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Dave, good job laying this out! I was thinking about the same kind of things for the past several days.

We will stick with heading to Solvang on Friday. We just want a day of rest before we head south. I have no problem canceling our Saturday reservations and getting a room at the Cavalier Inn for Saturday. But if the follks who want to drive down to San Simeon on New Years Day stay over that night, you may not want to retrace on Sunday. Makes no difference to us. Early dinner in Santa Barbara sounds good if the San Diego Roadsters head home and then back to Buellton. If we spend Saturday at the Best Western we can hit a Danish breakfast place in Solvang Sunday if we do not do this on Saturday morning. Then play tourist for a while before heading out of town, unless we get our fill of Solvang as you mention. I know that Patricia and I want to spend some tourist time in Solvang which is why we are making this trip. As for a lunch stop on Sunday...we can decide that later or Dave you know the area well, what do you suggest on the run up Hwy 101.

My only concern is that Gothunda and Roadrunner will want to begin the day at 5AM! :willy: In that case we will hook up with them later in the day. :cool:

Who is our contact person from San Diego...Tim? Who is going to be the contact person from Northern California group?

Barb take a nap!
 

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Rested my Ass!!!!! I am worn out just reading about it! :eek:
Just putting all of the cards (and possibilities) on the table.:confused:

I've put together some google maps for distances and times from San Jose to San Simeon; San Jose to Buellton; I-5 Tracey Rest Stop to Buellton either via 101 or I-5, 46, & 101; Buellton to Santa Barbara and back to Buellton via Gaviota; and Buellton to San Simeon via the back route (Vandenberg Air Force Base). Would you like me to send you the links?

I'm trying to get alittle more information from the San Diego Roadsters (TIM) regarding number coming and when they might be heading home (Date and Time) so that we could either help with an escort over Los Padres Pass into Santa Barbara and we would stop at the pier for dinner or split in Buellton with them heading south and us heading north with a stop in San Simeon for those that weren't there earlier.

Alot is still up in the air.:willy:

You know us, it takes an act of congress to decide if we are going to play miniture golf and then go have ice cream; go have ice cream first and then play miniture golf; or just play miniture golf; or just go have ice cream; and do we want to walk or drive; oh well, let's just go to bed.:D
 

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We might be going down in two groups

Bill:

You and Sonia might want to tie in for the Friday run down from the Bay Area. Especially if the rest of us head down on New Year's Day. OMG, we'll miss the Rose Parade and the Bowl Games!!!!

I'm off the 31st and the 1st so I'll be rested before the clock strikes 12. UC Davis gives us two days off for Christmas and New Years, the holiday and the day before for travel. I'm working the Friday after Christmas, but took the New Years Friday off for the run.

Hot Frash will be out by about 9-9:30 New Year's Eve. I normally have to wake her up to wish her a Happy New Year and it's usually a "Yea Right!!! Kiss Kiss" and she's gone again:sleep:.

Barb's as hyper as I am - so no nap possible.:nono:
 

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Bill:

You and Sonia might want to tie in for the Friday run down from the Bay Area. Especially if the rest of us head down on New Year's Day. OMG, we'll miss the Rose Parade and the Bowl Games!!!!

I'm off the 31st and the 1st so I'll be rested before the clock strikes 12. UC Davis gives us two days off for Christmas and New Years, the holiday and the day before for travel. I'm working the Friday after Christmas, but took the New Years Friday off for the run.

Hot Frash will be out by about 9-9:30 New Year's Eve. I normally have to wake her up to wish her a Happy New Year and it's usually a "Yea Right!!! Kiss Kiss" and she's gone again:sleep:.

Barb's as hyper as I am - so no nap possible.:nono:

I am good with whatever plans are finalized (that is the operative word) for departing the Bay Area on the 2nd and getting home the evening of the 4th.

Honestly though I have to say that I really wish we were all driving down together on the 2nd...our family tree has branches that are going their own way:willy:

Just want to let the Cavalier Inn know our plans so they can either keep the rooms I've reserved for the 3rd...or change them for those of you who may want to check out the Inn/San Simeon on the night of the 1st. If the roads are passable, I really would like to stay the night of the 3rd in San Simeon. Dave/Phyllis, sounds like you'd be up for that too.

Gotta go back to bed...oh, wait, I am at work - I'll just put my head down on my desk instead:thumbs:
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Ok so I need to know if a hotel change is in the plan. I have booked Fri and Sat at the Best Western. Is that still the plan? And yes I am back on the forum (did you miss me) also I don't think that the napping sickness strikes until you are well into your 60's :D so I have no such problem. Barb
 

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Ok so I need to know if a hotel change is in the plan. I have booked Fri and Sat at the Best Western. Is that still the plan? And yes I am back on the forum (did you miss me) also I don't think that the napping sickness strikes until you are well into your 60's :D so I have no such problem. Barb
Miss you...Miss you...were you gone? What will be missed is your employer giving you time to post on the Sky Forum while you are "supposed" to be working :lol:

As for changing hotel dates/that is up to you. Do you want to be with the IN crowd (not necessarily over 60 crowd) and stay the 3rd up at San Simeon (ocean view, fireplace, near Hearst Castle) or stay in Buellton for another night (like Buellton needs 2 nights - pleeezzzz) :confused:

When you decide :willy:(please make it soon) just let me know so I can notify the hotel accordingly (that would be the Cavalier Inn in San Simeon hotel)
 

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Sonia, I know you reserved some rooms, do you have a special rate quote at the San Simeon hotel that expires by 5PM today? Does the Cavalier have a dinning room or are there dinner options nearby. Should we eat early in Santa Barbara and drive up to San Simeon or is that just too much driving. As previously stated, we do not mind making the reservation change if that is what our group wants to do. I will check this thread before 5PM to get an update.

It's not about Buellton, that's just where the Best Western is...it's about being near Solvang without paying Solvang motel prices, I think. If the San Diego Roadster group decides to stay 2 nights at Buellton, are we as a group going to stay too or do our own thing on Saturday afternoon/evening?

Tim, could you give us an update on what your group will do...1 night or 2 night stay in the Solvang area?

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Okay so will somebody call me and let me know if I need to make some changes. Ed and I are heading to Fresno for the night and won't be back until late Saturday night. And before you say anything (cuz I know you will) Fresno is not a new hot spot, it is all about the Hockey!!!!!!! My boys are playing in Fresno tonight and tomorrow night, Ed and I are staying for both games. Barb
 

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Everybody:

Gary and I just finished up with a general discussion.

Decision Time: Let's all go down together on Friday.

That said we could all meet up in the San Jose area on Friday morning at 9:45(2 hour 20 minute run from Roseville, 2 hour 15 minute run from Valley Springs, 1 hour 45 minute run from Napa, 1 hour run from Lafayette, 45 minute run from Hayward). There's a Starbucks @ 1712 Tully Road (408)531-8944 just off of Hiway 101, just south of the 680/280 interchange.

Leave there at 10:00

It's about a 4 hour and 45 minute road run to Buellton from there. Add in potential stops at Salinas, King City, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and/or Santa Maria for gas/food/smoke/stretch/whatever and that would put us into Buellton sometime between 4 and 5 PM.

We would check in at the hotel (Best Western Buellton) and meet up with the San Diego Folks for Dinner and whatever.

Next morning we could rise and head into Solvang for breakfast at 8:00 and do whatever together with the San Diego Group until about 1 or 2 PM.

We would then head north to San Simeon via the back route through Vandenberg Air Force Base and some photo opportunities along the coast. That's about a 3 hour road run. Add in potential stops in Pismo Beach or Morro Bay and that would put us into Cambria/San Simeon between 5 or 6 pm.

The owner of the Cavalier Inn is the former Fire Chief of the North Coast Volunteer Fire Company that was assigned to the San Luis Obispo County Fire Department when I was the North Coast Battalion Chief for CDF. He gave me my nickname of "Yippie Yi Oh Kiyyie LeMay" when we had to round up a herd of Hearst Ranch cattle that got out on Hiway 1 late one night. Caused a couple of pretty serious car accidents (Cow versus Car - BOTH LOSE). I'll be talking with him this weekend to see if we can get some "really good" rates for Saturday night. I'll post the information by Sunday night.

We would check in at the hotel and have dinner either in San Simeon or Cambria (might stop for dinner on the way in prior to checking in at the hotel). We could do some planning for the potential Hearst Castle that evening.

The next morning we could rise and have breakfast at 8 and do some driving around to the Castle and general area for a recon, stop for lunch around noon and hit the road for home about 1. That would put everybody back in there respective home areas around 6 to 7 Sunday evening.

Driving Directions San Jose to Buellton Link: maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=1712+Tully+Rd,+San+Jose,+CA&daddr=Salinas,+CA+to:CA-101%2FEl+Camino+Real+to:35.643347,-120.682755+to:San+Luis+Obispo,+CA+to:Santa+Maria,+CA+to:Buellton,+CA&hl=en&geocode=%3B%3BFQ9uKAIdGUrH-A%3B%3B%3B%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=2,3&mrsp=3&sz=11&sll=35.753199,-120.766525&sspn=0.406227,0.615234&ie=UTF8&z=11

Driving Directions Buellton to San Simeon Link: maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Buellton,+CA&daddr=Purisima+Rd+to:CA-135%2FOrcutt+Expy+to:CA-1%2FGuadalupe+St+to:35.294952,-120.775452+to:Cambria,+CA&hl=en&geocode=%3BFfghEQIdNAbS-A%3BFbTHEwId9gfS-A%3BFTaPFQIdXDDQ-A%3B%3B&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=4&sz=10&via=1,2,3,4&sll=35.257955,-120.853729&sspn=0.817474,1.230469&ie=UTF8&z=10

Just copy the link from "'maps' to the end" and paste into your browser and it should give you the route and a map.
So, check everything out and if everyone is in agreement we'll call this a "Tentative" Final Plan.:banghead: Look for a "Final" Final Plan by next Monday.:cheers:
 

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Well, sounds as though you all have a plan. :thumbs: I have to work the 2nd, but believe I can meet up with you all for dinner Fri. evening.
Maybe make a stop at the Chumesh Casino also? Meet back up Sat. morning for the activities Sat. and run back toward San Simeon. Note that Santa Rosa Rd. from Bouillton to Lompoc is a great road to drive also. I'll keep up to date by this thread and have phone numbers too. I'm in Chattanooga, TN till the 28th. Miss the Sky. I'm having to use my daughter's 350Z Coupe'. Merry Christmas to all.
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Whats up Len, haven't seen ya in while!
 

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Well, sounds as though you all have a plan. :thumbs: I have to work the 2nd, but believe I can meet up with you all for dinner Fri. evening.
Maybe make a stop at the Chumesh Casino also? Meet back up Sat. morning for the activities Sat. and run back toward San Simeon. Note that Santa Rosa Rd. from Bouillton to Lompoc is a great road to drive also. I'll keep up to date by this thread and have phone numbers too. I'm in Chattanooga, TN till the 28th. Miss the Sky. I'm having to use my daughter's 350Z Coupe'. Merry Christmas to all.
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Hey Len great to talk to you last night, sorry we got cut off.. Great you can catch up with us on Friday. Dave should have the itinerary lined up for all of us tonight or tomorrow. Have a great and safe holiday.... Karen and Gary:thumbs:
 

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Cavaliver Inn is ready for us on Saturday Night

Wasn't able to talk with Mike - he's gone for the holidays.

Did talk with the Manager Lou Fletcher (Sonia's original contact) and she was able to get us a block of rooms for Saturday night January 3rd for $109.00:cool: a night. She's holding 6 rooms for us. Reference: West Coast Kappa Car Club.:D

Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, Hotel in San Simeon, California

(805)927-4688

LE Chief (Reservations made for Buellton Friday 2nd & San Simeon Saturday 3rd)
Road-Runner-I (Reservations made for Buellton Friday 2nd & San Simeon Saturday 3rd)
GoThunda (Resevations made for Buellton Friday 2nd & Changed to San Simeon Saturday 3rd)
EbonySky (Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances)
SXY SKY (Reservations made for Buellton Friday 2nd & San Simeon Saturday 3rd)
LenBell

She will hold that block for us until next Friday and any unclaimed rooms will go back on the open market at a higher rate.:nono:

We're getting closer to the "Final" Final Plan:thumbs:

Would everyone like me to put a "Run Sheet" together for this trip?
 

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Hey all,
I have not been conecting lately. I would love to hook up with you all. I did not read through all the threads. I know a GREAT run from Solvang to Jalama St Beach. Miles of deserted twisties that end at the Pacific ocean.
 

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I think Len might have mantioned the Chumash Indian Casino about 5 miles from Solvang. That could be a fun diversion if you get tierd of the Danish theme.

The drive I was talking about might be something to show the San Diego Roadster group. The WCKCC has done the Solvang to Jalama State Beach a couple of times. It is only a 1/2 hour each way. Actually, after Jalam Beach we can continue up Hwy 1 as Le Chief mentioned.
I do not mean to butt in, just suggesting an awesome drivein the area that won't take you out of the way.

Paste this map link:

MapQuest: Driving Directions: North America

 

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That looks like a great diversion for Saturday afternoon on our way up to San Simeon. It would only add about an hour from Hiway 1 and back again.

We weren't sure when the San Diego Group was leaving to head back down south. From their thread and PM's it appeared that they were leaving at 7 AM on the 2nd, only doing the 2nd and 3rd in Solvang, heading back on the 3rd, with nothing on the 4th. They hadn't planned any driving runs, just tourists in Solvang.

So we thought that we'd tie in with the San Diego Group on Friday night for dinner @ AJ Spurs and hang out Saturday morning and early afternoon in Solvang and then run up to San Simeon for the evening and Sunday morning.

That would be kind of a "recon" of the Hearst Castle run we were thinking about for next September/October. I was going to try some of my old contacts with the State Parks in Sacramento to see what we might be able to arrange to allow us to do a photo shoot with the cars at the castle. Lots of paperwork, approvals, insurance, ranger coverage and escorts(with support costs like Lombard Street Run), and on & on & on. It might take 6 months to arrange.

Hope you can join us.:thumbs:
 

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That looks like a great diversion for Saturday afternoon on our way up to San Simeon. It would only add about an hour from Hiway 1 and back again.

We weren't sure when the San Diego Group was leaving to head back down south. From their thread and PM's it appeared that they were leaving at 7 AM on the 2nd, only doing the 2nd and 3rd in Solvang, heading back on the 3rd, with nothing on the 4th. They hadn't planned any driving runs, just tourists in Solvang.

So we thought that we'd tie in with the San Diego Group on Friday night for dinner @ AJ Spurs and hang out Saturday morning and early afternoon in Solvang and then run up to San Simeon for the evening and Sunday morning.

That would be kind of a "recon" of the Hearst Castle run we were thinking about for next September/October. I was going to try some of my old contacts with the State Parks in Sacramento to see what we might be able to arrange to allow us to do a photo shoot with the cars at the castle. Lots of paperwork, approvals, insurance, ranger coverage and escorts(with support costs like Lombard Street Run), and on & on & on. It might take 6 months to arrange.

Hope you can join us.:thumbs:
It would be great if the San Diego group joined us for the little diversion run to Jalama State Beach Saturday afternoon.
They would REALLY enjoy this drive. Beautiful rolling oak studded hills, no other cars, great gentle twisties and finally a view of open coastline. This would be the only ocean we would see on the way north until Pismo Beach which is an hour from Solvang.

I look forward to seeing everyone again.

If you all want, you could bring sleeping bags and have a big slumber party at my house.:lol:
 

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So here is Ed and my final roster. We are leaving on the 1st and heading to San Jose (and yes I do know the way) we are planning on staying the night and going to the Winchester Mystery House with Dave and Phyllis (and anyone else who wants to join us). We will meet up with the rest of the gang on the 2nd for the drive to Solvang that morning to meet up with the San Diego group. Barb
 

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Sonia, I know you reserved some rooms, do you have a special rate quote at the San Simeon hotel that expires by 5PM today? Does the Cavalier have a dinning room or are there dinner options nearby. Should we eat early in Santa Barbara and drive up to San Simeon or is that just too much driving. As previously stated, we do not mind making the reservation change if that is what our group wants to do. I will check this thread before 5PM to get an update.

It's not about Buellton, that's just where the Best Western is...it's about being near Solvang without paying Solvang motel prices, I think. If the San Diego Roadster group decides to stay 2 nights at Buellton, are we as a group going to stay too or do our own thing on Saturday afternoon/evening?

Tim, could you give us an update on what your group will do...1 night or 2 night stay in the Solvang area?

Bill
Bill you most likely have read Dave's posting by now...so I think all of your questions have been answered. If not, just shoot me a PM. For now it appears Buellton on Friday night and San Simeon on Saturday!

Looking forward to this little get away!
 

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Everybody:

I will be "Finalizing" the particulars of the 1st through the 4th Northern and Central WCKCC Trip this evening prior to 10:00 PM. Please call me either on my cell or at home prior to 8 PM with any particluar issues or concerns.

Since GoThunda and LE Chief will already be in the San Jose area on the morning of the 2nd we could move up the meeting time from the tentative 9:45 and a San Jose leave time at 10 AM. EbonySky now has the longest initial run time from Napa to meet up in San Jose.

Bwana & Momma - How early in the morning on the 2nd would you be willing to start out for San Jose? I know 5 AM is out of the question!!!:nono: Just Kidding.:jester: Would 7 work for you? That would put us on the road from San Jose about an hour earlier.:thumbs:

Check for room up-dates on Thread #33
 
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