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Sean
October 27th, 2012, 12:13 PM
Decided to take a drive down Nacimiento-Fergusson road yesterday. Sunny, 73F, no wind, and because it was a workday, damn near no traffic. Went through Hollister along 25, the Airline Highway, and had carne asada tacos in King City for me, and some Valero 91 for the car. Through W.R. Hearst's old hunting ground, Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base, and then over the green bridge...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFbridge.jpg

...across the meadow (must be even more gorgeous in Spring)...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFmeadow.jpg

...then into the "roller coaster" section into the Los Padres National Forest...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFrollercoaster.jpg

...stopped for some water at this turn-out, just shy of Cone Peak road at about 2700 feet elevation, and then back into the tree tunnels...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFtreetunnel.jpg

...and, after another stop just to take a photo at this ocean view turnout, the descent begins...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFdescent1.jpg

...the descent continues...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFdescent2.jpg

...equal slope on both sides of the road: one side up, the other down, and no guardrails...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFdescent3.jpg

...practically the same shot, but it was just such epic weather, road, view, etc. ...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFdescent4.jpg

...mirror shows the road behind, and you can see where the road ahead switches back (this is near the bottom)...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFdescent5.jpg

...and the intersection of Nacimiento-Fergusson road and PCH. Wow, what a ride!

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NFandPCH1.jpg

I was amazed at how few other cars I encountered. Only saw one descending as I was, and he was stopped at the ocean view turnout, but was preparing to leave just as I arrived. Saw maybe 3 to 5 cars traveling in the opposite direction the whole way, and the road is about 24 miles long. Because at this point it was still early in the afternoon on a late October Friday, there was also very little traffic on PCH Northbound from here until Big Sur, where I actually had to share the road with other cars. PCH has a temporary stoplight where it goes to one lane only where they are building a new bridge and tunnel near a persistent rock slide area. I got bored of waiting after a while, so I snapped a photo over my shoulder looking back South along PCH...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NF1lookback.jpg

...and then one more shot taken at a vista point stop where I pulled over to get some of the gravel out of the footwell and my seat that had accumulated slowly over the drive, but got to the point of being a driving hazard after going through that construction area...

http://i321.photobucket.com/albums/nn384/BBL-Sean/Blats/2012-10-26_NF1reststop.jpg

A great solo blat! If you go there in your Seven, and you should, remember: don't speed on the Army base, watch out for the many rocks in the road, don't mess up (it's a l-o-n-g way down!), and give me a call to see if I can join you.

slomove
October 27th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Nice road is that and great pics!

We were there last year with the Porsche folks' "Targa California", a 3-day rallye from LA to Paso Robles, SLO, Hwy1, Carmel Valley etc. including the Naciemento F. Road

Got a good deal of hail, sleet and cold but also some good weather. Great trip overall and we even got a $250 gift cert special award for driving an open car 3 days in that weather.

Short clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO-YA5UW5iA

Mondo
October 28th, 2012, 01:52 PM
Those are the days that make it all worthwhile...

moosetestbestanden
October 29th, 2012, 06:30 AM
Better get the polish out :-D

prabjohns
October 31st, 2012, 01:25 AM
Wow, must try and drive that road some time, great pictures.
I drove 250 miles in the Birkin yesterday.
LA/Frazier Park/Pine Mountain Club/33 to Ojai/LA (126/23/118/5) .
Fantastic day and almost no traffic.
The only 'orrible bit is the 5 from LA to Frazier park, especially as I was down to my last gasoline molecule
when I rolled into Gorman. Didn't realize there's a 30 mile stretch of the 5 with no gas north of Castaic!

http://goo.gl/maps/GPn7I

slomove
October 31st, 2012, 05:45 PM
Yes, that is a bad piece of road, not only no gas but I believe the Romans had much better pavement 2000 years ago.

If you do that again you better take Lake Elizabeth and Pine Canyon Road to Gorman. Few miles more but that is the whole idea, anyway :)

prabjohns
October 31st, 2012, 08:50 PM
Just looked on Google maps, I see what you mean Slomove, That's the way to go next time.

mopho
October 31st, 2012, 10:10 PM
We should do a sevens group drive up the 33 loop someday

Mondo
November 1st, 2012, 06:56 PM
Hope you guys consider it... that would be close to my neck of the woods

slomove
November 1st, 2012, 08:59 PM
Hey Morgan, why don't you take the lead and propose a weekend?

Ahem, to give a clue...I am out of town 11/17 through 11/25 :icon_friendly_wink:

Much later may be unreliable, though. Hwy 33 does get a bit of snow.

escondidoron
November 1st, 2012, 09:21 PM
We should do a sevens group drive up the 33 loop someday

Sounds like fun.

Highway 33 pic stop:
http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1155/1475055108_0b913c9e0b_b.jpg
Mil Potrero Highway:
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4089/5173323895_a483c1d61f_b.jpg
Pinos Mount:
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4131/5173913298_b7ff51db72_b.jpg

mopho
November 1st, 2012, 10:08 PM
Hey Morgan, why don't you take the lead and propose a weekend?

Ahem, to give a clue...I am out of town 11/17 through 11/25 :icon_friendly_wink:

Much later may be unreliable, though. Hwy 33 is gets a bit of snow.


11/20 it is then! :icon_highly_amused:





Perhaps next May or June then. My weekends are booked through the end of the month

Sean
November 2nd, 2012, 05:15 AM
Perhaps next May or June then.
Hmmm...