I would Drive 500 Miles, and I would Drive 500 more…

Just to be the Car that drove 1000 miles to show up at your dooooor!!!

Driving Red Sports Car up the Californian Coast: ★★★★☆ 

Today Bex and I journeyed from San Diego to Ragged Point, both on the west coast. North of Los Angeles the countryside is actually breathtaking and I cannot even begin to understand why anyone would live in L.A when there’s such a wonderful place just around the corner. Its not for the coffee, that’s for sure.

San Diego was OK. The Hostel we stayed at stunk because of the pipes, and it was noisy (because well, downtown San Diego is just noisy) but I liked it enough. There were plenty of food places and things to see and do. We could have easily spent more time there in the hustle and bustle of the city, but I’m honestly glad to get away for a while.

Downtown San Diego: ★★½☆☆ 

We fuelled up the Camaro (which in itself was a chore, working out how they do refuelling here) and headed as north west as possible. Traffic was really kind to us except for a bad pile up on the Interstate 5 North (2 cars, an RV and a Trash truck) and we made pretty good time. It still baffles me that the posted speed limits will be blatantly ignored by most drivers, who will choose to do a solid 15-20 miles _FASTER_ than is legal. Admittedly I did not mind, and we spent as much of our time as possible doing about 120Kph. Broadly speaking california drivers have so far been very polite and have moved over for faster cars and we’ve never found ourselves blocked by unwitting or unwilling drivers.

We stopped for lunch at a place called In and Out burgers. They come highly recommended at the price point. It was better than Mickey Ds and fed us both for 13.01.

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We only actually did 400 miles today, but it sounds good enough – we’ve got about 240 miles until San Fran Cisco, but we’ve got a few stopovers on the way. Tomorrow morning we’re visiting Hearst Castle just to take a look, and when we get to SFC we’ll be either going to see the giant redwoods or the decommissioned prison (Alcatraz?)

The place we’ve stayed at tonight was fortunate and just spectacular. The view is incredible – our room is listed as “not having an ocean view”, because comparatively it does not – but it’s still one hell of a view, other rooms be damned. Bex and I went down the hill a ways to see the sunset and take a million photos. We saw a hummingbird and managed to take some snaps of him too.

Chalet Room: ★★★★☆ 

We had dinner here in the fancy restaurant – I had a 3/4lb filet steak with blue potatoes and vegetables, and Bex ordered a pork cutlet with sweet potato mash and vegetables. The meals were amazing. I also tried the local brew – Firestone pale ale. It wasn’t amazing, but a good beer. For dessert we had a chocolate pudding of some kind which was hot and saucy in the centre, with a side of ice-cream and strawberry syrup. At the moment we’re feeling rather well fed.

Ragged Point Inn Meals: ★★★★½ 

Firestone Pale Ale: ★★☆☆☆ 

Fancy Food Regret: ★★★★☆ 

That’s about it for this update. More from SFC, and hopefully I can put in some more photos too!