Katie and I left Vacaville at 8:30 am Monday. We drove over to Bodega Bay and then went up Coast Route 1 from Bodega Bay to Garberville - what a trip! From Vacaville to Bodega Bay to Garberville, it took me 11.5 hours to drive 246 miles. I was driving between 35 and 40 mph most of the way, with 10 to 15 mph around some of the turns. There were quite a few hairpin turns.
There were lots of areas with road construction and many places where the road was out and narrowed to a one-lane road with temporary red lights to control the lanes of traffic. Coast Route 1 has pretty narrow lanes compared to 101 or Highway 5.
There were a lot of slides. All the construction was very interesting when you aren't in a hurry. I didn't take any photos of the most narrow roads or the hairpin turns, for obvious reasons. I was holding my breath and not my camera. Lots of narrow bridges - I discovered I love driving over bridges. The lanes are more forgiving on the right side than the roads are, so I actually had more room.
When I started getting tired of driving, around 6, I stopped at a state park and then a private park to check on prices, and they both wanted $35 a night - the state park had no hook-ups. There was no way I was paying that much to just sleep overnight and drive on again. Around 8, I stopped for gas in Garberville, and right next door was an RV Park. I called them, and he quoted me $28/night with water and electricity., $33 with sewer too.
It's called Richardson Grove Campground and RV. I went over and found a site. There were pretty barren sites and nice forested sites, but the ones with the trees were near a group of Christian teen-agers camping and making a lot of noise. Nice noise - signing hymns, hooting and hollering, etc, but still... They were pretty noisy, so I opted for the plain site area.
Katie and I are at the beach at Trinidad Bay right now, taking a break, having lunch and writing the blog. This is where we are now:
It's really quiet and pretty here, a good place to stop for lunch. After the mid-90 degree weather in Vacaville, this foggy beach weather is really nice.
I'm looking for a great, inexpensive place to camp for a week or two - probably in Oregon. And now... the fog is coming in and my view is going away, so... back to our road trip.
From Me and My Dog, have a great Tuesday, everyone! : )