Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
You definitely want to ride the coast highway from Leggett in the north all the way through San Francisco and down to San Luis Obispo. Here's a few ideas -
At Leggett is the Chandelier tree where you can drive your bikes through a redwood (it's a fun tourist thing to do, and it makes for a great picture).
When going through San Francisco ride up to the top of the Marin Headlands on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge; spectacular views of the city and bridge from there.
There's all kinds of stuff to see and do in the Monterey area - the aquarium, Cannery Row Fisherman's Wharf, Check out Carmel, etc.
Just south of Carmel is Point Lobos park, which is great for a short hike, and you can get right down on the rocks next to the ocean, look around in tide pools, see sea lions, etc. It's a really nice place for a break and to roam around a bit.
Once you get down near San Simeon there's Hearst Castle which is almost a must see. Also you'll see some parking lots on the ocesn side of the road just north of there at Piedras Blancas. this is an elephant seal rookery, and there are usually a bunch of them laying around on the beach. It's really fun.
You can't really avoid the desert leaving the state from the south, but I would recommend picking the fastest route across you can, and do it early in the morning as well.
Oh yeah, when you get to San Jose give me a holler and we can get together for a bite to eat. Haven't shared a meal with you since Shirley's in Toccoa, GA!
San Jose, CA
2010 R1200RT Polar Metallic
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The shortest distance between two points is for people who don't ride!
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