TRIP OFA LIFETIME IV travel blog

The Group Assembles

Views along the bike path

 

 

 

Spanish Bay Inn & Golf Course

The Beach at Spanish Bay

 

 

Golf green on the ocean

 

One of the many mansions

 

 

Crocker Grove-the oldest Cypress trees

The Famous Lone Cypress

 

Another Average Pebble Beach Residence

Traffic

 

 

Fandangos Restaurant

Beef Tips

Sand Dabs

Salmon Nicoise

Our private dining room

Another dining room

Fandangos Restaurant


We began the famous 17.5 Mile Bike Route at the north end in Pacific Grove. It is just south of the the famed Monterey Aquarium. The bike path follows the scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach and hugs the Pacific Coast. It twists and winds through magnificent vistas of the ocean. Several famed golf courses line the road, Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hill, and of course, Pebble Beach. The homes lining the road are spectacular mansions-homes of the rich and famous. The landscaping and views have been the subject of many paintings and pictures. The day was perfect weather for our 18 mile journey. It was somewhat overcast with a cool,off shore wind to counteract the effects of our exertion. Endless groves of wild flowers lined our path and were an inspiration to our efforts. We stopped at Spanish Bay Resort for a breather. The ladies shopped the gift shops and we walked to the beach and savored the moist sea air pungent with the smell of seaweed. Golfers whacked seriously on the adjacent emerald green golf course and dreamed of that perfect Tiger Woods drive towards the cup. We then resumed our trip with new vigor and rode to the hallmark symbol of the area-The Lone Cypress. The pine trees, the cypress trees and the rocky coast and ocean create the magic that etches a permanent image within our spirit. We rode 18 miles total and had a good workout. We concluded our day with an early afternoon lunch at Fandangos Restaurant in the heart of Pacific Grove. I had beef tips with bell peppers and peas over Spanish rice-it was incredibly delicious. Barb had sand dab fillets and salad. Nancy salmon salad nicoise Bill had Osso Bucco which was incredible. The sun finally made its appearance as we exited the restaurant. Fandangos was a fascinating and cute restaurant in the fashion of a large house with all sorts of cute dining rooms. Each room was decorated in a country french fashion with flowers and vases and eclectic furnishings. It was most unique.

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