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Old 04-05-17, 09:46 AM
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Big Sur Hwy Conditions?

So the bridge is out and it should be a post-Ebola playground for cyclists. Anyone have any idea if it's possible to ride bicycles on Big Sur Highway?
Anyone been there or heard anything?
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If you go to Jim Merz FB page, he has some info as he lives there. Also the Big Sur Inn has some info on there website I believe and you could call them as well. You do know who Merz is, right?


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So the bridge is out and it should be a post-Ebola playground for cyclists. Anyone have any idea if it's possible to ride bicycles on Big Sur Highway?
Anyone been there or heard anything?
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Old 04-05-17, 01:20 PM
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From Cambria to Ragged Point is a nice ride. Right after Ragged Point Inn, its closed.
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Major Highway 1 landslide closure south of Big Sur to continue at least four more weeks - LA Times

We are going to check out the area north of Big Sur at the marathon later this month. Would be a great time to ride from Big Sur south (I would think there would be very few cars - although I haven't figured out how to easily get to the start point unless the wife will drive me all the way over Nacimiento...
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Old 04-06-17, 04:40 AM
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Here:
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Good stuff, thanks fellows!
If we can make it there Sunday morning, will provide a full report and pics.
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Hey Calamari, what the hell are you going to do up there? If you're asking for the riding conditions, something ain't right with that place. I thought Carlsbad has the best riding in SoCal. Let's get together for a ride and beer sampling, boet.
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Tavareetch!

Living in heaven invariably spoils us, so it's good to visit the other places to remind us how good we have it here. Actually SLO, Paso, & Cambria are quite lovely too. But half the time, coming back home is the best part of our vacations.

It was a little chilly on Sunday morning, so we ended up driving out to the Ragged Point Resort. There was more traffic than we were expecting, so no loss. Still beautiful. My friend Greg said the double-metric ride was tough, but they rerouted at the last minute to exclude the part of the ride that turned into a mud bog.

It was so beautiful up there--waterfalls, wild turkeys, wildflowers, great wine, and hills so green they were almost purple. We'll definitely have our Eroica-legal bikes ready for next year. And I'm thinking about getting some jerseys that say, "Worst Erotica Ever."

I'd absolutely love to join you for another mountain ride! Either GMR up there or Palomar down here. Or just the sillystring roads down around here if I can ever lure you down from the mountains. Let me know when's good for you.
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And I'm thinking about getting some jerseys that say, "Worst Erotica Ever."



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I'd absolutely love to join you for another mountain ride! Either GMR up there or Palomar down here. Or just the sillystring roads down around here if I can ever lure you down from the mountains. Let me know when's good for you.


OK, we'll maak 'n plan. I reckon we start with GMR, simply because it's easier than Palomar. Sad to say, but I'm so out of shape. Are you going to watch the GMR stage of the ToCA? It's on Thursday, 5/18. I'll try to take the day off, but I'll know for sure closer to the time. I'll buzz you if your phone number hasn't changed. If that doesn't work, the first weekend of June will be good for a GMR ride. What do you say? I can even post something here, although this place is like a ghost town. Hell, we'll be lucky if we get even a couple of ghosts on that ride.
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Big Sur was closed after Ragged Point. It was pretty chilly and breezy, so we ended up not riding it. We drove out to Ragged Point and it was beautiful, but being on a Sunday morning, there was still some auto traffic. It might be great on weekdays, but on Sunday it was hardly the deserted post-Ebola playground I'd envisioned.
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Big Sur was closed after Ragged Point. It was pretty chilly and breezy, so we ended up not riding it. We drove out to Ragged Point and it was beautiful, but being on a Sunday morning, there was still some auto traffic. It might be great on weekdays, but on Sunday it was hardly the deserted post-Ebola playground I'd envisioned.
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Considering SF to LA in June.

I hear there's a footpath around the demolished bridge, but having trouble getting more details from the various blog sites.

Seems it might be locals only or intermittently open.

Any further details would be appreciated.
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Old 04-21-17, 12:04 PM
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I have been in contact with the Ranger station and the Big Sur Lodge. The foot path is only for residents and employees working in town. The real problem is the road closures south of the bridge due to the mud slides. CalTrans is moving everything out of the way for people to pass those areas once a week. Currently the better option is going on the east side of the mountains and missing the whole mess. That is only information I have gathered from phone conversations from the east coast. Please let me know if you find any more information as I have a cycle tour planned in mid July ( San Francisco to Tijuana) and really want to peddle Big Sur.
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My brother and I are planning a ride in the area and I did a huge amount of research on this last week. We'll be camping at Limekiln, south of Lucia. I had hoped we could somehow get out bikes around the closure at Paul's Slide, which is just north of Limekiln, and ride up towards Big Sur and back on that section of the 1, which I've learned is open to locals and delivery vehicles. We'll have a look once we get there but I expect that we'll be unable to get around the closure and will need to go south instead.

But that's not a bad option, because there's a 10 mile stretch of 1 to the south that is do-able. That section is open but pretty much isolated from the outside world now, except for access via Nancimiento-Fergusson Road, a small county road that passes through Fort Hunter Ligget. So it has very light traffic these days.

The Paul's Slide closure is expected to re-open in mid to late June. At that point you'll be able to take Nancimiento-Fergusson Road to the 1, then bike continue north to Big Sur. Maybe traffic will be at half of normal volume at that point -- the road will still dead end at Big Sur, so there will be no traffic from north of Big Sur.

The closure at Ragged Point had also been expected to open in mid to late June but an official told me just yesterday that the date is now pushed back due to further erosion and construction delays.

I drew up a map of the closure locations and projected opening dates, will find a way to upload it here if people are interested.
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Yes please upload a map! Myself and a friend planned a trip a while back to bike from SF to SD starting May 22nd and we had planned on taking PCH all the way down. We locked in all the details only to hear about this not too long ago. Both of us will be flying from Virginia. Any one have any suggestions as to how we can go as much on the PCH as possible but avoid the closures? I was really hoping to see Big Sur but Mother Nature said otherwise. Oh and we will be on loaded gravel bikes. Thanks
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I created a large (11x17) high res file, uploaded it to my personal server, and tried to post the link here but got the message "You are not allowed to post URLs until you have at least 10 posts". Since this is #10, I'll post it in a follow up reply here.

The file is a marked up version of an old auto club map (no longer published) of Monterey and San Benito Counties. It shows a lot of small roads, landmarks, etc.

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Here it is:

http://wwww.dkse.net/david/Cycling/Hwy1.closures.jpg
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While the portion between Big Sur and Limekiln is out for now, these sections are nice rides too, though isolated from one another:

Ragged Point to Morro Bay.
Gaviota State Park to Ventura (actually Hwy 101 and frontage roads, but mostly isolated bike trail, a lot of nice ocean views)
San Francisco to Santa Cruz

And of course north of San Francisco you could ride the 1 between Mill Valley/Stinson Beach and up past Ft. Bragg. That's a good long stretch. Unlike the southern side there aren't lot of famous towns and landmarks along the way, but there's still an abundance of natural beauty and if you need hotels, they will be cheaper up there.

Also, from Monterey you could head to near the 101 via Carmel Valley and reconnect with the 1 around Cambria or Morro Bay or maybe take the dirt roads all the way down to Jolon, and work your way down via the eastern side of the Coastal Range. It would be hilly and hard work, but scenic.

With any of these rides, going north to south is very likely to be less work!

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Yes please upload a map! Myself and a friend planned a trip a while back to bike from SF to SD starting May 22nd and we had planned on taking PCH all the way down. We locked in all the details only to hear about this not too long ago. Both of us will be flying from Virginia. Any one have any suggestions as to how we can go as much on the PCH as possible but avoid the closures? I was really hoping to see Big Sur but Mother Nature said otherwise. Oh and we will be on loaded gravel bikes. Thanks
You will not be able to take the PCH past Monterey. 3940dxer's suggestion is correct (there really is no other option), but the part you will be missing, Monterey-Cambria, is the best part of the PCH and the reason why people do it. The 101 is a boring inland road, which will be much hotter.
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I was thinking that he could take the back roads (G7, etc.) to around King City, then out towards Jolon and towards the coast again. It's a lot of hilly roads but not much of it is really close to the 101. There are actually some cool little towns out that way, and Mission San Antonio, which is nice. But it's true that the closure area south of Big Sur includes many of the most spectacular sections.
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I was thinking that he could take the back roads (G7, etc.) to around King City, then out towards Jolon and towards the coast again. It's a lot of hilly roads but not much of it is really close to the 101. There are actually some cool little towns out that way, and Mission San Antonio, which is nice. But it's true that the closure area south of Big Sur includes many of the most spectacular sections.
There are hilly roads like going through Carmel Valley just past Monterey, but I would not attempt them on loaded gravel bikes. There is also very little access to stores along the way. The same could be said about Big Sur->Cambria, but at least it is not hot along the coast.
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Also, from Monterey you could head to near the 101 via Carmel Valley and reconnect with the 1 around Cambria or Morro Bay or maybe take the dirt roads all the way down to Jolon, and work your way down via the eastern side of the Coastal Range. It would be hilly and hard work, but scenic.
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I appreciate the advice! I have a few questions on the specifics of this route. So we plan to ride all the way to Monterey. And then I guess we would go Carmel Valley Rd. all the way until it meets up with the 101 at Greenfield? It is quite a bit of miles to Morro Bay from our stay in Santa Cruz. Where would you recommend camping? Primitive sites are fine, and looking to do no more than 80 miles a day. And that bit after hitting the 101 towards Jolon. That sounds like it would be a lot of fun going on dirt roads. What roads/turns do you recommend I take that would get us along the eastern side of the Coastal Range. Since we are missing the views at Big Sur, we have to make up the views elsewhere. Thanks!

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Is the Nacimiento Ferguson Road a viable option? You can get to it from Jolon and it empties onto PCH near Santa Lucia. Big views.
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