Wesley Daggert, the lead character in Raising Mary Jane in 1970s Big Sur by Christian Van Allen, is the luckiest guy. He eludes law enforcement, attracts the prettiest gal, and beats back the biggest bloke in Big Sur. The opening scene of Raising Mary Jane in 1970s Big Sur follows sheriff deputies racing to bust … Continue reading Raising Mary Jane in 1970s Big Sur by Christian Van Allen
Doc Mishler Rides Again!
Doc Mishler last rode the coast road fifteen years ago with the two horses pictured on the right: Chief Free Spirit and Keep The Faith. At that time, Doc trotted from Montana to Washington D.C., by way of California, after surviving a cancer diagnosis and its treatment and reading the book, How Then Shall We … Continue reading Doc Mishler Rides Again!
Share The Road
Matthew walked bow-legged with quick, northbound jerky strides up the hill above Pescadero State Beach. His blue nose female kept up alongside, but her grey head hung lowered, shoulders hustling, tongue panting. Matthew's back, young and strong, held his yellow backpack upright. It's top peeked high above Matthew's head. It's bottom strapped snug around Matthew's … Continue reading Share The Road
Arroyo de los Frijoles, “Creek of the Beans.”
La Nostra Costa, Santa Cruz North Coast
Ivano Franco Comelli's La Nostra Costa (our coast) sticks an Italian flag in the coast north of Santa Cruz. Ivano Comelli is "un figlio della costa (son of the coast), born and raised on a brussel sprouts rancio." Ivano's family lived on the Coast Road from 1937 to 1953 amongst other ranceri and amici della … Continue reading La Nostra Costa, Santa Cruz North Coast
Santa Cruz ~ Pescadero Road
First out on the road, on a weekend morning, Chryslers and Dodges, convertibles and sedans, rental cars for tourists. Next Gas 33 Miles Black asphalt, solid yellow double lines, freshly-plowed fields. Umber sandstone bluffs, black jagged rocks, white foam, and a cold, blue, shimmery-velvet Pacific. Cabrillo Highway. On the long straight-aways, seventeen Harley-riding bikers rumble … Continue reading Southbound
Moonlight tonight shines more full than half. Moonbeams from southwest to northeast. White wavy light across the water from Montara Lighthouse to its mountain, illuminating Devil's Slide. The highway, an old railroad bed empty of headlights. San Pedro Mountain, the original coast route, Portolà's route up-and-over to discover the big bay. State Route 56 Ocean … Continue reading Moontara, CA