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Old 06-22-2012, 09:50 AM   #16
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Great RR. Careful, it's addicting. You'll be itching to do another almost immediately. I guess if I had those bikes, I'd be wanting to venture the more obscure off the beaten path roads except I guess with that range, it's a tough combo (gas/desolation). Really sounds like fun though. Living in CA myself, I recognize many of the stops.

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There were tons of opportunities to get off the pavement, just not the time to take them. I had a hard time turning around to head home.


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great report! Surprised we didnt see you on the road. Me and another guy made the reverse trip about that same time.

I was saluting every potential ADV rider we passed. I forgot to explain that tradition to Mike before hand.

Glad you folks enjoy it so far.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:40 AM   #17
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Day-5. May 30

Sadly this is turnaround day. Will be the longest one so far, so despite being so close, swinging up to Oregon just so we can say we did is out. The rest of the trip is going to be inland, so heading to the coast while we can.

No idea how we fit all this stuff on the bikes. I love my Big Agnes pad.



Cool Steller's Jay sending us on our way.



One of many Paul Bunyans seen, but this is the biggest by far. Winks and waves too.



Giving Babe a helping hand.



An all too frequent requirement. A larger tank is on the list just after I figure out how to attach a lazy boy for a seat.



The bikes ended up liking this 87 better than the last time. No issues running it, but didn't come with the noticeable drop in mpg.



I forget what town this is. Food was OK, but a bit strange to order. I was going back up for some artichoke side dish that looked good in the deli case. Only girl working there took my 'order' for a small cup. She wrote it down on her pad, walked 10 feet to the register and asked if this is my ticket. After paying she said she will call me up. The second I sit down she calls my name, and re-checks my order and makes sure I paid. Some how I think there are a few steps that could of been skipped.



Looking out from our table if it looks familiar to anyone.



This is one of the few pictures we got of this section of road as it was just too good to stop. By far the best road I have ever ridden on. Scenery, elevation changes, great corner variations, and despite a bit of gravel, in very good condition. This section of the Coast Highway needs to be on everyone's bucket list.





Spits you out on the coast after a noticeable temperature drop. The couple on the BMW in the background took our picture said it was 17 degree change according to his bike.





The road continues to be amazing and the views rival Big Sur.







There were a few otter swimming around in this harbor. Watched them for a few, but couldn't get a good picture.




Nice view from an 80's style resort. Parking lot was full, but did not see a single person.




The plan was to cut in sooner as we are staying in American Canyon. Between a gold malibu refusing to yield, and more amazing roads distracting us, we stuck to the coast. Not a bad thing at all. It seemed each time we stopped it passed us again. We managed to make a quick stop and stay ahead of it. In one particular twisty section, we looked back from the point we were on to the last one a mile or so away. They had a caravan stretching beyond where we could see, to include a construction truck with a trailer trying to go faster than the malibu was willing to go. This was impressive feat on a nearly desolate road.

We were trying to get a photograph of the many cows we passed, but they ran away each time we came to a stop. I do not know why, but the idea of calling them yelling 'Here cow, cow, cow!' worked like magic. They did not want the grass I offered.



Finally ended up cutting in at the 116. To our surprise this put us through the infamous Russian River Valley.



Some very prestigious vineyards here, but this is one more people will recognize.



Goes on for miles.



Italian place with good food. Prices were reasonable despite our waiter leaving the next day for a month in Hawaii.



Specials.



I went with the lasagna



Mike with the Osso Bucco



I sense a trend



They have laundry here too. The tide travel sink packets are nice to have.



I know I keep saying it, but you NEED to experience that drive. We were debating what else we would take up there. While we decided coming back with something simple like the Veyron Grand Sport or Carrera GT. It would still be amazing if you went on a Segway.

395 miles today. Yosemite tomorrow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:13 PM   #18
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:28 PM   #19
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Day-5. May 30

Sadly this is turnaround day. Will be the longest one so far, so despite being so close, swinging up to Oregon just so we can say we did is out. The rest of the trip is going to be inland, so heading to the coast while we can.

This is one of the few pictures we got of this section of road as it was just too good to stop. By far the best road I have ever ridden on. Scenery, elevation changes, great corner variations, and despite a bit of gravel, in very good condition. This section of the Coast Highway needs to be on everyone's bucket list.




Spits you out on the coast after a noticeable temperature drop. The couple on the BMW in the background took our picture said it was 17 degree change according to his bike.




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yep, remember that spot! That was a great run down from the Chandalier Tree!

This is the view from over there by the trees in your pic

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Old 06-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #20
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Day-6. May 31

It is starting to get warm. The coast was keeping below 75 for most of the trip. Some morning/evenings were in the 50s and I was glad to of packed some of my government issued gear. We had all of our liners out and vents open today.







Hard to capture how BIG the views are here.



Yosemite! The wife still being active duty ended up getting me a free pass to all national parks to include a guest traveling with me. Free is nice.



Looking back at the entrance.



91* and snow





Easy to see where the glaciers were



Seems like I should remember the name of this rock. More horsepower dance.



Love having a FI bikes. Seamless from performance through the more than 9000' elevation change from yesterday.



Dog Lake trail. Just don't take your dog.



As we pulled up to one of the visitor centers they put up cleaning signs for the bathrooms. This was the next closest one in any reasonable distance. I should of waited.



Four legged things.



Leaving the park.



Found some more snow we couldn't pass up. It makes sense why many of the paths were just opening.





Mono Lake. Middle of nowhere and full cell reception helped us find a place to stay for the night. Parking lot is an extension of a diner and gas station.



Mammoth Lakes campgrounds.



Neighbors for the night.



Tent is up. Time to grab some grub.



Downtown Mammoth.



Cheers




270 Miles. Getting an early start tomorrow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:56 PM   #21
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very nice, well done.

reminds me of the good times.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:16 AM   #22
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great pics, make me miss south cal so much!
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:25 PM   #23
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Day-7 June 1

So, today marks one week on the road and is our last serious day. It was hot enough for us to forget to take many pictures. It is never good when opening your vents is hotter than having them closed. It is the kind of heat that kicks you in the face and was giving me flashbacks of 120+ in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Range of Light : Sculpted by Ice (according to the sign)





Drank 6l of water and Gatorade today.



Time for gas thanks to a local casino





Sign says it all.





Around the bend the iron deposits are supposed to be more intense, but we did not feel up to hiking in these boots. This are is closed to bikes, but the rest of the highway was littered with trails going off on both sides. Made us wish we had tires capable of dealing with the sand.



Not much to show for 305 miles. Ended the day back at our first stop in L.A.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #24
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A little mix up in scheduling and I have to pick this guy up earlier than expected.



Got in another small breakfast today. We had a lot of excellent food this trip, but tended to be too busy to eat it to take pictures. I now understand the fuss over chicken and waffles. Must try dish.



End up hitting another car show with Mike's father before heading out, this time intentionally. If we had more time it would of been a round of golf at their club, which is fine with me. I love all sports, just have never taken the time to play before. It would of been interesting for sure.

So the L.A.P.D. were hosting this charity show and brought out all of their toys.



Nice Charger



This is not only street legal, but they drive it regularly.



Don't see the real ones too often.



Turn that frown upside down Mr.



Prelude to the Ford GT.



L.A.P.D. got some new huskies.



Super clean HD service bike.



Rest stop off the coast from Camp Pendleton.



After eight days and 2200 miles we are finally back!



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Old 06-23-2012, 08:49 PM   #25
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Overall impressions.

The trip was amazing. The bikes were flawless. I need an excuse to do it again!

The only negatives as far as the bikes go is the lack of wind buffering and the brick of a seat. The first two days going up the coast we were getting blasted by 40mph wind gust. Not sure how much a windscreen would help with this, but it was difficult staying on the road, and some lower back pain I could of done without. Currently looking for a replacement seat with the closest resemblance to a La-Z-Boy.

The next trip will be less street oriented for sure. It was nice mixing in hotel stops with camping, but the next trip will be less structured as well.

Thanks for reading along. Feel free to ask any questions about our gear, bike equipment, or locations we visited.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #26
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Currently looking for a replacement seat with the closest resemblance to a La-Z-Boy.
try this?... http://cycle-analyst.com/sweetcheeks.htm
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great report! there is a ton of stuff to see in Calif. which part did you like the best?
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:28 PM   #29
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great report! there is a ton of stuff to see in Calif. which part did you like the best?
The northern most bits were my favorite, day 4 and 5. Enough so I might have to relocate. It is hard to put into perspective even with photographs. Big Sur for example. Everyone has seen the postcards, but being there makes them look like a crayon drawing in comparison. Mike said it best that nothing in Hawaii compares because you are actually in the scenery, not just something that requires a helicopter to see.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:15 AM   #30
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The northern most bits were my favorite, day 4 and 5. Enough so I might have to relocate. It is hard to put into perspective even with photographs. Big Sur for example. Everyone has seen the postcards, but being there makes them look like a crayon drawing in comparison. Mike said it best that nothing in Hawaii compares because you are actually in the scenery, not just something that requires a helicopter to see.
Loved the ride report. We recently moved to the Bay Area from Miami, FL for the reasons you state here above. Being able to ride around here for short weekend trips is awesome. I was actually at the computer now planning a trip we're doing in late August. We're going from here to Victoria, Canada and back. The first leg will be all the way up the coast from here to Cannon Beach, OR (haystack rock), then through Seattle to Victoria. The route back is still somewhat in question, but it looks like we'll go in the direction of Spokane and work our way back down.
Anyway, thanks for posting. Hopefully our trip will be as good as yours.
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