California Love: Seaside Sandwiches in Big Sur

California Love: Seaside Sandwiches in Big Sur

Wow, What a View

Do you think it’s possible to tire of looking at the Pacific Ocean from the seat of your motorcycle? I had plenty of time to ponder that question while Kenny and I rode south on the PCH.

Heading down the PCH

This was our second time riding down the coast from San Francisco. I was happy to find that the water crashing against the craggy rocks was as exciting as it had been the first time we’d made the trek.

Throughout our 200-mile coastal leg, we rode in and out of silvery fog and bright blue skies. The air hung cooly, sending a chill across the knuckles of my summer gloves. The weather contrasted star to the blazing heat we’d come down out of at the Lick Observatory.

Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby

This day was extra special because it was Kenny’s birthday. Though he’s always said he doesn’t want anything for his birthday, it pains me to observe his wishes. However, I took pleasure in knowing that he was spending the day doing something he loved, in a place dear to his heart.

Lucia Lodge Big Sur

Seaside Sandwiches in Big Sur

We quietly celebrated the day with a special lunch. While stopped at theย Lucia Lodge store in Big Sur, we picked up ham and cheese croissants from the freezer case. We heated them up in a well-worn microwave whose digital numbers were no longer visible.ย Admittedly, I didn’t have high hopes, but we were both rather hungry.

Eating seaside sandwiches at lucia lodge big sur

We took our lunch onto the deck and ate overlooking the water. It was just the two of us and the sound of rolling waves below.

And wouldn’t you know it? The seaside sandwiches were delicious.

Now, I don’t know if the sandwiches really were super-good, or maybe they’d been sprinkled with magical sunshine only found on Highway 1. Or, who knows? Maybe the birthday fairy made a perfect moment for us. Whatever the case, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

There is something special about riding the Pacific Coast Highway. If you haven’t done it, you owe it to yourself. There are perfect moments just waiting for you.

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16 Replies to “California Love: Seaside Sandwiches in Big Sur”

  1. I’d rather a microwaved sandwich with Lucia Lodge’s view than a month’s worth of fancy dinners at The Four Seasons ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wishing Kenny a Happy Birthday — and 364 days in between that are just as great.

  2. Fuzzy:

    Your first photo brings back memories of our trip to Big Sur during June, 2011. Not long ago but now a distant memory. We stopped at that same pullout and snapped a few photos but it was foggy the day we were there

    looks like you are having great weather

    Riding the Wet Coast

  3. Gorgeous pictures! I think the sandwiches tasted good because of where you were and that you were enjoying yourselves. I have driven down the Oregon Coast towards California and it was breathtaking. It wasn’t on a motorcycle though, but it is on my list to do in the near future now.

  4. I’m a pretty simple guy – no fufu meals with tiny portions and exotic names, filled with special ingredients from some faraway place. Gimme a ham and cheese on a croissant made with love, serve it from some hideaway place on the side of the road, and deliver it with a picturesque setting on the coast with my sweet at my side and I’m far happier than I’d ever be in some hoitey toitey pretentious dump. Those moments I will remember far longer than some sorry-assed foie gras crap served by a tuxedo-covered douchebag.

    That place was great – the sandwich was great – the company was perfection – and who cares about some arbitrary day that happened to be the day I was born, but 180 years later.

    1. I love Kenny, too. Not like Fuzzy, but just because he’s cool. He leaves great comments like this one. AND he used one of my favorite words… “douchebag”!

  5. Happy Birthday to Kenny! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend someones birthday then riding out there. I agree with what he is saying too about fancy meals, i’ll take a good cheesburger and some fries with friends in a cool area any day.

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