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That was a 'Big Sur'-prise we Could Have Done Without

One Step Forward = Two Backwards

sunny 27 °C

Today was one of those days we'll look back on and laugh about, one day, maybe.

The plan was to drive towards LA via Big Sur (Sur is Spanish for South) a famous piece of coastal highway. The warning bells should have gone off when we passed a couple of signs along the way advising that the road was closed in X miles. That couldn't apply to us and all the other people who who enjoying a pleasant drive along this Scenic Byway?. Wrong.

Long story short, we drove about 65 miles only to find that the road was impassable from that point - there was no other option but to turn around and retrace our steps until we reached a point where we could take an alternative route. All up that was some 130 miles (210 kilometres) down the tubes - on the plus side we did get to see some great scenery (twice).

After a long slog of driving we have holed-up in Santa Barbara for the night. We are staying down by the harbour which is a pretty groovy/trendy place.

Anyway, all good things do to come to an end, as has this trip.

All that is left is the planning of the next one (and to be reunited with our darling daughter).


PS: The following info would have been handy earlier:

Associated Press
Posted: 05/03/2011 09:05:32 AM PDT
Updated: 05/03/2011 09:53:32 AM PDT

A section of Highway 1 through the Big Sur region will remain closed for another month or so as crews continue to work on clearing a landslide.

A spokesman for the California Department of Transportation says the highway at Alder Creek won't be open for another four to six weeks.

Alder Creek is about 25 miles north of San Simeon, or about 38 miles south of the town of Big Sur.

Colin Jones says the section of roadway was covered when "thousands of tons of dirt and debris" fell on the highway last month.

The same stretch of roadway was also closed for several days after a landslide in late March.

Posted by robali 21:49

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Silver lining - great scenery. As a side note do you two want a lift home from the airport. I still have the grandparents car. The weather has been misty/rainy all week here. Mitzi misses you all
Safe journey home!

by mischief

Thanks for the offer but we'll make our own way home. Mist? Rain? What's that? We'll be leaving a sunny/maybe smoggy, 24 degrees

by robali

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