Let’s face it. Traveling by bicycle is a lot more fun than traveling by car. It’s safer. It’s healthier. And how else can you cover so much territory and see it in such rich detail?
This weekend, we rode our bikes north from the Monterey Peninsula through the Santa Cruz Mountains to Half Moon Bay, then home again down the coast. A drenching rain turned the roads of the Salinas and Pájaro Valleys to mud holes and soaked us to the skin. But the sun came out in the hills and the warm ride home was memorable. Here’s a little of what we saw:
Alpine Rd. Near the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
A clump of delectable Agaricus augustus erupting from the forest floor.
Looking north across Half Moon Bay to Pillar Pt.
Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) in full bloom.
The Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse.
Surfers at Wadell Creek.
Sea-Lettuce (Dudleya caespitosa) and Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis) sharing a coastal bluff.