Having not gotten a real ride in since "last year" - by January 2nd, I was "jonsin' bad" and needed a ride. Weather was iffy, going north was almost certainly going to be wet, so I decided to head south through the inland coastal route and then back home the next day up the coast. I got a hold of a friend of mine who lives in Monrovia to see if he wanted to meet someplace for dinner. Explained the insatiable need or a ride and that I thought maybe Solvang or places in that area would be good. Bruce had a better idea. "How about I meet you about half way and we ride." How does one say no?
I rode through the Santa Cruz Mountains and then down through Monterey, and then up over through Carmel Valley on my way to the rendezvous point.
(Still learning to use my new travel camera, a Nikon Coolpix - so some of the pictures are not as good as I would have liked, some are better than I had hoped.)
(Why does this picture scream Deliverance to me?)
Bruce and I decided to meet just outside Fort Hunter Liggett
and then ride through over Nacimiento/Fergusson Road - an epic road.
From there we would head south and ride what Bruce refers to as the Cayucos Loop. Just south of Cayucos is Old Creek Road, we rode that north east than back over to Cambria, then Hwy 46 to Hwy 101 and back Hwy 41 to Morro Bay.
Sunday we got up and after breakfast (non-descript, no big deal sort of place) we headed back up 41 to get a few more pictures since it was getting a bit too dark when we were coming in the night before. After that, we headed back to Cambria to Nitt Witt Ridge
- read about it in the link. More California eccentricity.
We stopped for gas and parted ways, Bruce back south, me back up the coast. I did stop at AŮo Nuevo State Park to take a picture of the Sea Lions
Other than that, it was a non-stop ride home - 161 miles up Hwy 1. Should have enough gas to get to the gas station in the morning. If the rest of the year/decade can have rides as good as this one it will be heaven.