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North America » United States » California » Pebble Beach October 12th 2019

From 2010 What is so magical about the Monterey Peninsula's Seventeen Mile Drive? We have taken the drive numerous times in the past. Sheri drove it once or twice daily when I worked at Pebble Beach. She would drive between our company apartment and the Lodge at lunch time and again to pick me up after work. We arrived Friday afternoon, after a stop at the factory outlet stores in Gilroy. We saw the sun peeking out from the soft cloud cover, revealing the magnificent Monterey coast and bay. The highway exit for Pebble Beach and Seventeen Mile Drive is a welcome sight. We checked into the Lodge, and got to see our dear friend Carol (from Peru). We settled down for a quiet and relaxing afternoon. Little did we know that we were assigned the ... read more
Famous 17 Mile Drive surf
Inn at Spanish Bay flowers
Spanish Bay view from Roy's

Mom: Day 1 was spent flying, handling the "great car rental debacle of '19", then the harrowing ride to our Airbnb. We were both exhausted and konked out early, although we did enjoy some quiet time on the deck taking in the beautiful view! We were torn between 2 places for our L.A. stay--a modern apartment in a high rise in downtown L.A. and the "Handlebar Treehouse." We chose the latter and clearly made the right choice. Sam and Jason have been fabulous hosts (gave Justin his first Twinkie!) and even shared their dog Mac with us! I had a good bit of work to do today, but barely feels like work with this view and a dog by my side. We ventured out to "see all the stars as we walk down Hollywood Blvd." I ... read more

North America » United States » California October 2nd 2019

Day 4 Lone Pine to Beatty Keith, Bryan & Ian left Lone Pine around 8.30, turning off not far out of Lone Pine towards Cerro Gordo mine. This became a steep rocky road, eventually reaching a supposedly defunct but appearing to be still operating gold & silver mine. While descending a steep & loose rocky trail into Death Valley, a squadron of fighter jets flew overhead at an unbelievable pace & noise level. Not realising their rapid approach created a startling experience when they arrived, not conducive for relaxed riding for adventurers of a certain age! Choosing the difficult expert option of Lippincott Pass which was a rocky, narrow, off camber track with huge drop offs on one side. Don't look down was the predominant thought. The consensus was that this pass was as difficult as ... read more
Keith on the trail
A Real Ghost
A rocky descent

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Beverly Hills September 30th 2019

Day 21: Universal Studios We started the morning bright and early to get ready for the day at Universal Studios. We caught an Uber there then brought the tickets. Dad got us the express tickets which means that we get to skip the normal line and go in the express lane but you can only use these tickets once at every ride, after that you have to go in the normal lane. Once we got in the theme park we split up Bella and mum went together because they like the calm rides and not the scary one. And dad and I went to together to go on a few scary ones. The first ride dad and I went one was a simulator Transformers ride. At one point we jumped off a skyscraper which was quite ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Venice Beach September 30th 2019

Day 23: Farewell LA hello Hawaii On our last morning in LA I headed out early for breakfast at one of Delia’s suggestions The Butcher Daughter and was not disappointed. It was probably my favourite cafe so far with its scrumptious vegan food and seriously nice decor and vibe. It was on Abbot Kinney Blvd and there was a fabulous market being set up. Knowing how much my family like all things vegetables 😆I told them to come and meet me. That gave me the chance to try a juice sampler much to the amusement of everyone. It was hard to choose only 4 juices from the incredible selection!! We then had a wander along the market before heading back to the bungalow to pack. I really wasn’t ready to leave and would love more time ... read more
Cool cafe - I want this in my house!
Yummy breakfast

North America » United States » California September 30th 2019

Day 6 Tecopa to Needles A Delights resort breakfast at their newly opened restaurant where our waitress from last night stopped by as she was walking her coon-dog. We were soon on Tecopa Pass heading south. Marked on the BDR as a sealed road, it had been sealed once, but has now transitioned back to mainly gravel due to no maintenance. Occasional patches of seal most with large potholes were ready to catch you out if not alert. After a few kms of this, the route turned off onto gravel which gradually got rougher with patches of soft sand through desolate countryside but with plenty of Joshua Trees to enhance the scenery . Challenging riding but interesting and as we were at an altitude of around 1000m, it was positively cool. More of this track led ... read more
Mike on the trail
Navigation on Mojave Preserve
Coon Hound

North America » United States » California September 27th 2019

DAY 2 Topaz Lake to Bishop Random Photo at Sacramento airport where they had an innovative display. Out of Topaz Lodge on seal we soon crossed back into California then 20kms later we were at Walker - (we had stayed there last year coming the other way), we turned left onto a route that one of the BDR planners had sent us to get to Denton where we would find the start of the Southern California BDR. This route was easy gravel roads albeit with some sandy surface. Stopping at Bodie which is now a gold & silver mining ghost town/tourist attraction which in it's heyday had a population of around 10,000. The town had 75 saloons, 2 breweries but managed through it's heyday with no church. $100 million (today's value) of gold was extracted during ... read more
Bryan takes a breather
Bryan, Ian,Keith & the Sierra Nevadas
Experts only summit

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles September 27th 2019

Day 20 - Disney day We left our apartment bright and early so that we could get through the gates of Disneyland Park at a reasonable time. We were through and ready for our first ride by 9am. First up we visited Tomorrowland and tackled: the Buzz Lightyear ride; Star Tours; the Finding Nemo submarine; and Autopia. Autopia allowed Zoe and Bella to show us their driving skills for the first time - not bad either! Then to Fantasyland where Bella was in her element: Pinocchio’s Daring journey; Snow White’s scary adventure; Sleeping Beauty’s castle; Dumbo the flying elephant; Mr Toad’s wild ride; the Storybook Land canal Boat ride; “its a small world” boat ride (and no I cant get that tune out of my head); and Bella’s absolute favourite, the Casey Jr Circus train. Frontier ... read more
The day begins
Its a small world after all!
Minnie Bella

North America » United States » California » Marina del Rey September 26th 2019

Day 19: LA with Brad and Haruki Today we were treated to some local sights by a friend of my Brad and his fabulous four legged companion Haruki. I originally met Brad when he lived in Melbourne twenty years ago. I also stayed with him 18 years ago on my way to and from the Galápagos Islands! A lot has happened since then so there was lots of catching up to do! We met Brad and Haruki at a local coffee shop. It was possibly the coolest I’ve ever seen and it was great fun sitting out the front chatting to locals. Dean was very happy with the coffee and went back for a second cup before we headed off for breakfast. Our breakfast spot was an Australian Cafe that didn’t disappoint with the food or ... read more
Kym and Brad
Coffee bliss
coffee stop

North America » United States » California September 25th 2019

2019 American Adventure Starts Arriving in Sacramento after 2 flights for Ian & me & 3 for Keith & Bryan we spent a night trying to get some sleep at an airport motel before our “sponsors ” Motion Pro ( picked us up Monday morning & took us to their warehouse at Loomis. They had our bikes out of storage & ready for our preparation work in their fully equipped workshop. Sprockets, chains batteries, oil change & new rear tires as well as general prep took us most of the day before we discovered that none of the bikes would run at low revs. Researching the issue we found that this is a common problem with stored bikes particularly in California where due to emissions rules, the carburettor pilot jets are a minimum size & get ... read more
Mike plots the route
Work continues

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