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17-Mile Drive, Carmel Mission, and Monterey (Day 4)

July 16th, 2009 3 comments

This was yesterday.

Drove out of Big Sur. Relieved to get cell reception. Relieved at gas prices below $3.70. Turned left onto 17-Mile Drive, which is mostly like a lightly-trafficked tour through beachside golf courses and houses. Continued for 17 miles. Exited. Went to the Carmel mission (that has a fancier name than that). Saw Junipero Serra’s grave. Exited. Drove through the maze of Carmel streets. Found Hwy. 1, went north. Stopped in Monterey. Parked in a garage. Walked to waterfront. It’s like a small-scale San Francisco (IMHO). Ate lunch. Walked to Cannery Row. No canneries in operation. Walked back to car. Pried bike out of back of cab. Re-attached front wheel. Tightened trip computer magnet. Changed into bike shorts. Rode up and down bike path from Pacific Grove to Seaside and back. Re-deposited bike in back of truck. Changed out of bike shorts. Went back to waterfront to verify. Still there. Returned to car. Packed an overnight bag. Drove up Hwy. 1 to the 101. Dropped in on friends in Sunnyvale. Ate dinner (very Italian, very awesome). Observed baby. Took walk toward downtown Sunnyvale. Returned. Showered (very nice). Went to bed.

big_sur_north_coastlineOne last look at Big Sur coastline. It was a foggy send-off, so I missed the lighthouse and the bridges. Next time.

17-mile_drive_carmelThere was some golf course right next to this spot, but it seemed only moderately famous.


Carmel mission courtyard with tower, crosses, and fountain.

The mission in Carmel(-by-the-Sea). Would probably be good to take the second pic again on a blue-sky day. And a day when I wasn’t so antsy to get going that I didn’t play with the composition. Ah well: regret is sweet.

monterey_fishermans_wharf_pierFisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, boasting the highest concentration of free clam chowder samples of any location in the lower 48.

Next up: SF and praying my car doesn’t get broken into…!


McWay Waterfall (Day 3)

July 14th, 2009 6 comments

It’s a pretty waterfall and, I think, probably the most photographed thing in the whole of Big Sur. Here are a couple of my attempts:


mcway_waterfall_big_surThere were others. I’ll spare you. It’s the same basic waterfall each time…

Was gonna post some other photos, but this internet connection’s a little iffy and I don’t like waiting for it, therefore signing off:


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Photos of Big Sur Shoreline (Day 2)

July 13th, 2009 No comments

Haven’t been to the “good half” of Big Sur yet. Tomorrow. Tomorrow. The bad half is pretty cool, though.

big_sur_jade_cove_viewHighway 1 and the shoreline just south of Jade Cove.

big_sur_near_plaskett_creekTrail heading down toward the beach, also around Jade Cove.

big_sur_elephant_sealsBecause (I hear) some people consider seals photo-worthy. They just lay there, occasionally throwing sand on themselves. And if any of them were dead, I’m not sure how anyone would have known. Such indolence may cost them dearly when the killer whales come.

A big day like this deserves an evening encounter with the Jet-Boil. Maybe it’s time to break out the pouched chicken.


The Important Thing: It Got Started

July 12th, 2009 No comments

Day One!

Weird day, mostly because, in fact, I was not only starting the trip but also moving out of my apartment — and trying to move out while avoiding seeing my landlord on the way. Successful on that front, but a little hectic. Haven’t done anything interesting yet, but here are photos anyway:

roadtrip_odometer_startInitial odometer reading. For posterity.

traffic_on_the_405How L.A. tells you it doesn’t want you to leave.

mound_of_rocks_near_obispoA mound of rocks by San Luis Obispo (at 70 mph)

And now I just gotta hope the sun comes up tomorrow, otherwise I’ll wish I did more than move and drive today.


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