In early April I went on our 4th Annual Spring Trip.
Again we headed south this year since with the heavy rain California got this winter I was worried about the condition of the roads. I also was hoping for slightly warmer weather. In the past I have obsessively planned the routes we will be taking with much emailing of maps and phone calls with my friends discussing route options. This year was radically different.
This year instead of actively planning much we did just about the opposite. My Dad booked us a couple of campsites at San Simeon Campground and that was about all that got done until a week before the trip. Then all we planned were meals and roughly decided on a departure time. Even the morning that we headed out there was lots of confusion on where we were meeting and when.
While it did all work out pretty well and it was nice to have low expectations I do think a little more preparation will be nice for next year.
We rode down on Highway 1 on what ended up being a cloudy and cool day. Not ideal for enjoying the beauty of the California Coast. The next two days were spent riding very little, or at least not very focused. We did get out on Highway 58 to see some of the wild flowers, but over all a mellow couple of days.
The ride home up Highway 1 was much prettier than the ride down, however this time since it was a beautiful Saturday it was hard to make good progress up the road with all the campers and cars clogging the road.
The most significant thing that we did was split up which just like most of the trip went well but could have used a bit more planning. My wife wasn’t feeling well and wanted a shorter route home than riding up the coast, so we agreed to meet in Salinas. This worked great because I was wasn’t worried about her all day and she could ride at her own pace with more frequent breaks. My Africa Twin riding friend also left earlier than we did with plans to meet up, sadly this wasn’t discussed enough so we missed him on the way home.
Overall a great trip, first time camping my 18 month old which over all went really well. I’m looking for a new and improved 5th annual Spring Trip next year!