Since I was a little boy it’s been always my dream to ride a big bike across the Golden Gate bride in San Francisco.
It took me almost 20 years to make it real. But this summer seemed perfect. Everything was worked out, the bike and the rider was ready. As usually, plans have changed last minute so I ended up doing the trip by myself.
Here a short road report and some pictures, I thought I’ll share it with you. PM me for more pictures or info. I recommend this to everyone.
Sat 24-06-2006 (km 00): Start in North Vancouver
Anacortes – Whidbey Island –Ferry to Port Townsend
Road 101 all the way along the coast to Portland OR
Big Corona party with a buddy in Portland (good times)
Sun 25-06-2006 Mountain biking in Forest Park Portland, OR
Grrrrrrrrr I HATE CORONA’S and mtb’s… live is hard
Mon 26-06-2006 (km 580): Late start in Portland,OR (business stuff)
Road 6 to the coast, then 101 along the coast stop in Florence, OR
Tue 27-06-2006 (km 905): Start in Florence, OR Road 101 to Eureka, CA
Wed 28-06-2006 (km 1391): Start in Eureka, CA Road 101 to Legett,CA then road 1 along the coast (very nice).
Ride over the Golden Gate and true the city of San Francisco
Stop and overnight stay in San Francisco, CA (good times again!)
Thu 29-06-2006 (km 1910): Start in San Francisco, CA
Hgw 280 out of the city, Half Moon Bay,CA, road 1 to Santa Cruz ,CA
Fun at the beach (hot chicks, rollercoaster, ice-cream… live is good).
Therefore overnight sty in Santa Cruz ,CA
Fri 30-06-2006 (km 2115): Start in Santa Cruz ,CA
Road 1 from Monterey to Morro Bay (one of the most beautiful roads I ever drove).
Visit Hearst Castle (amazing building, http://www.hearstcastle.com)
Following the roads to Santa Barbara,CA
Sat 01-07-2006 (km 2560): Start in Santa Barbara,CA
Ride to Los Angeles, cruising true Hollywood. Not much fun, too much traffic!
A5-North, 166-east, 33-North,41 Nort
Overnight stay in Fresno,CA
Sun 02-07-2006 (km 3210): Start in Fresno,CA
Road 41 North, 49 North to Angels Camp
Alpine road 4 to Lake Alpine (great fun)
Overnight stay in Lake Tahoe, NV
Sun 02-07-2006 (km 3766): Start in Lake Tahoe NV
Road 89 North, 147, 36 East (fun but trouble with popo’s)
Susanville, Tulelake, 139 North (high speed section)
Overnight stay in Klamath Falls, OR
Mon 03-07-2006 (km 4390): Early start in Klamath Falls, OR
Road 97 North to Redmond;Road 26 to Portland (drink and short stop in Portland), A5 –North to Vancouver, BC
23.15 arrival at home. This day was a killer (1000km)
I can’t believe I made it 5395km total on my RR. She is a baby.. but she took it better then me. My ass is sore and I am sick. She needs new tires and new oil again.
No material last
Meet lots of really nice ppl on the road
Fun roads in OR and CA
1 ticket and 2 warnings for speeding
Tires are toast
Temperature difference was hard on me. 40+ deg in the morning, 5 deg durning the night in Tahoe.
Coast weather was not really warm.
It was great fun and I am so glad I did it.