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Old 07-09-2011, 08:49 PM   #16
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Day 1, San Diego to King City

We left San Diego at 6:00am and headed north on I-5. Our plan for today was to put as much mileage behind us as we could. Los Angeles was Los Angeles, nuff said. Santa Barbara is beautiful; very lush. This picture is for my mother. I inherited my love of plants from her. I snapped it at a gas station believe it or not.


Mike had the camera in his tank bag, which gave him opportunity to play around a bit. A couple of shots while he was riding.






We rode by many miles of strawberry fields. The smell was divine.


We found Pappy's 101 diner near the strawberry fields so we decided to take a break and have some custard with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Yum.




We originally thought we would stop in Paso Robles for the night but we felt we had a few more miles in us so we pushed on. We made it to King City for a total of 409 miles. This is by far the most riding I have done in one day. There are no campgrounds around so we checked into a Days Inn. The woman at the front desk was very nice and told us we could park our bikes outside of our room in the pool area.


We settled in and Mike went for a quick dip.


Our room has a microwave so we picked up a frozen chicken-spinach-mushroom lasagna.


Mike also got himself one of these.


Some dinner and a good night sleep and then we will be off again.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:03 PM   #17
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Are you really returning on the 17th? During CARMAGEDDON???? WIth the 405 being closed EVERY road will be crawling for miles and miles.
Ahhhhhh....what a bummer. Looks like we'll have to add an extra day to the trip and come home Monday. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:56 PM   #18
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Looking forward to this report, we are moving to Ventura this fall and plans to ride the coast are a definate. Have a great ride!!!
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:39 AM   #19
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Looking forward to this report, we are moving to Ventura this fall and plans to ride the coast are a definate. Have a great ride!!!
Thanks UpST8. You'll have to come check out San Diego after you've moved.
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Day 2, King City to Lake Sonoma

After a breakfast of complimentary coffee and waffles at our motel we decided to take a look at Napa since I have never been there before. On the way to Napa I needed to take break and stretch a bit so we pulled off the highway at Pleasanton. Mike checked the GPS for parks and found one a short ways away. There was a cool looking dog at the park so I made friends with it. At first glance I thought the dog was an Akita mix; a second look had me wondering if it wasn't an Australian Cattle Dog mix. I've got 3 ACDs at home so I should have seen the ACD first. The dog appeared to be with a woman at the park but it turned out he was lost and she was trying to get a hold of him to check his tags. The owners were called and came and got their missing dog. Meet Colby; who turned out to be an Akita/Australian Cattle Dog mix.


On the way to Napa we found this cool overlook just after crossing Benicia Martinez Bridge.








Going to Napa was kind of a mistake. It was beautiful; no doubt about it; but it was also Sunday so it was swamped with people. We really wanted to get away from the crowds so not very many pictures from Napa.



 
After Napa we headed for Sonoma Lake. The road to Sonoma Lake was gorgeous. The campground we are staying at tonight is called Liberty Glenn. This place is great. It's only $10 a night. There's no water, no showers, no wi-fi and no people. Out of 90 odd campsites there's only about 10 in use. Apparently last night the place was full and quite loud. One of the benefits to camping during the week. Another benefit of weekday camping is that all the people from the weekend leave their unburnt wood behind so we get to have a nice fire without paying for firewood.

Here is our campsite.
 

Here is the view from our campsite.
 

A couple of lake photos.




One thing about Liberty Glenn is that it's pretty far away from civilization. We didn't realize this until we got here so no chance to go to a grocery store. Dinner tonight will consist of some cherries we picked up at a roadside stand, some leftover potato chips and a Mountain House freeze dried dinner we packed from home. No beer for Mike tonight; at least he packed his trusty flask filled with Crown Royal.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:57 PM   #21
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I hope you will have GREAT trip. We are leaving tomorrow and head for las Vegas and Gran canyon!! Cant wait to get back on the road!!
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:06 PM   #22
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I hope you will have GREAT trip. We are leaving tomorrow and head for las Vegas and Gran canyon!! Cant wait to get back on the road!!
We hope you guys have a great trip too. It's going to be HOT where you are going.
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yeah, the local news stations all have count down timers to Carmageddon on them. Its best to go inland. Say, take the 101 to the 58 (GREAT ROAD BTW) and somehow take the inland freeways into the back side of Sand diego. Lots of cool stuff there like small town of Julian east of SD.
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I live just south of Ventu......great place to ride as your have theOjai and the 33 to the east. Santa barbara to the north and malibu mtns to the south. Its bike mecca.
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Hey I know these two great people. You have really uped the riding & adventure. Congrats on this & all future rides. Be safe on your trip home.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:44 PM   #26
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Subscribed. Heading up to Oregon in Sept. Enjoy!
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Looking good guys! That 650 seems to fit you very well Zarah. I'm happy to see that Mike came prepared for the eventuality of not being able to find beer; he must have been a Boy Scout!
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:25 PM   #28
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yeah, the local news stations all have count down timers to Carmageddon on them. Its best to go inland. Say, take the 101 to the 58 (GREAT ROAD BTW) and somehow take the inland freeways into the back side of Sand diego. Lots of cool stuff there like small town of Julian east of SD.
I think we're good. We have decided to come home on Monday. We're both looking forward to having an extra day. Neither one of us wants to go east because of the heat. Julian is pretty nice. Mike and I actually live in Ramona which is about 20 minutes from julian.
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Hey I know these two great people. You have really uped the riding & adventure. Congrats on this & all future rides. Be safe on your trip home.
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Hey Tom Good to hear from you. Don't think you've seen the last of us; we'll be back in Prescott for our next vacation.
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Subscribed. Heading up to Oregon in Sept. Enjoy!
You will not be disapointed. This trip is far exceeding my expectations.
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