Coffeeneuring Ride #6 – North to Castroville

The crowds in Monterey and on the trail have been “thick” to say the least! Awful if you want to be honest. Everyone is trying to escape the smoke in the Bay Area. We have had this sweet pocket of not so bad air and have been able to keep to our normal activities. It’s just all those darn people who haven’t been on a bike in twenty years and decide to either bring down their brand new bikes, along with the entire family, or the ones that rent the electric assist bikes and haven’t been on a bike in twenty years and are all over the place😮

Let’s just say it’s not fun……so today we ride north. We have noticed a new pedestrian/bike bridge along 156 Hwy in Castroville and decided today was the day to check it out.

We left early hoping the air would stay somewhat “ok”. Our levels have been in the moderate range Bill but a hotel will cost you about $300-400 probably!

When we get to Marina Jack finds a bevy of scooters!
Just up the road by the Dole packaging plant traffic is stopped so this guy can get by.
We went north today just so we could see Kermit the Road Angel. We’ve showcased him before. He’s a retired touring cyclist who gives out directions and cookies, homemade, every Tuesday between Castroville and Monterey. He was glad to esee us today!

There’s Kermit!! He says hello to the boys Emily.
Just up the road from Kermit is the Pezzini Farm Stand. Great stop.
I’m just noticing they serve Peet’s Coffee! Next time Jack!
I almost got one of these to take home! One of our favs.
We find the new walk way. It’s very nice….wide, tall sides on the high part. We just couldn’t figure out where it goes…it seemed to end in a field of artichokes and Brussel sprouts. We think it’s for school kids mostly.
This was the end ….
So back we go…..see how dry it is!!! We need the rain that’s supposed to come tomorrow!! I am going down here. I thought it was one of me coming up the ramp….but since this has crashed three times I’m going with it!
Castroville has an Artichoke Festivel every year. This is a trick question as I think I’ve mentioned before who the first festival Queen was in 1948…..we’ll come back to that later……….this is a famous restaurant from that time.
We head on downtown to see if we can find a place for lunch. There are plenty of places to get $1.00 tacos!! But we have our own food we just need a coffee or a Pepsi. We didn’t find one coffee place…lots of closed bars and taco places.
We are told that there are some benches we can use near the library…so off we go to find it. Here we are.
We found a Pepsi!!
Jack found some cool old cars.
I found an old hotel.
And Norma Jean’s…yes the first Artichoke Queen was Marilyn Monroe…
Heading home this field of new strawberries looks like a sunset on the ocean…..which is only about a mile away.
We’re nearly home now and here’s the Lady Washington out on one of her Tour sails. Pretty far out for my phone zoom.
Look who has a map!! 30 mi. No less than five 10% short but sweet climbs. Several in the 5-7% range and Jack was thinking it would be a flat day😏

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.

10 response to "Coffeeneuring Ride #6 – North to Castroville"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 21, 2018

    And I though you might have been the artichoke queen until I scrolled down. Hope you get a good downpour of the wet stuff. It’s our turn to fight the fires soon.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 21, 2018

    Great Ride and photos!! Air quality is at least tolerable so you can get out and go.
    After the 300-400 dollar hotel rooms, I thought that was a 100 dollar taco — nope, there is a decimal in there 🙂
    The scooters are interesting, I had heard of them, not seen any examples.
    I see where Ford is going into the scooter market, and General Motors into eBikes.
    Happy TG!!

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 21, 2018

    Hi, Janet. My ace support crew had musical obligations keeping her in town, but I was looking at Monterey and Cambria to get away from smoke along with all your other annoying visitors. Motel rates definitely seemed to be jacked up, and scared me off. Maybe I should have slept in the back of the Forester in a Walmart parking lot, because your ride looks like fun, even with a bridge to nowhere.

    Anyway, AQI much improved overnight up here, and rain finally pouring down this morning. Way too wet to ride comfortably, but at least we can breathe, and fire danger plummeting.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 22, 2018

    Ah. Norma Jean always sets off Elton John’s song ‘Candle in the Wind’ in my mind.

    I still learn stuff – now I know where the Artichoke Capital of the World is. That is one impressive bridge you rode across to the veggie patch.

    Glad to hear it’s raining. A friend’s daughter recently married and moved to LA and she has reported the smoke conditions back to Tasmania in her weekly contact with her parents. Let’s hope the rain does its stuff and your neighbourhood gets back to normal.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: November 22, 2018

      I know right…..I keep singing that song in fact as I was riding down that street looking for any mention of here I was singing it!! And there she was!

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: November 23, 2018

    Verne and Kermit are so excited and waving a big hello!!!!! Looks like a very nice ride – I would have gone nuts in the farm stand. And with the brussel sprouts and artichokes. I love both. Glad you got a bit of good air – we can certainly empathise with sustained smoke and poor air quality here.

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