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Vacation, all I ever wanted.(29 posts)

Vacation, all I ever wanted.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:26 PM
This year had been kind of a bust vacation wise for us. Miss M really likes to get away a couple of times during the year for weeklong rides. With her busy work schedule, my broken knee and the just plain lousy weather on the East Coast we hadn't gotten away for more than a long weekend yet this year.

Time to change all that.

The plan was to fly into LAX, ride to Big Sur as directly as we possible then zigzag our way back to LAX and perhaps Orange County. 700-800 miles in 9 days of riding. My folks would carry our stuff for the first 2 days then we would pull a BOB trailer.

Miss M and a Senior Senator on our way to California.
Nov 4, 2003 7:28 PM
We met Pierre at a McDonalds near LAX and headed off to Santa Barbara. The smoke from fires that I had noticed (and thought nothing of) as we flew into the LA basin was very noticeable in the early morning coastal fog. Pierre posted a very nice ride report so I won't add much to it except to note that it was fairly cloudy and smoky all day.

We enjoyed riding with Pierre until he turned around after 80 miles. He left us with some good memories and some of his great homemade bread.
Smokey Santa Barbara Sunrise.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:30 PM
On the second day of our trip we left Santa Barbara at first light on our way to Pismo Beach. The smell of smoke was very strong.
Highway 101.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:32 PM
We were taking the shortest route North out of LA to get to Big Sur as quickly as we could. That required some freeway riding which wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

Not much traffic on the freeway at sunrise and nice wide shoulders.
All Bicycles must exit.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:34 PM
We happily exited the freeway about 7 miles past Gaviota and headed inland leaving So Cal and the smell of fires behind.
Good riding.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:36 PM
The roads were wide, traffic was light and the weather was great.
Harris Grade.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:39 PM
After Lompoc we opted to climb over Harris Grade to avoid the traffic on Highway 1.
Pismo Sunset.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:41 PM
Day 2 ended at Pismo Beach. After dinner we opted for a nice walk on the pier. The fires that were burning up So Cal sure made for pretty skis.
Tim and Mindy.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:44 PM
We planned Monday to be a fairly short day ending at San Simeon. Just past San Luis Obispo (home of BOB Trailers Inc.) we saw a couple of riders towing BOBs. We got chatting and discovered that they had left Washington DC at the beginning of September and were on their way to Tim's new job in Monterey.

They pretty much had a great time and really liked their BOB trailers. Mindy had been keeping an on-line journal at

We rode together until Morro Bay and agreed to meet for dinner. Good folks.
San Simeon.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:46 PM
We got to our hotel pretty early in the day and had time to play tourist.

Checking out the view from the San Simeon pier.
The Big Sur Coast.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:49 PM
We got an early start Tuesday and headed up the coast to Big Sur. The weather was the best I had ever seen along the central coast.

After several days of fairly flat riding we were heading to the hills. Big Sur doesn't exactly sneak up on you-you can see the cliffs getting closer and closer all the way from San Simeon.
Hot stuff.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:52 PM
On a ride known for nasty headwinds we actually had a bit of a tailwind, combined with the bright sunshine made the occasional shade very welcome.
Sea Cliffs.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:54 PM
Going along the Big Sur coast is never flat-but always beautiful. Truly words and pictures can't do justice to the beauty of the ride.
Nov 4, 2003 7:56 PM
We turned around at Nipomo-Ferguson road (love that climb). The slight breeze in our face cooled us down and riding on the ocean side of the road made for even better views.
Zebras and Elephants, Oh my!MB1
Nov 4, 2003 7:58 PM
San Simeon Ranch has Zebras mixed in among their cattle. That was pretty odd and I was going to post a photo of them but this is even better.

Even better for most of the day we could hear the barking of Elephant Seals along the waters edge. By the end of the day you could see them sunning themselves along the beach.
Morro Rock.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 8:00 PM
Our timing was pretty good. We rode into our hotel in Morro Bay just as the sun was setting.
Ta-ta for now.MB1
Nov 4, 2003 8:02 PM
In the first 4 days of our vacation we had ridden 375 miles in some of the best weather you could ever ask for. I'll report on our return later this week.

The sunset in Morro Bay from our hotel.
Beutiful pics, I'm jealous! Thanks nm.TNRyder
Nov 4, 2003 8:35 PM
very cool; can't wait to see more nmDougSloan
Nov 4, 2003 8:50 PM
Nice pics. Looks like your weather was perfect!....nmrwbadley
Nov 4, 2003 9:18 PM
Great Stuff MB, Glad you got your vacation in.Scot_Gore
Nov 4, 2003 9:38 PM
As I watched the news I was hoping you weren't blocked by the fire emergency. Looks like a great week on the bike.

Great pics.Len J
Nov 5, 2003 4:33 AM
Glad you hade a great time & made it back safely.

Great Pics!!!torquecal
Nov 4, 2003 8:02 PM
Great report - thanks for sharing :-)
Great Pics!!!lyleseven
Nov 4, 2003 8:13 PM
Nice photos! I am amazed they let you ride on the freeway shoulder. Too bad you didn't have time to get all the way to Carmel and Monterey.
As usual, MB1...NICE pics! Thanks. (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2003 9:30 PM
Seems you had a good time :-)PeterRider
Nov 4, 2003 10:16 PM
I was waiting for your phone call to go ride on sunday... did you end up with other plans ? Well, I guess I'll see in the next set of pictures.

Meeting Miss M and you was very nice,

Nice PicsLO McDuff
Nov 5, 2003 8:09 AM
My wife wants to run the Big Sur marathon next year. Very pretty.

It's a good thing the Senior Senator (D-Chivas) was a passenger and not driving.

(OK that was a cheap shot, I'll take it to the non-cycling board.)
He looked pretty bad.MB1
Nov 5, 2003 5:54 PM
I am not sure how old Teddie is but he looked pretty worn down. Miss M noted that between Ted and I we finished at least one bottle of wine-and I wasn't drinking.
As always, a great ride report...The Walrus
Nov 5, 2003 10:15 AM
...sounds like it "almost" compensated for the down time this year. Looking forward to the next installment!