Mid-Week Rides: Carmel Valley Road

Winter sucks in California. Look at what we had to put up with on our mid-week ride, today. Almost 70 degree temps in Carmel Valley made it hard to debug Simon’s headlight problems.

We left Major WWWobble’s place a few minutes late due to the Captain’s tardy arrival. We jumped on 35 for a mile or so to catch 92 to the coast. From there it was supposed to be a simple ride to Watsonville for breakfast.

Rich shows up early

Rich shows up early

Rich shows up early
Leaving San Mateo

Leaving San Mateo

Leaving San Mateo
92 and 1

92 and 1

92 and 1
Heading down the coast

Heading down the coast

Heading down the coast
Near Pescadero

Near Pescadero

Near Pescadero

Along the way Bill’s bike would sometimes cut-out until he jiggled the ignition switch. Of course one of the times this happened was going through Santa Cruz, causing the group to get separated.
Somehow Bill and I made it to the restaurant first, followed by the pack that was in the lead. I haven’t quite figured that out yet, but apparently an unscheduled gas stop had something to do with it. Eventually the two lost sheep called, got the proper directions, and met is for breakfast.

The lost sheep arrive

The lost sheep arrive

The lost sheep arrive
Another lost sheep

Another lost sheep

Another lost sheep
Still smiling

Still smiling

Still smiling
The Beach Street Cafe

The Beach Street Cafe

The Beach Street Cafe
Moss Landing

Moss Landing

Moss Landing
Carmel Valley Road

Carmel Valley Road

Carmel Valley Road
Lucas Electrics!

Lucas Electrics!

Lucas Electrics!
Delicate surgery

Delicate surgery

Delicate surgery
Expert

Expert

Expert
In to it

In to it

In to it
More Expert

More Expert

More Expert

After breakfast it was south to Carmel Valley road with a stop in Carmel Valley. While there some poking and prodding was done to Simon’s headlight trying to liberate the hiding photons. It was partially successful… he now had a high beam.

Twisties ahead

Twisties ahead

Twisties ahead
Through the trees

Through the trees

Through the trees
future MugWhump photos

future MugWhump photos

future MugWhump photos
Group minus one

Group minus one

Group minus one
On the east side of the range

On the east side of the range

On the east side of the range
Keep out of what?

Keep out of what?

Keep out of what?
Pastoral Carmel Valley scenic

Pastoral Carmel Valley scenic

Pastoral Carmel Valley scenic
Winter weather

Winter weather

Winter weather
waiting [patiently]  for WWWobble

waiting [patiently] for WWWobble

waiting [patiently] for WWWobble

One of the many stops was Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad on G17 south of Soledad.

Our Lady of Solitude

Our Lady of Solitude

Our Lady of Solitude
Mission stop

Mission stop

Mission stop
On the Kings Highway

On the Kings Highway

On the Kings Highway
More winter weather

More winter weather

More winter weather
Inside the mission

Inside the mission

Inside the mission
Original mission bell

Original mission bell

Original mission bell
Bikes at the Mission

Bikes at the Mission

Bikes at the Mission
Now a painting

Now a painting

Now a painting

Heading home

Heading home

Heading home

The next stop was for a snack in Salinas, except for Simon who wanted to get a replacement bulb and/or be sure to be home before dark. After snacking we jumped on the freeway for the boring ride home. Around San Jose some of the riders signaled they needed gas. I waved, but kept on going as it seems the penance for nice winter weather is blown light-bulbs. My dash told me that my head-lamp went out somewhere south of San Jose. I had a spare with me, but decided that getting home before dark was best on the off chance that it was more than a burned out bulb.

Pictures from Chris

Arrival Soledad Mission

Arrival Soledad Mission

Arrival Soledad Mission
Arroyo Seco

Arroyo Seco

Arroyo Seco
Carmel Valley Rd

Carmel Valley Rd

Carmel Valley Rd
Dim Bulb Simon's Good Side

Dim Bulb Simon’s Good Side

Dim Bulb Simon’s Good Side
Lorrie's Dad gets Call

Lorrie’s Dad gets Call

Lorrie’s Dad gets Call
Mission History

Mission History

Mission History
Mission Prior Restoration

Mission Prior Restoration

Mission Prior Restoration
No Sobleski_No Snow

No Sobleski_No Snow

No Sobleski_No Snow
Over 30 Miles of this

Over 30 Miles of this

Over 30 Miles of this
Paint This

Paint This

Paint This
Passing Moss Landing

Passing Moss Landing

Passing Moss Landing
Ride this Forever

Ride this Forever

Ride this Forever
Simon Cks Breezeway

Simon Cks Breezeway

Simon Cks Breezeway
Soledad Mission Nave

Soledad Mission Nave

Soledad Mission Nave
Soledad Mission#2

Soledad Mission#2

Soledad Mission#2
Soledad Mission

Soledad Mission

Soledad Mission
Warm Interlude

Warm Interlude

Warm Interlude