Guatemala to Alaska and Back

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  1. GuateRider

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    OK, about time to upload a few more pics . Last Thursaday I went to San Francisco with my personal tourguide Doug:clap:clap:clap to pick up Luisa from the airport .
    We went into the city early , so that Doug could give me a great tour of the city before heading out to the airport .



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    It was really great to see all this out of a truck, driven by a local who knew his way around. I could have never seen all this in such a short time by myself on the bike !!! Thanks Doug :clap
    You got to be familiar with the local traffic and the local way of putting up traffic signs :D:D:D


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  2. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    Looks like you saw San Fran much like many of my trips. Get in...see ass much as possible in a day... then get out:D:D
  3. GuateRider

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    Exactly ; and today I will do it again, I have to go back in the city to sign some documents at the Italian Consulate.
    But today it will be without my designated driver and tour guide, Doug :eek1:eek1:eek1
  4. GuateRider

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    One of the many fun things we have done this last week, was kayaking on one of the local rivers. Doug dropped us off at one point and waited then down river for us . It was really nice, and unlike as at the river floating in Alaska, this time I managed not to break anything and to stay out of the bushes :D:D:D



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  5. odavid57

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    Hey Guys... I absolutely loved SF. Did you go to the Warf? The china gardens... Enjoy, where are you off to next??

    keep on truckin
  6. GuateRider

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    Yes we did go to the warf,Chinatown, Coit tower....it's a nice city . But still a city and a country boy like myself has always a hard time feeling comfortable in a big city for more then a few hours, no matter how nice the city is
    Tomorrow we start heading out to the coast and then slowly down south, Big Sur , wine tasting in Paso Robles, maybe Sequoia...we don't know exactly, the road will lead and surprise us :D
  7. Hewby

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    You are right about that Deb , but I have been all over the northern mountains already ; there are still lots of nice places to see there, but still...I've never been in Baja.
    I've been many times to Oaxaca and we always rent the same efficiency apartment there(home cooking:evil:evil) If you are interested I can send you the link
    Ride safe[/QUOTE]

    Thanks Julio, send me the link just for interest, but currently in a homestay while at Spanish school in Oaxaca. Not so much home cooking sadly, but interesting and lovely woman none the less. Fantastic to get more of a grip on the language. Enjoy the ride.
  8. GuateRider

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    Our friends , Doug and Janet had one of their annual events with their LT motorcycle club . They came together from all over California,Oregon and Washington for a lunch (BBQ oysters) in Marshall and then they went on for a dinner in Fort Bragg. We got invited and decided to come along for the lunch and then we would go our own way, doing what we like best :Riding less and seeing more.

    So we took of from Lodi, a relaxing ride without GPS or map watching, just following the other bike :clap



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    Just outside of Napa we stopped at a pumpkin festival ; Luisa was surprised by all the different kind of pumpkins and I was surprised once again , by the north american ability to turn almost everything into an event or festival. It's always more about the marketing then product itself



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    From there we took a small backroad out to the coast and our final destination, the oyster place where already some 20 bikes from all over the state were waiting



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    My adventure bike most have felt kind of lonely with all these shining high tech riding machines:D



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  9. GuateRider

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    Thanks Julio, send me the link just for interest, but currently in a homestay while at Spanish school in Oaxaca. Not so much home cooking sadly, but interesting and lovely woman none the less. Fantastic to get more of a grip on the language. Enjoy the ride.[/QUOTE]



    here it goes,ride safe.

    http://www.oaxaca-apartments.com/
  10. GuateRider

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    After checking out so many wineries in Lodi , obviously we also had to go to Napa Valley . Nice scenery but so overcrowded.... It was interesting seeing the places where the wines that I have been drinking for so many years are being made
    I liked Sonoma much better then Napa, nice town square, nice little cafes where people are having sparkling wine before lunch...that's the way I like it :freaky
    The centrally located main square gives the town a Latino touch...Mexico is close :clap:clap:clap



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  11. Smithee

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    I lived in SF for a year in the 70s. It's a fun city, but I surely wouldn't want to live there again.

    Looks like you hit a lot of the high points. Good that you were not on the bike for your tour.

    Where are you headed next?
  12. crashmaster

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    Hey, can you bring me a bottle of Cakebread Cellars Cabernet? :lol3 Just kidding of course. I also like Clos Pegase and Martinelli Pinots. :D
  13. GuateRider

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    Out to San Jose and then down the coast




    It's always good to have good friends with good taste :D:freaky
  14. GuateRider

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    Golden Gate┬ůsomething I have been looking forward to seefor a long time, and now I saw it . As usually we were really lucky with the weather (Matiosh Pacha Mama) : Blue sky and sunshine.
    It was a busy weekend at Golden Gate , thousands of people came out to observe the acrobatic air stunts from Fleet Week and also the boats from the Americas Cup.
    Anyway , once we got down to Sausalito and on to Golden Gate we managed to get a parking spot up on the hill with an incredible view of the bridge and the bay




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    After spending some time up in the hill and enjoying the view, the moment to ride over the bridge(and back) arrived



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  15. Cal

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    Nice fotos Julio! I am still following along with you. south of S.F. is Butano State park it has great walk in camping spots and is off the main road enough to be not very busy, and you camp under large Redwoods!!
    In Big Sur there is a small hotel cafe that serves the best breakfast on highway 1,can not remember the name but it is on the east side of the road when you first enter from the north. Chorizo omlette with homemade red sauce...
  16. GuateRider

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    Hola Cal, good to hear from you and to know that you are still riding along .
    You know how much I worship good chorizo...just telling me that there is some out there somewhere is kind of cruel:cry:cry:cry
    saludos ,
    Julio
  17. GuateRider

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    An other excursion that we made this week with Doug, was out to see the place where gold was found for the first time in California. We took a lot of great back roads, stopped in several small towns ┬ů we had a great day with our tour guide



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    And we also went on the shortest highway in California, less then 1 mile long


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  18. GuateRider

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    Last night was our last night here at the holckster residence . It's been 2 weeks since I got here the first time and time seems to have flown by. Doug and Janet are incredible hosts and made as feel at home . Thank you both so much for your hospitality, for all you have done . And Doug , thanks so much for volunteering as designated driver on all our wine tasting tours :freaky , for driving me all the way to San Francisco to pick up Luisa, for printing all these detailled maps, for....
    We really hope that you guys come down south soon so that we can get a chance to return the favors.
    Once again I must say, that the best part of our journey was meeting all these wonderful people and making so many new friends . MUCHAS GRACIAS !!!!!!!

    Janet prepared one of her delicious meals for our last dinner :clap:clap:clap



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    She is always busy , even when she is cooking :D



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    And here is Doug in his favorite position :D



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    ADIOS MIS AMIGOS Y HASTA LA PROXIMA !!
  19. holckster

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    Thanks for allowing us to be part of your Adventure and letting us show you our small spot on this planet.
    Truly enjoyed your visit here and the wonderful conversations along with the food YOU prepared & wines YOU selected.

    We wish you good weather and safe travels till we meet again.
  20. GuateRider

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    We really enjoyed the time with you guys :freaky
    The route that you suggested to San Jose was great, even if I got lost once and ended up in Modesto:D
    But then the small road with a million turns and twists up to the observatory and the down to San Jose was wonderful:clap:clap:clap