Our Swiss Guest, Marcus.

If you see this guy cycling the coast, be nice. This is Marcus, 24 years old, a fellow Scorpio from Switzerland. Marcus has rode that bike from Switzerland, through Africa, Argentina, and most recently from Las Vegas to San Diego and up the coast to where we found him yesterday. That’s a Swiss flag flying at the tail of his bike.


Caltrans workers informed Marcus that he could not travel north on Highway 1 all the way through Big Sur, this conversation was at Mud Creek Slide. We came through just after this discussion and our buddy David, who drives a truck for Winsor told us, “Someone needs to explain to that guy!” So we stopped at our turn home and Marcus stopped too as he saw us and he asked, “Why can’t I travel on this road?”

We explained about Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Marcus explained that he and his bike forded rivers in Africa, climbed mountains in Argentina, and again he asked, “So why can’t I get around this bridge?”

And we explained that the bridge is guarded by CHP. Maybe he could do a 1 a.m. attempt to cross, maybe he could take an old dirt road down into the State Park and wade through mud and creek, but even there the Park Rangers will cite him if they see him.

We asked if he wanted a beer, he declined.

In the end, we told him to do what he wants, it’s his adventure, but we also described Nacimiento Ferguson Road, that it too is Closed, but perhaps he could use it as an outlet over to 101 then River Road to return to the coast. Being a mom, I also told him that it will be very cold tonight and that he should ensure that he camps somewhere warm. He assured me that he’s prepared.

So be nice to Marcus if you see him. He’s courageous and has the enthusiasm of youth!

4 thoughts on “Our Swiss Guest, Marcus.

  1. well I thought after he left about how far he has travelled and wondered if anyone else had maybe ran into him and written anything about him. im almost surprised there isn’t more posted online about his adventure. kicking myself in the ass for not getting a picture.

  2. This is fun! I’m glad you found this blog post to update me. I think about his adventure. Thank you.

  3. I just ran into this guy today, in Belleville Ontario Canada, my buddy saw him on the road and was asked a question by marcus. my buddy said stop at the house down the road, (where I run my business). We bought him lunch, he took a picture of the three of us eating. then left on his way towards montreal where he said a friend of his lived. I thought afterwards I should had gotten a picture myself.

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