California road trip day 8

We were wet. We were very wet. We were very wet indeed. Day eight and rain was forecast from Eugene to Portland, and the forecast was correct. Our end point for the day was Olympia, Washington. We had around 300 miles to cover and it was all Freeway. Not an exciting prospect. We had...

Washington road trip

After a number of training rides it’s time to go for the real thing. I’d hatched a plan at the tail end of last year. Lesley wasn’t over interested in doing the motorbike thing for herself and the Ducati was too small to tour together. What to do? The inspirational idea was slow-tour or...

California road trip day 6

The food was delicious and I wasn’t mistaken for an Aussie. Todays target was literally a town called Eureka. It would be the final stop in California and, the way the weather forecasts were shaping up, possibly a final day of uninterrupted sunshine. Elliot had mapped out another cross country route that maximized twists,...

California road trip day 5

I’d become a country bumpkin, my pace of life has slowed down greatly. Time to head north. Back along highway 1 and 17, back on the Bay area freeways. As soon as  the highways became freeways the speed and frenetic, take no prisoners, pass any side you like pace hit me – almost literally....

California road trip day 4

An easier day proved to be the right thing to do. From San Jose to Monterey, over the hills and far away (with thanks to the well loved and missed Ian Dury for the paraphrased rhyming couplet). Following a chat with Lesley and Ryan the previous evening we decided to keep heading south, Monterey...

California road trip day 3

There was a reason for ending the day in San Jose and it was tinged with sadness. We’d made it to California, the sun was shining and the temperature was certainly far above what we’d left behind in BC. The rain gear was consigned to the luggage, the summer gloves were donned and a...

California road trip day 2

After the rain of day one it was great to finally hit the sunshine. Roadtrip’s are an awful lot easier in the sun. Day two starts and it’s once again looking like rain so on with the waterproofs before hitting I5 for the days ride to Redding, CA. A lunchtime stop had to be...

California road trip day 1

Sometimes a road trip isn’t about the road or the views, it’s about the challenge and endurance. Home to Albany, Oregon The plan was quick route down, slow route home. San Francisco is 2.5 days. That meant getting some good mileage in on day one when fresh. So, Saturday morning arrives and after a...

California road trip

There was a time when I thought it might not happen. But come the weekend, California here I come. After my 2010 road trip in to Oregon I desperately wanted to extend the bike road trip and take the Ducati to California. San Francisco was set as the destination and the plan started to...

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