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Old 12-14-2009, 05:29 AM   #76
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Sweet Report

I like your style, dude!

Keep it up.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:33 AM   #77
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good read. Too bad for Jordan. Live to fight another day.

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:20 AM   #78
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October 3rd

Justin and I get cheap hair cuts in LA. Somewhere after entering California I lost my tic-tac-toe silk scarf and am heartbroken. We pack up the bikes in a hurry, the first time for Justin. Luckily he inherited the pack Gord left behind; a good bag and blow up sleeping pad, neither of which he had. I was a little leary of his roughing it outlook, only because I had a killer rash, jock itch and a blistered spot on my face from a horrendous sun burn I got on my nose somewhere back in Oklahoma. I don't know how much more roughing it my frail body could handle!

Justy's bike is the '05 Triumph Bonneville Black.




Glendale to our backs, we get on the 101 at 5 p.m. Well shit. How did we leave this late in the day? A runaway hubcap almost kills me. We stop to stretch in Santa Barbara and walk through the crowds of wealthy, horny 30-somethings. At a grocery store Justin tries to talk me into me into shoplifting some fire wood. I'm too far from home for that kind of karma. Or at least any more than I've already built up in my short life.

Refugio State Beach offers ocean front camping and we're cold. Short day, but a good start. The campground is full but we ride through anyways, just hoping. We're flagged down at the group site by good folks who offer to let us camp on the outskirts of their site. Justin marvels. We agree; karma. After pitching the tent I shut up long enough to hear the ocean pummeling the beach and realize we're right on the water. I sit in the sand for a while under a full moon and am glad I came on this adventure.



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Old 12-17-2009, 05:20 AM   #79
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Fantastic! You've taken me back 30 years to my 1978 Honda 750F and all my new friends I still call my best to this day. One of them was on a new CX500 when we met on the road. Similar sneakers, helmet and jacket.

I really appreciate your efforts here. Thanks.
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:16 AM   #80
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I'm working on a 1984 CB650 right now and your write up has me totally stoked to get it on the road. Some fuel petcock and fork seal fixing and she'll be ready. Excellent write up!
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:20 PM   #81
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Refugio Beach gets windy at night. I thought the tent was going to blow away with us inside it. Rolling up my pack was a nightmare. The folks that invited us to camp fed us breakfast burritos and orange juice. I wish I could remember their names. As thanks we gave them the fire wood and set off for Pismo Beach.






We hit our first wineries moving up the 1. Justin was stoked. Me, not so much. I don't drink wine because it tastes like blood. And it smells like my grandma's sloppy kisses.



In Pismo we parked and walked half way out the pier. Pismo is really nice when the beaches aren't full. As a kid I spent a lot of time out in the water boogie boarding here. This was all before I saw 'Jaws' of course.





Note to self: don't cheap out on future hair cuts.



I lived in Atascadero for a few years and Morro Bay is probably my all time favorite place to visit. I have a picture of myself in front of "The Rock", an extinct valcano, at just about every age. Justin and I even came here together on a trip with my mom in our pre-teen years before Justy had the height on me. No taffy this time, there was a street fair clogging up the works.






























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Old 12-19-2009, 05:02 PM   #82
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Love great writing and great pics. Enjoy
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Old 12-19-2009, 05:51 PM   #83
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Good style, guys. Way to keep it real.
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:54 PM   #84
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Hell yeah! makes me wish I'd a taken a trip on my CB200. Wait...I still can...summer plans - thanks for the inspiration.
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:59 PM   #85
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Very fine touch on the prose -

Nicely done. My first bike was a brown and black Honda 550 four cylinder - your pictures bring back memories.

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Old 12-20-2009, 07:26 AM   #86
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Wicked Tremendous!

Keep the RR coming. You are a gutsy guy. I like reading about the trouble you find.
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:42 AM   #87
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Dig your style. Ride on.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:44 PM   #88
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Sweet RR so far.
can't wait for more.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:47 PM   #89
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We made our way down the embarcadero and stopped in the Shell Shop. Justin picked the brains of some natives and got a line on a great little Mexican restaurant just off the strip. We ate cheap burritos and I called my aunt & uncle in Atascadero. I let them know I was in town with a friend and we were hoping for at least a lumpy mattress to sleep on. The ride over on Morro Rd. is a twisty one with the narrow asphalt flanked by a steep ravine and avocado orchards.







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Old 01-04-2010, 04:55 PM   #90
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In the morning we are alone, the house empty. My aunt & uncle had gone about thier busy lives and we roam around the house. Any food we source here is an Ensure we don't have to drink for breakfast. My filthy jeans toss in the dryer. I lock my helmet inside and Justin is all too eager to break in and get it for me. The day begins beautifully and we're nothing but eager.


The road back to the coast cuts through the golden, scorched hills high above Morro Bay and Cayucos. Hearst Castle lingers over San Simeon and is really representative of this region - spectacular, gaudy and somewhat insane. The PCH hugs the shore tightly and the pace becomes jerky as we trace the edge of the sea.





































The world famous Bixby Bridge







In Carmel I called home to let my folks know I was now a man. We headed north for Monterey and made quick work of it, as we had spent most the day zig-zagging up the sheer face of the Pacific. We were still convinced we could make it to San Francisco before dark.


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