10/31/19 – Monterey to San Simeon

Distance: 95.63 mi (Steve rode on to 100. You go, Steve.)

Climbing: 7103 ft

Today was the longest and most climbey (is the even a word?) day of our ride. We woke up and got out the door earlier than we have yet, to allow as much time possible to make it to San Simeon. Being susceptible to leg cramps, I was anxious about even being able to climb the 7000+ feet on our route, without cramping up completely and having to hitch a ride.

Within a few blocks of our motel, it was, “Good Morning legs,” as we faced down a super steep 350 ft. climb. And that was the beginning of our climbing day. Nice, eh?

After passing Carmel, we were riding along the coast–headed toward and through Big Sur. The coastal scenery was spectacular.

After passing through Big Sur, we entered Los Padres National Forest. The terrain included more ocean cliffs and sea stacks, but now, lots of grassy ranch land.

The highlight of Steve’s day was the endless oceanside climbing. The highlights of my day were the elephant seals we saw toward the end of our day and getting off my bike at our San Simeon motel.

Halloween should be a national holiday. Happy Halloween to our kids and grandkids!!! Everyone be safe tonight.

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