CLC Ride 5 with Flora and Fauna

Today was pretty stunning….60+ degrees, not so windy. Well at least while I was riding and sun ☀️

I decided to try getting across town on the streets and not the rec-trail…let’s see what happens.

First stop Seaside Farmers Market for my purchase. Cabbage, asparagus and cauliflower….
Beautiful lupine on the trail. I do take the trail to Monterey then follow streets through New Monterey, Pacific Grove and on out to Asilomar Beach.
This is why we normally take the trail. Not very bike friendly. I’m on the sidewalk to the left.
But soon I’m at the gate for the Lower Presidio. Upper Presidio is a military base with no public admission. In fact it’s a spy school but they call it a language school. The DLI (The Defense Language Institute). Actually I’m not sure about the spy school but wouldn’t surprise me.
There is this memorial and a small museum but I didn’t make it to them.
I did make it to the interpretive for the first people.

Also here is a memorial to Father Junipero Serra. He wasn’t all that nice to the first people’s.

There is a very nice view from up here.
It was so quiet and peaceful up on the hill but since I wasn’t allowed to go up through the post I had to go down to this and back on the sidewalk 😳😳 I’m not a fan of sidewalk riding but I only had to go a block then I was able to go left then right and was on a street that would take me all the way to the beach. It is much more of an up and down ride than the trail but kinda fun except for those darn cars.
I did find this fun garden.
And the Monterey Hostel.
Also this beautiful old Victorian with an abalone wall. Must be very old as these are hard to find these days since it’s no longer legal to dive for them. Well you can up north in Mendocino but only if you free dive…no tanks.

I like all the fallen trees in this lot.

Here’s Asilomar Beach I always mention it but don’t know if I’ve posted a photo.
There is a hidden surprise here.
Heading for home.

Janet here of Jack and Janet in Seaside, CA. We just love to ride our bikes and share and read stories from other such afflicted souls.

17 response to "CLC Ride 5 with Flora and Fauna"

  1. By: Lah Posted: March 30, 2019

    You certainly nailed it on the flora! Glad somebody had a nice day. Rained today and except for a couple days with low %ages, rain is predicted from now through May 7th in Kentucky. I’ve been all over California, but not on a bike…will have to make that a future goal!

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 30, 2019

      There are some great places to ride out here!! Between myself, Bill Stone and the Goddess herself you get a good cross section.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 30, 2019

    Beautiful day for a ride! Great photos too.
    Rain all day here ending with snowflakes. Warmer weather soon they say. . . . . .

    I remember the produce stands seemingly all over the place when we visited CA — great looking veggies.

    “Father Junipero Serra. He wasn’t all that nice to the first people’s.”
    Just read up on that, apparently he certainly wasnt.

    The overpass photo contains what appears to be some of Bill’s road swag. 😉

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 30, 2019

      Yes recently the local Ohlone tribes fought with the Catholic Church to not have him become a saint. Think they lost.

  3. By: Scooter Posted: March 30, 2019

    Beautiful day, beautiful ride. I couldn’t figure out the hidden surprise, but there were plenty in plain sight to enjoy.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: March 30, 2019

    Asilomar Beach looked like a perfect place to be! I love spring veggies from the market the best – I can eat a half a head of roasted cauliflower in one go if I’m not careful when they first come into season.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: March 31, 2019

    What a day for a ride you had Janet!! Some beautiful flora, a fantastic beach shot, and fresh veggies from the farmer! Jackpot I would say.
    Haven’t tried roasted cabbage — must give that a try.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 31, 2019

      You must try it soooo good! Slice cabbage in 1 inch rounds oil….I spray both sides. Roast at 425 for 30 min. Amazing!!

      • By: NancyG Posted: April 1, 2019

        Thanks Janet — I will definitely give that a try.

  6. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 31, 2019

    Some nice South African daisies and Echium in the fun garden, you must have a similar climate to us, maybe a little cooler.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 31, 2019

      Yes…..our son was in South Africa this year and really thought it looked like here!! And yes we are cooler😊😊

  7. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 31, 2019

    Nice ride, Janet. I’ve never been to the Lower Presidio. Was the “bad” part the freewayish part of Lighthouse Blvd?

    You’ll have to show that to me sometime.

  8. By: Suzanne Posted: March 31, 2019

    So much interesting stuff on your ride.
    I had to look up Father Junipero Serra, too. No, not nice to the first peoples, not nice to himself, either.
    Happy to say I discovered the penny farthing before I read it in the comments.

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