Tucked away on the Monterey Peninsula of California, and nestled among Pebble Beach and at least two other golf courses I've never heard of, is an iconic road appropriately named "17 Mile Drive." We've read that biking the road is a far more awesome way to experience it than driving (plus it's free on two wheels!), so that's exactly what we did today.
We parked in Seascape just up the coast from Monterey and started our ride on a lovely bike path that put Highway 1 on our left and the water only a stone's throw away on the right. We meandered through Monterey, past Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Bay Aquarium before peddling through Pacific Grove and hugging the coastline to where "bay" certainly must have met "ocean." Signs beckoned us to the famous 17 Mile Drive.
The first several miles of "biking the drive" had jaw-dropping views of huge crashing waves along the craggy rock-lined coast. Just inland from the road were snippets of golf courses like Spanish Bay, Poppy Hills, and Cypress Point. Not to mention larger-than-life homes in the mega-multi-million-dollar range (in. sane.).
Now for some data (because let's be honest, I probably wouldn't ride if I didn't collect tons of data to analyze afterwards):
Total Distance: 36.51 miles
Moving Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Elapsed Time: 4 hours 12 minutes
Max. speed: 28.2 mph
Min. speed: 2.7 mph
Now, about that minimum speed. . . Nobody told me that there's a mountain in the middle of 17 Mile Drive!!!
Ok, let me rephrase that. This was not so much a "mountain" of the Chris Froome variety (in fact, he wouldn't have batted an eyelash on this incline that nearly did me in). But at mile 20 of my first bike ride of the year, sit bones in agony, feet going numb, ocean behind us, and morale declining ever so slightly, the road started going up and didn't stop for what felt like close to forever. It's a miracle I didn't fall down the "mountain" backwards going a pitiful 2.7 miles per hour. But we made it. And look how far below us the ocean was!
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