Once again another great ride under our belts.
Mine started on Friday when 6shutr came by my place and we made
our way to Barstow to meet up with Wayne and Jim Dale. Although it
was warm is wasn't to bad with cool vests and plenty of water. We
stayed at the Rodeway Inn in Castaic so we were well rested for
We has 7 bikes meet up at Ihop Saturday morning. Mike, Miriam,
Paxton and John G show up although no one had breakfast. Greg R came
to see us off in his 39 Ford hot rod. We got off on time for a
wonderful ride up the coast. With one stop for gas in Buellton we ha
no problem making it to Cambria for lunch at the Main Street Grill.
Loner and Leatha from Porterville met us there for lunch and to
continue up the coast to Gilroy. They had no problem keeping up with
us on their Valk trikes. Paxton had to turn around and head home but
it was nice of him to join us for lunch and to meet him. Hopefully
we will see him on more rides. Traffic was light on hwy 1 and
the weather was beautiful. We made a stop at one nice view point and
at the Bixby bridge. One more stop for gas in Carmel and made it to
our motel around 6:00pm. We had dinner at Sandy's dinner next to the
motel. They had changed ownership last march and treated us very
well. After dinner we hung our for a bit before turning in.
Sunday we split up for our own way home. I believe Mike, Miriam,
Wayne and Jim when back via hwy 25 through Hollister. Loner and
Leatha made their way back via the outlet mall. John and I took off
for points north along the coast.
Sunday the first day for John and I.
When we left on Sunday our first stop was Alice's Restaurant.
It's like most biker places with many bikes in the parking lot. Met
some nice people who of course like to talk about their bikes. From
there we made it to the coast for the ride up to San
Francisco. We thought we would ride right through but the traffic
was terrible. I think it took up over an hour over the Golden Gate
Bridge. We would have liked to stop by Fort Point under the bridge
but the traffic made it to time consuming. Then we though about
stopping on the north side for a view but tourist crowd made that
almost impossible. We took the first exit to hwy 1 toward Stinson
beach. Then the fun began for us as the roads we great and the views
wonderful. We made a few stops along the way to see and take
pictures. Bodega Bay we stopped for gas and since it was 4:00 we
decided to stay there for the night. Found this nice little 15 room
motel called the Bodega Harbor Inn. There was some nice places to
eat right across the street and had a nice meal of fish and chips
with some clam chowder. When we got back to our room we planned the
next days ride.
Monday the second day,
We slept in a bit on Monday and I don't think we got on the
road until almost 9:00am. Our plan was to ride until we got
tired and then find a place to stay. Instead we would make a motel
reservation about 250 miles up the coast and shoot for that. That
way if we were running late we didn't have to worry about a room. It
worked out quite well as on Monday night we didn't get into Fortuna
until 7:00pm. We stopped at the Battery Light house in Crescent city
which can only be accessed at low tide. Fortunately it was low tide
and we could explore it for a while. It was a long day because we
found the lost coast ride. We stopped for a late lunch in
Garberville and headed west for the lost coast. It's an 89 mile road
that is very rough with some tight switch back and even some dirt as
well. It took us 3 hours to do 89 miles. It comes out in Ferndale
just a few miles from Fortuna.
Although rough and long it was worth it to see but I don't think it
is something I would take a group on.
Tuesday the third day,
Leaving Fortuna it was back on 1 for a beautiful day. We stopped
at the Trees of Mystery for a while and had an ice cream and talked
to a few fellows on their bikes. These 2 older guys were on their
way back from Alaska on Harleys. They had been gone for 7 weeks and
had a ways to go. Boy were their bikes dirty! From there once again
on the road we stopped to see the Sea Lion Caves. They were very
interesting and if you ever get by there check it out and take the
elevator down to see the sea lions and caves. Our goal was Coos Bay
Oregon which was no problem. Got in around 5:00 at the motel 6.
Since it was an early day we decided to do our laundry. Seem
like everywhere we stayed we met bikers going up or down the coast
from all over.
Wednesday the fourth day,
Coos Bay to Woodland Washington, what can I say? More of the same
beautiful Oregon coast riding. We stopped at a Subway and grabbed a
sandwich and took it to this nice beach picnic area to eat it. It's
a whole lot better than eating in a dinner or something. We did this
a couple of times along the way. Took this nice twisty hwy from
Tillamook Oregon east and crossed the Columbia River near Longview
Washington. It was just a short way down the 5 to Woodland
Washington for a stay at yet another Motel 6. This one was much
nicer since they took it over from another owner. It has a fridge,
microwave and the room was much larger. We stayed there for 2 night
since we wanted to explore Mount Saint Helens the next day.
Thursday the fifth day,
We had a great night sleep and got up and made our way to Mount
Saint Helens. Had a nice breakfast at Rosie's dinner and talked to
yet another biker on a road trip. He was on a Kawasaki KLR and took
a off road trip.
Mt. Saint Helens is a wonderful place to see. If you have never
been there it's something I would plan on doing. We spent all day
checking out the views and visiting the park. You really have to see
it to appreciate the power of the mountain blowing up. We took a
break at this nice lake that was formed by the eruption.
Friday the sixth day.
Well it was time to think about coming home. We knew it was going
to be hot most of the way back so we just decided to get through it
as fast as possible. We left Woodland Washington at 5:30am and rode
600 miles to Woodland California. It's just north of Sacramento
about 25 miles. We would have hit it at 5:30pm and I knew the
traffic would be bad. It was a good call. We found a nice motel with
a dinner within walking distance.
Saturday the seventh day,
Another early start as we had around 470 miles to go. We did stop
at my friend Terry's house around 10:00am and had breakfast with him
and his wife. By 11:30 we were back on the road for the last leg. It
was hot and the cool vest came in very handy. One last gas stop in
Frazer Park for the last 2 hours home. John said he hit some traffic
as I did on these horrible LA freeways. Got home around 4:00 and it
felt good to be here.
What a great ride and it was nice to ride with John. He's a good
roommate and my snoring didn't bother him too much. We are
already planning on something for next year. The weather couldn't
have been better. Between 54 and 70 degrees most the way up the
coast with a little mist now and then. In the 80s around Saint
See you in August.
Check out the pictures on the links below.