San Simeon to Shell beach 49 miles

Trip Start Jan 28, 2014
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Great, I do feel OK this morning - no probs with the Margaritas.
Had a really great make your own waffle machine in the hotel so breakfast was sorted.
Started off at 9.15 as usual but today the route wasn't directly uphill but it is much busier now we've left the high country, luckily the bike lanes are really wide almost the same as the car lanes so you feel quite safe, realised though that what we kept thinking was glass on the road is actually stuff in the Tarmac shining. It's quite chilly, really glad Tina lent me her ski gloves, then the hills come but they are more roller coaster don't need to walk them today. Came to a lovely little coast town Cayucos, really quaint with a pier and as we cycled in there was a fish& chip shop, Duckies, so Peter said we just had to stop even though it was only 11.30 so we shared a portion of fried snapper with chips and a beer, very good. It was warming up now and there were lots of cyclists, skateboarders and surfers about also a few old classic American cars driving in the town. Off again & the road was busy and also for the first time we couldn't see the ocean. TomTom told us to turn off the one which we were happy with but then took us on a road that seemed even busier, the traffic noise was so load that I missed her telling us to turn left but did hear her saying 'turn around where possible' after cycling up a very long hill. Stopped to look at the map & a nice cyclist told us that we had missed a left turn down the hill so turned around and the left turn was great, it was a really quiet road, no traffic but plenty of hills - first walk of the day but really beautiful it made you think of the old Westerns you'd seen, could almost see the Indians coming over the hills. Then back on the busy road through the large town of San Luis Obispo where we had stopped on the train on our way up, busy shopping mall and then after a bit of confusion TomTom took us on the pacific Highway which is a bike route that runs alongside the 101. A really nice ride but we were getting tired, luckily had a muffin from breakfast and with the last of our water took some Ibuprofen and we're set. Then along the coast past fancy hotels (must have been the $200 a night ones I saw online) & finally came to ours - it's the worst we've stayed in, a real dive, scruffy with lots of broken stuff, an old TV (& VCR!) & it was $90 but I guess they can charge that for a party town by the coast, quite a difference from last nights with its flat screen & 2 huge beds plus enough room for the bikes to be in with us for $60 - must keep shoes on just in case the carpets as dirty as it looks! The lady was Indian at reception so Peter asked her if there were any good Indian restaurants around & she said yes back in San Luis Obispo, too far - she let us put the bikes in the laundry room. After a quick shower we go into the Brewhouse next door for a few beers, I've never seen so many tattoos,bushy beards & weird looking youngsters in one place. The girl next to me had quite a low neck top & her whole chest was tattooed plus arms & fingers too - maybe her whole body was. A guy even had a T shirt saying Keep Calm & grow a Beard. Everybody really nice though as usual, then off for a Chinese which was really good & back for an early night, it was a really tiring day.
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