395, 14, 58, 99, 46, 101, 1, that’s how to get to El Chorro Regional County Park, just outside of San Luis Obispo, from Mammoth Lakes. Once upon a time, with our friend Suzie, we drove from San Jose to Paso Robles, to Cuyucos. I’ve been to Santa Maria plenty of times for business. And we have numerous friends that went to Cal Poly SLO. But to the best of our recollection, neither of us has been to San Luis Obispo, and we have a 100 years combined in this state.
El Chorro is a little pricey, $25 a night for a primitive spot. $38 for full hook up. In this cool weather there’s no need for a full hook up since we have solar. The big bonus is you can get a six minute hot shower for a dollar! Six minutes is a really long time. You know the Harris family and their cleanliness is next to godliness belief. So the routine was a six minute one dollar hot shower after the daily bike ride, then a shower in the Airstream before bed time.
Our first night in town we went into the closest bike shop and had Amelia chat it up with all the guys to get trail info. If there is one thing I know, it’s guys in bike shops dig chicks, especially single speeders.
We were able to squeeze in two breweries, SLO Brewing and Central Coast Brewing. And three bike rides, West Cuesta Ridge, Irish Hills, and Lemon Grove Loop. Cuesta was the best. The funny thing is the bike shop guy and a local, riding at Cuesta, made a big deal of warning us about all the loose rocks and horrible condition of the Morning Glory trail. I guess it’s all relative to where you ride. We kept waiting for the gnarly part. Compared to the trails we ride in SD, it was like being on a paved golf cart path! Now its down the road a few miles to Montana de Oro, or what the locals refer to as MDO.