ADVrider

ADVrider (http://www.advrider.com/forums/index.php)
-   Day Trippin' (http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=79)
-   -   the darth peach rides on .....and then some...... (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=386151)

the darth peach 09-17-2008 10:17 PM

the darth peach rides on .....and then some......
 
I've yet to find an explanation for why we all fell in love with the motorcycle.
For some it's an identity.
For some it's a means of transportation.
But for all, it is a source of joy and great contentment.
A chance, for those moments inside the helmet when nothing else matters, to think of nothing else but what lay ahead.....and sometimes, directly ahead............


With that, I invite you on my latest journey. Kind of an unplanned, head clearing one.
San Francisco to Hwy 1 up towards Eureka. to Petaluma (home for a few days to work) Up to N. Lake Tahoe over to Yosemite and Mammoth and home, solo over the Sonora Pass 108. (that was one of my favorite parts)

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...0_P4itN-XL.jpg



I'LL BE ADDING PICS AND STORIES REGULARLY TO THIS THREAD, AS I'M ALWAYS FINDING ANOTHER COOL ROAD TO RIDE ON!!!


So. Cal trip starts post #406 (page 28 for some)

7/25/2010 BRITISH COLUMBIA, HYDER-ALASKA, VANCOUVER ISLAND #7102 (page 474 for some)











It started with a small dinner set for ghostryder, aka Jay, who rode his 1200gs from Atlanta, Ga to Ca.
Just Sean, best known in some social circles as, well, 'Sean', got a few ADV riders together to welcome Jay.
His ride report http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=380898

As usual, I was late having come from HERE

(Got on 880 instead of 680) and ended up sitting all the way at the other end of the table from Jay. Didn't really get much of a chance to chat.



http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...2_z7hm3-XL.jpg




Close to the end of the meal I asked him where he was headed next....


http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...1_xHZCG-XL.jpg

'North' he replied.




Well, I live north so I offered to ride with him as far as my town or a little farther if need be. I tossed out the idea to stop in San Francisco first and see the city at night and cross over the Golden Gate bridge when the towers are lit up....
Jay, game.
As I quickly learn, is pretty much his MO.

Here we go.........The first portion of the pics are not so great.....bear with me......


http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...2_JL6e2-X2.jpg


At the top of Lombard saying 'hello' to everyone



http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...8_ZKoAL-X2.jpg



Must sacrifice the body for the art.
(you'll see plenty of this on the jaunt north and east......)
http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...6_NmEr6-X2.jpg
http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...9_CEAY6-X2.jpg






Of course had to show him Broadway.....
Kid in a candy store?



http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...4_7zmna-X2.jpg



Lets get out of here!!



http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...36_xbS4p-M.jpg



Heading north over the GGB.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...1_7zonC-XL.jpg

the darth peach 09-17-2008 10:37 PM

So Jay decides to grab a hotel in Petaluma and we agree to meet for breakfast in the AM. I take him out to Pt Reyes to eat at my beloved Pine Cone diner via the D st extention from Petaluma aka the Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd.

We stop at the Nicasio Resevoir for some pics...........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...2_u5mpH-XL.jpg




http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...53_krhao-L.jpg






The most interesting thing as I came to learn,
was to see all of this through someones eyes that hasn't seen it before.....

Up to the Tahoe part, a lot of the coast in the next series of pics is something I see almost every day.
I was inspired to look closely at the things I take for granted.even on a muggy day.......


Happy to have Wi-Fi and food...

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...55_aXQ9u-L.jpg


So at breakfast he asks how far north am I going to ride?
I shrugged my shoulders and said, Tomales, I guess......about 30 min north of here on 1.


Onward............

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...3_fpLnN-XL.jpg




Tomales Bay

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...98_L33mh-L.jpg




GENUINE EXCITEMENT !!
Very catchy........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...1_LigLm-XL.jpg











Heading north past Bodega Bay..

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...9_Cwnij-XL.jpg

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...52_hGN5S-L.jpg





Stopping to see if another rider needs help........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...33_eDucs-L.jpg





Turns out he's just another FF.....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...51_idqAP-L.jpg




Onward.........
Nobody is safe from the squish....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...48_GCy5Z-L.jpg





Jay coming around the bend.........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...0_G2xiR-XL.jpg

the darth peach 09-17-2008 10:44 PM

So by now as you can tell I pitched the idea of stopping at Tomales........
Still was unsure how far I was going to go..........
But was having fun, so.........................

Some harley riders from Colorado.....first time (day) seeing the pacific ocean........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...09_oqXpL-L.jpg



Le Tigre.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...62_xxxRD-L.jpg




Not Le Tigre

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...68_rdbYz-L.jpg

the darth peach 09-17-2008 10:57 PM

Day 2 on to the redwoods........
 
http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...7_ajXtR-XL.jpg





Ghostryder posing for the 'I was here' shot.....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...99_3eH5C-L.jpg




More sacrificing the body......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...10_Vm3bM-L.jpg
http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...44_xcVZ6-L.jpg





THe CHEESY 'must do' ride through the tree.......


http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...81_o6449-L.jpg




Ya, well, we're both guilty............

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...83_yNJK7-L.jpg






And this is where I had to split and go home and take care of business........


http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...79_uNtGc-L.jpg
http://ghostryder.smugmug.com/photos...73_ed9pF-L.jpg


GR continued on to the lost coast and then Tahoe where I met up with him and his buddies a few day later to ride to Yosemite.....

B-lining back down 101.
Better camera to follow.........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...86_iHWuQ-L.jpg

Klay 09-17-2008 11:14 PM

:lurk

the darth peach 09-17-2008 11:26 PM

On My Way To N. Lake Tahoe
 
I had been up working since 4am and it was now 6:30 pm. Still had about 90 minutes to go and needed a push.....
I had no idea how long it would take to really get there and when I asked the gas station attendant who's first language was not that of the english one, about how far was it to N LT he said 'yes, tahoe that way'.....
Figured I'd grab a snack.........
Dinner of champions.....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...66_wRaYE-L.jpg





This, a great dinner and 4 of the funniest guys you've ever met were waiting for me when I finally arrived........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...51_yg4b8-L.jpg





http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...66_EqND8-L.jpg





Tristan, my new best friend.........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...85_Lv9HD-L.jpg






Silent Greg, who is anything but..........:D

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...79_euBzV-L.jpg





Brian, always conducting business......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...57_5yKGQ-M.jpg






OK. So on to the next day.........
Nick, Jay and I decide to take a morning loop around the lake.........
It is breathtaking when you see how blue the water is....almost like the Carribean.............

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...0_bu467-XL.jpg




Another rider we met when we stopped..........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...09_Kco5V-L.jpg





The Bikes........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...77_cNpiR-L.jpg




The trio du jour

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...11_EWzVD-L.jpg




THE bike............

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...39_DTuen-L.jpg





Onward around the lake.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...05_3efT5-L.jpg


http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...51_vDeDi-L.jpg
http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...71_CJ9aG-L.jpg





Just before the back of his pants got wet...........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...51_tpjG4-L.jpg





Hate it when that happens!

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...17_GH8nf-L.jpg

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...30_op5Nw-L.jpg





The macro works on the new camera......the knees of my suit..........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...95_BW4Mr-L.jpg

the darth peach 09-18-2008 12:36 AM

The real day of departure.......
 
OK! 2 nights in Tahoe.....
sharing sleeping space with 4 men who all snore and make a series of other noises.....
IT'S TIME TO ROLL!!!!

Get up. We've got tracks to make..........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...37_QfZcC-L.jpg










Now officially on our way.........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...04_yExUY-L.jpg






Here's where it gets really good..........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...19_AwH7L-L.jpg








http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...42_k6TsQ-L.jpg










Blue skies.....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...15_9vGaD-L.jpg











http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...78_kjvNF-L.jpg












http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...30_HJFvG-L.jpg














http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...23_EeyDm-L.jpg













http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...33_qS8LM-L.jpg












Found this cool little spot to shed some layers.
It was getting warmer by the minute.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...05_Q7rYW-L.jpg













http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...07_3RvHQ-L.jpg











http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...27_SEFQB-L.jpg











http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...31_bFqrv-L.jpg















Above Mono lake...........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...11_ECpss-L.jpg













http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...08_h39AN-L.jpg












This fellow was from Switzerland....
'Renzo' was his name...
He took a few pictures for us and hung out when a stranded motorist came to us to ask for a cell phone.........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...76_Qn888-L.jpg








He took this one.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...21_iBQ6b-L.jpg










I had an extra ADV sticker in my bag soooooooooo..............

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...94_sbhCL-L.jpg












http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...03_A3iGk-L.jpg













Here's Ghostryder helping the stranded motorists....
2 flat tires and questionable whether AAA was going to show for a while..........
He had a compressor on the bike, but nothing was working on the tires........
Oh well, he gave it a go........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...24_x3hjN-L.jpg

















http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...83_WPAXt-L.jpg















Whew! Getting HOT now...........Let's go eat!!!
120/395 Mobil station.........here we come!!!:clap

ghostryder 09-18-2008 03:20 AM

:lurk

GB 09-18-2008 04:54 AM

Fabulous riding Darth Peach! :thumb

:lurk

jw18 09-18-2008 07:07 AM

Subscribed!

:lurk

AKDuc 09-18-2008 07:33 AM

Looks like a lot of fun!

Very nice.

Mark H.

the darth peach 09-18-2008 07:51 AM

Off to lunch..........
 
The lovely Mono Lake.......
(last pic before lunch.we were on a mission.......)

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...94_zRbuC-L.jpg











So we stop at the famed Mobil station on 120 before you head in to the park and the first thing we see is this guy.
All I can say is if you're going to commit, might as well go all the way......:lol3

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...34_X5vyh-L.jpg










This is by far, the most expensive ceasar salad I've ever had!!
Shy of the dressing not being made fresh in front of me, it was perfect, though.

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...97_rEErw-L.jpg














This little guy seemed to think so as well......
N/C for the extra protien .......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...57_KDtra-L.jpg



















The travel genious hard at work.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...75_SgrhD-L.jpg











This is where I made a phone call to figure out some cool routes, but managed to toss my notes with the dishes and promptly lost cell service.....

Big deal.........we're winging it anyway!!:clap

This is a side road we launched down off of 395...........




http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...32_kRMAj-L.jpg












http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...18_8AJFp-L.jpg













There.........ish..........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...30_xktyk-L.jpg










For the really good ones go here...... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7852650&postcount=66

One of several of the back of GR's bike..
But I kept at it because the scenery was so beautiful and he was in the way:lol3
Actually, it was a great pleasure to have such a cool person to travel with.
I usually ride solo a lot, so this was a new adventure indeed!!

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...31_4K5ns-L.jpg
















More beauty.....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...47_Vpeuq-L.jpg












http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...27_GgTZL-L.jpg











We stopped a lot for pictures!!
After a few days I could anticipate the stop, but usually it came when I was in 3rd gear and had just pulled my camera out and turned it on!:lol3
I got good at pulling the clutch in with my pinky while holding the camera!!
I just had to laugh..........

Everything was so picture worthy I wondered when I was going to run out of space on my card............

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...19_dAGfN-L.jpg












GR showing me some tricks.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...4_V5Vy9-XL.jpg










Taking 3 ...........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...33_3CED4-L.jpg











Around June Lake......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...92_oWzLs-L.jpg












Lots of these little flowers everywhere..........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...16_kE5H2-L.jpg

















Bye June Lake!.......short but scenic loop......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...42_bRvfr-L.jpg















OK, lets go in to the park and see what all the fuss is about....
Shall we??!!

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...98_zp5bJ-L.jpg

the darth peach 09-18-2008 08:18 AM

Tioga pass ca120
 
http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...40_5VHVf-L.jpg









http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...82_qBbPm-L.jpg


















This is where bigfoot lives.........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...66_Ws4gQ-L.jpg














NIce quiet little pond.....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...10_v74Fr-L.jpg
















Park residant....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...97_cMpux-L.jpg














And then we show up...........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...28_kGj87-L.jpg










Sometimes you just have to look up......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...98_gtVJK-L.jpg















Just as I, GR was constantly amazed at what we were seeing.......

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...62_nnf3w-L.jpg















Tuolome Meadows.. ..

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...90_rUVnN-L.jpg















http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...81_HC4gq-L.jpg















http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...7_7yFzG-XL.jpg




















Just mucking around in the water looking for more cool shots.........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...55_eVhAQ-L.jpg










At tenaya lake....

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...50_r2mEq-L.jpg









http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...34_yewEN-L.jpg







The bounty hunters finally caught up to GR!!:lol3

Nah..just giving these guys a route/hotel suggestion!

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...68_dYvwG-L.jpg
















It's that commitment thing again..........

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...02_A5jgj-L.jpg








I'll just stick to white OR black !!!!!

http://thedarthpeach.smugmug.com/pho...31_UfMo4-L.jpg

the darth peach 09-18-2008 08:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gadget Boy
Fabulous riding Darth Peach! :thumb

:lurk

Thanks! Guess where that sticker came from :evil !

Deadly99 09-18-2008 08:36 AM

Wow :sweeti Nice report!


Times are GMT -7.   It's 12:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014