Monterey to Big Sur
Monterey Travel Blog› entry 5 of 10 › view all entries
November 8th, 2006 – by: cja17
Clear of the Carmel traffic, a tailwind helping me along nicely, it was time to relax and enjoy what many consider to be one of the most beautiful areas of America.
So, this was a great day of cycling, stopping occasionally to take pics and chatting to families in RVs at the various viewpoints. Before long, I was crossing Bixby Bridge, a Pacific Coast Highway landmark used to many a film and TV commercial which, true to form, had a studio location trailer parked at one end, preparing the bridge for its latest starring appearance.
Soon, the road pushed inland through redwood forests towards my destination for the night. Just before the turn off for the Big Sur Campground I paused to stock up on supplies at a roadside store and met two college kids from Wisconsin, Adam and Julian, who invited me to share the cost of the campsite and wood for the campfire. Camping in a redwood forest was a great experience and it was a real shame I couldn't stay there for a few more nights - we only had time for one quick excursion to a local waterfall along a fantastically atmospheric trail. As we were getting out campfire fire sorted out, another pair of cyclists set up camp next to us - Lee and Willy - buddies from back East who now live a continent apart but still keep in touch. These four would be my road buddies for the next few days - great guys but all quicker than me, and hauling a lot less - why am I carrying so much crap?
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