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