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Old 01-01-2015, 11:24 PM   #1
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Sertao in Big Sur

I got invited to spend New Year's Eve in Big Sur, California (the coastline south of San Francisco and north of Santa Barbara) at a friend's place, so I took this opportunity to leave early and try to hike up Cone Peak. The plan was simple enough, ride south to Big Sur, take a left on the paved Nacimiento Road, take a left on the dirt road called Cone Peak Trail, hit the trail and hike for five miles. Come back, go to the friend, celebrate the new year, camp and come back.

So I left very early and found my way to the Big Sur coast.

Bixby bridge, the gateway to Big Sur
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:25 PM   #2
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The Big Sur Road on Dec 31st was simply glorious. Cold but sunny, with tons of gray whales on their southbound migration.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:27 PM   #3
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I arrived at the Cone Peak trail, and guess what? the road was closed!

No Big Deal, I slid the bike under the gate and voila', I was on my way to cone peak
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:28 PM   #4
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Not so fast, a few miles later, there was an actual road block...

Oh well, I parked the bike and hiked for a few miles....
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:30 PM   #5
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well, a few more miles later, still no sign of the peak, so i climbed the first hill I could find and finally had a glimpse at the famed Cone Peak....

(the peak on the right of the picture....)
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:34 PM   #6
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way too far for a day hike, so I went back to the bike, still at the same spot....
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:36 PM   #7
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Time to ride back on dirt and pavement to hit the camping spot....

not a bad place....
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:39 PM   #8
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Next day (today, january 1st!), came back along the Big Sur Highway 1, stopping at the Julia Pfeiffer waterfall, not a bad first ride of the year!
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:51 PM   #9
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Next day (today, january 1st!), came back along the Big Sur Highway 1, stopping at the Julia Pfeiffer waterfall, not a bad first ride of the year!
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