Day 32, Monterey to Lucia

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Big day today with over 4,700 feet of climbing as we pass through the Big Sur area, everyone was out of camp before the sun really got up!!!

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Our campsite, which would be the worst of the trip so far, was six miles beyond Lucia . . . all roads were open. No landslides!!!

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. . . but there would be LOTS of curvy road ahead.

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. . . and wild pigs to look out for on the road!!!!!

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It was a foggy morning along the coast as we began to climb, you can see the road cut on the left side of the cliff.

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Around each mountain we would ride and suddenly the fog started rolling in from the ocean . . .

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It was ahead of us and we were hoping it would miss us . . .

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. . . but as we kept riding south it kept building . . .

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. . . oh yeah, we where heading into it. It was fun to watch it move forward, then dissipate . . .

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. . . and soon it was upon us . . . good thing most of us had front and especially rear lights!!!!

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. . . but within an hour it had all blown away and it was a BEAUTIFUL sunny, sun in our face type of day, all the way to camp.

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. . . if you want your own piece of it, here is a home just being built. No curtains because all the rooms face the ocean!!!

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. . .  here was a place built on stilts . . . hope it is earthquake proof!!!!

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. . .  we were reminded there was more fun ahead today and tomorrow!!!

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We did pass over one of the more famous bridges along the coast, known as the Bixby Bridge . . .  lots of tourist stopped creating quite a hazard!!!

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. . . this was the type of day all the riders had dreamed of and helped make the wet, nasty days in WA and OR a distant memory. Temps in the mornings now were usually in the high 50’s!!!

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. . . got to remember to look over your shoulder once in a while to see what the morning light is lighting up!!!

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Soon we rode over the over famous bridge along the way . . . this bridge is featured in the Tour de California bicycle race and in many, many car ads.

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One Kodak moment after another . . . the camera can REALLY not capture the depth and width of the human eye, but it is a nice memory.

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We turned inland about three miles to roll through the village of Big Sur, 300 people strong. Interesting the village is not directly on the coastline. LOTS of tourists!!

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We were coming down from the cliffs as we nearly Lucia.

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The bridges and the roads are amazing . . .

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. . . and of course they were not built overnight . . .

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. . . and have been popular ever since they opened!!!!

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. . . one more stretch of lower coastline . . .

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. .  . as we passed through the avalanche proof covered bridge to our night at the Lime Kiln Campground. A night to remind me why this is my last camping trip!!!

2 thoughts on “Day 32, Monterey to Lucia”

  1. Rick…your photos reinforce why I tell everyone that the best ACA ride I’ve ever done is the PacCoast. I might even do it again someday. Then again, the Great Divide is right up there with it.
    Allen

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