Day 47 – San Francisco, CA to Big Sur, CA

Day 47 – San Francisco, CA to Big Sur, CA     10/06/10     Mileage: 169

 The run down to Big Sur was only going to be a few hours ride, so I was in no rush to leave. Linda and I went to Starbucks for a coffee before I said goodbye and hit the road. There were some nice sections of highway 1 south of San Francisco, but not quite as good as north of the city.

Ran into these San Francisco police on dual-sport bikes...pretty cool!

Along the PCH...

View from the PCH...

View from the PCH...

There are many of these beautiful arch bridges on the PCH...

Same bridge as above...

I stopped for lunch in Santa Cruz and took in the sights for a bit.

Helmet cam - Santa Cruz

Helmet cam - Santa Cruz waterfront

Santa Cruz boardwalk...

I continued south and also detoured through Monterey where I had my first brush with the law! He pulled me over for rolling through a stop sign and speeding. Whoops! The officer was astride a BMW “R” police bike…so being a fellow rider I gave him the brief story of the trip and told him its the first time I’d been pulled over in 11,000 miles! It must have worked, as he gave me a good talking to, but in the end only gave me a verbal warning. Whew! Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve made it this long…as I’ve definitely been taking some, errr, liberties with speed limits and the occasional passing in a double yellow line.

Monterey waterfront...before I got pinched by the law!

After that I blasted…I mean…quietly and slowly…rolled out of town. As I approached Big Sur, I saw a dirt road that ascended up into the mountains with an ominous sign saying it was impassable when wet. Now that sounds like a fun road that I have to check out!

That is practically an invitation!!

This poor bastard left pieces of his Acura all over the road! Should of had a KLR instead...

Dirt road detour...

Dirt is good!

Dirt road detour...

I got tight and twisty for a bit...nice!

Dirt road detour...

The payoff was the view above the tree line...

One more of the payoff...

That's my twisty road down there....

Taking it all in...

Don't go off the road to the right!

Once the dirt surface improved, I could whip up the pace...good fun!

On the brakes!

"Working the clutch"

Nice ride above the trees with the Pacific in the background...

Back into the trees...

It was a very narrow, steep and rutted dirt road, but a piece of cake for the KLR….good fun none the less! The rain unfortunately started which was a bummer as I had totally planned on camping in Big Sur. I tried to wait it out for a bit but the forecast was for showers all night. With that bleak outlook I found a room at the Fernwood, a cute place with a bar/restaurant and general store.

The Fernwood in Big Sur, CA (The next morning...with great sun!)

Inside the bar at the Fernwood...

After settling into the room, I went to the bar for dinner and a few drinks, used the wifi for a bit and then called it a night. Tomorrow I should make it down to LA…

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