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Old 06-13-11, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hello from newbie

Wjere do i go 2 get info on RowBiking the CA hwy 1 coast ride? Last July my wife & I started n SF & made it as far as Santa Cruz (our goal was Pacific Grove) when my bike conked out. Any 1 have info what 2 expect south of Carmel on hwy 1. We definitely needed 2 b n better shape, plus the RowBikes dont climb well so we ended up pushing alot -all the up Devils Slide. This year i added Hilltopper E motors , hopefully it will b able 2 take most of those hills.
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Welcome, SweetRower. Sorry I can't help. I had to do a quick search to even know what a rowbike is. I got to say it looks like a whole lot more work than I want to do for a long ride (50+ miles). How did you get into rowbiking?
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Good morning, SweetRower!

I live in Monterey and I can offer a little insight. Hwy 1 just north of the Bixby Bridge is still closed due to a slide over the winter. I think one lane passage is allowed at certain times of the day - the CalTrans site should have that information. As far as avoiding the "big hills", well, there is a way to get around the Peninsula and not have to climb long grades. Get on the the Coastal Rec Trail in Castroville and take it to Lover's Point in Pacific Grove and then stay on Ocean View Avenue from there. You'll pass Heritage Plaza in downtown Monterey, Wharf #1 and #2, the Coast Guard Station, Cannery Row, the Aquarium, and finally Asilomar. Stay on Ocean View to the Pacific Grove 17 Mile Drive Gate (Pebble Beach), and then ride 17 Mile Drive to Pebble Beach Lodge. Passing that, continue on to the Carmel Gate, and then go through Carmel to Hwy 1, which you'll meet at The Crossroads (Hwy 1 and River Road). You'll pass Mission Carmel on River Road near Hwy 1. You can go through downtown Carmel if you want to. In order to avoid that, take Ocean Avenue to the beach, and then follow the beach road to Hwy 1. Be sure to check Google Maps (or something) to plan that route! There are a lot of turns and it's easy to get lost! Any climbs you encounter on that route will be short and not steep.

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i was a competitive Rower (masters team) and mtn biked 2 work for years, i was getting great cardio from by bent, but not much upper, then i saw tje RowBike commercial years ago and gave it a try.
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Good morning, SweetRower!

I live in Monterey and I can offer a little insight. Hwy 1 just north of the Bixby Bridge is still closed due to a slide over the winter. I think one lane passage is allowed at certain times of the day - the CalTrans site should have that information. As far as avoiding the "big hills", well, there is a way to get around the Peninsula and not have to climb long grades. Get on the the Coastal Rec Trail in Castroville and take it to Lover's Point in Pacific Grove and then stay on Ocean View Avenue from there. You'll pass Heritage Plaza in downtown Monterey, Wharf #1 and #2, the Coast Guard Station, Cannery Row, the Aquarium, and finally Asilomar. Stay on Ocean View to the Pacific Grove 17 Mile Drive Gate (Pebble Beach), and then ride 17 Mile Drive to Pebble Beach Lodge. Passing that, continue on to the Carmel Gate, and then go through Carmel to Hwy 1, which you'll meet at The Crossroads (Hwy 1 and River Road). You'll pass Mission Carmel on River Road near Hwy 1. You can go through downtown Carmel if you want to. In order to avoid that, take Ocean Avenue to the beach, and then follow the beach road to Hwy 1. Be sure to check Google Maps (or something) to plan that route! There are a lot of turns and it's easy to get lost! Any climbs you encounter on that route will be short and not steep.

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