Tahoe local sees Steinbeck Country through the author’s eyes on a 250-mile bicycle journey around the Big Sur mountains

Words and photos by Rick Gunn

“When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job.”
~John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

I’d like to say it was the weather that sent me cycling south. But truth be told, it was a lack of self-confidence.

I was nearing the end of my twenty-third winter in Lake Tahoe. By most people’s account, not much of a winter at all. The predictable pattern of Pacific storms …