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Title: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: JHamelman on February 14, 2017, 10:12:29 am
SR 1 is closed from Sycamore Canyon Rd. just north of Big Sur (on map 47) to Ragged Point (on map 49) due to a mudslide. At this time (2/14/17) pedestrians and cyclists are stil allowed to use the damaged bridge though the next storm passing through may change this. See this Monterey County Weekly article (http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/pfeiffer-canyon-bridge-on-highway-closed-to-traffic-until-further/article_4b49f7aa-f21b-11e6-a98a-9b38fd4b6902.html) for more information. To check the status of this closure, check Caltrans Current Highway Conditions at www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi (http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi)


Jennifer

Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: ptr52 on February 18, 2017, 06:04:44 am
Hi Jennifer
Thanks for this information.
I have been to the Big Sur blog and seen the photos of the damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.
http://www.thebigsurblog.com/

It does not not look good to me.
I will be cycling down the PCBR from SF to Mexico starting on 22 April 2017.
I wouldn't be surprised if the bridge was closed completely by the time I get there.
Do you (or anyone else!) know if there are any alternative routes round this bridge if it does need to be rebuilt?

When I say alternative I mean anything practical for a fairly strong touring bike, unmade roads, trails where I would be permitted to walk with the bike etc.

Thanks

Peter
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: opus on February 19, 2017, 12:11:55 pm
Hi Jennifer
Thanks for this information.
I have been to the Big Sur blog and seen the photos of the damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.
http://www.thebigsurblog.com/

It does not not look good to me.
I will be cycling down the PCBR from SF to Mexico starting on 22 April 2017.
I wouldn't be surprised if the bridge was closed completely by the time I get there.
Do you (or anyone else!) know if there are any alternative routes round this bridge if it does need to be rebuilt?

When I say alternative I mean anything practical for a fairly strong touring bike, unmade roads, trails where I would be permitted to walk with the bike etc.

Thanks

Peter

Hey Peter,

I'll also be touring around that time. I'm leaving from Florence, OR on April 2nd and riding to San Diego. I'm planning on averaging around 50 miles a day.

Assuming all the other road closures are fixed by then but the bridge is still closed I don't think there is a feasible way to make it around the bridge. The only thing I've found mentioned is the Pine Ridge trail in Pfieffer Big Sur State Park right by the Ranger Station, but that doesn't look doable by bicycle at all.

There is some talk of them making a trail for pedestrians to get by. I would think that would be passable if it actually happens.

"The Fire Brigade and OES are actively working with the State Park and private land owners to try and identify the possibility of putting in a trail around the bridge. Our plan is to look at the State park area on Tuesday when hopefully the rain stops."


Here is my alternate route if I have to skip Big Sur:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19098798
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: opus on February 19, 2017, 12:13:36 pm
This is from the Big Sur Information Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation/



From Martha Karstens
Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade
February 18, 2017
Dear Big Sur residents,
Last Saturday February 11th, I became aware of some concerns about the possibility of one of our bridges being damaged and the land beneath it cracking. I went down to investigate and with State Parks and Cal Trans saw the damage first hand at the Sycamore canyon bridge. Within a few hours the word was out that maybe people should get north of the bridge if at all possible. That was followed by a hard closure in the early evening. Cal Trans arrived on Sunday February 12th to look at the integrity of the structure and the decision was made to allow traffic out only through the closure until 4:00 PM. Pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles were allowed after that until the geo techs could look at the bridge on Monday.
The closure stayed in place with pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles only until we got the confirmation early on Wednesday February 15th that for a few hours vehicles would be allowed to cross depending on the integrity of the bridge which they constantly monitored. This crossing, which included things like propane and service trucks, was allowed to continue until 5:00 PM Wednesday.
To this date, Saturday morning, there has been a hard closure, not even foot traffic allowed and after talking to Cal Trans I do not expect that to change. CHP is in place to handle traffic control.
The Fire Brigade and OES are actively working with the State Park and private land owners to try and identify the possibility of putting in a trail around the bridge. Our plan is to look at the State park area on Tuesday when hopefully the rain stops.
The Fire Brigade has had our response area broken up right now into about four separate areas. Loosely defined as the area south of Limekiln, the Lucia/Hermitage area between Big Ck. and Pauls’ slide, the area south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and the area north of the bridge. With the rainy weather these areas can change. The Lucia area has been shut in already for about 8 days.
For emergency concerns, first of all, as usual, call 911. There are some USFS personnel in the area south of Limekiln at the Pacific Valley station; I have, off and on, a medical Fire Brigade member in the Lucia/Hermitage area. Our fire house is in the area south of the bridge with a number of Fire Brigade members, and we have moved an engine and a medical/rescue squad to the USFS Big Sur station on the north side. I have several members on the north side of the Bridge as well. AMR, the ambulance crew, is at their quarters at our fire house at the Post Ranch and my goal is to have them remain there throughout this incident.
In some of the isolated areas the best way out for a medical emergency will be a helicopter. (You may want to sign up for the AirMedCare (formally CalStar) membership if that ends up being the helo that flies you out). In the event it is not possible to fly you out we will do what it takes to get you out, it may be that we have to carry you out by stretcher. We do have an emergency route planned for the folks in the area just south of the bridge if need be. This underlines the importance of having anyone who does not live here to leave. The more people there are in the affected area the more possibility there is for an emergency. If anyone has any medical concerns they might consider evacuating. This is not the time for nonresidents to have an adventure. They are a liability and are using up precious resources.
An emergency proclamation has been declared for our area. The Fire Brigade has been working with the Chamber of Commerce, (Kirk), OES and several other agencies from the onset to make sure the needs of everyone in their isolated areas are met. We had two conference calls yesterday afternoon to further discuss the situation.
Also the Sheriff’s department has two vehicles on the south side of the bridge if need be.
This is just one more challenge Mother Nature has given to all of us down here, and hopefully we will all get through it safely. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concern.
Martha Karstens
Chief
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: ptr52 on February 19, 2017, 02:30:06 pm

Hey Peter,

I'll also be touring around that time. I'm leaving from Florence, OR on April 2nd and riding to San Diego. I'm planning on averaging around 50 miles a day.

Assuming all the other road closures are fixed by then but the bridge is still closed I don't think there is a feasible way to make it around the bridge. The only thing I've found mentioned is the Pine Ridge trail in Pfieffer Big Sur State Park right by the Ranger Station, but that doesn't look doable by bicycle at all.

There is some talk of them making a trail for pedestrians to get by. I would think that would be passable if it actually happens.

"The Fire Brigade and OES are actively working with the State Park and private land owners to try and identify the possibility of putting in a trail around the bridge. Our plan is to look at the State park area on Tuesday when hopefully the rain stops."


Here is my alternate route if I have to skip Big Sur:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19098798

Hi Opus
Thanks for the alternative route. I hope we don't need to use it. From what you say, you will probably be going through about 10 days ahead of me.
I agree that the slides should all be clear by April, the real concern is the bridge.
On Google maps there do appear to be some alternative tracks, so hopefully the Fire Brigade can negotiate a route with the landowners.
I have also posted on the local newspaper site, asking if anyone knows a route round the bridge, if I get anything back, I will post it on here.
I really don't want to miss Big Sur! Last time I did this journey was by car in 2008, and Big Sur was closed then due to the fires.
Thanks again
Peter
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: opus on February 19, 2017, 02:52:19 pm
I hope we don't need it either. I've never been past San Francisco on 1 and was really looking forward to that section. If I miss it I'll just have to come back later, probably on a motorcycle. :)

Thanks for checking with the newspaper.
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: JHamelman on February 21, 2017, 10:01:45 am
It looks like The Big Sur blog is also keeping a Facebook page on the situation. They likely will have the most local, close to the source, information:

www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation/?fref=ts (http://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation/?fref=ts)


Jennifer
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: opus on February 21, 2017, 11:04:04 am
The Pacific Coast Route group is another good resource. We've been watching closely. Several of us have trips planned soon.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificCoastRoute/
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: opus on February 21, 2017, 05:04:14 pm
Major damage to Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge


https://imgur.com/gallery/kk3tx (https://imgur.com/gallery/kk3tx)
Title: Pacific Coast Route-Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge: Closed
Post by: Biketouringhobo on February 23, 2017, 03:00:41 pm
Pacific Coast Route-Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge: Closed
US 1 Cabrillo Hwy: Big Sur, CA

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Near Big Sur ‘Beyond Repair
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/22/pfeiffer-canyon-bridge-near-big-sur-beyond-repair/

updates also on my Group "Pacific Coast Route"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificCoastRoute/
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: opus on February 26, 2017, 10:13:43 am
Recent article on closures, includes this section.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bridge-failure-severs-Big-Sur-s-ties-to-outside-10958200.php


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Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: JHamelman on February 27, 2017, 10:23:01 am
From the Pacific Coast Section 4 addenda (2/27/17):

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It is unknown when the bridge will be replaced. Due to a lack of nearby roads, an extensive reroute is required. The reroute is 145.7 mi. and can be found at this RideWithGPS link: ridewithgps.com/routes/19189649 It is about 30 miles longer than the Pacific Coast route. It begins on map 46 in Marina and ends on map 51 south of Cayucos. Services are limited for the 60 miles between King City and Paso Robles. Also, because this route travels inland, the weather will be significantly different than that on the coast. It will typically be drier and up to 20 degrees hotter.

Jennifer

Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: Biketouringhobo on February 27, 2017, 12:03:37 pm
I am plan to ride from Salias, CA to Marina, CA on the Pacific Coast Route to San Diego, CA via Google Maps from Marina, CA, Paso Robles, CA and SLO, CA
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Walmart+Supercenter,+150+Beach+Rd,+Marina,+CA+93933/Paso+Robles,+CA/San+Luis+Obispo,+CA/@35.9871164,-121.7639445,189788m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m20!4m19!1m5!1m1!1s0x808dfd2f4a275ebf:0x204f23ccf0f6f691!2m2!1d-121.8011228!2d36.6931162!1m5!1m1!1s0x80ecdd8f16c5c4bd:0x469422f891ccd5ef!2m2!1d-120.6545022!2d35.6368759!1m5!1m1!1s0x80ece6be7b6cc227:0xbc0290c2ceef0f46!2m2!1d-120.6596156!2d35.2827524!3e1?hl=en

Updates on My Group on Facebook:
"Pacific Coast Route"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificCoastRoute/

Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: ptr52 on March 13, 2017, 07:18:38 pm
I am still hoping a way through for cyclists can be found by April, but if not I would be very grateful for some advice about the various alternative routes that have been posted.  They seem to vary considerably in terms of profile, use of highways etc.  Ideally I would like a route which is no more challenging than the original PCB route, and one which doesn't use roads that are very busy and have no shoulders. Also one which has reasonable accommodation or biker campsites.  Any advice much appreciated.
Peter
 
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: johnsondasw on March 13, 2017, 09:27:38 pm
ptr52, I see you are hoping for roads that are not busy and have decent shoulders? The regular route on HWY 1 in Calif has lots of roads that are very busy and have no shoulders.  Riders must be prepared for those types of roads on this route. Also, there are often wide trailers and vacationing drivers of all ages.  Use a mirror and be ready to get way over to the right sometimes. I left the road once for a speeding pickup truck that was hogging the lane and would not slow down when there was another vehicle coming the other way putting me in a pinch--all this on a minimal shoulder section. 
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: ptr52 on March 19, 2017, 04:51:07 pm
ptr52, I see you are hoping for roads that are not busy and have decent shoulders? The regular route on HWY 1 in Calif has lots of roads that are very busy and have no shoulders.  Riders must be prepared for those types of roads on this route. Also, there are often wide trailers and vacationing drivers of all ages.  Use a mirror and be ready to get way over to the right sometimes. I left the road once for a speeding pickup truck that was hogging the lane and would not slow down when there was another vehicle coming the other way putting me in a pinch--all this on a minimal shoulder section.
Thanks, good advice.  I'm happy with the risks on highways, but I'm just asking here about what alternatives are available through the Salinas Valley.  Like most cyclists, I will take a better alternative if it is available.  Unlike the coast road, the Salinas Valley seems to have several options, I would just like to hear from some locals about the best routes down the valley.
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: ptr52 on March 20, 2017, 04:27:39 am
SR 1 is closed from Sycamore Canyon Rd. just north of Big Sur (on map 47) to Ragged Point (on map 49) due to a mudslide. At this time (2/14/17) pedestrians and cyclists are stil allowed to use the damaged bridge though the next storm passing through may change this. See this Monterey County Weekly article (http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/pfeiffer-canyon-bridge-on-highway-closed-to-traffic-until-further/article_4b49f7aa-f21b-11e6-a98a-9b38fd4b6902.html) for more information. To check the status of this closure, check Caltrans Current Highway Conditions at www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi (http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi)
Jennifer
Hi Jennifer
I was hopeful that cyclists would be allowed to use the trail that is being established around the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, but all the posts I see seem quite negative on this.  It seems that even if a trail is completed, it will only be open to locals.
Do Adventure Cycling have a campaigning/lobbying section?
If so, is it possible they could contact the local community services and lobby to allow bikes to be walked/carried through the trail?.
If you can put me in contact with an appropriate AC contact I would be happy to talk to them.
Overall I am very disappointed with the negative approach to tourists on the Big Sur, the contrast between this and the way we were welcomed in Nepal after their much more serious problems after their earthquake is quite noticeable.
Peter
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: opus on March 20, 2017, 10:01:59 am
SR 1 is closed from Sycamore Canyon Rd. just north of Big Sur (on map 47) to Ragged Point (on map 49) due to a mudslide. At this time (2/14/17) pedestrians and cyclists are stil allowed to use the damaged bridge though the next storm passing through may change this. See this Monterey County Weekly article (http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/pfeiffer-canyon-bridge-on-highway-closed-to-traffic-until-further/article_4b49f7aa-f21b-11e6-a98a-9b38fd4b6902.html) for more information. To check the status of this closure, check Caltrans Current Highway Conditions at www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi (http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi)
Jennifer
Hi Jennifer
I was hopeful that cyclists would be allowed to use the trail that is being established around the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, but all the posts I see seem quite negative on this.  It seems that even if a trail is completed, it will only be open to locals.
Do Adventure Cycling have a campaigning/lobbying section?
If so, is it possible they could contact the local community services and lobby to allow bikes to be walked/carried through the trail?.
If you can put me in contact with an appropriate AC contact I would be happy to talk to them.
Overall I am very disappointed with the negative approach to tourists on the Big Sur, the contrast between this and the way we were welcomed in Nepal after their much more serious problems after their earthquake is quite noticeable.
Peter

Hey Peter,

I will also be coming through in April. Unfortunately, even if they allowed us access to the trail there are still the southern slides to deal with. They anticipate "no public access" through April and possibly into May. They will be locking gates across the road to secure construction equipment at night and only allowing locals through at scheduled times.

Sure would be nice to ride through with the locals, though wouldn't it?

This post has the info:

https://bigsurkate.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/highway-one-gets-gates/


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Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
Post by: cgarch on March 24, 2017, 08:10:37 pm
From the Pacific Coast Section 4 addenda (2/27/17):

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It is unknown when the bridge will be replaced. Due to a lack of nearby roads, an extensive reroute is required. The reroute is 145.7 mi. and can be found at this RideWithGPS link: ridewithgps.com/routes/19189649 It is about 30 miles longer than the Pacific Coast route. It begins on map 46 in Marina and ends on map 51 south of Cayucos. Services are limited for the 60 miles between King City and Paso Robles. Also, because this route travels inland, the weather will be significantly different than that on the coast. It will typically be drier and up to 20 degrees hotter.

Jennifer

Just a suggestion - just past mile 136 on your route is the intersection for Santa Rosa Creek Rd / Old Creek Rd.. Take the left at Old Creek and enjoy a quiet descent and short cut to Cayucos. Part of the SLO bike club's Lighthouse Century. YMMV.

Craig
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: ptr52 on March 26, 2017, 05:34:11 pm
Looking at the alternative route through the Salinas Valley proposed by the ACA, I'm thinking of allowing three days to do this.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19189649
The first part looks fairly flat, so I'm thinking perhaps a 60 mile first day and stop overnight in King City.  Any thoughts on this? Is this a good place to stop over? It has both campsites and motels.
After that the route is more challenging so perhaps a second day of 40 miles and stop over near Lake Nacimiento, again, there seem to be reasonable facilities there.  Final day about 40 miles again into Cambria.
Any thoughts/advice appreciated.
Peter
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: cgarch on March 26, 2017, 08:30:33 pm
Looking at the alternative route through the Salinas Valley proposed by the ACA, I'm thinking of allowing three days to do this.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19189649
The first part looks fairly flat, so I'm thinking perhaps a 60 mile first day and stop overnight in King City.  Any thoughts on this? Is this a good place to stop over? It has both campsites and motels.
After that the route is more challenging so perhaps a second day of 40 miles and stop over near Lake Nacimiento, again, there seem to be reasonable facilities there.  Final day about 40 miles again into Cambria.
Any thoughts/advice appreciated.
Peter

Correct - the first part is fairly flat. Note too that there is a fair amount of ag traffic on this road. King City is pretty quiet these days. Yes, there are motels, don't know about the campgrounds, and haven't stayed in either in King City. As an alternate you could consider riding out to Arroyo Seco instead of shooting for King City. If you do, the next day you can skip crossing over to the east side of the valley and detour on Central Ave, ride a short stretch of 101 and pickup Jolon Road without crossing the river.
As for the second day, yes it is more challenging. Way fewer options for supplies along the route. There is no store in Jolon (at least there wasn't the last time I was there). There is or used to be a campground just inside the gate Hunter-Liggett - I don't know if it is still open to the public. If you go in the gate, you will need an official ID - not like the old days. There is a store at Lockwood. Continuing on, it's a pretty stiff climb to Lake Nacimiento. Facilities at LN aren't cheap and the boat noise on the lake can be annoying. But it's at least a place to stay - there aren't many options here unless you go into Paso.
As for the third leg, to go into Cambria, you can take Santa Rosa Creek Road. Has a short wall on it and a some steep tube-popping descents. It has also suffered some storm damage as well. Best to check locally before taking that road. Otherwise it's CA 46 to CA 1 and then you can choose whether to go north to Cambria or south to Cayucos (and Morro Bay SP).

Just one other word of caution - The Northerly wind blows mighty hard through the Salinas Valley in the afternoons. That's fine if you're headed southbound, but you northbound riders might want to keep that in mind and get an earlier start.

cg
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: ptr52 on March 27, 2017, 05:07:53 pm
Thanks For your suggestions CG. Is Paso a better option than Lake Nacimiento?
Google maps suggests an alternative route from King City to Paso following the river roads, this looks quicker than the lake route but I guess it will not be as scenic.
Also, What is the gate at Hunter-Liggett, is that a military base? I will have my UK passport and drivers licence with me, will they be OK?
Peter
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: CMajernik on March 27, 2017, 05:13:22 pm
Here is a link to a blog from someone who recently rode ACA detour.
http://www.spokenfly.com/blog/bigsurdetour
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: aggie on May 23, 2017, 07:34:46 pm
Another slide has occurred near Mud Creek just south of Gordy.  It has buried about 1/4 mile of road in about 40 feet of rock and debris.  Pacific Coast highway from Gorda to Raggedy Point may be closed for the entire summer.
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: Krampus Snail on May 30, 2017, 01:02:05 am
The ACA reroute already avoids the Mud Creek slide. Good thing, too, because nobody is getting through that slide area any time soon. It will maybe be fixed in time for spring 2018 riders. Maybe. Not definitely.

This slide is massive. It created 16 more acres of California, extending out from the coast.
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/26/massive-big-sur-slide-may-keep-highway-1-closed-for-a-year/
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: cerulean_sea on July 22, 2017, 02:26:02 pm
This week there was an article in the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/us/california-today-awaiting-reprieve-at-big-sur.html) about a bicyclist using a hiking trail to bypass the under-construction Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and ride Highway 1 in Big Sur:

"Anthony Albert, from Oakland, lugged his bike along a half-mile hiking trail that circumvents the downed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and cycled all the way to Paul’s Slide and back.  In roughly eight hours of riding, he said, he encountered maybe 10 people."

My boyfriend and I are planning to do this; we're bringing our camping gear and planning to camp for a few nights. 

Has anyone else done this?  Was it feasible?  Where did you park your car?
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: jeff.zo.russell on August 02, 2017, 11:21:59 pm
I am traveling South on the Pacific Coast route. I have chartered a helicopter to take me from Monterey to the Rugged Point Inn which is just south of the southern most closure. I fly out Wednesday August 9th, 2017. I have room for one, maybe two, other cyclists. If interested call Heidi at 2zero89820011. She will give you my cell and we can coordinate. I'll pay the bulk but a few hundred for one or $600 for two would be appreciated. Let me know!


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Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: opus on August 02, 2017, 11:36:20 pm
I am traveling South on the Pacific Coast route. I have chartered a helicopter to take me from Monterey to the Rugged Point Inn which is just south of the southern most closure. I fly out Wednesday August 9th, 2017. I have room for one, maybe two, other cyclists. If interested call Heidi at 2zero89820011. She will give you my cell and we can coordinate. I'll pay the bulk but a few hundred for one or $600 for two would be appreciated. Let me know!


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If I was going to spend that kind of money I would ride past Pfeiffer Canyon using the path, then have them land on the road just north of the Mud Creek slide and take me to the other side. You'd get almost the entire route!

And if you want to be super bitchin', have them use a helicopter with retracted landing gear and get them to just hover over the roadway while you load and unload. Just have to make sure you have the Airwolf theme playing over a Bluetooth speaker and you're golden. :D


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Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: jeff.zo.russell on August 04, 2017, 11:07:42 am
I am traveling South on the Pacific Coast route. I have chartered a helicopter to take me from Monterey to the Rugged Point Inn which is just south of the southern most closure. I fly out Wednesday August 9th, 2017. I have room for one, maybe two, other cyclists. If interested call Heidi at 2zero89820011. She will give you my cell and we can coordinate. I'll pay the bulk but a few hundred for one or $600 for two would be appreciated. Let me know!


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If I was going to spend that kind of money I would ride past Pfeiffer Canyon using the path, then have them land on the road just north of the Mud Creek slide and take me to the other side. You'd get almost the entire route!

And if you want to be super bitchin', have them use a helicopter with retracted landing gear and get them to just hover over the roadway while you load and unload. Just have to make sure you have the Airwolf theme playing over a Bluetooth speaker and you're golden. :D


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I like it! Unfortunately stoopid government rules say you have to land in private land. I did ask about the road! And the charter company only takes off from Watsonville or Monterey airports. Probably more rules and crews on roads and what not.

But I hadn't thought of the Airwolf theme, that is definitely happening.


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Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: opus on August 04, 2017, 11:09:50 am
I am traveling South on the Pacific Coast route. I have chartered a helicopter to take me from Monterey to the Rugged Point Inn which is just south of the southern most closure. I fly out Wednesday August 9th, 2017. I have room for one, maybe two, other cyclists. If interested call Heidi at 2zero89820011. She will give you my cell and we can coordinate. I'll pay the bulk but a few hundred for one or $600 for two would be appreciated. Let me know!


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If I was going to spend that kind of money I would ride past Pfeiffer Canyon using the path, then have them land on the road just north of the Mud Creek slide and take me to the other side. You'd get almost the entire route!

And if you want to be super bitchin', have them use a helicopter with retracted landing gear and get them to just hover over the roadway while you load and unload. Just have to make sure you have the Airwolf theme playing over a Bluetooth speaker and you're golden. :D


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I like it! Unfortunately stoopid government rules say you have to land in private land. I did ask about the road! And the charter company only takes off from Watsonville or Monterey airports. Probably more rules and crews on roads and what not.

But I hadn't thought of the Airwolf theme, that is definitely happening.


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Well, those rules are dumb. Maybe slip the pilot a $20? Haha.


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Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: BarryC on August 22, 2017, 12:25:07 am
Has anyone recently taken a route other than the ACA detour between King City and Paso Robles?  I'm hoping to find an easier route to do that stretch in one day. Thanks
Title: Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49 February 2017
Post by: Krampus Snail on August 22, 2017, 12:10:40 pm
I'm pretty sure there isn't an easier route. I know of three other routes, but all of them are harder, not easier.