Craig's SLO Ride
May 8, 2008
Today I'm heading out for a three day bike ride down to San Luis Obispo. I was lucky enough to be invited by Craig and Matt to join the "core" of this great 15 year old local tradition. The fifteen of us get it all together starting at Craig's house before heading down to Big Sur. A big thanks to Dave for driving sag.
Here's the group all with fresh legs. And it's great to see Erik helping out with a little last minute maintenance.
It's always such a beautiful ride down the bike trail to Monterey, then along the coast to Pacific Grove, followed by 17-Mile Drive.
Our first night is at Big Sur Lodge. It's a happy site after 96 miles of riding.
Here's the group after a short ride to breakfast. I love those blueberry pancakes in the morning.
I've never been this far south before on my bike. The views and the drop offs are pretty spectacular. We stop to say hello to some women that are tracking some local condors. I had no idea they enjoyed these cliffs also.
We stopped for lunch at the Ragged Point Inn. A very nice spot I wouldn't mind coming back to with Charlotte.
Our next night will be in San Simeon, but not before we check out the elephant seals just north of town. We've had a really nice tailwind since we came down from the cliffs, so its been a fun, fast run into town. Another 76 miles today.
The next day we make a nice stop in Cayucos for breakfast. There's also a charity run going on, and a great chance to get a photo with Smokey. Don't ask me about Dr. Beef.
The ride through Morro Bay reminds me of some of the local rides back home.
One last hill to climb before rolling into San Luis Obispo. Just 35 miles more and we've done it.
Now this guy is riding in style.
Ron thinks seriously about this old recliner sitting outside someone's house, while Goldie demonstrates his vast knowledge of the furniture industry.
Time to load the bikes up on the train for the long, easy ride home.
George gets some well earned rest, while the rest of us are happy to sit back and relax. A big thanks to TRW Dick and Chuck for a bunch of these photos. Silly me, I was too busy riding to take any pictures.