There are two routes from Monterey to San Simeon: Highway 1, appx. 90 miles, average speed 30 mph, and Highway 101, appx. 130 miles yet faster because it's not so curvy. We got a late start and took 101.
The radio spoke Christian, Spanish, and oldies as we drove through a valley of mostly farmland. Workers in the fields bent low to pick our asparagus, our celery, and the tender California greens we'll enjoy in Minnesota and the rest of the country in the next few weeks. Faded windowless ex-school buses waited beside Port-a-potties to take the workers back to wherever they stay. Sleek white air-conditioned tour buses passed us on the highway.