Highway One from south of Carmel, through Big Sur down to just past Hearst Castle is one of the loveliest roads I’ve ever ridden. There are so many beautiful sights that often you get stuck behind some pretty slow drivers as you try and make your way down the coast.
I planned to go down the coast on a Thursday hoping to avoid the worst of the traffic, I met with limited success, or maybe it really is crazy out there on the weekends, I have no idea. I had a good ride, and got some great pictures. Riding the coast south in the spring is something that I have done several times and I’m always in awe of how beautiful it is. There is something almost other worldly about how picturesque it all is, how the hill end very dramatically and seem to fall into the Pacific Ocean. The feel is intensified since the jagged coastline often slightly shrouded in mist.
The road itself is reasonably taken care of, though there are nearly always sections that they are repairing. It’s a delightful twisty road with world class scenery, what more could you ask for?
I just wish it was longer and with less traffic, but you can’t have everything.
My trip that day started early and I was on the road before the sun was up, in fact it was a very cold ride down 101 and through the pass. I arrived in Carmel by the Sea quite chilly and was happy to spend sometime drinking a hot chai and having a bite to eat before heading out down the coast. This means that it was plenty warm enough as I headed south, but sadly it also gave more tourists time to get up and on the road.
No regrets though, it was a great way to start the two day ride.