Today we travelled from Morro Bay through Big Sur to Monterey on California State Route 1 (SR 1).
Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the central coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el país grande del sur”, “the big country of the south”, referring to its location south of the Monterey Peninsula. The terrain offers stunning views (see the pictures below), making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. Although Big Sur has no specific boundaries, many definitions of the area include the 90 miles (140 km) of coastline from San Luis Obispo to Carmel.
And, wow what a 90 miles, even more adventurous if travelling in a 24′ RV (just imagine travelling in a big RV or with a 5th wheel). You travel on SR 1 which is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. And, although SR 1 is a popular route for its scenic beauty, frequent landslides and erosion along the coast have caused several segments to be closed for lengthy periods for repairs. We were lucky, we experienced many one-lane sections under repair, and some crazy drivers (one almost ran Don over when he was trying to take a picture) but we made it. We are going to go back down it, in just a car over the next days, so that we can pull off at every scenic vista and California state park.