Hello.. My name is Alex and I live in Santa Cruz. I contacted Matthias last week when I read his post here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=895933 He has been staying with me and my family since last Friday. He rode into town with a few issues on the GS .. cracked frame and a broken rear shock mount. A few phone calls on Saturday we had the frame repaired and later found a M10 bolt at ACE hardware to replace the bolt. Oh and his rear shock is toast too! On Sunday we spent the day at the Motto gp ( a first for both of us). Anyway ....he is still looking for a place to stay in SF. If you know someone who can put him up a night or two send an email or post up here. SFMC John has been in contact and it's looking good for Thursday but he has not had much luck for tonight. He does not have a phone (been on the road 17 months). He has been excited by the help and support found on this site!We have enjoyed his company and look forward to hearing more from the road! We will be having breakfast in Davenport and then riding up hwy one. I will see him off in Half Moon Bay....Thanks... Alex ps...don't fear the beard! A real sweetheart!