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Retired and Riding South West US Tour

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by danisOTR, May 13, 2021.

  1. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    6/8/2021 Tuesday Riverside to San Luis Obispo, CA

    Today was our escape from the LA area. We left around 8:30 and headed west towards Santa Barbara. Traffic was heavy but was moving. When it was slow we were able to move to the commuter lane which was almost always moving. It was stressful as we are not used to riding in heavy traffic.

    After a couple of hours and before we got to Santa Barbara we pulled off to have breakfast. Mistake was that it was too close Hollywood. The place was busy and the prices were higher than we are used to for breakfast. Where was the Denny’s?

    We rode a while longer before we stopped for fuel. $5.00 per gallon for premium. What?

    We stayed on 101 headed towards San Luis Obispo. I had mapped to go through Lompoc which added some miles. The road was excellent and the traffic was much less. We rolled through acres of berry and other farms that were in full production with lots of pickers in the fields.
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    After this detour we rolled into San Luis Obispo at four. We checked into the Sunbeam Motel. Nice place, reasonably priced and a short walk to downtown.

    We walked to a local restaurant for a light meal. I ordered clam chowder in a bread bowl. It was excellent.
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    Afterwards we strolled back up to the motel where we settled in for the night.



    Miles

    277

    Avg Moving Speed

    50

    Max Speed

    75

    Max Elevation

    1053

    Moving Time

    5:38

    Total Time

    9:18
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  2. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    6/9/2021 Wednesday San Luis Obispo to Monterey, CA

    PCH today. Something we’d been looking forward to. After a walk to SLO downtown to see one of the SLO sites. Bubblegum Alley. An alleyway known for people putting chewed gum on the brick walls. It stretches 50 feet or so and the walls on either side are covered with, in my opinion ick.
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    Back at the hotel we finished our pack and hit the road heading on Highway 1. First stop was Morro Bay. We wanted to see the Morro Rock which is a “volcanic plug”. Yup it was a rock. It was cool to see and worth the stop. But it was just a rock.
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    After fueling started north on 1. Shortly it went to a two lane highway and got curvy. There were frequent pull outs and wonderful views of the ocean. It was hard to concentrate on the road while frequently glancing left to take in the view.

    Elephant Seal Vista Point was our next stop. The place busy but parking was not an issue. The wind was blowing heavily and we were glad to have left our riding gear and helmets on.

    The seals were a hoot to watch. The juvenile adults were sparing with each other. The female were stretched out on the sand whipping sand on top of themselves while sunning. The adult males kept watch on their harems making sure no young upstart got any ideas.
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    It was back on the bikes taking in the road as we moved north. The road was amazing. Most of roadway just hung on the side of the slopes that reached up several hundreds of feet. There were numerous signs warning of rock slides. Heavy metal fencing was evident in some areas used as protection against rocks getting to and damaging the road. Patches in the road were numerous indicating previous slides that had damaged or destroyed the road.

    There were numerous road construction signs. In one case it turned out not to be construction but a motorcycle commercial being filmed. I think it was for KTM.
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    It was cool to cold most of the last hour of travel. The road would climb hundreds of feet and then descend. Also, the wind was heavy coming off the ocean. Oddly it hit us from both sides. Once from the ocean and then from the cliffs we were riding against.
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    Somewhere along the last 45 minutes we saw Point Sur with its’ lighthouse which juts out into the ocean. It sits proud of the waves by 361 feet. The lighthouse is still in operation but the support housing is no longer occupied.
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    A short while later we rolled through Monterrey and made our way to our hotel The Seaside Inn on the far side of the city. Another reasonably priced and large room.


    We settled in and ended up walking to a nearby Mexican Restaurant for an early meal after which we settled in for the evening.



    Miles

    141

    Avg Moving Speed

    36

    Max Speed

    65

    Max Elevation

    929

    Moving Time

    3:51

    Total Time

    5:54
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  3. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    6/10/2021 Thursday Monterey, CA

    No real riding today. We went over to Cannery Row and then to Fisherman’s Wharf. What makes Monterey different from other tourist sites? The t-shirts say Monterey. Same stuff different location. Oh, there is the ocean, which we both love. That made putting up with the tourist crap worth it.

    We tried to do 17 Mile Drive. Sorry, no motorcycles allowed. Thanks Loud Piped People.

    We spent 90 minutes walking around Cannery Row. We had been there 22 year ago. We went into one of the same buildings we had back then. It was completely different with other shops and another layout but it was the same building.
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    At Fisherman’s Wharf we did not bother going into the junk stores. We did find a nice seafood restaurant. We ended up with a table by a window overlooking the water. Wine was 25% off if you ordered a bottle which we did. We ordered a seafood with linguini with cream sauce. Both were excellent.

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    After our meal we splurged and had a crem brule which was also excellent. We are poor at capturing food porn pictures so, sorry.


    On our way back to the bike we noticed a stand near the parking lot where they were selling Alpaca sweaters. I love wool and were merino wool all the time. However, Alpaca is supposed to be warmer and softer than merino. We blew our clothes budget for 6 months on what we bought. We needed some good replacement pieces and these will fit the bill nicely.


    Back at the hotel I worked on the blog and mapped our route for tomorrows ride up to Granite Bay, CA.

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  4. KC10Chief

    KC10Chief Been here awhile Supporter

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    Fantastic ride report! Are you guys from Vermont? I see Vermont decals on your bikes. We have been in Burlington for a week now. Fantastic place! We are moving east today though.
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  5. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Yes we are from VT. We left a year and a half ago to travel full time. But we still call it home and will be there to visit our kids and friends for the month of August
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  6. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Sorry for no recent updates. We’ve been hanging with Patti’s childhood friends and friends of ours when we lived in the Bay Area from 95-2000.

    Back on the road tomorrow heading up route 1 to Fort Bragg. From there to meet, in person Jimsbmw and his wife Carol in Redding,CA

    From there a 4 day ride to the BMWMOA Rally in Great Falls, Montana.

    PM us if you are going to be there and want to meet up.

    Pic from Alameda, CA where we used to live.

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    Front of what used be be the restaurant we owned in Alameda 1997-1998.

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  7. ryder1

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    Be careful out there. The news is reporting that it is hot in the desert.
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