Mother Nature has played a bigger-than-usual role in Northern California this year. We saw people skiing in July and, to the south, those same storms caused the collapse of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and a landslide on Highway 1. As a result, a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway is now unreachable by cars and has been dubbed “Big Sur Island.” Until the bridge repairs are completed this fall, visitors have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bike along the cliffs on the road, sans cars. Hotel Carmel and La Playa Carmel, in nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea, have teamed up with Big Sur Adventures, an e-bike rental shop, to offer two-wheeled weekend adventures, available for only a few months.
Note: Although the section of the Pacific Coast Highway that allowed for unobstructed cycling has since been reopened, Big Sur still offers plenty of opportunities for road and mountain biking.