With a very snowy Pimkolam and Piñon for a backdrop, cyclists ascend through green hills along Lonoak Rd.
Saturday, February 26, 2011: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow down to only a few hundred feet above sea level. This might not seem like an ideal day for a bicycle ride down to Parkfield, in the far southeastern corner of Monterey County, but sometimes the least likely days turn out to be the best. In this case clear, crisp air, empty roads (drivers nearly all bundled up in front of their fires at home), many hours of bright sun, and a good snow storm on the final pass, add up to one of the best days on the bike we’ve had in years. Like the Birdman says, “There are no bad conditions, only bad clothing choices.”
Narrow Peach Tree Rd. is a delight to ride
The twisting descent into Indian
Winter conditions set in … but a roaring fire and hot dinner are waiting at the Parkfield Inn
A snowy climb through the Cholame Hills
… and on into Parkfield.
Up the next morning, and off on new adventures …
First 5 photos courtesy of Susan Rogers