Monterey - 17-mile-driveOn a gloomy and drizzly day, I arrived at the Big Sur Adventures store in Pacific Grove to start my e-bike tour through the famous 17-mile drive. 

I could have wished for a warmer and sunny day for this adventure, but I understood that the sun rarely shines around the Monterey Peninsula.  

Anyway, I was ready for this weather with my rain jacket and waterproof backpack. 

The check in at Big Sur Adventures was super easy and the staff were friendly. They had water bottles and snacks laid out for the riders, and I grabbed some for my backpack. 

Monterey - 17-mile-drive - Sunset Point OverlookMy tour guide, Johnathan, informed me that I was going to have a private tour today because other riders canceled due to the weather. My luck, their loss!

This isn’t my first e-bike tour, so it didn’t take long to get acquainted with my bike and hit the road. 

My bike was comfortable to ride and easy to operate. This model allowed me to either use pedal assist or use the throttle (more like a motorcycle). I mostly used the pedal assist to get in some workout, but I did need the throttle on a very steep part of the tour.

Monterey - 17-mile-drive - Pescadero PointI soon found out that many of Monterey’s roads have bike dedicated bike lanes, which made the trip easier. But we did come across a few roads with no bike lane, and Johnathan helped me navigate those roads.

Big Sur Adventures store was close to the entrance of 17-Mile Drive, which happens to be in a private gated community called Pebble Beach. 

If you decide to do this route in a car, you will need to pay an entrance fee, but for bikers like us, it was free. We just zipped through the gate.

Johnathan was an excellent guide. He picked the right spots with the best views, and he provided just the right amount of commentary about the nature and the history of the area.

Monterey - 17-mile-drive - Lone CypressAlong the way, we saw exclusive golf courses like Spyglass Hill, Cypress Point and Pebble Beach, and we admired the homes of the rich and famous. 

We made stops at vantage viewpoints to admire the bay and coves and some interesting residents like Seals and Seagulls. 

Some of the landmarks we visited include Spanish Bay, Cypress Point, Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, and Seal Point.

At bird rock, we say a large group of Seals sunbathing on the rocks or jumping in the water.

At Cypress Point Lookout, we got a panoramic view of the Del Monte Forest and the Pacific Ocean. 

Monterey - 17-mile-drive - Pebble Beach ResortWe finally reached the end of the drive at Pebble Beach Visitor Center near the Pebble Beach Resort, where we took a much-needed break and had a snack. 

I also walked through the resort’s main lobby to a get a magnificent view of the bay from their porch. The resort is beautiful and has its own golf course, but a room there will set you back an average of $1000 per night.

Heading back was as thrilling as the journey to the end of the drive.

I thoroughly enjoyed my 17-mile drive tour with Big Sur Adventures and would go back to try their other tours. You can check them out here.