So far on our American road trip, we have driven over 2,200 miles down the west coast from Seattle to Central California and I have to say, the Big Sur has been my absolute favourite journey so far.
The Santa Lucia Mountains abruptly rise and the rugged coastline spans on for over 90 miles - each mile absolutely breath taking. The California Highway 1 along this stretch hugs the coast as the long, windy road takes you in, out and around the mountains. Despite climbing over 5,100 feet above sea level, you never seem to be too far away from the glistening shores of the Pacific Ocean which let me tell you, dramatically changes from the normal dark blue shades to a wonderful green the closer you get to San Luis Obispo.
We pulled over a few times to take a few pictures and were lucky enough to see a couple of whales feeding in the waters close by. One American chap who had a set of binoculars seemed to think these were Killer Whales (gulp).
We really wanted to stop off at Hearst Castle to break up the 140+ mile journey but unfortunately, there was a big bike event happening which not only added an extra hour on to our drive time (they hog the roads don’t they these cyclists), but the race was ending at the castle so we decided against it in the end.
Not long after driving past Hearst Castle we noticed a group of cars parked up on the other side of the road and lots of people taking pictures…..Zebras! Lots of them all playing together in a field with some horses. Amazing! Such beautiful animals. I would have loved to have shown you some pictures but Tom wouldn’t pull over (he says he couldn’t, I disagree).
We eventually arrived in San Luis Obispo later than expected but what a lovely, town. Very quaint, it’s a University town with lots of shops, bars and restaurants etc. We settled at Main Street Grille and had a feast and wandered back to our motel via Bubblegum Alley - yep, an alley with walls (21m long by 15ft high) covered in chewing gum. It was pretty disgusting but smelled surprisingly fruity.