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Monday, 25 August 2014
Mill Valley-Albion - Pacific Coast Tour Aug 25
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Albion River Marina & Campground

We had a great dinner at La Ginestra, a family owned Italian restaurant just a short walking distance from my cousin's home. Tonight we are at the Albion River Marina & Campground beside the river and under US 1 that carries the traffic over the canyon. I was surprised how quiet it is under the bridge when a vehicle goes over it.  Except for the span over the water the bridge is made of wood. While walking along the docks a seal came along, looked up at me and rested on the bottom in the river's shallow water. A few commercial fishing boats were tied up at the marina.

Coastal Route SR-1

Our 157 mile route went north to Santa Rosa on 101 then west to Bodega and north along the coast to Albion. The coastal route is so hilly and winding with speed limits of 15, 20, 25, 30 mph most of the way that when we got to a straight stretch and were able to 45 mph it felt like we were flying. The photo shows an example of a switch back and long climbing turn. There are a number of very pretty towns on the way with lots of shops. We learned that the house in the photo beside the road in Bodega was in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds". 

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Posted on 08/25/2014 10:49 PM by Bob Duthie
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