San Francisco to Big Sur

Big Sur Tony
Me & cousin Tony at Big Sur
Fog- Big Sur
Early morning fog coming off the water in Big Sur, I’m really happy the camera was able to capture it.
Big Sur
Riding off through Big Sur
Handlebar Big Sur
Handlebar shot of a birds eye view of Big Sur, CA
Santa Cruz Aldo's
Tony and his large Aldo’s breakfast in Santa Cruz
Marina Santa Cruz
Marina at Aldo’s in Santa Cruz
Aldo's
Aldo’s in Santa Cruz
Morning Santa Cruz
Me & Tony heading out early in Santa Cruz
Crestview Inn, Santa Cruz
Our motel in Santa Cruz, Crestview Inn. Across from the beach & next to the pier. Convenient and clean…enough.
Morning Santa Cruz
Early morning in Santa Cruz, CA
"At least I did it!"
Our motto for the weekend “At least I did it!”. One of our favorite parts of the bike ride
Sam's Chowder
Lunch at Sam’s Chowder House on the way to Santa Cruz. An institution & Tony had the famous lobster roll
Bike parking
10 miles before hitting Santa Cruz, found this coffee shop off US1. Bike parking available of course!
No Parking
Think they mean bikes?
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Off US1, great coffee- desert shop. Self serve & pay on the honor system. Great stop late in the day as we approached Santa Cruz
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Lighthouse & seals
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view from the lighthouse
gas station
Day two on way to Carmel, inland & hot but a lot of cool rural sights.
Pezzini Farm
Pezzini Farm roadside store, fresh fruit and caramel. Great stop on a hot day
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Menu at Pezzini Farms
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Pezzini Farms artichoke food truck
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On way to Carmel, beautiful park and bike paths everywhere!
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Big Sur in the morning
Bridge Big Sur
Bridge to Big Sur
Nepenthe
Me & Tony pre-lunch at Nepenthe
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Big Sur
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Tony having a moment at the top of a steep climb in Big Sur
Nepenthe
Made it to Nepenthe from Carmel. Time for lunch & then head back to Carmel.
Patio at Nepenthe
Patio at Nepenthe, great ambrosia burger for our efforts. The view from the patio is as good as it gets.
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Sculpture at Nepenthe
Cow
Riding back from Big Sur to Carmel, caught this cow standing on a hill staring at us. Beautiful setting, mountains to the right, ocean to the left.
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not something you see every day
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Close to Carmel, stopped for a quick hike
Big Sur River Inn
Big Sur River Inn. We should have stayed here last night, we just didn’t have the legs & stopped at Carmel. There could be worse things!
Big Sur River Inn Bus
Big Sur River Inn bus parked out front.

 

Greenville, SC to Asheville, NC and back

Ashville mailbox
Cruising back roads from Greenville to Ashville & stumbled across the best mailbox ever. This was a good indication of more to come in off the wall Ashville.
Ashville coffee
Coffee break on the way back from Ashville to Greenville
Ashville Hubba Hubba BBQ
Great BBQ at Hubba Hubba
Ashville BBQ
Tired & hungry, Tom & I stopped at Hubba Hubba on our way to & from Ashville. The food was outstanding!
Ashvill Hubba Hubba chickens
Roaming chickens at Hubba Hubba BBQ

 

Chattanooga, TN

Cloudland
A hike into Cloudland Canyon & spent some time relaxing next to this waterfall
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Scenic Overlook Drive, well worth the climb.

 

noog Cloudland Canyon view
Cloudland Canyon
noog Cloudland Canyon
Made it to the entrance of Cloudland Canyon State Park
noog gas station
Crazy little convenience store- restaurant just outside Cloudland Canyon. Great sandwich and even better conversations with the local old timers. The restaurant was in the back of the store, I wish I had snapped a few photos of the locals, they made the ride a lot of fun.
noog scenic drive
View from the runway that the sky gliders were jumping from. They are out of their mind!
Nooga artwork
Artwork in Chattanooga near the river.
nooga Ironman
The legendary Mile Riley calling the inaugural Ironman Chattanooga. It was great to listen to Mike call the finish of two great friends Paul & Sudie, great job guys!

 

Tallahassee to St Marks

St Marks rails to trails
Heading to St Marks via rails to trail path, starting in Tallahassee, FL
St Marks
Entering St Marks State Park
St Marks
At the end of St Marks State Park, beautiful lighthouse looking over the ocean.
Riverside Cafe
Riverside Café in St Marks. Great fresh fish & sitting on the river, really cool place to stumble on.
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The dock behind Riverside Café in St Marks, FL
Riverside Cafe in St Marks, FL
The view of the river from the bar at Riverside Café in St Marks, FL
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Time to eat at the Riverside Cafe
St Marks trail. Tallahassee, FL
Made it to the Lighthouse at St Marks. Hot, humid and out of water, not a good sign to stumble upon. Fortunately, the welcome center was only 10 miles away & had plenty of cold water.

 

4 days in Death Valley

Death Valley
Day 2, 103 mile ride to the top of Towns Pass and back to Furnace Creek
Death Valley- Greyson Quarles
Riding to Towns Pass with a new friend Greyson Quarles
Furnce Creek
Furnace Creek in Death Valley
Death Valley
Beautiful Death Valley
Furnace Creek Golf Course
Furnace Creek Inn- golf course
Death Valley
Dropping into Death Valley
Death Valley
Sunset at Death Valley
Hwy 190, CA
Hwy 190 in Death Valley
Death Valley, CA
The long climb to Towns Pass

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Biloxi to Pensacola Beach

Beautiful Pensacola Beach, riding through Gulf Shores National Seashore. One of my favorite places on earth!
Beautiful Pensacola Beach, riding through Gulf Shores National Seashore. One of my favorite places on earth!
Riding into Missippi
Riding into Missippi
Hot & humid, heading from Biloxi airport to Pensacola Beach, FL
Hot & humid, heading from Biloxi airport to Pensacola Beach, FL
Crossing into Alabama
Crossing into Alabama
Taking the ferry from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores. Missed the prior ferry by 7 minutes! No worries, I needed the rest!
Taking the ferry from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores. Missed the prior ferry by 7 minutes! No worries, I needed the rest!
All in a days work, a floating bait and tackle shop.
All in a days work, a floating bait and tackle shop.
I love this sign! Entering Pensacola Beach. Hot, tired and ready for a beer. This sign always makes me happy!
I love this sign! Entering Pensacola Beach. Hot, tired and ready for a beer. This sign always makes me happy!
Finally made it to Shaggy's for beer and nachos. Great to finally make it to Pensacola Beach.
Finally made it to Shaggy’s for beer and nachos. Great to finally make it to Pensacola Beach.