The Piedras Blancas Route is a delightful taste test of the Eroica experience that is sure to lure you back for more. After a quick tour of Cambria, riders head north along California’s most beautiful coastline. Just past San Simeon, Hearst Castle stands out in the mountains to the east. Also, watch for zebra, Tule elk, and elephant seals on the way to the historic Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. After an exquisite rest stop on the lighthouse grounds, enjoy a nice tailwind back to Cambria.
Points of Interest
Piedras Blancas Light Station
Piedras Blancas Light Station, meaning “white rocks,” is an ode to the rocky coastline that houses the light station. The historic lighthouse, with its distinct light pattern of a white flash every 15 seconds, assured mariners of their location and warned of the approaching coastline. Construction of Piedras Blancas Light Station began in April 1874. The lighthouse was first illuminated a mere 10 months later, on February 15, 1875. The lighthouse was originally 100 feet tall and housed a first-order Fresnel lens. A fog signal building was constructed in 1905, and the first sound was produced in 1906. During Eroica California, this stop will feature food, but normally there are no vendors at this stop.