Day 3- San Francisco to San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
Today we start our road trip as we have now picked up the car which is a dodge caravan this time from Colorado, so far it has driven 25,250 miles its next full service is due at 26,000 miles so I guess it will most defiantly be getting that by the time we reach Chicago. We went for breakfast at Louis diner and then went over to join the queue at Alamo for the car hire we hit the road as soon as all the paperwork and packing of the car had been done. We headed through San Francisco to Lombart Street which is the windiest road in America, the hills to get up to it was so steep but the views coming down from it were fantastic, and defiantly worth doing even if it was in a small mini-van!
Trying to find the I-180 was difficult expecially as the satnav was trying to walk us there rather than drive us (makes sense why it was trying to get us to turn down one way streets). We hit the road to head to San Jose to go to the Winchester House which the word to best discribe it would be MAD! On arrival we were greeted with what looked like a large victorian house yet there was so much more than that. We asked if any of the house was wheelchair acessable which we got the response of defiantly not, I decided that I would walk it and it was clear that it wasn't wheelchair accessible when we went up the crazy stairs, there were 37 easy rider steps (half steps perfect for me) with 7 sharp turns in a small space we inclind 9 ft. The house had 160 rooms with windows on walls and doors and stair cases that lead to nowhere all because Mrs Winchester did not stop building and re-modling her house in 38 years, with people working 24 hours a day on the house.
They think one of the reasons she may have done this was because she sort spiratual advice when she lost her daughter and husband who told her the only way to re-pent the sins of the company her husband was president for was to buy a house and never stop building. To me I think she was cuckoo with more money than she knew what to do with!
We then hit the road for the afternoon and evening leaving at about 4pm and arriving at the motel at 9pm driving so long as it was the first place we came to that we were able to stop at. We drove along highway 1 which follows the coast of California and we were able to experience the views you see on the visit California advert first hand, The views were well worth the long drive and even though I was exhausted by the time we stopped it was fantastic, one of my favorite parts of the drive was when Chris was looking out of the side window and david pulled in to a viewing station the first we had stopped in but Chris didn't realize it was there and honestly believed we were leaving the road to crash down the steep drop into the sea- it was hilarious!!
When we were able to stop it was late and we hadn't eaten so headed over to the closest place which was a 'fast food' resturant which wasn't particularly nice and manage to mess up the no cheese on 2 burgers- which took forever to re-do but it was food and the only thing we could really get.
Today we drove for a total of 6hrs and covered 264 miles. Tomorrow we are heading off to L.A to go to Disney!!