Winding down and reflecting back on these incredible past few days!
A crew of people from “One with nature” were going on a ride through Big Sur, so I tagged along and had a magical, eye-opening and beautiful experience for my first practice ride. 🙂 Biked 98.2 miles!
Carmel — Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 27.7 miles
We started early monday morning driving up to Carmel to get dropped off. 🙂 The day started with a large climb and then dropping down the valley right next to the ocean! It was so beautiful and enchanting. Watching the early morning light shine on the green hills and little pollen fairies dance along the wind. It was super windy across the Bixby bridge and I had to hold on tight to make sure I didn’t go flying into road! Luckily there weren’t too many cars due to the time of year. 🙂 We camped in the redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur state park, it was a cold night and I learned that I need to upgrade my camping set up for my February tour!
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park — Pacific Valley 30.6 mi -13 mi= 17.6 mi
Got started before noon cruising the PCH. Sheer cliffs down to the water on one side and towering mountains and redwoods on the other. With a stream of cars and characters in between everyone smiled and waved and gave me plenty of room for me to bike comfortably on the road. I loved taking my time, stopping to take pictures and communing with tree folk.
I found some happy people folk too! Along the side of the road I came upon this beautifully painted bus with the sweetest souls riding in it. They shared their cocoa nibs with me and the sacred knowledge of the fresh water spring that was across the street. I refilled my stainless steel water bottle with the spring water and rested for a while with this lovely group of new friends. 🙂 Laurels (french) showed me his juggling skills and we all shared hugs before I was on my way.
When traveling at a slower pace my awareness is heightened to all the trash that hugs the side of the road. The plastic bottle industry used fear to get us to think about scarcity and “dirtyness” with water. When in reality we live on this garden planet are we are surrounded by abundance. I saw a lot of trash along the road and the standout was definitely the plastic water bottles and these little blue ag. ties. Each piece of trash reminded me of why I am doing this tour and my dedication towards a zero waste lifestyle.
……and then I popped my tube. I realized that I had completely forgot my patch kit with the crew and my only option was to walk. Feeling completely held by the universe and my path I walked cheerfully, knowing that everything was going to be alright. A bus drove by and picked me up, dropped me off 13 miles down the road just ahead of my friends. Stoked that my friend Shea is a bicycle wizard and helped change my tube. Got back on the road and was cruising in no time.
Came around a bend and my heart fluttered with excitement and ease as I saw the peaceful pacific valley. Stopped off and crocheted part of a beanie for my friend overlooking Sand Dollar beach and soaked up some more sun. I stayed over at my friend Rosalia’s house in PV, shared a delicious meal together, crafted and giggled. 🙂 The second night was so warm and I snuggly. So blessed to be welcomed by such a magical fire fairy goddess. She is an inspiring artist, fire dancer and trash picker! Check out her Big Surcus page!
Pacific Valley — Cayucos Collective 52.9 mi
Mmmmmm! Woke up feeling so fresh, wonderful and warm! My lovely friend Rosalia gifted me the most wondrous green smoothie and I started on my day. Got riding by 9:30 and had a glorious time! I stopped at Salmon Creek trail jumped around on the rocks, ate lunch by the mystical waterfall and crocheted the beanie Im working on. I did not produce a single piece of trash during the entire trip because I ate the food I bought in bulk with reusable bags from SLO Natural Foods and refilled my water bottles at the campgrounds, the natural spring and my friends house.
Rested at Ragged Point and had a nice lady take a picture for me. She turned out to be from Morro Bay and recognized me from SLO Life! haha so trippy! 🙂 Then the landscape changed dramatically at San Carp and it was all downhill (pretty much) from there.
Stopped off to take pictures with the elephant seals and popped my tire… Luckily the bike wizard Shea had an extra 10 speed tire with him and that crew had started much later in the day then me so they came up 15 minutes after it popped and helped me change it out! yay! So grateful!
The plan was to camp at San Simeon and then head to SLO this morning but when I saw Valencia point in view I was amping to get home! 🙂 I called my boyfriend Scott and he was watching the surf competition at Cayucos Collective so I decided to charge it to Cayucos and end my trip a day early. Coming through the valley and seeing Lisamu (aka the Rock) and watching the sunset over the beautiful Estero bay filled me with so much joy and happiness to be home. 🙂
I learned so much on this trip for my tour, had a breath taking experience immersing myself in the present moment bliss that is BIG SUR and now I am feeling so incredibly grateful to be home with Scott Kam and my SLO family.
xoxo Sarah Bellum