We meet in San Jose at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel at 8:00 AM. Your guides will then shuttle you to our starting location in Monterey. Today's route takes us along 17-Mile Drive through famous Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea, then on to Highway 1 for our journey along the coast, into Big Sur and to our lodging for the night, Glen Oaks. There is a team dinner tonight at a nearby restaurant perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific.
We meet packed and ready to ride. Today's route is a long but very scenic one, with three categorized climbs along Highway 1 and small rolling terrain in between. There is a feed zone, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and across the highway is one of the most spectacular climbs in the world—Nacimiento Ferguson Road. 7 miles up and 7 miles down, it's a breakaway option for the day.
Today's destination is the Ragged Point Inn, perched on a cliff over the ocean. Every room has a full or partial ocean or mountain view.
Today's route is a promenade on mostly flat terrain to the quaint town of Cambria. Lodging for the next two nights in Cambria is at the Rigdon House, a historic bed & breakfast style hotel with 11 spacious rooms. A wine and cheese reception is held at the Rigdon House in the late afternoon. Dinner tonight is within walking distance and often a favorite of the week.
Today we spend an additional day in Cambria, so cyclists may choose to join an optional bike ride down the coast to Morro Bay, stroll the charming shops of Cambria or Moonstone Beach, take a guided tour of Hearst Castle, or schedule a massage at a day spa. Dinner tonight is on your own, so cyclists may choose any one of the great restaurants within walking distance of the Rigdon House, where we spend a second night.
Today we travel away from the coast to the wine region of Paso Robles. To get there, we spin along a beautiful creekside country road—but the cost of this beauty is one of the steepest grades in all of California. Then it's on to our feedzone stop at Justin Winery, a great place to stretch and rest the legs followed by a descent through beautiful wine country in to town.
Our lodging tonight is in the heart of downtown Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Inn. Explore their beautiful grounds, as well as town before your final team dinner at Buona Tavola, serving Northern Italian Cuisine.
The final stage of the tour heads deep into the Paso Robles Wine Country on one of the prettiest cycling roads anywhere: Peachy Canyon, with it’s winding curves through vineyards and walnut groves. We then return to Paso Robles to shower and pack up. Grab a bite to eat in town before we transfer you back to our meeting location in San Jose.
This was the best bike trip i have ever been on. First of all: great people. Susan and Laura were wonderful - fun, thoughtful, interesting, knowledgeable, kind, smart, organized. The hotels were great, especially the Santa Ynez Inn - WOW! I have been in the Paso Robles to Solvang area many times but never on the great roads we traveled this trip. And the food! We ate like kings at fantastic places. The bikes are all excellent carbon frame and extremely well maintained. Before the trip, i was sent a tape measure and asked to measure various dimensions of my bike and when i arrived for the six-day tour a perfectly sized bike awaited. The saddle was great and the bike was outfitted with the pedals i needed. Each day our fearless guides took turns riding with us or taking our luggage by van to our next destination. Somehow, in between all this, beautiful picnic spreads magically appeared just when we needed it. Truly, a great, great trip! Can't wait to take another Undiscovered Country Tours trip.
TripAdvisor March 2012
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San Jose (63 miles)