Monday, September 22, 2008

Day 16 - Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley

Daily Statistics:
Rode a total of 74.3 miles and burned 3995 calories.
Left the motel at 7:05 and arrived at 2:15.

I know I keep repeating myself, but this was an absolutely gorgeous day to be on a bicycle. We wound our way out of Santa Cruz through the neighboring towns of Altos and Capitola, with the largest stretches on Soquel Drive and San Andreas Road. Between town and the first SAG at 25 miles in, we passed through a good stretch of what is know as the "salad bowl." For good reason, as we saw lots of strawberries (see workers below), lettuce, and other crops in work. As the picture shows, some people have to really work for a living. It makes you grateful for what you have in life.
After the SAG and a few more miles in the fields, we entered a bicycle path we stayed on for almost 15 miles, until we where basically through Monterey. Monterey and the surrounding coast made for terrific views, both as we came to town, and through the city. I decided to show some of the boats in the Monterey harbor.
Not long after leaving Monterey, we arrived at the highlight section of the day, about 9 miles of 17 mile drive. This is absolutely spectacular. The ocean views are magnificent, the houses are out of sight, and you pass three of the world's premeir golf courses in Spyglass, Cypress Point, and Pebble Beach. I have included a shot of Pebble Beach, but each is a gorgeous layout.

After we left 17 mile drive, we came into Carmel-by-the Sea. It is a neat little town, but I am not sure I fully appreciated it, as we saw it on a very steep climp up Ocean Avenue. Once we got through town, it was a short stint on highway 1 to Carmel Valley Road. Ron and I stopped at Subway to refuel for the 10 mile run up the valley to our lodging at Los Laureles Lodge. This is a neat converted stable, very rustic.
We are being shuttled to dinner, and it should be fun. We will see what tomorrow has in store.

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