9/4/2016 REDDING TO MENDOCINO

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REDDING TO MENDOCINO

Our decision to extend the previous day’s freeway travel to end in Redding worked well for the next leg as we were able to enjoy our pizza dinner and a long night’s sleep and not leave at the crack of dawn to get over to the Coast and Mendocino.

With Doug and Marilyn in the lead we plowed on down the 5 for about 100 miles to Williams and then took our favorite secondary road, this time CA 20, from Williams to Fort Bragg. This route took us by the North Shore of Clear Lake. None of us had been to the Lake in some time and were amazed at how big it still is, although it is down some from its maximum levels. A local told us when we stopped for coffee in Nice, CA (which is definitely not as nice as Nice, France) that it is the largest natural lake in California.

From the end of Clear Lake we got on the northbound 101 for a short while until we got off in Willits, Gateway to the Redwoods, and back on to CA 20. Unfortunately, everyone else was in the redwoods as well, so we were unable to keep up our normal COTV pace on the great road.

We arrived in Fort Bragg right at lunchtime and beat the crowds to Silver’s on the Wharf in Noyo Harbor. With a view of the harbor and the otters as a backdrop, we all enjoyed a fresh seafood lunch. Then Doug and Marilyn continued on to Mendocino and our lodgings for the night at the Blackberry Inn, a B & B without the breakfast, which is made up to resemble a old Western town. Doug and Marilyn were booked into the Saloon and Rob and Daryl had the Sheriff’s place for the night. The Webers stayed in Fort Bragg long enough for Rob to wash off the road grime at a coin-op washing place and then we joined the Glenores in the Old West.

We got a dinner recommendation from “Tiger” Lily who checked us in at the Inn. The Webers used to visit Mendocino most years for quite a while, but that was many years in the past and the town has changed some – much larger and busier. The four of us went into town to walk around for a while, then talked the folks at 955 Ukiah into moving our reservation up an hour. An earlier dinner got us back to the Inn earlier so we were prepared to hit the road the next morning earlier as well. We knew that going down the Coast on the Monday of Labor Day weekend was going to be difficult and our original decision was to follow Hwy 1 all the way down to Half Moon Bay.

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PHOTOS FROM DARYL & ROB

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