Friday, October 19, 2012

Day 24: Monterey, CA to Big Sur, CA

45 miles

This was one of the more beautiful rides. The weather was just perfect for the setting: a bit of fog and some overcast which created a moody backdrop to the scenic drama. The elevation gain of around 2300' somehow didn't quite do the climbing justice but the GPS doesn't lie. We left Monterey via the bike path and completed its length around the peninsula. I should have mentioned far earlier in the blog that you can enlarge the photo images with a double-click.

Leaving Monterey at sunrise
Soon we entered the 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach to Carmel.

With Patti (WI), a frequent riding companion

The Lonely Cypress (sorry, I had to include it)
Carmel Beach

Bixby Creek Bridge, where I'm headed

Point Sur Lighthouse
After a pleasant lunch at the Big Sur River Inn, we settled in cabins at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where deer and wild turkeys wandered about outside our rooms.

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