October 13 – Big Sur to Cambria – 70 miles (gain/loss 5,100’)
The hills of the Big Sur coast get even bigger for the first 50 miles of today’s ride. You are either climbing or descending virtually the entire way, with Highway One often carved right out of cliffs that rise over 1000’ above the ocean. This is some of the most dramatic riding of the trip. South of Ragged Point the hills level out as we ride through idyllic ranchland past an elephant seal colony and Hearst Castle before getting a well earned night’s rest in the picturesque coastal village of Cambria.
Accommodations: Bluebird Inn, 1880 Main Street Cambria
As we needed to make an early start and breakfast was not served in Big Sur lodges before 8am, John made breakfast for us. We had been teasing him a bit about smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels the day before and he took the bait and managed to produce them for us. What a nice guy!