UPDATE: As a direct result of this post, and emails I and others sent when they saw this, and to comments posted on social media about this incident, SeeMonterey on FB added a disclaimer to their repost of the Vogue article, citing the dangerousness of Nasty, advising returning on 1 to 68; MoCoOES published the photo below and this:
”Monterey County and Big Sur love our visitors, but we want you to come and go safely.
This tour bus was headed to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road yesterday to cut across to Highway 101. N-F is a road that is a challenge for regular vehicles. Thanks to intervention by locals, disaster was averted.
Please spread the word, N-F is an important access route to Big Sur, but not for all vehicles!”
And Cal Trans just sent me this: “Caltrans has taken out “Nacimiento-Fergusson from it being an alternate route from our website (Ca Hwy Info Network [CHIN], I will also take it out of my updates starting with my next update on Monday, Oct. 30.” Thank you all for hearing our concerns.
It almost happened yesterday – the bus driver was confident he could make it and didn’t want to listen to any advice. This thing below just happened to stop at Lucia. An employee asked him where he was going. He replied he was “going to LA over that Naci-something road.” After she laughed in his face, and told his passengers they would be better off taking an extra hour or so to go back than getting stuck up on Naci all night long. Meanwhile, another employee started working on the passengers, describing the perils of the road. The on-board bathroom would be really ripe by morning. Had he actually gone up Naci (he couldn’t possibly have made it) he would have gotten stuck at some point, closing down Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd.
I think we all need to contact all the local Chambers of Commerce and the Monterey Visitors & Travel Bureau, and anyone else we might think could get the word out. I am sending this photo and description to our County supervisor, MoCo Public Works, and Cal Trans. TOUR BUSES CANNOT MAKE IT ACROSS NACIMIENTO RD.