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Old 09-03-08, 12:10 PM   #1
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Report: Labor day mini-tour

This past weekend my wife and I went from salinas, ca to big sur.
The coast starlight was running many hours late saturday morning, so we ended up on a bus from oakland to salinas. We arrived later than we wanted to, around 1:30 pm, and promptly put the bikes together and headed towards monterey. By the time we arrive in monterey it was already almost 4, so after much consideration we decided to stay in veterens memorial park, which ultimately was the best decision.

The next day we had about 30-35 miles to travel, so we could relax and enjoy the ride down highway 1 into big sur. What amazing cycling! I have driven the road a few times, but to experience it on the bike is something else. It was a lot easier than i imagined it to be, with rolling hills and the wind to your back, and amazing views to take your mind off of those climbs. The traffic was heavy, but it didn't bother me too much. On the way back to moterey on labor day the traffic bothered me more because it was heavier and the headwind was blowing us all over the road.
We ended up taking a bus from around point lobos into monterey because we were behind schedule and worried we would miss our train, which was actually on time! It was a nice trip, but just makes me want to do a longer adventure.

In big sur we met Todd and Stanley who are on a gasoline free adventure. Stanley is Todd's 80 lb dog, which he was pulling in a trailer. Imagine haveing 30 lbs of gear AND pulling an 80 lb dog north into the wind! He left the camp about 3 hours before us and we caught up with him about 20-25 miles down the road. I cannot imagine the trailer in that headwind. You can see read his blog here http://toddandstanley.blogspot.com/2...for-while.html








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Old 09-03-08, 12:27 PM   #2
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Wow, sounds like a fanstastic tour, and those photos are amazing.

Much more exciting than the flat farm country around here in Michigan.
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Wow, sounds like a fanstastic tour, and those photos are amazing.

Much more exciting than the flat farm country around here in Michigan.
Yes it was nice, but a little too short. I am already planing for my next trip, but again it will have to be a short one. This time i will go north with bus/train/rideshare and cycle south to SF for 4 days or so.
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Hi,

Dropped you a couple of pre-trip messages. I'm glad you did it. It is one of the world's best rides. There's a great supported ride (usually at the end of this month) put on by the same folks who do the Sea Otter Classic. It stages in Carmel Valley, rolls down 1 and over Nacimiento-Ferguson Grade to camping at Fort Hunter Liggett. Dinner in the old officers club. Showers, swimming and (extra $$) massage. Entertainment and giveaways. The next day, down Jolon Road to Arroyo Seco to Carmel Valley. Two days, 170 miles, great support all the way.

I'd forgotten to mention that our Amtrak experiences involved frequent blown schedules!

Any of the sketchy types at Memorial Park? Was hiker-biker at Big Sur crowded? Nice photos.
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Dropped you a couple of pre-trip messages. I'm glad you did it. It is one of the world's best rides. There's a great supported ride (usually at the end of this month) put on by the same folks who do the Sea Otter Classic. It stages in Carmel Valley, rolls down 1 and over Nacimiento-Ferguson Grade to camping at Fort Hunter Liggett. Dinner in the old officers club. Showers, swimming and (extra $$) massage. Entertainment and giveaways. The next day, down Jolon Road to Arroyo Seco to Carmel Valley. Two days, 170 miles, great support all the way.

I'd forgotten to mention that our Amtrak experiences involved frequent blown schedules!

Any of the sketchy types at Memorial Park? Was hiker-biker at Big Sur crowded? Nice photos.
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The amtrak situation was just silly. I wanted to take the train because i prefer them over buses. So we went from SF to oakland to catch the train at 8:50, but instead got the bus. The bus went back to SF for a stop then continued. It was in SF at 10am, so we could have slept more, not paid for BART, and gotten the bus right in the city (an not boxed our bikes!). At least i know for next time!

Memorial park was pretty laid back. There were some characters, that is for sure, but no really sketchy people. The raccoons however really enjoyed our granola bars!

There were 6 others at the big sur hike/bike site, but since i have never been there before i can't tell you if that is crowded or not. Although, it wasn't nearly as crowded as memorial park, it was really packed.
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Thanks! You got me all psyched up about my PCH trip next week!

So you can get a bus that takes bikes in the Big Sur area, no problem? it would be nice to have a backup plan.
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Hey, thanks for the report! Mini-tours are an important category. I did my first tour earlier this year, 1 week in motels near my home in New York.

California coast (about 200 miles) was to be the next one, next Spring. Now it is tentatively, *some* time, when I can figure out my knee problems. But wow, those pictures ... makes me want to go that much more.
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Thanks! You got me all psyched up about my PCH trip next week!

So you can get a bus that takes bikes in the Big Sur area, no problem? it would be nice to have a backup plan.
Here is a link to the schedule http://www.mst.org/routes/22/ The bus can take 2 bikes, and there was already one on the front when it came. Luckily the driver let us put the extra bike in the back of the bus. The schedule says through labor day, so i am not sure if it runs after labor day, or if it is a limited schedule. You might want to call MST (monterey-salinas transit) to find out for sure.

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