Plan B: Riding Down the Coast on Hwy One

Highway One from south of Carmel, through Big Sur down to just past Hearst Castle is one of the loveliest roads I’ve ever ridden. There are so many beautiful sights that often you get stuck behind some pretty slow drivers as you try and make your way down the coast.

I planned to go down the coast on a Thursday hoping to avoid the worst of the traffic, I met with limited success, or maybe it really is crazy out there on the weekends, I have no idea. I had a good ride, and got some great pictures. Riding the coast south in the spring is something that I have done several times and I’m always in awe of how beautiful it is. There is something almost other worldly about how picturesque it all is, how the hill end very dramatically and seem to fall into the Pacific Ocean. The feel is intensified since the  jagged coastline often slightly shrouded in mist.

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Just south of Carmel, it is so beautiful

Just south of Carmel, it is so beautiful

The road itself is reasonably taken care of, though there are nearly always sections that they are repairing. It’s a delightful twisty road with world class scenery, what more could you ask for?

I just wish it was longer and with less traffic, but you can’t have everything.

My trip that day started early and I was on the road before the sun was up, in fact it was a very cold ride down 101 and through the pass. I arrived in Carmel by the Sea quite chilly and was happy to spend sometime drinking a hot chai and having a bite to eat before heading out down the coast. This means that it was plenty warm enough as I headed south, but sadly it also gave more tourists time to get up and on the road.

No regrets though, it was a great way to start the two day ride.

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My Aerostich Suit: I Washed It!

I got back from my Plan B ride and just like I always do when I get back from a motorcycle trip I feel like there wasn’t a bug left alive anywhere along the roads I traveled. One look at my suit would seem to confirm that. It was so bad that I did not even think to take a picture of the bug splatter everywhere, I just took it off, emptied the pockets, removed the armor and threw it in the wash.

The last time I did that was in 2010 before I sent the suit back to be repaired after the BMW crash. It was perhaps due for a wash. It was definitely over due to have the water repellent updated (if you recall my adventures in the rain this winter). So after I washed it, I washed it again with some Nikwax to hopefully improve it’s usefulness in the rain.

The other benefit of washing in the Nikwax is that all the zippers work much better now. Much smoother and faster. Now if only the hook and eye on the right pocket would magically fix it’s self…

The suit is much nicer looking! I should do this more often!

Too bad I did not get a "before" picture. It looks so much better. Probably Smells better too!

Too bad I did not get a “before” picture. It looks so much better. Probably Smells better too!

 

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Random: Motorcycles in Movies

I just had to share this here on my blog, I had the same thoughts, but neither the time or the desire to do all the math.
http://www.wired.com/2015/03/black-widow-really-snag-caps-shield-motorcycle/

Sexy Lady on a Motorcycle, it doesn't get better than that.

Sexy Lady on a Motorcycle, it doesn’t get better than that.

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Plan B: Writing About the Trip

I’m not sure how I should go about writing about the trip. Plan B was a great trip and I rode a lot of great roads. Early morning starts in the bitter cold of morning wind chill, amazing afternoons in the sunshine on the backroads, the occasional borring highway miles, with amazing twisty highway miles that make you laugh outloud in your helmet.

So many beautiful vistas that I couldn’t stop for them all or even 1/4 of them.

I think I’m going to break it down by road, or by section of roads. It seems somehow the only way to do the trip justice as well giving any sort of detail with out having a post that is several thousand words and too long for anyone to want to read.

Coalinga Rd. I have nothing nice to say about you.

Coalinga Rd. I have nothing nice to say about you.

The trip was pretty good, but not perfect and there are a few changes that I would make when I plan the next one.

First, if I’m going to bring my Laptop I need to have it on the bike and not carried in my backpack. I can’t handle that much weight on my back for that many hours. Although in all honesty it’s not really the laptop, it is the water in my hydration bag. Water is not lite at all, and combined with the laptop I was dying after a couple of hours.

Also, I’m definitely going to try and camp next time. My stay in a hotel in buttonwillow was definitely the low point of the trip. Camping makes the trip more interesting and makes the hours off the bike go faster. It also keeps the feeling of adventure going.

Well I guess I have a plan for how to write about the trip, now to get on it, look for the breakdown of my trip over the next couple of weeks, road by road.

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Plan B: Home Safely

I got back yesterday evening, too tired and too happy seeing my wife again to write anything =)

I’ll get it all down soon enough, but for now here are some more pictures.

The Sunrise on Highway 58

The Sunrise on Highway 58

Looking up the road at sunrise, glad the sun at our back.

Looking up the road at sunrise, glad the sun at our back.

Indian Valley Road, it was beautiful out there.

Indian Valley Road, it was beautiful out there.

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Plan B: Taking a Break

I’m at a Starbucks in Paso Robles and just finished eating lunch. I’m taking advantage of the fact that I lugged this damn laptop down here and posting something up.

It has been a great morning. I got an early start and was on the road by six this morning. It was pretty chilly especially when I got out to Watsonville and the Coast. I took a breakfast break in Carmel and defrosted, then I tackled Hwy 1 South. It was cool on the coast, but just beautiful. My pictures just don’t capture it all I’m hoping the video I took helps. Traffic wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t as light as I was hoping.

I wish I could capture in words how much riding just gets me right in the feels sometimes. Days like today are as close as I get to heaven.  Just me, the road, sunshine, and I’m happy.

 

Just south of Carmel, it is so beautiful

Just south of Carmel, it is so beautiful

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This "road" more like a goat trail was gorgeous, just a lovely wandering thing through the hills.

This “road” more like a goat trail was gorgeous, just a lovely wandering thing through the hills.

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I’m Out On the Road

I’ll be posting what I can on my Instagram: https://instagram.com/motocynic/
And maybe a bit on twitter: https://twitter.com/moto_cynic

Looking forward to the Ride!

Nothing beats getting out on a twisty road for clearing the head.

Nothing beats getting out on a twisty road for clearing the head.

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