Monday, November 20, 2017

Chacagua Road Loop

Sunday, November 19th

Where does the time go?  Our last day, we must make the most of it. Seemed like we just arrived for our biking getaway.  Time is truly precious.  Anyway, as previously mentioned, The Boyfriend suggested that we spend Sunday doing a ride we have not done before -- Chacagua Road Loop.  After breakfasting in Carmel, we drove to Carmel Valley Village and set off on the ride, hoping to do about 25-30 miles before going home. Whoa, Chacagua Road at the onset was like doing our local ride Reynolds Road.  Quite a climb. Work those thighs and buttocks! Within minutes, you find yourself high above the valley.

But, oh oh -- we could go no further.  Road closure.  We agreed that we simply must return and see what we missed!

Meanwhile, a view from Carmel Valley Road. Would love to see this when the hills are green.

Another view of Carmel Valley Road.  It was mostly rollers.

There goes The Boyfriend.  So, our ride ended up only being 15 miles before we packed it in and left.  A weekend getaway that was much too short.  Til the next time!

Nightlife - Cannery Row, Monterey

Saturday, November 18th

Freshly showered after our bike ride, The Boyfriend and I headed off to Cannery Row in Monterey for dinner and a stroll.  I was also keen on capturing the pink sky!

Taking in the scenery and figuring out where to eat.

Ha ha, gotta love California -- the palm tree and the Christmas tree.

We eat fish at a pubhouse, had coffee at Starbucks, window shopped, and took in more scenery before calling it a night.  Nice way to end the day.

Yay for Potato Chips

Saturday, November 18th

After The Boyfriend got us coffee from Bookworks on Lighthouse Avenue, we set sail on our bike ride.  Leaving the Inn, we saw a deer meandering through the neighborhood.  Sweet.  We relied on two websites (thank you!) to figure out routes -- Local Rides from Velo Club Monterey and Top 10 Bike Rides in Monterey.  Of course we had to include 17 Mile Drive but we were looking to do something a little different having done rides in the past together as well as for me, with our bike club ACTC.  See here in 2010 and here in 2013 and here in 2007.

Wow, the sea was so blue.  The BF put together a route that included 17 Mile Drive as well as the Chacagua Road Loop in Carmel Valley Village.  It was perfect cycling weather and traffic was fairly minimal.

17 Mile Drive is one scenic photo op over and over; I present the iconic Lone Cypress Tree. 

Somewhere in the Del Monte Forest.  I just love that name!

The beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea.  While The BF took a bathroom break, I lovingly gazed at male surfers changing into their clothes ... a most pleasant sight.  But I digress.  Off we went, leaving 17 mile Drive and the quaint downtown to Rio Road, onward to Carmel Valley Road and to Carmel Valley Village.

There's The BF somewhere on Carmel Valley Road.  By the time we reached Carmel Valley Village, he made a strategic decision to curtail our planned route and head back to base camp (aka our lovely inn in Pacific Grove).  Not like I was going to argue....  And let me tell you, I was zapped energy wise.  Weenie Woman was dreaming of a glass of wine and bon bons and wondering why no firemen had appeared like they tend to do.... Returning back on Carmel Valley Road, I was wiped until I stopped at a deli (by the way, the entire route has plenty of places to stop for food and drink) to buy a bag of potato chips.  I sat on the roadside feasting on the chips.  It did wonders.  The BF circled back to find me, worried that I had a flat.  Nope, just stuffing my face with glorious chips.  It was a super ride.  We were both pleased.

Just the Stats:

50.76 miles
10.7 avg mph
31.5 mph on a descent
4 hr. 44 min.