Craig and I had the best time in California! Not one rain drop, no speeding tickets and shiny sides stayed up! Thanks for all the great advice guys!
Day 1 - the killer day
After a late start, we rode the I-5 through Washington, took a wrong turn in Portland and got into Newport, OR fairly late. We needed a lot of breaks as it was a VERY straight ride. We hit one really cool road (hwy 20) - or atleast what would have been a really cool ride had we not got to it after dark (there are no street lights) and after complete exhaustion. Anyways we got to the hotel just in time for the hot tub to close...luckily we found a nearby restaurant still open so we could have a quick dinner before passing out.
Day 2 - much more fun...maybe this trip won't be so bad
I learned quickily that grabbing some continental breakfast and delivering it to Craig in bed would lead to a much neeeded neck and shoulder massage. We rode down the beautiful Oregon coast, which was fairly cool but dry. We were amazed at how the american system of using the right lane only for passing worked and were greatly appreciative of the intelligence of the drivers to use "pull-outs" to allow for passing...it was very rare to get caught behind anyone - it was wonderful! Great twisties, great view - an awesome day!
Day 3 - OMG San Francisco is scary
Again I followed my morning routine and got another massage - oh that's a good start to the day. We rode from Eureka, CA to SanFrancisco this day - we got stuck in some awful traffic and after seeing about a hundred bikes lane split through the traffic I was still too scared to squeeze between those cars (I still can't understand how that can be more legal than using thier monsterous shoulder) and so we waited for much of the day in traffic. We finally hit San Francisco and I thought I was going to die - it's every person for themselves - even the scooters were psychotic. We went out for dinner and to a depressing comedy show before hiding in our hotel room from the craziness.
Day 4 - uh oh and so cool
We woke up to a lovely surpise of parking tickets this morning, too bad for the hotel they told us to park there so they got the rath of Wendy and they chose to pay the tickets. We had it recommended to us to visit Alice's Restaurant - which was so cool - the roads all around the restaurant were so much fun and the restaurant must have had over a hundred motorcycles at it - we had some great motorcycle chat before heading out (after the best breakfast ever) and heading towards Santa Barbara - this was another fairly straight ride on the 101 but getting into Santa Barbara couldn't have made me happier (it's one of my favourite places in the world). We checked in, rested and then went for dinner on the pier. We each had a drink (mine had 5 shots of booze in it) and were walking back to the hotel when (on the beach, shortly after sunset) Craig got down on a knee and asked me to marry him!!! I couldn't stop giggling (the booze didn't help) and saying "oh my goodness, oh my goodness" and then finally yes! We had to run over to the light to see the most beautiful ring ever! (he had it custom made-it's perfect).
Day 5-8 Santa Barbara
We had a motorcycles on the beach photoshoot, went on a 3 hour sailboat ride and had some good shopping!
Day 9 - Where's the castle?
It was a really fun ride up the #1 from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, where we had been told from Craig's parents to be sure to visit the Hearst Castle. We went to see the castle, which had turned into an enourmous tourists trap, where you could only see the castle through a telescope unless you paid some ridiculous amount of money for them to take you on a bus ride and tour to the castle - we decided to buy the movie instead. The hotel at San Simeon was beautiful and the waves and outdoor firepits were great. This one was hard to leave.
Day 10 - Ugh
This was Craig's least favourite day. We hit tons of rush hour again, nearly ran out of gas and his bike had electrical problems riding from San Simeon to Sacremento. His actually lost all electrical except his headlight and starting/running abilities. I didn't think it was too bad, it was a lot warmer than the coast...mmmmm...California warmth. The hotel was beautiful...and although it took us FOREVER to find food it was nice to settle in and chill after this crazy day.
Day 11 - Back to the coast
We had planned to stay inland for the way back but plans changed when we noticed "somebody" (hint - not me!) had left most of our money in Eueka. We had one of our best rides this day - we went up the funnest mountain - the never ending twisties were so much fun and again everyone moved out of your way! We were happy to get our money back and plan our route back up through the fun and beautiful Oregon coast again.
Day 12 - To the Dunes!
We went from Eureka to Coos Bay this day. We found the best dunes and began looking into renting atv's. We met this awesome couple who run a dune buggy business and they offered to take us for a ride that night for cheap and we said "hell ya". It was so much fun and I'm so glad we met them before getting the atv's cause I think I probably would have killed myself it I was in control - I had no idea the dunes were shaped like a sharp wave rather than a smooth mountain...they are very deceiving and you don't know how steep the other side is until you're at the top. It was so much fun - I was even letting out little screams of fear/excitement. This great couple hooked us up with the best cabin on the ocean for the night and it was our cheapest night.
Craig playing in the dunes.
Day 13 - Long Beach sounded pretty
We rode from Coos Bay to Long Beach and again enjoyed the wonderful Oregon Coast and were amazed at the size of the bridge between Oregon and Washington along the 101, but ya I agree with everyone else the 101 isn't too great north of Oregon (although it's MUCH better than the I-5). We got to Long Beach which was a little disappointing with their many gun stores and shooting places. We walked down to the beach and thought it was pretty cool how their beaches have hwy laws, with a speed of 20mph you can ride where ever you like on the beach. Craig was sure he would bring his bike down there - I wasn't so sure...bikes and sand just don't seem like a good mix to me.
Day 14- To home
After a later morning (we slept in) Craig was unable to ride on the beach as we had to get home before dark (Craig was still without his electricals, ie. tail lights). It was a warm day home, which was nice and we were home by dinner time. I thought it was nice to be home and be able to rest my neck, shoulder and dry calves for awhile, where Craig wanted to keep going. We rode my bike into the living room and I'm done for the year.
It was awesome - can't wait to do it again!