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Monterey to Santa Barbara

And all that’s in between

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The last week of our trip () sees us travelling at a slower pace down the west coast of the US back to LA. The fact Highway 1 is still closed meant we had to go a duller route to Cambria however, we chose to go the Carmel Valley road, which, whilst not Highway 1, is a beautiful route and a much more preferable route to the 101. We chose to stay an extra night in Cambria so that we could drive a little up Highway 1 (to compensate for the fact we could only see 12 miles at the top end) as well as visit Hearst Castle. Hearst was the morning – and we can both honestly say that neither of us has seen a home quite like it, and we’ve seen a lot of English ancestral homes – and Highway 1 was the afternoon. As luck would have it all of the mud slides that had made around 50 miles of the 1 inaccessible for a few days had been cleared so we were able to drive around 35 miles up from Cambria. We could have gone all the way back to the land-slip closure south of Carmel if we’d chosen but we didn’t fancy doing a 100 mile round trip starting at 2pm going back to where we’d left the day before! That said, the 35 miles we did do was beautiful; the most rugged, scenic and alive coastline you could imagine. Then it was on to Santa Barbara via Solvang – a quant, Danish style town – through the mountains (and the worst driving conditions we’ve ever experienced due to the mist) and down to the coastline via a scenic drive. It was drizzling when we arrived in Santa Barbara so it was hard to get a good impression but the next day was bright and sunny so we were able to walk along the beach, down the pier, taking in the Sunday morning feeling and ended up wishing we lived somewhere like this. Next, and final, stop is Santa Monica and it should be sunny.

Posted by neilthelr 23:11 Archived in USA

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