Back in the people world :D
I have to say that Wyman spoiled me rotten! Not only did he work on Spirit for me, he also gave me a new camchain tensioner, changed my oil, gave me a new oil pump (for future use in case mine goes belly up), and gave me quite a bit of gas money! I had wanted to take a picture of all those newly bored cylinders sitting on his shelf, but I forgot. They looked awesome though!
Wyman on his spiffed out V-Strom
Wyman and I left early Thursday morning, he was heading to Oregon and me to SF. Once we got to San Louis Obispo he showed me where Hwy 1 was.
We had stopped on a quiet street in SLO, and after we said goodbyes and he left, I looked up where a Walmart was. My Straigh talk plan was ending that day, so I had to go there to buy another monthly card. Turns out that I had to backtrack 10 miles seeing as there was no Wallyworld in SLO.
I stocked up in some more food, got a card, and headed North.
The ocean!! From Coast to Coast and back again
The road along the coast was awesome, and as I passed by Hearst castle I was tempted to detour to take a look at it, but I didn't really feel like it. Maybe some other day.
I did stop by the seal lookout. OMG! thousands of seals spread out on the beach, amazing, and smelly!
I had to post this one too, it's filled with bugs!!
We were both watching each other, but he wasn't moving even when I got closer to take a photo
I can't say the same for the squirrel, he ran when I got nearer
As I was heading North I felt myself longing for some quiet days in the woods, and was longingly looking forward to my camping spot.
I had stopped in front of a little restaurant on the road to see how far Naciemento was,, and somehow forgot to put my sunglasses back on. When I realized that I hadn't I looked down to my tankbag and saw they were gone.
I ended up stopping at a little general store and bought some funky new ones.
Of course h I had to take a photo of the beautiful flower outside the store.
Naciemento-Fergusen showed up in no time and after a sharp turn uphill I found myself on a gorgeous but very twisty road into the hills. It was only 7 miles till the turnoff to the dirt road that went to Plasket Ridge road.
Here I go again, some dirt
I had only ridden less than half a mile when I noticed a little "driveway" off the road heading back a bit. It looked like a perfect spot with a great view of the ocean. Well...... if it hadn't been so foggy
Took this shot the next day when it wasn't so foggy. You can see the ocean!
I pitched up my tent and relaxed. Yep, this is exactly what I needed, some R&R. Haha, you'd think I have nothing but R&R on my trip, but for some reason I still get tired and hanging at a quiet spot just soothes the soul!
I spent three days there, and relaxed. Took pictures, went for leisurely strolls, knitted, snoozed etc.
I guess these were put there by the cleanup crew after the forest fire?
Not sure what this was for, but the cables were rolled up and under the base of this tower
This really is an awesome little dirt road for those of you living in the area!
I think if it started pouring, my spot would have been the driest around! That little piece of blue is my tent
I have to say that even though this is a great spot, the area is bug invested! The days are filled with the humming sounds of insects. Needless to say, I loved my little screened room!
On my third day there I heard a bike stop at the end of my "driveway" I went to check it out, and all of a sudden more and more bikes showed up. I had to go over and say hi.
There was one gal with them riding a GS650. Cool! We hung out and talked for a while. I even got some more water as I was running out of it. They all were from the Santa Rosa area, and one of the guys (Sorry forgot your name) actually posts here on ADV. I'm gonna have to find him as I remembered seeing his post on tires.
One guy is missing, he stayed with the bikes.
A little while later another rider on a DRZ400 showed up, Jeff, and we talked for a while after the group left.
He left a little while later to look for his perfect spot on the mountain :D
This was hanging a little in front of my tent, high up in the air.
Even if it had come down, I am sure I was far enough not to have gotten squashed
I woke up early this morning and broke camp ( done most of it the night before, including making hot coffee that I put it in my thermos, and boy was it ever hot this morning!)
By 8 I was on the road.
I have to mention this however..... it had been an exceptionally warm night last night, and the morning was warm too, but as I was going down the hill it got colder and colder. Normally this would be the other way around!
I'm guessing this is why:
I was getting closer
Yep smackdab in the middle of it.
The next 30 miles or so I couldn't even take any pictures, couldn't see much in front of me
Unfortunately that included the Big Sur area.
Once I got a few miles past Big Sur, the sky cleared up and now I could see some gorgeous area
I am in Santa Cruz now, heading for Fremont to stay with mjmc335 for a night. He lives about an hour or so from SF where I have to be at noon tomorrow to renew my passport.
I can't wait to have that over and done with. I don't like big cities!