OK so day twelve is in the books! We actually did a little catching up on rest today and only covered a total of 168 miles, the distance between Merced and Monterey and the return trip to Salinas. Here’s your worthless trivia for the day. What famous writer grew up in Salinas? Many of you English majors will know this right off. Another hint? OK, he wrote the book Cannery Row (after the actual place in Monterey/picture included), which featured a character named Ed Rickets but referred to in the book only as “Doc.” A second short novel titled Sweet Thursday features roughly the same set of characters including “Doc.” Give up, or are you just tired of the English lesson? The answer is (drum roll please) John Steinbeck- Michael’s favorite writer and one of Salinas’ favorite sons.
Mike and I rode to Monterey and, in reaching the city, accomplished one of our trip goals, that of reaching the West coast on our motorcycles! It was cool. I think there are some pictures. We ate at a small café associated with a swanky hotel. I would visit this place just to go to the bathroom. I’m not kidding! Mats at all the stalls, warm water to wash the lotion soap of your hands and cloth towels to dry them. Now that is up town in my book. I think I might install one of these in my home when I return! As we walked around we noticed some really neat architecture. One home looked like it belonged in “Lord of the Rings” as a hobbit house. Like all of the things God makes, the beach was stunning- the water a vivid blue with the sun behind it and the floating kelp moving in large sinuous waves (Sorry, the spirit of Steinbeck made me wax eloquent for a moment!).
Mike and I chose to ride back early today probably because He was afraid that I would turn crabby and mean again today if he let me stay out too long! We are staying in Salinas tonight with plans to get up and hit it early tomorrow. We plan to visit Steinbeck’s grave in the morning before traveling north through San Francisco across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito before pushing on to end the day around Mendocino.
For those who are following daily I have a few corrections to make- actually only two. First is my spelling of Nevada. I don’t know how many of you also follow Miriam’s blog which is intended to encourage Michael and me and nauseate Megan, Mike’s sweetheart, with pictures of Clancy, our Labrador retriever. In the latest post on her blog, Clancy is reading Webster’s Dictionary and is “disturbed” over my spelling of Nevada as “Neveda.” Where is spell check when you need it!? Anyway, I stand corrected. Secondly, Michael said that my quoted mileage of 3000 miles was incorrect and that we had actually logged over 4000 miles at present. These are the only two things that I’ve been wrong about over the last twelve days and I am gratified to be able to correct these minor errors. Special thanks to Mike and Mimi for pointing them out! That’s it for today. We’ll see you again tomorrow.