Just as all good RV’ers and travelers do every morning (you do, right?), I checked all my tire pressures. They were all right on the money, but one of my older tires on the trailer was showing some interesting cracking near the bead, that seems to have gotten more extensive and interesting looking since departing home. Not really wishing to experience what a blowout might be like on a tight downhill corner on the coastal highway, I decided to bring the spare tire in to the game. Since I was already parked in a perfect tire-changing spot, I did that before hitting the road south.
At interesting spots along the coast we stopped to enjoy the scenery and see what the binoculars could pick out on the shoreline. At several of these pull-offs we ran into this nice young lady with a telemetry antenna, that she was aiming at the water. Doubting they have any bears in the water (!), I asked and found out that she was tracking some sea otters. With her help, I managed to pick some out myself – not an easy task with all the otter-like kelp floating in the same waters.
South of Lucia, there is some substantial construction going on of an impressive looking new bridge, where the old highway has been continuing it’s slide into the ocean.
This time we got smart and unhooked and went on a scouting mission to be really sure that there was adequate clearance and turn-around spots on the road we planned to take. I have been over it plenty of times in the past, but never with the 5th wheel. As expected, it was narrow in spots, but there was a decent selection of u-turn possibilities.
Having now adopted the laid back California attitude, the need to leave in the morning did not seem to overwhelm us. And it seemed like an ideal day to go for a little hike.
From there it was all the way down to the water’s edge to see what the tides were doing.