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Ride report: Sightseeing on 17 Mile Drive (lots of pics)(3 posts)

Ride report: Sightseeing on 17 Mile Drive (lots of pics)Ken of Fresno
Aug 11, 2002 3:53 PM
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.






Tidal pool

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






Downhill curve

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.






Cheers,
Ken

Very cool-nmfiltersweep
Aug 11, 2002 5:05 PM
re: Ride report: Sightseeing on 17 Mile Drive (lots of pics)Steve Bailey
Aug 11, 2002 5:27 PM
My older sister is also an active cyclist. She does a serious imitation of the Wicked Witch of the West as she maddly spins along. She lives in San Fran, myself on Long Island. We have both discoverd a love for cycling in our later years and she considers the 17 mile drive her favorite bike ride, searching for any excuse to head down to Monterey just to get in a loop. Now I know why, so a thanks for posting these wonderful photos.

She called me tonight to inform me that she broke her ankle Thurs. while walking into work. She's in a cast and today, getting a bit antsy, crawled into the yard to get in some gardening. Cycling is of course, out of the question, so I promised to ride her weekly mileage as well as my own. Too bad it's too damned far to head down to Monterey.

Steve B.