Van Nuys to Carmel

Trip Start Feb 01, 2008
Trip End Feb 02, 2008

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Here are a few pics from Carmel and Big Sur CA.  I headed out of Van Nuys 2/1 and planned on going through the mountains north of LA to Paso Robles and out to PCH via Hunter-Liggett.  There was plenty of snow on the ground in the hills and I got a warning from a motorist in Frazier Park that the roads were icy.  I decided to check out the roads anyway.  Soon the thermometer hit 32 degrees, the roads were wet and snow all around.  So I decided to change plans and take a safer route.  The new heated gear really came in handy.   :D

Turned around and took the 5 north through some rain.  Further north the skies cleared and I took the 46 into Paso Robles for some lunch.  Then on to Hunter-Liggett.  What a fun road this is.  Plenty of camping spots.  

The views of the Pacific coming out of Hunter-Liggett are striking.

Not much room for error on some of these roads.

Down to PCH and north toward Big Sur and Carmel.

Stayed the night in Carmel.  Next morning walked around town, got some coffee and checked out the beach.

My original plan was to head out Carmel Valley Rd.  But I had so much fun on PCH the day before I decided to do the whole thing in reverse and head back to LA that way.  Definitely want to ride Carmel Valley Rd in the future though.  First, I headed north into Monterey and checked out Cannery Row.  Construction going on there made it not much fun.  So, I headed out and back down the PCH.

Rocky Creek Bridge

More Big Sur views

Then on down the coast and out to the 101.  Made it to Mussel Shoals in time for sunset.

2 days 680 miles.
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