|Driving thru San Simeon, home of Hearst Castle|
|Taken from the Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. in the jeep|
|Landslides are a frequent occurrence|
Driving a wide, high profile vehicle towing a car takes patience and dexterity. Ever aware of cars stacking up behind us we pull over at every wide spot in the road to let them pass. This allows yours truly many photo ops or "drive-by shootings" as I call them.
|A look over the side|
|Lunch with a view|
There are a few choices for camping along the way and as luck would have it we found a beautiful site at Plaskett Creek Campground in the Los Padres Nat'l Forest where we stayed two nights, allowing a full day for exploring in the jeep.
|The satellite works but alas, no phone or internet|
While walking on the beach in Pismo I met a really nice couple and as we walked along together exchanging stories and I told them of our plans to do this drive, they suggested we take the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, which traverses the Santa Lucia Mts., through the Fort Hunter Liggett military base, to the beautiful old Mission San Antonio de Padua. It takes about two hours to go 20 miles, with a 3000' elevation climb in the first eight!
|At Mission San Antonio de Padua|
|I loved this door!|
The following day we continued on to Monterey, through major bridge re-construction. At this point I have to say I have no idea how Howard threads through these narrow passages with nary a scrape or wounded traffic cone! Even the Caltrans workers were impressed! But on we went with yet more beautiful scenery, and gorgeous old bridges shot through a dirty windshield.
|How does Howard drive thru this?|
|Sometimes fog enhances the beauty|
|Big Creek Bridge, 1932|