Big Sur biking
Big Sur Travel Blog› entry 6 of 10 › view all entries
November 9th, 2006 – by: cja17
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.
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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