A couple weekends ago, my parents were visiting so I decided to take them up to Paso Robles for a day of wine tasting. That was the cover story. My real motivation was to go preview the bike and run courses at Wildflower (my parents knew that). The plan was to drive to Paso Thursday night, preview the course Friday morning and then wine taste in the afternoon, and head back home Saturday. Rain put a twist on that plan and instead we ended up touring the Hearst Castle on Friday in San Simeon, CA. The tour was very interesting as I was able to see how a very wealthy man was able to pretty much purchase a bunch of antique structures from Europe and build a castle out of them. The castle also served as a venue for Hearst to show off his huge collection of art and antiques. Here is the main entrance to the castle, looking very gothic:
The Hearst castle had couple of neat pools including this one:
Where are the lane lines? There was also this Roman Pool. I really wanted to jump in both pools and go swimming but probably would have been thrown in jail.
The next day, the rain had stopped and I was able to get my course preview in. I was able to confirm that Lynch Hill still exists. The campgrounds sure look different when there are not tens of thousands of people running around. The calm before the storm...
This year I have a rather lofty goal for the race. In order to avoid jinxing myself, I am not going to write it here. I will let you know what it is and whether or not I achieved it after the race is over.