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Willy and Lee cranking
Two days of perfect cycling followed. Up early, you had your first breakfast, then hit the road for the first couple of hours and a second breakfast, before cycling on towards your first lunch - Believe me, all you do on a trip like this is eat, and still watch the pounds fall off!!

I was using the Adventure Cycling Association guide on this trip - fantastic strip maps which detailed the route precisely but ONLY the route, deviate and you fall of the side of the earth! South from Monterey, the Big Sur section of my ride was just 110 miles over 3 days, but for me it was hard riding - whilst the information on the maps about bike shops, diners and campgrounds was great, all I cared about was the gradient profile of the day - how many big climbs and how long were they.
Beautiful colours
Typically, the road would rise to a bluff, then fall inland to a bridge of viaduct across a river, the rise to a bluff again... Knowing how many miles it was until my destination was a key pyschological weapon in my arsenal - get up early, get going and enjoy the late afternoons.

Overall, the section from Monterey to San Simeon was a great ride which I highly recommend - you see so much more than in a car and really feel like you are on an epic journey. Plus, I think I'd picked a good time of year. Although the days were short, the quieter traffic reduced the chance of being sideswiped into the Pacific by an RV driver concentrating on the views.

Big Sur had it all - Racoons after my food at Limekiln, a hot day and an utterly freezing night at San Simeon, being almost in tears at the cost of the food in Lucia, blown away by the beauty of the waterfall at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park. And, bear in mind that I missed out loads of attractions, reserves and parks - too much to do, too little time.

Finally, just South of the Ragged Point in, the road eased off and the hills fell away as we returned to the coastal strip - Big Sur was behind us.
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Willy and Lee cranking
Willy and Lee cranking
Beautiful colours
Beautiful colours
2nd breakfast with the guys - Lucia
2nd breakfast with the guys - Lucia
Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Staring the day
Staring the day
Looking North
Looking North
My home and my transport
My home and my transport
Willy and Lee
Willy and Lee
Me!
Me!
Looking back
Looking back
Me (again!)
Me (again!)
Racoon infested camp, Limekiln Sta…
Racoon infested camp, Limekiln St…
Blurry pacific sunset
Blurry pacific sunset
Morning haze
Morning haze
Blue sky
Blue sky
Even the signs look cool
Even the signs look cool
Lee contemplating the Pacific
Lee contemplating the Pacific
Cool shop and motel
Cool shop and motel
The road ahead
The road ahead
Me
Me
Nice house (is that a hot tub on t…
Nice house (is that a hot tub on …
Looking back to Bug Sur
Looking back to Bug Sur
Seal Reserve
Seal Reserve
Hearst Castle in the distance
Hearst Castle in the distance
Lee
Lee
Freezing campsite in San Simeon
Freezing campsite in San Simeon
Burn baby burn!
Burn baby burn!
Big Sur
photo by: Ann_Hells