Driving North.... San Francisco

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Avila Beach
So we headed off pretty early Tuesday AM headed towards San Fran via Highway 1.... First stop was Avila Beach, to scope out where Mum and Dad were married. I had a loose description of the venue, but I think I managed to find it. Mum/Dad - can you please confirm when you see the photo's? It was a beautiful spot right on the beach....

We jumped in the car, and headed further north. We heard the drive up the coast was pretty spectacular, but had no idea it would be this spectacular. 60 miles of road was carved in the side of mountains that fell directly into the ocean. Wow. There was cove after cove... all of which were just as spectacular as the one before. In the beginning we stopped at every 'vista' point... but eventually realised we weren't going to make it to San Fran if we stopped everytime there was an amazing view.
Driving up Highway #1
.... oh and we almost had a massive bingle (car crash) when negotiating a corner with another car screaming around the bend on our side of the road.

We made it to San Fran about 4pm. Found our hostel, and was a little shocked when the woman in our dorm proceeded to talk and talk and talk... mainly to Sam who was stuck in conversation with her. After evading her, we then set out on the Cable Car down to Fisherman's wharf... was ok, a bit of a tourist trap, but we still enjoyed the mandatory clam chowder and a beer. We headed back up toward Union square where we were staying and stopped off on the way for another beer. I guess we got the full San Francisco experience when the 81 year old man sitting next to us at the bar offered to show us his 'paintings' - all of nude men.
just one of many coves up highway #1
We declined his offer, and made a prompt decision to leave that bar, and return to the safety of our hostel and crashed for the night..... only to be awoken by the mad-woman sharing our room at 3am when she shot up out of bed screaming as loud as she could "aarrgh, aarrgh... get it off me, get it away from me"... initial thoughts were that Sam was up to no good, but turns out she was just a headcase.

anyway, they left early that morning, so we woke up and rented some bikes, met a Kiwi Guy staying in our hostel and rode around town.... After crossing the bridge, we decided to go check out free day at the zoo... we didin't quite realise what we were in for.... the zoo was a long long way. Needless to say we were disappointed when we finally reached the zoo and were told it was shut for the day. So we started the long journey back to base camp. Got incredible lost but made it in the end..... 60km's wirth of riding on a crap rental bike in hilly San Fran.

Completed the day with some Mexican and a couple of good and not so good beers down in Mission with our new Kiwi Mate.

....next up.... Yosemite....
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Avila Beach
Avila Beach
Driving up Highway #1
Driving up Highway #1
just one of many coves up highway …
just one of many coves up highway…
San Fran
San Fran
hangin out at the Bridge
hangin' out at the Bridge
Avila Beach Resort
Avila Beach Resort
Bridge on Highway #1
Bridge on Highway #1
Exploratorium @ San Fran. Was free…
Exploratorium @ San Fran. Was fre…
The bridge
The bridge
Funny Sign
Funny Sign