It had been a long time..
Nearly Five Years.
I’ve ridden 40,000 miles since, and in all those miles I haven’t been south of King City on a motorcycle since September 30th, 2010. I haven’t been south of Laguna Seca with out bad happening since then either.
Let us just say that there was some anxiety from me and my Lovely Wife regards to this trip, but thankfully everything went smoothly.
It was a good trip. Weather was good, though I did freeze in the mornings. I mean I wasn’t surprised by the cold, it was still technically winter when I left, but cold fingers and toes aren’t fun.
I kept to my planned route, and since I wasn’t covering that many miles I had plenty of time for breaks and rarely felt rushed.
The 685 miles total in two days isn’t that strenuous. 350 mile days are pretty easy, even when you’re on one lane back roads for part of the day. (333.2 miles on day one)
The Highlights were almost always these one lane back roads. With the dramatic exception of Coalinga Rd. which was a stressful nightmare. Not just because of the poor pavement, but also because of the unknown of it all. Santa Rosa Rd and Indian Valley Rd were fantastic though, and really captured what is great about motorcycles that doesn’t involve going fast.
Going fast is fun though, and 198 was the surprise of the trip. It was not just a road to get to a better road which I thought it was going to be. It was fun and I will ride down that way again so I can ride it again.
The trip was a success, and there are somethings that worked really well. My route was good and I really don’t think I could improve on it much. The days I chose to travel also worked really well, going on a trip on weekdays is always a good idea, less traffic which means less idiots on the road.
The only thing I would change would be camping instead of staying in a hotel. I found staying in a hotel by myself rather depressing and in many ways killed the feel/sense of adventure the trip had. It took a bit of effort in the morning to get back into the groove of the trip, though this sunrise helped quite a bit.