I don’t have a lot of time to write tonight as we’re getting ready to leave tomorrow for the 2013 Las Vegas Women’s Hockey Classic tournament. Â I can’t believe it’s been four years since I’ve played in that tourney! Anyway, I did a long ride to lunch in Monterey today, so here are some photos from that ride.
Highway 17 reminds me of portions of British Columbia:
The Ninjette rolled over 19,000 miles on a boring section of Highway 1:
Pre-artichokes along Highway 1 near Moss Landing:
I love the Thistle Hut! Â I used to stop here all the time when heading south down the coast, so it was a bit of a personal victory to visit once again.
There are finally ocean views as you near Monterey:
I stopped for lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. Â I can’t recall if I’ve ever been there before. Â I wasn’t really impressed, to be honest…not as touristy as the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, but it’s generally overpriced pretentious food.
Speaking of pretentious, the restaurant I ate at had this on three different signs and on the menu:
I thought this was incredibly snotty for a tourist seafood restaurant in the tourist district of a tourist city. Also, their piped-in music had a glitch and audibly skipped/paused every 10 seconds or so, which I think was waaaay more annoying/distracting than a child. Â But, whatever.
The food was pretty tasty though. Â Very rich; I couldn’t finish everything.
After lunch, I headed east on Highway 68 to Salinas.
I found a surprise new-to-me historical marker at the intersection of Natividad and Crazy Horse Canyon Roads. Â There aren’t many markers I haven’t been to in the general Bay Area, so to find a new one is a treat.
Crazy Horse Canyon on the way to Highway 101:
Since I had to get home to pack for Vegas, I hopped onto Highway 101 and slabbed it the ~75 miles or so back home. Â There were a few little roads that I wished I’d had time to explore, so I’ll have to go back this spring.
My first 200+ mile day since 2009! Â Yay! My back did very well — I was sore on the interstate, but I don’t think it was really any more sore than I would have been on the freeway before my injury. Â I’m a little more out of shape so my muscles hurt sooner, but that’s about it. Â Hooray!