One morning, my wife & I headed out for breakfast and noticed a worried ranger heading down the hill beside Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge....our only connection to civilization. Sure enough, the bridge was falling down. Then we scrambled...my family moved to Carmel so the kids could finish school. We parked our cars north of the bridge. But I needed to stay on our new "island" to work. What to do?
Living in a mountainous area, where bikes are notoriously challenging to ride, I knew using a bike for transportation would be difficult. But I began looking into electric bikes to see how technology had advanced. As I researched and saw the power and range available I got excited.
My father & I first carried a pair of Rad Power Bikes up the Bypass Trail to have as utilitarian transportation while the Pfeiffer Canyon bridge was out (the very first day emergency crews built a 1/2 mile bypass trail for locals to carry supplies in on). The next morning we decided to test the bike's range & made it all the way to McWay Falls & back. I was grinning so wide, my face almost split. An hour later I was drawing up a business plan for Big Sur Adventures.
The chance to ride Hwy 1 in Big Sur in the middle of the day with no traffic was a unique opportunity, and during the eight months the bridge was down, thousands of people discovered how much more of this beautiful land we get to experience when we slow down just enough.
Lot's of people wanted this experience to last forever. I heard so many people say, "I wish Hwy 1 could just shut down to cars." But of course it can't. So we rode all around looking for another place where we can ride all day...another place that could give us the "perma-grin." Point Lobos blew us away. And the bike paths along the ocean front in Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach left us smiling all day too. So we found a space in Pacific Grove, right where our favorite ride starts.