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Yesterday was moving day; about 170 miles. Liberty took a beating the entire way from just about each and every bridge. CalTrans has done a very good job on the roads and most are smooth with only a few areas in need of patches. However, they really need to work on their bridge ends. I hit a couple that made me look in the rearview mirror to make sure Liberty hadn't unhitched. I really hope the roads improve as I head farther north in a couple days.
I moved from one KOA to another which is unusual since I usually don't stay in KOA's. They are full of amenities that I don't need. For example; petting zoo's, bouncing pillow, hayrides, etc. They are usually overpriced for my needs but would be very nice for a family with children. The advantage for me is they are usually located exactly where I need to be to do the exploring I want to do. I'm using this one for access to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Coast. I also think there is a grove of Redwoods close by which I didn't know about until I checked in here. The campsite was perfectly level both fore and aft which is always good. I haven't counted lately but I think I'm getting close to having stayed in 100 campgrounds and have only had to use leveling blocks maybe a dozen times. Of course there were a few times that I should have used the blocks but I was tired and said that 1/2 bubble would be OK. It is during those time I have to be careful about opening the shower door to make sure it doesn't fling open too fast and hit the vanity counter.
|KOA campsite, electric/water. I will empty my tanks on the way out or since the dump station is in a very bad location, I may just carry the extra weight to the next location.|
Traffic to the bridge was light and I was able to go 60 mph the entire way. I saw a California Highway Patrol motorcycle cop speeding while weaving in and out of traffic without his "bubble gum lights" on. He got about a mile ahead of me before pulling someone over. By the way, those cop lights don't look like "bubble gum machines" anymore, I wonder what they call them now a days. I've heard it called "running hot", but heck that could have double meanings so I don't think I'll use it. :)
|The bridge is 78 years old and is maintained by a crew of 16 ironworkers and 34 painters. It is called The Golden Gate Bridge because it crosses the Golden Gate Strait, which is the water leading from the ocean to San Francisco bay.|
|That is Alcatraz Island on the left/middle. It gives you an idea how far the guys who escaped had to go to get to shore. Personally, I don't think they made it although others think they made it safely and lived a normal life afterwards.|
|She sure is a pretty bridge.|
|I found a nice "thinking bench" on the way to the bridge overlook, however it was already occupied.|
After I left the bridge, I went back north on U.S. 101 and exited onto CA 1 which runs along the coast. I figured there would be some nice ocean views. I wasn't mistaken.
|Looking north. You can see the highway as it curves around the outcroppings.|
|There is a house with a view|
|A nice walkway has been built out to the point.|
|There is a bird sitting on the highest rock next to the tree. He stayed there the entire time I spent on the walkway.|
|After the young ladies left, I enjoyed the end of the overlook. It was nice.|
|Looking back towards the parking area. Notice the lack of people. Being early in the season is great.|
|The only true beach area along this stretch of coast. It is about 3 miles long and named Stinson Beach. It was a little chilly for beach time but I can imagine it is packed during the summer time.|
|I drove through several locations with these trees. Their surfaces are smooth like an Aspen or Birch. Some appeared to not have any bark at all. I haven't researched them to know their name, sorry.|
|This was my view as I ate my lunch. Bologna sure tastes better when you have a good view.|
|As I got farther away from the coast and coming into to Petaluma from the west, the landscape changed to these rolling hills. There was green grass everywhere and lots of dairy cows.|
|There were places where only a few cows were grazing. If you look close you can see more cows in the background that are "skylining" themselves at the top of the hill.|
|I decided to include a selfie with the bridge in the background.|
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.