Gee another ride article that takes place out West. Super. Seeing as how I live in the Southeast, I really have no use for articles like this. I think the majority of the people who DON'T live in California might like to see some ride articles about OTHER parts of the country. I guess Kalifornia is the only place motorcycles are ridden, though.
I notice you have a photograph of a neon sign advertising Jocko's (in Nipomo), but no description. For those who don't know it, Jocko's is the best steakhouse in Central California. They cure and cut their own beef. They guarantee every steak is between 18 and 22 oz. The most expensive dinner is $30 for filet mignon. Nothing fancy, just steak, salad, beans, and dessert. For an additonal $6 you can get a second setup, so for $36 you can have a most delicious filet mignon dinner for two. It's always crowded (I last stopped by on a Wed eve driving home to Monterey), but you can get food to go.
Jocko's is in Nipomo. The easiest way to get there is to take the Tefft St. offramp from Hwy 101 (that's the main Nipomo offramp). Go east a little more than a mile. It will be a nothing-to-look-at white brick building on your left at an intersection with a stoplight. The side of the building says "****tails". The sign on the front says "Come on in and monkey around". I understand there is also a Little Jocko's hamburger stand closer in to town, but I was not aware of it, and so I have not seen it.
If you need more information, you can do a Google search on "Jocko's Nipomo".
We make our yearly ride down there to unwind in early october. The walking path along moonstone has some of the fattest almost tame squirrels you will ever see. Quite funny looking little creatures, mini elephant seals with fluffy tales. Sea Otters are often seen bobbing about right off shore.
The seafood joint on moonstone isnt bad and we have always had excellent service. Little spendy but worth it for the sunset view while sitting outside. It gets a little chilly and they have free standing skull burners and blankets to keep you nice and toasty while enjoying your meal.
Hearst Castle is always a nice tour, though we have yet to book the limited evening tour where the guides dress in period attire, though thats probably on the list for next years trip down. Tour #2 is about my favorite, checking out upstairs of Casa Grande and WRH's personal space. All in all if you find yourself on the central Cali coast, San Simeon / Cambria area is a must stop.
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