Central Coast & Bay Area, CA

And we reached the Bay area, staying in Gilroy, just south of San Jose. The location offers good access to some nice motorcycle rides.

VW is almost a common sight here. Stylish.
Hills east of Santa Cruz Moutains, delightful on motorcycle.

I managed to meet Fabien in Moutain view; and it’s nice to reach an old friend and get fresh news. All around, the trees are blooming and Jessica is sneezing. There is no real winter here and you’ve to look at the nude wines to get a grasp of winter in California. The other clue is that the RV parks are full – they are year round – but the clients are more snowbirds than week-end warriors.

On the next week-end, we moved north of the Bay and settled in Merin. Along the road, it’s a string of posh small towns, trimmed and groomed, expensive and boring as Switzerland. We jumped off the beaten path and thanks to Jessica’s deep knowledge of the area, we managed to reach more secluded land. Coastal North California’s landscape is rugged, even if elevation is ridiculous. Roads are twisted, steep and narrow, bike path are alike.

North of Muir beach, the coast gets rocky
windy it is

Further north is Bolinas, unpolished but just nice as a town should be, with its free auto organized library and farmers market : you picked what you want and you pay depending on how much you’re happy to find that book. If you want. There is a free books shelves for broken but avid readers.

Bolinas small city is a heaven safe from the crowds
The Bolinas Bassin is connected to the ocean and tide is effect is strong; the western version of a mini-Arcachon’s bassin.

across the image, the San Andreas fault

Next day, on the other side of the peninsula…

China State park, on the Bay side

We don’t have much plans. Maybe stay another week and head back to Colorado. We do miss La Veta.

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