Destination Guide - Big Sur, CA
August 7, 2013 - San Diego, CA
It's almost the weekend and we know that you've been sitting at your desk all week dreaming about your weekend ride. There's no better way to celebrate the finale of another grueling week by hopping on your ride and letting the stress just fall away with every mile that you ride. But where you decide to ride can have a big impact on the amount of motorcycle nirvana that you'll achieve. Cruising down the same freeway that you take every day to work will probably only lead to traumatizing flashbacks of morning traffic and rush hour road rage. Instead, pick a serene, scenic route that will put your mind at easy and give you something to daydream about as you stare at your computer screen and pretend to work Monday morning.
We highly recommend that you take a ride down the coast of California. While the roads aren't really paved with gold, the gorgeous ocean views and lush landscapes make the ride priceless. Of course the entire coast is worth some ride time, but we highly recommend the ride down California Highway 1 through Big Sur. Where you start and end is completely up to you based on the amount of time you have to ride and where you're located. However, we recommend starting in Monterey and traveling the 137 miles down the coast to San Luis Obispo. This coastal ride will take you through the breath taking views of Big Sur beaches and parks while giving you plenty of chances to just stop and enjoy the moment.
Though the ride is fairly separated from bustling cities and the clutter of civilization, it has no shortage of amenities. If you plan to stay overnight, plenty of hotels and resorts are hidden away on the coastline and offer a chance to get away and relax in the heart of nature. During the day, if you'd rather have a hot meal than packing a sandwich, the highway is spotted with restaurants to refuel your stomach and let you get back on the road without having to go too far out of the way.
The road itself is easy to ride and is perfect for riders of all levels of experience. And since the route is just down one well-known road, you won't need to worry about getting lost or having to mess with maps or GPS. The highway is typically free of traffic; however, it is as important as ever to watch for cars especially when going around bends and turns.
If you can't make it to this ride this weekend, be sure to add it to your list of "must do's." As one of the most beautiful and memorable parts of the famous California coast, the ride through Big Sur is worth planning a trip at least once though we're sure that after you go once you'll be returning again and again.