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Highway 1

A roller coaster ride

semi-overcast 66 °F
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Room 65, Bodega Coast Inn, Bodega Bay, California

Once we had turned off the getting-busier US101 onto California Highway 1 the "Seashore Highway", we knew we were on the right road.


Firstly 22 twisting, up & down miles through lush countryside (with grey & foggy weather, that's why it's lush), then, there it is again, the California Pacific coast. For the most part, little traffic and mercifully free of the giant RV (recreational vehicle) trailers that now pollute so many highways and beauty spots.

Also, not too many bikers, though I think the ride all the way down Hwy 1 would be quite a challenge and very rewarding. Note to prospective bikers, though: California law required the wearing of helmets, unlike many others, (eg Arizona and New Mexico). I'd like to be a little bird (or even a big bird) at the California border with all these grey-bearded wonders, ripping off their helmets and tying their silly scarves round their heads.

Yes, Eric, it seems to be a pre-requisite here to have a greying or grey beard to be in with the biking crowd. It also helps to be over 18 stone (and that's just the women).

Seriously, (I am running out of superlatives here) , another wonderful day although blue skies would have helped it be even more fabulous.

As we got further south, the sports cars (Porsche, BMW etc) started to appear. They seemed to be on a mission to kill themselves and somebody else.


In many places the road is collapsing into the ocean and valiant efforts are being made by large men in metal helmets to shore it all up.

At one stage, before Bodega Bay, on a particularly bendy and steep bit, with the ocean hundreds of feet below, we were held up by a California Highway Patrol Car, for about 15 minutes.

Roadworks we'd assumed but, no, it was a very large film crew making a feature movie. Only in America.

Another Highway Patrol car was at the bottom stopping traffic going up.


A long drive to Bodega Bay from Eureka, with an average speed of no more than about 30mph. But well worth it.

When we were last here in 1983, Bodega Bay was a little sleepy, foggy harbour, miles from anywhere. We stayed at the only place there was, The Tides (now a big shop and restaurant), watched a fight in the bar and tried to eat "soft"-shelled crabs without success. We had not realised at the time, of course, that this place starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". Take a look at this.

Next month Tippi Hedren will be back signing her new book at what is now "The Tides". Bodega Bay has now become a weekend retreat for wealthy from San Francisco, which is where we shall be driving tomorrow. Yes, over the Golden Gate Bridge too.

I left my harp in Sampam Disco......

We have a great room (Two Queens again, how do they do it?) with a "deck" and a view over The Bay. The foghorn is sounding......

Any ideas what this is? By the motel.

Posted by Johnash 15:28 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Hi John and Bob,

I've just had a proper look at the photo's! They are amazing! I feel like I'm a part of this amazing trip! The Las Vegas ones made me teary eyed as I have such fabulous memories of being there!

I can't wait to see San Francisco through your eyes!!

I'm loving coming in to work to read your blogs!

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Take care,

Emma xx


Urghh.......I have to give up googling/googleing white flowers - R has just told me to stop waisting time and help with the house work.

by Kingpaul

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