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Old 07-10-2012, 03:51 PM   #16
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Heading to Alaska tomorrow.
Along the way, I am going to visit friends and family, make new friends, hike, kayak, go wine tasting and keep an open mind and open eye for adventure
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:00 PM   #17
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our hotel

It is amazing how much stuff you can carry on a motorcycle

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Old 07-11-2012, 12:29 AM   #18
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:19 AM   #19
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Small world....my friend (the CHP) said he just talked to you when you were gassing up in Earlimart California......he passed on your advice...thanks. I'll be following your trip......from visaliaADV (the other CHP)
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #20
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:27 AM   #21
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Glad you could stop by for some Margaritas last night. It was really cool hearing about your upcoming trip and Wnking at dudes for Carly. The offer for a place to sleep and some more Margi's stands for your return trip. Have fun brother!
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:04 PM   #22
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Heading up to the Arctic Ocean

Setting out



At 100+ degrees, I stop to cool off for a swim in Lake Isabella



My camp spot on the first night in the Sequoia Nat'l Forest



My view from my camp

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:10 PM   #23
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Day 2

Hiking in the land of giants



Stopping in Pacifica for some tasty margaritas with fellow adventure rider Charley Walter



Dinner at 231 Ellsworth in San Mateo and some 1991 Gran Riserva Rioja with fellow Baja racer Chris Templin and his GF

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #24
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Day 3

Hiking in Pt Reyes along the cold Pacific Ocean



Alamere Falls dropping 100 feet on to the beach



another shot



Went hiking with my buddy and fellow adventure rider Aaron Meyer

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Old 07-14-2012, 09:28 PM   #25
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nice work

Hey Ed,
it's Wayne. Kevins bud.
Nice work on the trip.
You sure look cool.
Where's 'barbie'?

I here your up to Alaska soon. Who knows maybe hook up with you on the way thru Ferine with kev.

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Old 07-15-2012, 11:21 AM   #26
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First day story

I pick the hottest day of the year to leave for my trip to Alaska. It was 112 degrees going thru Antelope Valley. But my Rev'it Defender suit did an excellent job getting me thru it. I used to swear by my Aerostitch Roadcrafter suit. I still like the Stitch but it does not vent well at anything over 90 degrees.
So far on a 10,000+ mile ride, things are NOT going as planned and I am loving it!!!!
I wanted to swim and camp at California Hot Springs but when I rolled up..........it was closed!!!! The sign said it was open every day but THURSDAY!!!! Well I never! So my search for some where else to camp and more importantly, some beers to pour down my dehydrated throat led me to Pine Flat but the little store closed at 5 pm and I was an hour late. So I high tailed it to Ponderosa about 20 miles up a twisty road in search of beer. I pulled up just as the girl was locking the doors for the evening. Well she must have seen it in my eyes how bad I wanted a beer or three so she opened the doors back up and I got my 3 Micro-brews and she practically gave them to me because the cash registers were shut off. Things were looking up. I made my way about 5 miles down a dirt road to find an amazing spot with a view of the Pinnacles to set up camp for the night. Sadly, one of my beers broke open bouncing down the dirt road and soaked the clothes in my saddle bag. But I still had 2 tasty cold beers left so not all was lost.
So right now, I am in my tent, listening to some music on my i pod player, I have my laptop out and I am down loading the videos I took to today.
So far, not a perfect start but if every thing went perfect, my trip would be boring!
Tomorrow, wine tasting in Santa Lucia Highlands!
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:35 AM   #27
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Days 2 thru 5

After riding thru 100+ degree heat, it was nice to hit the coast. It was in the 70's while I was wine tasting in Santa Lucia. I visited 3 wineries and then heading up to Pacifica for some Margaritas with my buddy Charley and the wine and dinner that night in San Mateo with my buddy Chris.

Friday, I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge sporting a hang over from all the good wine and margaritas and went for a hike with Aaron at Pt Reyes. After the hike we road our bikes up the coast on some of the best roads in the world. I took a lot of video and I need to figure out how to post video.

That night, I camped along the Russian River and the next morning went in search of a new rear tire for my machine. I found a K60 Scout at Santa Rosa BMW. I broke out my tools to see if I could remove the wheel myself in the parking lot but realized that I couldn't do it with the tools I was carrying. The cool part, a mechanic watched me struggle with the tire and came out and handed me a snap on tool to get the job done. I thought that was really cool. So if you need something for your BMW or Triumph, stop on by. Plus the tire was a reasonable cost and they mounted my tire and had me back on the road right away!!!

Later that day, I hit a couple of more wineries in Dry Creek Valley including Nalle (one of the best Zin's around).

Right now I am in Mendocino in Jim's brother's house along the coast. It is definately a few steps above my tent. I will post some pictures later. I will look forward to hearing from you
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:28 PM   #28
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:01 PM   #29
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heading North

My view this morning from bed in Mendocino.......not missing the tent



Wine tasting in Dry Creek Valley



Old Zinfandel vines in Dry Creek



This picture reminds me of some of the girls that I have dated

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Old 07-15-2012, 11:48 PM   #30
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