It's another longer travel day so a short entry in the blog.
I eat a long leisurely breakfast with Carol and Sherman, pack my things up and say my goodbyes. It really would have been good to stay another night but I guess that's a good reason to come back to Yosemite as I feel like I only just scratched the surface of this beautiful place.
The drive was a little boring again. To be fair having driven Route 1 anything else is bound to be boring, but the good news is I think I have finally cured my travel narcolepsy as I did not feel at all sleepy on this drive. In total I have driven 1546 miles from San Diego to San Francisco, via Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, LA, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obiespo, Monterey and Yosemite. I was worried before I started this trip about the driving part as the truth be told I don't really like driving, but actually it's been fine and I have even quite enjoyed it in places. I dropped the car off at Alamo when I reached San Francisco and killed a couple of hours stealing wifi in the lobby of a Hilton hotel as I told my next host I would not arrive till after 6pm.
I am staying the next two nights with a friend of a friend (thanks Daphne for the hook up) in the Twin Peaks area of the city, which is just up behind Castro. When I arrive shortly after 6pm Christian is waiting and he gives me a tour around his apartment which has a million dollar view of the city.
I offered to take Christian out for dinner and we went for tapas in The Mission area. The food was fantastic, they even had pimientos de padron which I have never seen before in the US, these are like my crack, I love them. The 30 min walk down to the restaurant was easy, the 50 min walk back up some of the steepest streets I have ever seen less so, surely with streets like this no one in this city can be overweight they are insane.