With a long day ahead of us (50 miles), we really needed some coffee to start our ride. Unfortunately, there was no coffee in the cabin. As we left Riverside Campground and Cabins, one of the office staff met us at the exit and shared that we could get coffee in three miles and we would have completed most of the first climb by then. We stopped at the Big Sur Bakery at 7:40,
they didn’t open til 8:00, so we got our books out and sat at the outdoor tables until they opened. Breakfast food was expensive, so we just settled for coffee. On the downside of the first hill we stopped at Deetjen’s Inn
for a real breakfast and met up with a couple on a tandem and two ladies cycling from San Francisco to San Simeon.
After breakfast it was off to conquer the rest of the 50 mile ride with a long hill at the end but a nice descent for about 3 miles. Lots of bridges and a few road construction sites were part of the ride today.
We also met up with a group of 35 dads and sons who were cycling through Big Sur as a Scout Troop.
We rode with them most of the day as they would stop and chat and gave us a round of applause when we cycled into Ragged Point just a few minutes after they had all arrived for their ice cream snack break. They still had about 15 more miles to cycle to San Simeon where they were camping for the evening. It was amazing to see the young men (Scouts) meeting the challenges of the hills and mileage today – glad to see the dads and scout leaders encouraging this type of activity. Hooked on bikes!
Tomorrow we have a short ride to Cambria, just past San Simeon and Hearst Castle.