Couple of Days in Monterey

Thursday, August 1, and Friday, August 2, 2019

The wife and I had a few days off at the beginning of August so we headed to where we usually go on days off: to the sea. We went to Monterey this time and of course alerted other Cycle 365 regulars of our plans. Luckily Jack and Janet were available for a little coffee and a little ride. They rode from home to Asilomar, near where we were staying. I rode most of the way back with them, then went back to Asilomar.

Summit meeting at Asilomar. Photo by the wife.
Sorry to say good-bye to Janet. We spent about 15 minutes here overlooking Monterey State Beach yakking the whole time while watching sea lions hunting and pelicans diving.

Jack had peeled off earlier near the wharves to monitor the tourists, but on the way back I decided to see if he was still around. I did manage to find him and surprise him. We said good-bye again but it became a rather awkward hug because we were both wearing our Da Brims and man don’t do that.

Riding with locals is always a good idea. I know the bike path through Pacific Grove and Monterey really well but Jack and Janet showed me a couple of new wrinkles. On the way back I decided to ride along Mermaid Avenue in Pacific Grove again. It’s really a one-way lane with delightful cottages. I had a great conversation with someone there. I was taking a photo of the house that was the most dilapidated of them all, weather-beaten and unkempt. While I was doing that, a gent of a certain age and with a certain rugged look about him was going in and out of a window to the roof. He looked down and said, “Nice bike.” “Thanks. Do you know anything about this house?” “I should. I’m the owner.” We laughed. When I asked how old the house was he said he has a photo of his great-grandparents in front of the house that was taken in the 1930s (other similar houses had plaques that said they were built in the 1920s). They bought it as a vacation home so they could cool off during the hot summers where they (and he) farmed in Los Banos in the Central Valley. Been in the family all that time. They were in the process of fixing it up. He said it’s fine inside but it’s a mess outside. I told him I thought it showed it had a lot of character. I wished him luck and continued on my way.

Loved this place even though it’s the most dilapidated on Mermaid Avenue. For the moment.
Now that’s a porch light.
Just one of the many mermaids on Mermaid Avenue.
My secret passage back to Asilomar has issues, but a good soul with a weedwhacker cut a path around that tree.

Next day I decided to ride in Ft. Ord National Monument. I learned a bit about this place from Jack and Janet but really had no idea what I was getting into. I thought it would be all sand dune single-track but they said there are miles of paved roads. Even so preliminary checks of the elevations were not encouraging to a flatlander, but we know that what’s on the computer is not always true in real life. So off we went.

And we’re off. Cool, foggy, breezy. Have no idea if this is a good way to go or not. But it was.
Sunny and up.
At the fog line. When the marine layer hits the heat of the valley, the fog melts away like magic.
We come around a bend and the terrain changes. The subtle changes in green tell you there are four or five canyons out there.
Looking down a 15% grade. Glad I came this way. Unfortunately I could not let it loose because (1) there’s a gate across the road down there and (2) I was planning on taking a hard right at the bottom.
A field office appeared at just the right time.
Two roads diverged in a park, and I chose the one more traveled. This part of Ft Ord is really just a giant sand dune. No thanks.
The terrain changed yet again and we’re out of the canyons. Almost back to the car.

What a great few days we had. Making a visit with friends part of that added to the magic of our stay.

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10 response to "Couple of Days in Monterey"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: August 5, 2019

    Asilomar Summit……….yes we did hash out a few issues!! Also enjoyed the interview with the owner of the one house on the block that has not been improved……I’m sure they are looking at it now to sell……sad but true….

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 6, 2019

      Yeah, that guy was interesting. He said they were selling another property and putting the money into that house on Mermaid Avenue. I didn’t get the feeling he would then sell. I remain hopeful …

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 6, 2019

      It’s such a great place.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: August 6, 2019

    What a great two-day outing with Pokey! Friends, old buildings, new trails, chance encounters – what more could you ask for.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 6, 2019

      Yes, Suzanne, it was just what the doctor ordered.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: August 6, 2019

      Nothing like a ride quite like it.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 6, 2019

    Great ride with great friends!
    Enjoyed the photos — beautiful place.
    Any idea what homes on Mermaid Ave sell for?

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: August 7, 2019

    What a great trip! So nice to see friends, ride new roads and enjoy the coast. Glad you didn’t have any negative encounters on the bike path…

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