Yesterday we loaded the bikes and headed down to Fort Hunter Liggett. The base is 180,000 acres once as large as 200,000 acres. The land was originally owned by William Randolph Hearst. He had a small home there that is now a hotel open to the public.
Hunter Ligget is just one exit north of King City. Monterey County is very large and Our round trip was a little over 190 Miles. On the drive down we passed through the Salinas Valley your salad bowl and Monterey Wine Country the Santa Lucia Highlands. We even passed the vineyard where my Morgan wine comes from. You’re in for quite a ride…get comfy and enjoy!
We were also looking for the notorious Nacimiento-Ferguson Road which is the Bypass Road for the Big Sur Slide at Mud Creak. Adventures await! If you are not familiar with the Mud Creek Slide here is a very good article.
When driving out of Seaside on Hwy 68 we pass this old red fence from a long ago dairy farm that people constantly write editorials about in the paper. They want it down. Seems the ritzy golf courses and gated communities there now can’t afford a new fence. I kinda like the charm.
With that idea foiled we head on over to the San Antonio Mission….it’s about a half a block from the hotel.
We took a little walk about the grounds then paid our $5 to enter so we are an official CLC ride! This is very much like the other California missions I have shared with you however since there was much more land around it was spread out quite a ways. We also got a 1.2 mi walk!
ok…for open transparency we are invoking the Goddesses rule that you can take your bikes in the car. We did read that somewhere. By the time we finished the Mission Tour, had lunch it was well past the time we should have been on our bikes – so we wanted to check this out and decided to just drive it. We are very satisfied with that. I for one have never been so frightened coming down a steep cliff in a car! The west side is soooo steep, narrow and windy and today full of holiday drivers that I think I would have never made it on my bike. Maybe I would but you know what neither of us has the need to find out. We are ok if we never go there again.
So that was our day. We were both exhausted when we got home. We were disappointed that we didn’t ride but decided that it was way better coming down that steep hill in the daylight and we’re glad we were home and I thought you might just enjoy the ride.