Big sur to gorda 38.74 hard miles

Trip Start Jan 28, 2014
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Not really still at Big Sur we're at Gorda but this place is so small, it's just a shop & motel, that it doesn't show on any GPS.
Didn't sleep too well as River Inn was on highway one, and although only a few cars going through it was enough to disturb the sleep. I had a couple of pancakes which I couldn't really eat as I still had that 'dry mouth' thing which makes it really difficult to eat - I guess it's dehydration as I had it the first day of the French trip last year. Peter had no problem eating his eggs Benedict, €42 with tip - food here seems really expensive. We had already read that it was a 3 mile hill leaving Big Sur and they weren't wrong, it was really hard going. We had to get off & walk and a young couple from Seattle came up behind us, well the husband Dave- the wife was way behind. They both had Tom trailers (the one wheel kind) & when the wife caught up we had a nice chat along the way (us walking, her cycling - all the same speed) the trailers look a bit wobbly to me. She eventually caught up with her husband who was waiting at the top & then we went off, they never caught us again although we saw them way behind down the hill at one point, they are going to San Diego too. Then it was all up & down over and over, unrelenting - it was lucky we'd bought some bananas & apples as there was nowhere much on the road. The hills don't seem as steep as some we've experienced in France but then we aren't carrying as much stuff, but they certainly go on forever. Then TomTom played a cruel trick on us it said we had only 5 miles then 2 miles to go but then there was a road sign saying Gorda 7 miles, it was a bit chilly and we were really tired so those extra miles psychologically were a killer. It seems nothing recognises Gorda, even this Travelpod didn't have it listed so it's just an approx pin on the map. Eventually at around 3.30 we saw the motel in the distance, wonderful. The room is just gorgeous and has a bath, wonderful we can soak our aching bones. The guy in the store who gave us our key said the restaurant shuts at 6.30 but we ate straight away as we'd had no lunch, great 'wet burrito' (sounds bad but was really good) and Peter a spaghetti Bol - $70 inc 3 beers, it's the 15% tip we have to remember to keep adding. Waitress was really nice, she said June is the best time for the whales as they head North with their babies, also said after San Simeon the route gets flatter. Now it was his turn not to feel good, I know he didn't because he couldn't even finish his 2nd beer! Still after a shower & a short nap he feels better, hopefully good for the 30 hilly miles tomorrow to San Simeon. Bed early as no tv & we're knackered.
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