The Great Pacific Coast Escape

Day 21: Sleeping in late means a late start huh?
(Sunset Beach SP to Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP)

date: Sunday August 25, 2002
daily miles: 72 miles (116 km)
total miles: 1,596 miles (2,569 km)


The marina in Monterey

Slept in again this morning. Then finally got my act together to make it to Monterey and somewhere south of there today. Rolled out of camp at 11:30am -- I did tell you that I did sleep in late. Nothing like starting the day literally at noon.

It was a crazy route via bike paths and backroads and blind intuition to get through the Monterey Peninsula today. Remember my no Kirkendall book thing (and no Adventure Cycle maps either). No major problems though. Skipped the 17 mile drive deal -- I've seen Pebble Beach too many times and no need to ride it on a bicycle.

Beautiful sights once I hit Seaside today (the rest was farm country) and progressed down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Bits of fog though which made visibility today at times to be about five feet --- I'm tired of this fog thing! Ended up getting out my old searing eyeball yellow jacket -- it is insanely bright and makes the Pearl Izumi yellows look very dull in comparison.


Big Sur -- south of Monterey

Killer winds right before the Big Sur area. I was truly surprised I could keep the bike and BOB on the road at times -- BOB was having his own party behind me and wasn't cooperating that well. He was truly doing scary things and amazingly I wasn’t hit. But things cleared up as I rolled into camp tonight so the last ten miles wasn't that bad.

But it's sleep time for this kid -- I'm exhausted!!

Mark

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The Great Pacific Coast Escape
Introduction time
Two weeks before - Welcome to "BOB"
One week before - Panic time!
The trip begins! (Bellevue, WA to Sequim)
Awesome sights to be seen (Sequim to Sapho)
The longest day (Sapho to Ocean Shores)
Casual cruise to pavement pain (Ocean Shores to Raymond)
I survived the bridge!! (Raymond to Ft. Stevens, Oregon)
I talked with a real bicycle tourist! (Ft. Stevens to Cape Lookout)
Hills, hills and more hills (Cape Overlook to Newport)
It was slow going today (Newport to Florence)
Kickback, relax and just surf (at Honeyman Camp in Florence)
Time to escape the convention (Florence to Bandon)
Sputter, misfire, detour... and a new direction (Bandon to Brookings)
Please turn off the fog machine!! (Brookings to Prairie Creek Redwoods, California)
Keeping it simple (Prairie Creek Redwoods to KOA in Arcata)
Enter the 'Avenue of the Giants' (KOA in Arcata to Weott)
Running on empty (Weott to Leggett)
Back to the Pacific Ocean (Leggett to Van Damme SP at Mendocino)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Van Damme SP to Stillwater SP)
Just another simple day (Stillwater SP to Samuel Taylor SP in Bodega Bay)
What were you expecting -- Baywatch??? (Samuel Taylor SP to Half Moon Bay SP)
There actually is sunshine in California (Half Moon Bay to Sunset Beach in Watsonville)
Sleeping in late means a late start huh? (Sunset Beach SP to Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP)
Riding above the clouds (Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP to San Simeon SP
The ranger told me that I probably wouldn't want to camp here (San Simeon SP to Oceana SP)
I see cracks!! (Oceana SP to El Capitan SP near Goleta)
Are we there yet? (El Capitan SP to Leo Carillo SP near Malibu)
The “City of Angels” in one day (Leo Carillo SP to Doheny SP at Dana Point)
The end has arrived (Dana Point to San Diego)
Equipment Reflections
Personal Gear Review
Review -- Planning and Maps
Would I do it all again?