Moto GP Weekend

Riders, watch your bikes. Always lose a few to thieves every year.

Cannery Row Hogs

Officer Robert Lehman said the influx of traffic, with thousands of spectators and motorcycles coming through Monterey County, makes it necessary to have additional officers out in search of careless drivers and riders.

All drivers traveling this weekend should be extra cautious because of the thousands of motorcycles, Lehman said.

“Everybody needs to pay a little more attention, obviously motorcycles are hard to see most of the time and a lot of people can be surprised by them showing up so quick,” he said.

Moto GP Weekend

P.G. Motels Robbing The Tourists On MotoGP Weekend

On Monday, the phones at Monterey Peninsula Reservations were busy with visitors seeking last-minute rooms. The few rooms available were mostly because of cancellations, said owner Donna Ibens.

Two-night minimums are pretty standard, he said, and rates climb as demand increases. So while the county’s average room rate in December and January was $129, the July and August rate average last year reached $180.

“The prices are scaring people a bit,” said Ibens. “I’ve had a lot of calls and they don’t want to pay $300 a night.”

The least expensive rooms were $250 a night in Pacific Grove and Carmel, said Ibens.

These are the hotels opposing a tax hike? $500 to stay in PG for two nights? Ow!

P.G. Motels Robbing The Tourists On MotoGP Weekend