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The wife and I rode the 650 down to Moss Landing Harbor and had
lunch at Phil's Fish Market. Delightful fresh fish cooked in various
Italian ways. Very good.

From there, we rode down the Coast highway to Big Sur. This coast
can be very windy and sometimes foggy. We were blessed with
a good off shore breeze that made for warm riding. We rode 75 miles
of winding road along the cliffs and down by the sea. Very pretty. Plan
on stopping at the little road side pull offs to take in the hues of blue
Ocean hitting the green Redwood shoreline.
Pashnit has a good photo display of these roads if you're interested:
http://www.pashnit.com/roads/cal/Hwy1BigSur.htm

Vivi and I stopped at the biker bar in Big Sur to get a Hamburger. The place was surrounded with Harley’s and their leather clad warriors. Despite Their fierce some appearances, all were genuinely happy to be out of the road. The bar served up a decent hamburger. The gas
is the highest in the nation at $3.75 a gallon. (YIKES)

One of the pleasant things to do in Big Sur is to get a day pass at
the park and ride to the upper Camp Ground. The river flows down
a rocky canyon, making various pools and water falls. This is a
nice place to get off the bike and take a dip. Watch your feet, those
rocks are a little sharp.

Below Big Sur 20 miles or so is the Nacimento Ferguson road. This
road leaves Hwy 1 and heads up over the mountain range towards
King City. This is a nice way to see miles of wide open California country.
You can go for 50 or so miles without seeing a sole. You definitely
want a full tank of gas and some water before heading this far into
the wilderness. The mountain range runs from Redwoods on the
Ocean side to Oak trees on the Eastern side of the mountain. As
you drop down into the valley, miles of grassland with scatter
Oaks and rock formations.

Nacimento road goes into the back of Fort Hunter Liggett. We were
stopped by the Federal Police who checked every piece of ID we had.
Despite the shakedown, he was good enough to direct us to the
base gas station to let us fill up. Watch out on these bases. 25 means
25 mph. Despite the base being deserted, the two lonely police were shooting radar . It would have been easy to pick up a ticket after miles of high speed riding.

We rode back up the Salinas valley, past miles of green crops. The
bike is really beginning to break in now. The bike was purring along effortlessly along the straight 70 mph run.

The trip was 230miles round trip. Most of the roads we took at
35 mph as they were small, windy two lane roads. We had two different
couples stop and ask questions about the Burgman. They really seem to like it.

Vivi and I live in the city. With work and errands, sometimes we forget
how much country is out there to escape to.
 

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Very nice story. I wish I had riding roads like that in my area.
 

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Sometimes I wish I could teleport myself and my bike around the country. There are many wonderful areas like that to ride. But from where I live, it is many long, straight, boring road miles to get there. Even trailering the bike behind a car would be tedious - and I've always felt that trailering a bike would diminish the adventure of touring anyway. But each riding season I hope to make it to one or two great riding areas that I've never explored before.

Thanks for sharing your ride with us.
 

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Memorable

Oh, I've had some memorable trips up through Canada. I really
enjoyed the Ice field highway.

I think my favorite latitude is probably along the Oregon, Idaho,
Colorado, Montana line. Much below that and you burn up. Much
above, and you have to drain the water out of your boots.

Craig
 

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Craig

Great post and you write so well too.

Certainly sounds like a great trip.

:)
 

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Well I'm glad that you enjoyed my neighborhood Craig. Not gloating, but this waht I did yesterday:

Took my coffee and newspaper out to the patio with Sweety.

While reading / sipping, I watched dolphins jumping in the ocean.

After coffee I paddled a kyak out to the dolphins, who rubbed against it and wrestled around with each other.

When the dolphins left I dropped a line in and caught 3 snapper and one cod.

Took Sweety to Nepenthe on the scooter for lunch and a beer.

Took a nap outside.

Took Sweety and the fish on the scooter to friends for dinner and socializing until midnight.

Life is good.

Back to work on Tuesday, but I work from home so the commute is short.




Peace.
 

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Bleeder said:
Well I'm glad that you enjoyed my neighborhood Craig. Not gloating, but this waht I did yesterday:

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Sounds pretty **** good to me!! :hippy2:
 

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Ping Bleeder

Hey Bleeder,

Write me next time you're doing a ride. Vivi and I will come down from
Capitola... I would like to do the ride up to Lick observatory and
over the back side of the mountain to the I-5. Vivi wants to do
and overnighter up to the wine country.

Craig

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Big Sur

It sure brings back memories to me. I too lived in the city and spent many a weekend in that area. Point Lobo and and Cypress Point are two of the most beautiful places I have ever been to just north of Big Sur. When I was a much younger fellow I even spent a weekend at Esalen in Big Sur one of "New Age" places that were so popular in the early '70's. I wonder of they are still around. :eek:
 

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Yes it is

I've seen the sign for Essalen. I read a Sunset article about it
recently, so it must be running.

My Sister goes to Ventena, which is a day spa with message, hot
tubs, fresh fruit on every table and sweeping views of the coastline.

It's quite the place for being pampered.

http://www.ventanainn.com/
 
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