|17 Mile Drive is a privately owned toll road that winds through the forest and along the coast of Monterey, California. It's about a two and a half hour drive away from my home and a great way to spend a relaxing day on the bike. It costs $8 per car to enter, but pedestrians and bicyclists are free.
The Lone Cypress
As one of California's most enduring landmarks, The Lone Cypress has prevailed on its rocky perch for over 250 years. It is also the symbol of Pebble Beach Company.
A wide bike path with few cars and a 25 mph speed limit = heaven.
The temperature was a beautiful 70 degrees with a slight overcast. Excellent day for a ride.
Near Seal Rock picinic area
Decided to go with the mountain bike and slicks for a more casual pace.
Bikes on the beach
The tires we had on were too narrow for the sand, but we wanted to go for a walk anyway.
This small crab was moving pretty quickly, but I was able to get him on film (er, pixels).
The path leading to Point Joe Lookout
My father (also named Joe) will be 79 in September. I hope I'm that active when I'm his age. I just realized the back of my old Selle Italia Turbo saddle is reflective. Interesting.
Inlet near Fanshell Overlook
Harbor seals return to the beach near here each spring to bear their young. This area is closed during harbor seal pupping season April 1 to June 1.
Pebble Beach Golf Course
A quick break.
Cypress Point Lookout
Great view of the Pacific coastline.
Near The Ghost Tree
I always wear my helmet. Today, however, since I knew we were going to be doing more sight seeing than sweating, we would live dangerously
We did pick up a little speed on this downhill section. 27 mph? Hmm. Maybe a helmet wouldn't have been a bad idea after all.
Bubba Gump's Shrimp for dinner
Gotta have seafood when you go to the coast. There may be a lot of good seafood places in Monterey, but Bubba Gump's is the most fun around. Better brush up on your Forest Gump trivia before you go though. The waiters/waitresses are pretty sharp.