Wednesday, July 21, 2021

~ 112 Degrees ~

“Adventure is worthwhile.” ― Aristotle.

I knew it was hot here in Three Rivers, CA but the temperature on my instrument panel - 112 degrees - was concerning. It was time to get out of Dodge and head for the cool coast, 150 miles away where the high was a mere 64 degrees.

112 degrees in Three Rivers, CA

My ride begins with a farewell kiss from Denise and a picture.

Lunch along Highway 41.

Normally, I'd travel Highway 1 from Monterey, pass the Bixby Bridge, down to Morro Bay. It's a scenic route with dramatic ocean views and a road full of challenging curves. There are also ample camping spots along this route. I love it. However, today is a quick one-night trip so I'll take a direct route from Three Rivers to San Simeon State Park where I hope to get a campsite.

The entrance station ranger asks: "Do you have a reservation?" It is always a good idea to ask if there are any last-minute cancellations when you don't have a reservation. "Today is your lucky day, site 229 in the Washburn Campground is open for tonight only," she adds with a smile. I buy some firewood and head up the road to Washburn to stake my claim. The evening sun is setting and I can hear the ocean waves a short distance away.

Campsite 229 is perhaps the best site in the entire campground. It is surrounded by huge pine trees that will make a perfect spot to hang my hammock.

Here are a few pictures from that trip.

Bought some firewood for camp.

Home for the night.

Upper room tonight.

Camp life.

Washburn Campground, San Simeon State Park.


The temperature in the morning was 46 degrees.

My 2019 Indian Springfield.

Sunset at San Simeon State Park.

JBJ Round Up Pizza in Cambria is a favorite spot.

Morro Bay State Park.

Farewell Morro Bay, heading home to Three Rivers.

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