaut. Über Kilometer wurden dort Erdbeeren angebaut. Selber pflücken geht hier aber nicht 😉.

      Ziel des Tages war bis ca. San Luis Obispo zu kommen. Hier sind wir aber nur kurz durchgefahren weil wir zum Sonnenuntergang wieder am Meer sein wollten.
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    • Day4

      Leuke dag in San Luis Obispo

      May 21, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Een rustige nacht, wel weer wakker om 1,30 4,30 en 6,30 maar dan tot 8,45 terug ingeslapen, we hoorden alleen de vogeltjes.
      In dit hotel is geen ontbijt voorzien daarom gaan we naar buiten, we kiezen de eerste gelegenheid waar men breakfast serveert. Een alternatief koffiehuis, beetje artistiek. We kozen voor een breakfast bagel, havermoutpap en koffie.
      Daarna gingen we richting downtown San Luis Obispo, enkele blocks ver, en dat is best een eind weg. We hebben een hele dag om SLO te verkennen, jammer dat het weer niet zo goed is, 16° en zwaar bewolkt. De Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was ons doel. Een missie die gesticht is in 1772, om de Chumash en Salinan indianen te bekeren. Ze zijn zeer katholiek en lijken voor ons op Mexicanen, de vrijwilliger in de kerk gift shop gaf deze uitleg. De kathedraal was zeer eenvoudig, geen goud en zilver maar gedecoreerd met eenvoudig geschilderde bloemen, en vooral groter dan we dachten. Er was ook een missieschool, een pastorij en een kerktuin.
      Na ons bezoek gingen we nog naar het historisch Chinatown district maar buiten een huis en een Chinees restaurant was er niets te zien. Terug in de missie konden we een budweiser en een coors drinken en een wandeling maken langs de San Luis Creek, zeg maar riviertje.
      Door de havermoutpap hadden we geen zin om middageten te nemen en wandelden we naar de winkelstraat: The Farmers Market. Een gezellige straat met winkels als Abercrombie & Finch, Mac en Sepora. Ook veel andere kledingwinkels, restaurantjes allé genoeg om de rest van de namiddag door te brengen.
      Op terugweg gingen we nog een wine tasting doen, ah ja we zitten midden in het Californische wijngebied. Onderweg met de wagen is dat te gevaarlijk, gezien de strenge alcoholwetten hier.
      Terug aan het motel heb ik de auto langs binnen gepoetst want hij was eigenlijk een beetje vies toen we hem kregen. De avond brachten we door met 3e rangs griezelfilms, lezen en schrijven.
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    • Day6

      San Luis Obispo, United States

      October 23, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Que noite... Reservamos um motel em San Luís Obispo, aqueles motéis dos filmes de terror, chegamos já era de noite, não tinha ninguém na recepção iluminada, um senhor indiano apeteceu apenas quando abrimos a porta. Fizemos o check-in.
      Os lençóis tinham sido trocados mas o chão estavam um nojo, acho que tinha um bocado de pizza num canto. A porta da entrada e a porta da casa de banho estavam danificadas, como se tivesse levado com murros de alguém. Junto a minha cama, a parede, tinha salpicos de algo que parecia comida com molho de tomate. O cheiro difícil de descrever, cheirava a velho com algum ambientador a tentar desfarsar.
      Depois de irmos beber a cerveja, num bar com mais de 40 cerveja, em que nos dão uma pulseira e só pagamos o que consumimos, voltamos para casa, estava tão cansada que adormeci logo...

      Passado de uma hora, a Filipa acordou-me tinha sido toda picada por percevejos, estava cheia de babas no pescoço com uma comichão horrível, acendi a luz, ela tomou um anti estaminico, enchemos a minha cama de repelente e acabamos por dormir as duas na mesma cama.

      Passado um pouco, tive uma dor de cabeça parecia que a minha cabeça ia rebentar, provavelmente devido ao cansaço e o cheiro, tive que tomar um comprimido para as dores para voltar a conseguir dormir.

      No final eu até durmi bem ela que não
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    • Day20

      Monterey - San Luis Obispo

      July 30, 2008 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      See-Elefantenkolonie, Drachen-Windsurfer an der Küste

      San Luis Obispo, Unterkunft im Best Western Royal Oak gegenüber von Ralph’s Supermarket; Steffen planscht im Pool; Abendessen wiederum auf dem Zimmer, leider das Huhn diesmal als Trockenmumie ungleich dem in Palm Springs seligen AngedenkensRead more

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