Big Sur Solo Bikepacking
July 13, 2013
I’ve spent years reading about all these amazing bikepacking adventures – CTR, AZTR, Tour Divide, Iditarod, etc – and I've always yearned to have these experiences, to live off nothing but your bike and everything you are carrying with you, for days at a time….it seems so simple and pure, the ideal way to escape for a bit and see some of the most beautiful terrain on earth. Well, the time to test myself in such a situation is almost here – 2 weeks until the Colorado Trail Race starts – and this past 4th of July weekend, I went on my first solo bikepacking trip as a dress rehersal.
Let's do this
Big loop planned through the back roads and trails of Big Sur - the remote Ventana Wilderness.
Follow the squiggly line
Carmel Valley Road
Climbing into the midday heat
You can see the trail cut into the distant mountainside
View from the top looking West
Little bastard tried to bite my foot off for a couple miles
Water! Sweet relief from the heat
Too damn hot....heading for the coast. Nacimiento-Fergusen Road
Incredible sunset descent down to the coast
Campsite in a eucalyptus grove
Dinner! Almond butter and jelly pita
Finished day 1 with 115 miles, 10k feet of climbing. Great day, except for the extreme heat - I felt a bit overcooked, and decided to take it easy the next day, just heading back up Hwy 1 to Carmel rather than back up into the mountains.
Soggy morning singletrack
Heading back up Hwy 1 to Carmel
Best breakfast ever at Nepenthe
The long road home
Stoked. The bike setup is dialed. Can't wait to get to Durango.
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