Route: Follow the Scenic Coastline Route Around Monterey Bay [Including the Renowned 17-Mile Drive – Free For Cyclists!], Then Re-Join Highway 1
Distance: ~85km/53mi [~1/2 meandering around Monterey Bay, ~1/2 through the beginnings of Big Sur]
Weather: Low 20s, Mostly Sunny
Total Climbing: ~800m/2600ft [Climbing is Mostly South of Carmel]
Breakfast: Granola & Clif Bar
Lunch:Nada Dinner:Ramen & Spices
Snacks:Clif Bar & Nectarine Beverages:Water
Previous Night’s Sleep:2:00am to 7:00am [Sleeping in a Motel Room Seemed to Mess with my Mind?]
Previous Night’s Accommodation: Motel
An All-Timer Day Described In Pictures
A slow roll along the bike route around the edge of Monterey Bay revealed a series of beautifully serene views of the shorelines. The views continued along 17 Mile Drive, a fee-required road to view more scenery, along with the extravagance of golf courses and multi-million dollar homes. Thankfully, cyclists are allowed to travel this road for free.
After 17 Mile Drive ends, a short ride to re-join Highway 1 ensues. South of Carmel, the first climbs and vistas of Big Sur begin.
From beginning to end, this was one of my most memorable days of riding, ever; a perfect blend of scenery, sun, climbs, descents, and uplifting encounters. Always difficult to wholly describe such feelings. So, I’ll try to convey them through pictures [and captions].