Israel and I set out for one more ride this summer before school starts. We'd had a busy couple of weeks with family and other responsibilities and were looking forward to a few more days on the road.
Our first stop was Cambria, a short two-hour ride out the 58 to the coast. There we stayed at the Castle Inn which we would highly recommend. In addition to its proximity to the ocean and its super-clean rooms, they deliver breakfast in the morning at a time you specifiy.
Cambria is a charming sea-side town with no shortage of scenery or good eateries. Check out the Sow's Ear for dinner anytime you are in the vicinity. The ocean and the wooden walkway offer lots of great scenery, too.
The next day we rode up Hwy 1 toward another favorite spot, Carmel, which makes Cambria, for all its charm, look like a truck stop. The coast was socked in, so there were no ocean views, but it was a brisk 65 degrees or so, a welcome respite from Bakersfield's hellish summer.
A brief rest with a warning:
Where the steep slope leads. . . .
If you're into man-made structures, the Bixby Creek Bridge is a Hwy 1 favorite. Completed in 1932, it was built under the WPA, part of Roosevelt's New Deal. The bridge is located about 18 miles south of Carmel, and‘«Ųbelieve it or not‘«Ųit is one of the top ten highest single-span bridges in the world.
When in Carmel, we like to stay at the Carmel Sands Lodge. It's reasonablly priced for the area, is located centrally, has an attached steak house, and offers rooms with balconies overlooking the village.
If you travel there, check out the Forge in the Forest restaurant. A bit pricey, but great food and wonderful ambience.
If you are interested in Carmel, oodles more pictures can be found here.
After the cool of Carmel, We had a long, hot ride to Tahoe on the 80 through Sacramento. We stopped at A&S Powersports (the US's largest BMW dealer) and when we tried to buy two T-shirts, they insisted on giving them to us. A single bright spot on an otherwise brutal ride. Because A&S took us slightly out of our way, we were treated to a short section of the 49 to get to the 50, the highway leading to South Lake Tahoe, pictured below:
In Tahoe we spent two days at the Alpenrose Inn. It was difficult to find a room at the peak of their season. Most were $250/night AND sold out. We lucked upon this one, which was clean, reasonable, charming, and run by a German woman named Hannah who was the consumate host. Free gourmet coffee and danish in the morning, besides. I might add that the hotel is quiet, off the main drag, and within walking distance of the casinos.
No shortage of interesting scenery as stateline, especially at night.
Continued at Tahoe Tour Part II