|2000/11/11 Hearst Castle Run|
π 2000-11-11 00:00 by Merlin in Cars, Ncars
I have enough pictures and text for a separate page, which you can find here, yeah we had lots of cars
We got 68 cars from the following Miata Clubs: OCALM, SDMC, VROOM, BAMA, SJMC,
Meeting at Madonna Inn Parking Lot before the driveAfter 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.
Start of the driveAfter getting everyone together, we went on the drive, see more pictures here
Break at Bee Rock StoreSome 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 (picts here)
Lunch on Military landDarn, 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 here and the pictures of us filling their parking lot are here
Back on the roadWhile 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 (picts here)
DinnerAfter a nice visit, it was definitely time for food. Ok it's pictures of people eating, what more can I say? .
Plans for trip backOk, 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 morningAfter a good night of rest, and a breakfast that keeps you filled for the rest of the day, the different clubs left (Socalm here)
BAMA caravanWe 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 (here) are worth it.
ConclusionWell, this was a great drive and an awesome weekend. Thanks to all those who came.
If you want more, I have shots of some individual cars here (nice ones).