On the Road Again!
After so many months on the Central California Coast we can't even
remember our last trip. But, we are finally on the road again. We
went to our daughter Emily and Chad's home in Paradise, California.
Having driven the boring Interstate 5 so many times, we wanted some
new scenery. Leaving Atascadero we crossed over the 5 to Fresno and
then took the Gold Highway, California 49 for a couple of days.
Wow, someplace besides our house in Atascadero! What a joy it was
to be camping at the Fresno Elks. But, we couldn't help dreaming of
some place better.
Highway 41 from Fresno heading toward Yosemite National Park is a
Passing through Coarse Gold and heading to Oakhurst where we will
depart the 41 for the southern start of Hwy 49.
1) Mandy guides us down Hwy 49. This road is a "must see" and we
have seen all of it. California
Hwy 49 Complete
. 2) Passing through Mariposa - Wally and
Diane's stomping ground.
This 13 mile stretch of Hwy 49 is really fun. It would be much
better on the ScooterShip as in the MotherShip you can't exceed 15
mph. So it takes about an hour!
The entire descent is full of 15 mph curves but costs almost nothing
to go down. Coming up in the motorhome will take about $24.00 in
Down at the bottom, the bridge crosses Merced Creek, known in wetter
times as Merced River which originates in Yosemite National Park.
1) The Hotel Jeffery in Coulterville and 2) the fun of squeezing the
MotherShip through the narrow streets of Sonora (Dar and Cindy,
sorry, we missed you by that much!)
Our second night was spent in the town of Columbia, also known as
Columbia State Park. The town is bustling on the weekends with cute
shops and people dressed in era costumes. We stayed at Marble
Quarry RV Park and got a very shady spot, the only "pull in" site in
You can hike 10 minutes to town or explore the area close to the RV
park. 1) Here is "Waving Hand Rock" which looks realistic. Turns
out, it was just Ellen!
Typical scenery along the 49. You'll encounter a lot of bikers, log
trucks and a couple of motorhomes.
The logging trucks hauling their load through San Andreas and under
the circa 1935 bridge built with Calaveras Cement.
On the third day, we rode again, and faced with another hundred
miles of tight turns. We left the 49 in favor of eating lunch at
SmashBurger in Citrus Heights. Excuse us for not getting photos of
SmashBurger but we were too busy stuffing our faces with the best
burger in America and of course the Rosemary and Olive Oil Smash
Arriving at Em and Chad's we were greeted by a couple of
four-wheelers, Zeb and Micah.
Em was there to guide the MotherShip into Site #1, our favorite,
with shade, 50 amps, water and sewer. Thanks Chad and Emily for
thinking of us!
We'll be here for a few weeks building a deck cover over a
non-existent deck and perhaps a deck or laying pavers and playing
with the grand kids or playing cards every night or ...
It's great to be moving again!
Love, Pete, Ellen, Mandy, Emily, Chad, Micah and Zebulun.