I have enough pictures and text for a separate page, which you can find
, yeah we had lots of cars
Bari and Bill Hyde from SOCALM
are to thank
for organizing this event, finding the great (and sometimes scary) roads we went
on. I should also thank Raphael Moll
for some of his pictures that I used to
We got 68 cars from the following Miata Clubs: OCALM, SDMC, VROOM, BAMA, SJMC,
Some drivers came as far as Nevada and Texas.
Meeting at Madonna Inn Parking Lot before the drive
After driving there the previous night (about 3 hours from the Bay Area) and
sleeping in a motel 6 nearby, we went to the rendez vous point and met all the
drivers and their cars.
Is it shining yet?
Yes, we were a lot
You can see the pictures
(the link will pop up a new window)
Start of the drive
After getting everyone together, we went on the drive, see more pictures
Break at Bee Rock Store
Some of us were lucky enough to get the "scenic tour" (i.e. we went off course
but we caught up pretty quickly with the rest of the group that was waiting for
us at the Bee Rock Store.
The amount of Miatas that filled up their parking lot was pretty impressive
Lunch on Military land
Darn, when they say 25, these guys actually aren't kidding. Unfortunately one
of us got ticketed there (good thing that when I passed a bunch of cars at
90mph+ to get back to the front, it was a bit earlier
You absolutely want to see the best Miata body pain and driver combo, shown
in the few pictures I got
and the pictures of us filling their parking lot are
A couple of guys from the base were checking out our cars
Back on the road
While we were a bit behind schedule, we went back on the road.
What was scary is the drive down, from the top of the mountain all the way to
sea level. Lots of twisty turns with lovely things like gravel, sand and leaves.
I'll tell you, the 1000+ foot near vertical drop on the side does encourage you
to drive really slow
... and we reached Hearst Castle just before the sunset
After a nice visit, it was definitely time for food.
Ok it's pictures of people eating
, what more can I say?
Plans for trip back
Ok, so we couldn't quite convince ourselves that it was already over, so many
of the clubs planned for caravans and roads to take on the way back home
Departure the following morning
After a good night of rest, and a breakfast that keeps you filled for the rest
of the day, the different clubs left
Socalm caravan, getting ready to leave
The BAMA folks (7 cars)
We opted for a drive back up highway 1, which from San Simeon is the best part
of Highway 1, definitely something everyone should drive at least once. After
stopping for some elephant seals on the beach, we went to the twisty roads with
the mountain side on the right, and the cliff on the left
It was busy for me because I would stop every so often, take pictures of the
awesome coastline, and jump back in the car and try to catch up with my
group. I hope that the resulting pictures, available
) are worth it.
We did a quick break to admire the view a visit a famous stop on that stretch
of HWY 1 (picts here
I like Miatas, but I wouldn't mind one of those
After that, we did some
, I tell you that was a full time job: driving, taking pictures,
and talking on the CB. Makes me wonder what my copilot was doing in the car
and we had some dinner, after which we drove a bit more, and split to our
different homes in the Bay Area.
Well, this was a great drive and an awesome weekend. Thanks to all those who
If you want more, I have shots of some individual cars here