The 10 miles today with Larry included a majority of the challenges that I’ve dealt with in the past, plus a new one – the possibility of ‘slides’.
The shoulder was often nonexistent, the road was incredibly curvy, and cardio was king with never-ending ups and downs. The day was gloomy – foggy and drizzly, and the gray day kept the tourists away. This made the remoteness of the area all the more palpable. I think we only saw 2 houses (in the distance).
In addition, much of the area had signs with ‘slide’ warnings. The highway was cut out of the rocks, with sheer cliffs that rose on our left and fell away to the sea on our right. We did see a snowplow-type CalTrans vehicle scraping rocks off the road – as well as a few areas that needed him badly.
I was reminded that though beautiful, Highway 1 has at times been closed for months because of rock and mud slides. I can see why!
The light traffic was also one of the good things about the day, and all the curves kept speeds slow – and temps were comfortable despite the rain.
We stopped walking today at the Monterey County/San Luis Obispo County line. Tomorrow the sun will come out, the road will straighten/flatten out, and return to near sea level as I leave the rugged Big Sur Coast behind. I’ve loved it here, and hope to return someday. In a car.
Here’s what much of the day looked like:
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live, in your name I will lift up my hands. ~Psalms 63:3-4