Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Cayucos to Pismo Beach
33 SMOOTH Miles
Today’s options are 30 miles or 80, based on towns with accommodations and depending upon the wind and the reality of the terrain. We have a headwind, however as the hills are gentle grades all is well.
The terrain is fine as we stay on One, where possible, and avoid some unpleasant hills. After San Luis Obispo, yet another charming town, the “No Bicyclists, No Pedestrians” signs appear and I route us on a side road that parallelsOne/ 101, probably the original Coast Highway.
One is no longer the Cabrillo Highway; it is now designated the Pacific Coast Highway or PCH. For awhile the PCH is also the El Camino Real or The King’s Road, the original route of the 21 California Spanish Missions established by Father Junipero Serra starting in 1769 with Mission San Diego de Alcala.
As a bonus we are also on the San Luis Obispo Wine Trail with signs leading to the famed Edna Valley.
I haven’t even started to describe Pismo Beach, “The Clam Capitol of the World”, though it is now illegal to go clamming here as the sea otters have first dibs.
Pismo Beach is yet another classic California beach town. Highway One runs right through the city along with every version of lodging imaginable. The 101 Freeway runs 2 blocks East and bypasses the town, thus most people probably no longer see the town, the pier or the incredible beach.
The air is crystal clear thanks to the strong wind; hopefully that same wind will be in our favor in the morning when we make the run inland to Lompoc.
Many thanks for another safe successful day.
A bit more about Cayucos:In October 2009, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine listed Cayucos as one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America”. I would tend to agree.