- Day 6 88 km (55 miles)
- San Simeon to Pismo Beach
- Total 501 km (311 miles)
The good news is that everything dried out! The bad news is that the rain hasn’t stopped. The reason I booked this hotel was because of the free breakfast with excellent reviews. It really lived up the expectations. We were the first ones at the dining room, and I drooled at the sight of eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, and the whole spread. I’ve stayed at several hotels since the pandemic, but they all cut back on their breakfasts. I enjoyed two platters worth of food and couldn’t help but leave a 5-star review “Thank you Quality Inn for staying strong with the return of the hot breakfast buffet.” – Satisfied and fueled cyclist
It was difficult to leave the warm and dry hotel, but we must keep moving as we have another hotel to look forward to. We already prebooked hotels for the next three nights, it just happened to work out that they will be even more worth it due to the weather. Dustin’s girlfriend works for Hilton, so we managed to get some great deals.
It was a quiet ride through the countryside in the rain this morning. At Cayucos, we stopped at the Brown Butter Cookie Company to get some goodies. More specifically, a stack of day-old lemon cookies at half price, which shouldn’t be a problem since they will likely be devoured by the end of the day. Morro Rock was not very photogenic today due to the rain, but we could still see it from inside while eating at the harborside restaurant Hofbrau der Albatross. I ordered two people’s worth of meals, a sourdough bowl of clam chowder and a chicken sandwich.
We skirted San Luis Obispo (against the map’s route) by taking Los Osos Valley Road so we can get to our hotel sooner. Just outside Pismo Beach, we stumbled upon Avila Hot Springs. The thought of unwinding at a hot springs sounded like the only way to properly end this day. We decided to return after settling in the hotel as it was getting dark and there was an evening discount anyways.
Our Uber ride to the hot springs was a Tesla, and man it was nice change of pace to watch the road fly by in comfort while staying dry. The hot springs was quite literally your local watering hole. The regulars were catching up with each other as the place just opened up earlier this week after maintenance and COVID closure (we got lucky again, just like how we skirted the Big Sur road closures). We were sharing our bike trip and saw a demonstration of the local’s invention the plot float. This time, I didn’t mind the rain falling on my head. In fact, the pitter patter on the water added to the relaxing ambience.
Back in town, we stopped by the supermarket to get some food for dinner, breakfast, and lunch. The Hilton Garden Inn was an upgrade in terms of room condition and comfort, but I sure miss the floor level heater. We proceeded to hang things out to dry but had to manually hold a hair dryer to speed things up. It smelled especially nice when it came time to air blow the socks.