On Saturday we rode a portion of the Highway 1 Adventure Route 2.0 from Cycle Central Coast. The out-and-back route was approximately 60 miles round-trip and finished at Salmon Creek. The majority of the ride was mellow as we headed north up the coast, but once we hit the hills, challenging climbs greeted us as the road traversed up the coastline.
The shadows of the pines, the smell of the salty air, and the seemingly endless, rugged coastline was cathartic. I was overwhelmed with an intense rush of joy and gratitude. I believe these fleeting moments bring us together as cyclists and answer the ambiguous question of, “What are we riding for?”