Pacific Coast Highway
I have not had the chance to write of late nor to edit images, but I wanted to drop a quick note and let everyone know that life on the trail is good and I have some great stories and images coming soon. The route from LA up to Big Sur has been unbelievable. Simply put, this is a road that must be travelled by bike to truly appreciate the beauty and grandeur of this coast. I am in awe and at a lack for words, in a way that Alaska took my breath away, so to has this coast. The route yesterday from Cambria, to Big Sur, a challenging 70 mile trek was the most amazing stretch of coast I have seen. I would seriously turn around and do it again tomorrow if my legs were not so tired.
The road winds along the coast, full of rollers, big climbs and huge descents. The ocean crashing below you or off in the distance gives you a sense of the strength and the power of the sea. The shores have been carved over the generations and the rugged coast bears witness to the toll of the ebb and flow of water. I had a day full of sunshine, light winds and very little traffic, a blessing in disguise caused by the closure of route 1 north of Big Sur.
The final exlamation point on this leg was rolling down into Big Sur itself. A surreal feeling as you suddenly transition from the coast into the forest. The chill in the air was immediate, a result of not only the lack of sunshine but the huge water flows coming down from the mountain tops. It was like in Alaska where you could always tell when you were coming upon a river because the air and water temp dropped so dramatically.
I stayed in one of the State Parks with the best hiker/biker campsite to date. I was greeted with lush floors and towering trees. My bivvy looked so small compared to the green and brown surroundings. I met a young man named Jordan who has been walking from Vancouver since September of last year. Quite the young man, he had great stories of his travels which made for a wonderful end of the day.
Truly, this was one of the most amazing days of my now 9,000 miles of travel. Simply breathtaking, memories that will last a lifetime. Pictures to follow shortly.