Friday, July 4, 2008

Day Three to Bodega bay

After dragging myself out of bed my wife took pictures of the sea front part of the hotel, and we got ready to go to Bodega Bay north of San Francisco.

We continued on route 1 and then took route 9 to San Jose. It was a great road for bikes and while filling up with fuel we met another biker who was riding a 20th Anniversary GL-1500 named John who is a retired police officer and rides his bike every day and only missed three days this year not riding.

The fuel pumps here have both unleaded fuel as well as diesel on the same pump, so after I paid for the fuel I pressed on the 91 octane button and nothing came out of the nozzle.

Then I realized that I had picked up the diesel nozzle instead of the unleaded nozzle, luckily no diesel went in to the tank and I used the right nozzle avoiding cutting the trip short.

We reached San Jose to visit the Winchester Mystery House and had lunch then continued to San Francisco and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, then got back on route 1 along the coast for three hours until we reached Bodega Bay.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Day Two to Montorey

Due to the recent forest fires that have spread around Big Sur we could not continue on route 1 and were forced to take the US-101 to Monterey.

The fires were started by a lightning storm that passed through the central and northern California with no rain lighting fires along the way. We went back 5 miles and took route 46 to reach US-101.

Instead of continuing on the US-101 we decided to take the Carmel Valley Road from Greenfield. We were told that the road may be closed due to the fires so I decided to go any way if it was closed I would go back.

Luckily for us the road was open and we got to see some of the fires in the area. The road was twisty and slightly bumpy but very scenic and not crowded at all.

We finally reached route 1 and the Motel at Monterey which is on the seafront, we went to Cannery Row, had a meal and visited the Harley Davidson store for T-shirts. Tomorrow will be a long ride since our target is Bodega Bay.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Day One to Cambria

OK so we left Monrovia about 9 am and headed down the highways my wife and me on the Goldwing and my mother with the kids in the car. We turned into US-101 where is started to get cold once we got closer to the coast and I had to put on my jacket. There was some coastal fog at first and then dissipated.
We continued past Santa Barbra to San Luis Obispo going through vineyards and waving back to other bikers passing us on the way. We turned into route 1 and enjoyed the great scenery of the sea, mountains, and trees until we reached Cambria at around 3:30 pm which is beautiful town. Our Motel was right in front of the ocean with a very cool breeze and fireplaces in the rooms.
We decided to buy jackets for the kids in town due to the cold breeze and had a great time walking around and viewing the different art galleries in the area.

Welcome to my Journals......

Ever since I have been traveling on two wheels I haven't written any thing down regarding where I went, who I saw, or how I did it.

Most of my travels are with friend who I thank for letting me tag along, learn, and grow.

This journal will have two aspects the first a record of my future travels, and maybe some back dated ones. And the other will be my thoughts about traveling on a motorcycle, what gear I have tried, and what methods I feel are the best for traveling.

Please feel free to drop me a note regarding motorcycle travel, I will be happy to reply.