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Published: June 21st 2017
Greetings from the Redwoods! Today was a good day on the road. It had been my intention to leave Gilroy at 4:00 AM in order to beat the heat and traffic. Unfortunately, I was up late fighting a bad internet connection in order to get last night's blog post to work. Some people have told me that they could see the pictures, others can't. From here on out, I will be uploading my photos directly to this site rather that using Photobucket to host them.
I departed Gilroy at about 8:00 and headed north on the 101 through San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Riding a motorcycle across the Golden Gate early on a clear morning is a real treat. The road is good, it gives many gifts. Little moments when the sights, sounds and smells all gel together into an honest to god MOMENT. It's such a tangible sensory experience that you wonder why you aren't out here all the time. It's all out there, waiting to be experienced, the road is life waiting to be lived.
I stopped for a beautifully prepared brunch at McDonald's in Santa Rosa (High class all the way for the
Alien) before continuing my journey north. By the time I reached Ukiah, the temperature was well over 100 degres and things were getting uncomfortable. Luckily, a few bottles of Powerade and couple of hundred miles brought me to a much cooler climate.
I stopped for a rest at a roadside gift shop where a car in the parking lot had been crushed by a tree. I parked elsewhere. By this point, my back was beginning to bother me and I noticed that the parking lot had a shaded area with concrete picnic tables. I laid on the table and let the cold from the concrete leach into my back. In about 20 minutes, I felt pretty good. Leaving that stop, I shot some Go Pro video of the smashed car and a ride through some giant Redwoods just up the road. See the video below. https://youtu.be/3dxZviJQCt4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dxZviJQCt4&feature=youtu.be
I had planned to stop in Eureka, my wife's home town but I ended up going about 11 milers farther to Arcata. After settling in, my father-in-law came by and took me to dinner at a local joint. Great caritas burrito! Thanks Bill!
After dinner, I was in
the parking lot of the motel, looking over the bike in preparation for tomorrow when a man approached me. His hat identified him as a Vietnam Vet. He said "Mine was green." My first thought was to ask if he had seen a Urologist but instead I asked "Excuse me?" He told me that he had bought a 1997 Valkyrie (thjat is the kind of motorcycle the Mothership is) and that he always regretted selling it. He said that it was the best bike he had ever owned and he assured me that he had owned more than his share. We talked for a while and when I showed him how little Valkyrie are going for on CVraigslist, he got a gleam in his eye and told me that he might just have to get another one. I asked home if he still rode and he pointed to the only other motorcycle in the lot, a newer Goldwing in "Burn my Retinas" Yellow. Cool guy. You really do meet the nicest people on a Honda.
Tomorrow, the Mothership and I are going to Oregon! I hear that you are not allowed to pump your own gas in Oregon. Somehow,
I see myself ending up with a crotch full of Premium. Let's hope not. Stay tuned.
See you on the road,
Tot: 0.154s; Tpl: 0.018s; cc: 13; qc: 50; dbt: 0.0148s; 1; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb