Sunday, August 09, 2009
We planned to ride the 17 Mile Drive from Pacific Grove Gate to Carmel - but it didn't quite go as planned but turned out well. I was on the phone with my daughter (birthday wishes) and dh missed the turnoff, so we went to the Hwy 1 gate. As we turned in the road was narrow just for cars and hilly and windy - just didn't look bike friendly to share the road with cars. We drove along looking at the sights - I love that view, always nice. As we got about halfway around, the road widens and we begin to see more bikes AND there is a bike lane!
So we got out at a pull off place where there is bathrooms (essential) and picnic tables. We got the bikes off and took off along the coast towards the Pac Grove gate. My bike computer (odometer) wasn't working so not for sure but I think we rode about 5 miles - it was a nice ride with minimal hills.
We noticed that both of us had low tires and cut it short to find some air. After we had a picnic, we drove to Carmel but was crowded and didn't have parking space for car with bike rack on the back. So we ended up back in Monterey on the path we rode before. It was right down the middle of Cannery Row - we did some shopping along the way and as we continued, found we were along the coast almost up to the Pacific Grove Gate. Odometer was working and it was a 10 mile run that time. It was a nice ride - wide path not too many cars and challenging with some hills but not too steep and the views were great. Before going back to the car we stopped at Bubba Gumps for a birthday dinner.
You will see in the pic the servers sang Have a happy birthday shake, shake, shake - give us a birthday shake, shake, shake, they went on and on louder until I got the message and gave them a little shake and they stopped. It was a fun time dh ate most of the choc shake - we split the shrimp dinner (even tho it was fried) and the salad tasted so good. We did split the spinach & artichoke dip - so went way over in calories - more than we burned probably - but it was a good splurge day - - -
Just a few pics of the views we saw on our ride.