Posted on June 30 2021
Hidden Coastal Adventure
Two moto-vloggers passionate about traveling and the open road.
Another day in paradise, and we were ready for another adventure! We didn't make many plans for the day and were just going with the flow, but made sure to check out some great roads and stops along the way!
We headed back to the hotel and had planned on doing a livestream, but when we went to go set up, we found out our main film camera had broken so we weren't able to make it happen. We headed back to the rooms to try and figure out if we could get it fixed somewhere or find a solution, and by the time we found some options, the mist outside had turned to a light rain. We had left the rain gear behind on this trip, so we decided to hangout and relax until it cleared up, then get on the road to go check out some fun highways recommended by some of our viewers!
We took the 101 out of town, through some back roads, and out to State Route 9, which is a 38 mile stretch of mountainous highway connecting SR1 in Santa Cruz to SR17 in Los Gatos. A popular motorcycle road, we saw tons of other bikes out, and for good reason. With seemingly endless twists and turns through the trees, smooth asphalt, and that secluded feeling beneath the tree cover, it made for some epic riding! After some good throttle pulls, we turned onto the 35, which would take us all of the way up to Alice's Restaurant on some more great roads! We hit quite a bit of dense fog on the 35, so we made sure to watch our speed, especially around the corners.
Pulling into town, we could tell this was a popular hangout spot for riders and drivers alike. Sitting outside waiting for our food, we saw tons of bikes fly by and just as many cars ripping through the canyons. It was really cool to see such a lively motorsport culture up there, just like we have down south, and it made us feel right at home! Alice's had some great food and a nice selection of our favorite cold beverages to choose from, making it a great late lunch and a relaxing hangout.
After some grubbin' we got back on the road, and decided to take a ride on the 84, which was another amazing stretch of road leading us to the 280, this time with some views of open plains peeking behind the trees. It was nearing 7pm, but was still bright out with some nice weather in the 60s.
We pulled back into Carmel just before nightfall, found a good spot for the bikes, then strolled down into town to find a restaurant for a late 9:00 dinner just a few hours after our 6:00 "lunch". We ended up at Grasing's Coastal Cuisine and it did not disappoint! Our server was a good dude, and the food was phenomenal. No better way to end a fun day of riding than with a good meal in good company!
Despite getting a late start to the day, we still had a great time exploring new roads, and plenty of eats in the process! Staying in town for a couple days and checking the surrounding areas out was a great time, and we'll definitely be doing more of it down the road!
These sure were some great roads worth checking out!
Remember to ride safe and stay prepared for changing road conditions!
*2LaneLife is not responsible for peril**
Another day living on the 2Lanes, and it was a great time indeed! A little different from the previous couple of days running right alongside the coast, it was cool to head slightly inland and check out what the landscape had to offer. Being a nice and easy day of riding, we were charged up and ready for a mellow 400 mile stretch the next day!
See ya down the road!
Stay safe...stay inspired