Hello everyone! My name's Abhi - long time lurker but I've learned a ton from scouring these boards. Anyway, I though it was time to give back and share a ride of mine I recently took. Backstory: I live in LA and had to be in Seattle for work. My boss let me take a couple of days off beforehand so I could take the coast up, take care of the conference, then do an IBA Border to Border Insanity ride on the way back. Special thanks to Wayne, an ADV'er who helped me out when I was in a bind in Oregon, as well as Drake who gave me some advice over the phone when I was stuck. Thanks for reading! So, here we go: Got some work done before the trip, including a new set of tires. Anyone need an excellent BMW mechanic in Los Angeles? I highly recommend Valdi and David at Valdi's MotoZone in Carson. This is Katie, my 1988 BMW K75C - 113k miles or so at the start of this trip, I ended up adding just over 3,000 miles by the end of it. That's Baby Jack on the back. My first gas stop - breaking in a new tire the boring way - straight freeways out to Ventura. I always enjoy looking at cloud formations when on the bike. Every chance I get when I ride up north I try to stop by Casa de Fruta, an excellent fruit shop. I guess I'm used to it now because I didn't bother taking a picture of the store itself, just this water wheel around the back. I was more surprised by the fact that Recaro makes baby seats. Baby Jack made a friend before we left Casa de Fruta. Friend of mine recommended a restaurant (Cafe Brasil) for when I got to Santa Cruz. Unfortunately, by the time I got there it had already closed. This was actually a blessing in disguise - because I stumbled upon "burger." Unique burgers and 37 taps of the good stuff. The Luther. and the Phatty. Sadly, I didn't want to die because I fell asleep on the bike from a food coma, so I didn't have either of these. Though I did partake in a few local brews - one of my favorite parts of this trip was trying beers from the PNW that I'd never had before. Took the 17 up but it was a little too wet to truly enjoy it. Someone found that out the hard way. Stayed at a friend's place in Sacramento.