395, 14, 58, 99, 46, 101, 1: September 5-7, 2014

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.

Fool me twice, shame on me. I don’t know what we were thinking but we stayed overnight at Boulder Creek and had problems again.

Fool me twice, shame on me. I don’t know what we were thinking but we stayed overnight at Boulder Creek and had problems again with the AC.

There's no doubt we are by the coast.

There’s no doubt we are by the coast.

Where's the other half?

Where’s the other half?

There's a Puggle in there.

There’s a Puggle in there.

The start of West Cuesta Ridge ride.

The start of West Cuesta Ridge ride.

Fabulous ride, especially if like climbing.

Fabulous ride, especially if you like climbing.

And climbing.

And climbing.

My kind of a sign.

My kind of a sign.

The view from near the top.

The view from near the top.

 

This is where the descent begins.

This is where the descent begins.

Eucs Project. A cool little skills park in a eucalyptus grove at West Cuesta.

Eucs Project. A cool little skills park in an eucalyptus grove at West Cuesta.

Come on now! You mean I can't do my favorite thing, stand in the shower and torque a grit.

Come on now! You mean I can’t do my favorite thing, stand in the shower and torque a grit?

Lucky lady living the life. Central Coast Brewing. Check out the guy's t-shirt, "Small craft BEER ADVISORY in effect." How great is that?

Lucky lady living the life. Central Coast Brewing. Check out the guy’s t-shirt. How great is that?

Just in case you didn't know.

Just in case you didn’t know.

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “395, 14, 58, 99, 46, 101, 1: September 5-7, 2014

  1. Did you and Amelia split the 6-minute shower time to save a buck?? Frugal-ness is right up there with cleanliness… How was the beer?

  2. So I was going to tell you guys to stop in Techachapi before you moved back down here. On this trip you drove right on by! Love the SLO area glad you made it over there. I did the drive in reverse when Amy & I went to a friend wedding in June lake Aug 2010. Smooches

  3. Chorro? I wonder why it was named that. As a mexican that word can go two ways. I am hoping it has to do with water and not the other. How do you guys feel after staying there? any stomach problems?

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