Diary - Day 2




Jeremy's Pictures


Day 1 Thursday May 12th San Francisco CA – San Luis Obispo CA

Jenny & Richard Seys


Colin's Pictures


The long awaited day had finally arrived and like all new “recruits” we had assembled in the hotel garage at 08.00 prompt for our briefing from Steve Roake. Steve gave us a resume of the whole trip to whet our appetites and we then bade an emotional farewell as, after all his hard work on the routes, ill-health prevented him from joining us.
The big adventure had finally begun !
The first challenge was to navigate our way out of San Francisco in the morning rush hour but we soon left the city behind us.
It proved impossible to keep in convoy through the city but informal groups soon formed through the course of the day and we were joined by the duo’s of Peter & Pauline (Camm) and Arthur & Patricia (Edge).
A minor navigational error by yours truly resulted in this convoy missing the first main exit but the next took us on a a very scenic drive and we soon rejoined Highway 1 for our long journey south, 271 miles of winding, coast hugging switchback.
After seemingly endless stops for refreshments, photos, adding/removing layers of clothing and being buttonholed by inquisitive locals we finally reached the 17 Mile Drive, a truly beautiful detour. More photo shoots, a little envious house hunting around the coastal real estate before pausing for lunch at Pebble Beach in amenable company.
We continued south on Highway 1 almost inexorably linked to the ocean and were joined by Alan (Marsh) and Ed en route to our first overnight stop, the Apple Farm Inn at San Luis Obispo – a twee and thoroughly chintzy establishment, the greeting with a cup of hot cider and cakes was most welcome !(The town was full of customised hot rods so the petrol heads amongst us could ogle over the machines and in particular the superb paintwork finishes in USA – we subsequently learn, Day 16 McPherson College, Kansas, that they use substances banned in Europe ! ! - Ed)
What a great start to the tour, the only event to mar the day being Pauline’s favourite Morgan hat blowing over a cliff.
Well done Steve, our thoughts were with you as we started the first leg of our journey.


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