Southern States Tour – Day 8

Day 8 Route
Day 8 Route

The coastal pattern of overcast skies in the morning continued today. The clouds didn’t break until I was south of Big Sur. Temperatures along my route ranged from the mid-50’s to the mid-60’s.

Day’s distance: 173 miles
Total trip distance: 1382 miles

I left the house about 9am this morning. I rode down Hwy 1 through Watsonville, Monterey, and was well into Big Sur before stopping to take a photo.

Big Sur Coastline
Big Sur Coastline

As is my way, I like to stop for a latte in the late morning. This time, I stopped at Cafe Kevah for a single-shot latte and a muffin. This cafe has tables set up outside on a large patio with a pretty scenic overlook.

Cafe Kevah, Big Sur
Cafe Kevah, Big Sur

While there, I met a young couple. He rode and asked me what I was riding and where I was heading. I’ve said this before, it seems everyone has a motorcycle story. Since I don’t carry a selfie stick, I asked if they could take a photo for me.

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You can just see the sun to the south breaking out from the cloud cover.

Here are some Big Sur coastline photos I took last year, when the sun was shining.

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This year, I stopped at Point Piedras Blancas, where the Elephant Seal Colony resides. I had been following a Ural motorcycle with sidecar for a few miles and wanted to ask the riders some questions. It turned out they were staying in Morro Beach State Park, my destination, and we arranged to share a beer later in the evening. The owner, Mike, and his wife travel by RV and tow the Ural with them.

I arrived at the campground about 2pm, hoping they had some first-come, first-served parking spots. They were full over the weekend (according to Mike), but there were plenty of spaces now that most folks go back to work or school.

I set up camp quickly.

Morro Bay State Park campsite
Morro Bay State Park campsite

I took a hike up to the top of Black Hill. It overlooks Morro Bay. Here are some photos from the hike.

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The wild turkey in the last photo was close to me when it jumped onto the trail. It startled me and I about dropped the camera. I followed it for a few minutes until I could get another chance to photograph it.

A selfie, taken at the top of Black Hill.

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For dinner, I made Noodles and Chicken, one of my favorite Mountain House dehydrated meals. I was using a new gas cannister and had a difficult time getting it to ‘unseal’. Eventually, with some patience, it started supplying fuel to the stove.

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I visited Mike, and we shared a beer and talked motorcycles. I crashed pretty early and slept well, for camping anyway. All in all, another great day 🙂

2 thoughts

  1. Great visit with you in Santa Cruz! I felt like I was on vacation. Contacted my brother, who said they have a full house right now, though you could give him a call when you go through Tampa.

    The photos look nice even if the sun wasn’t shining. Sounds like a pleasant start to the week.

    Happy trails!

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