Gents and Ladies-
As previously noted, I'm planning a XC roadtrip, mostly of the "speed" variety, at the end of October/early November. That'll be from North Carolina to Port Hueneme, CA, near Oxnard. Great suggestions and opinions were expressed as to a side trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Now I'm ready to look at a little time to spend in CA, as other aspects of this trip have now been booked and scheduled.
On Monday, Nov 5, I'll travel from Port Hueneme up to the Santa Cruz area. I'll likely have some business to tend to before departing so would estimate a 10am departure. Arrival time up at Santa Cruz not terribly important but would like to get in by, say, 7-8pm. As of now, I'm figuring on running up US 101 and from there the most direct way into Corralitos, CA, my destination for the night (visit my younger sister + her family). The geologist in me still remembers many photos of earthquake scars and offset sidewalks and buildings in the Hollister, CA area. Being able to see something like that in person would be terrific. Are there any "Earthquake/San Andreas Fault" museums/sights to see?
On Thursday, Nov 8, the wife will have flown in and we'll be headed back to Port Hueneme to attend a battalion luncheon on the 9th and to return our son's truck to him. We will have overnighted that Wed night in Belmont, CA, between San Francisco and San Jose. We'd like a glimpse of the Pacific Coast Highway. It appears we'd be wise to run down to Monterey as quickly as we can and see if we can make it down to San Luis Obispo area on the PCH. We're fairly early risers and rollers, so I think we could cover the approx 90 miles from Belmont to Monterey and get on the PCH by, say, 8:30-9:00am. We'd probably like a nice lunch stop but would likely not be interested in longer stops or side trips such as the Hearst Castle. We prefer the coastal scenery to architecture, not that there's anything wrong with the latter. If we get down to the SLO area, it appears we'll need to run US 101 on down to Port Hueneme on Friday morning in order to get to the luncheon by noon, but if it's possible to do that segment on the PCH, more better for us. Again, early risers and rollers.
So, thoughts as to the logic here, guidebook recommendations (I'm big on map books/brochures and have just purchased and received the DeLorme Central and Southern CA Atlas/Gazetteer), and recommendations for stops between Monterey and SLO, including overnight around SLO, are all of interest.