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My Easter Weekend Ride!

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This was today's Ride. Google Link Tomorrow I will run up to Yosemite!

The video in the first post is coming down the hill near Google Map point "B" in the above link. It is the Nacimiento - Fergusson Road. By far the most spectacular road I have ever ridden. I don't know why I have waited 20 years to finally ride it!

I have a boat load of more pictures that I will be loading up to my smuggy account. Full ride report to follow when I get back to Texas. It should be neat up at the big park tomorrow.
 
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that is AWESOME, thanks for sharing

my little sister just moved to San Francisco, hmmmm, I neeed to visit
 
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These single guy's with all this free time make me sick...:giveup:
JK.....Duke good stuff, sure beats the scenery around here.
 

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Look at all the curves on the maps!!! :drool:
Anyone know where to get foot pegs for a GL1800? :trust:

Flew back home this morning after having a very good weekend out with my close friends in California. Marion was generous enough to let me ride his bike this weekend and I can't thank him enough. His family has always been generous towards me since I was just a Nineteen yearold know-it-all at my first real duty station not far from his home. Anyways. I am uploading too many pictures to count right now to Smugmug. I will put my report together over the next day or so.

Perfect Weather all weekend, not a cloud in the sky, 923 miles ridden. Enough consecative curvy/twisty road miles to make me break a sweat in 40 degree temps. It actually becomes a chore to flip a GL1800 side to side mile on end. But ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :drool: what a chore to have to deal with!
 

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Well my Easter Weekend Ride actually started when I had to fly out to my California office for an audit. Since I was going to be there anyway I called my close friend Marion up and asked if I can ride one of the multiple bikes in his stable. His Dad (90+ Years old and still rides) and he have always told me that one of their bikes was mine anyway, so I called to see which one was mine for this trip. So for this trip I got to ride Marion’s daily ride :clap: , a 2005 GL1800 its the 30th Anniversary model for those that care.

Anyway, I am out their way on business for most of the week, Monday – Thursday. I fly to Bakersfield Monday afternoon and while in the parking lot of the restaurant where I take a couple of staff to dinner to, I see this contraption:

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It looks like alot of fun. Anyone know what it is?

Tuesday we leave for Ventura where we have operations and we go audit one of the rigs. We head back to the Hotel around 4pm or so to get checked in before we head back out again to audit the night shift. While out on the hotel balcony taking a picture of the Venture hill side, I made a new friend.:-P

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Tuesday night we go back out to the rigs and then call it quits.

Wednesday morning we get up and drive to the town of Brawley, CA. This is way down near El Centro, in the Imperial Valley south of the Salton Sea. I learned a very importantant life lesson here. I AM VERY ALLERGIC TO THE AIR DOWN HERE! I hope that you all bought Benadryl stock last week. Because I sure took enough to make their asking price go up.

Oh Well... The drive down to Brawley from Ventura was as eventfull as one could expect on a California freeway.

I did see this unique motorcycle being driven by a woman west of Palm Springs though:

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As well as some very impressive wind mill farms:

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Oh.. and I can't let you all not see what Brawley looks like :thumb: I know this is where I am looking for a vacation home!

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Leaving the rig Wednesday night I thought this was a cool photo op. The color of the sky with the moon on the rise as a back drop to one of our older rigs.

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Thurday morning we wake up and hit the rig one more time (just to let them know were there :trust: then beat feet back up to Bakersfield. Gary had to stop and buy fuel around Tehachapi and I could not let this photo op get by:

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Well by Thrusday night I am at my friends house outside of Visalia and am pretty much in VEG mode. Friday is a down time day where I catch up on emails from being on the road for a couple of days. I like to think that I helped around Marions house a little with errands that he had to run. And performed an oil change on his GL1800. After several good conversations and multiple beers later we call it a night.

Saturday morning my ride starts:

Sunrise in the orange grove, the sun is coming up over Seqouia / Kings Canyon park although my cheap camera is washing out the magnificant colors of the mountains and sky!

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And my therapy provider for this weekend!

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It was quite cool departing their home that Saturday morning!

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I leave thier home and make my way due west on highway 198 towards Coalinga, Ca. That is where I will hit my first curves. But along the way I drive by this place where it all started between Marion and I.

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They have a new main gate from when I was stationed there........................... wait for it.... wait for it.... 18 YEARS AGO! And can you believe that they would not let me just ride around base? :doh: I rode up to the main gate and asked for permission and all, even said that I was station here the year that he was born.... Can you believe that he still would not let me pass????:giveup:

So after not getting my way I leave the base (believe the above if you want too... :trust:) and resume my travel on 198

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Miles and miles of this:

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Until I get to the intersection of 198 and I-5, where I stop for breakfast. :eat:

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Until I get to the intersection of 198 and I-5, where I stop for breakfast. :eat:
18 years ago would only be 1990, whippersnapper. I made quite a few trips out there in support of A-7E trainers at FASOTRAGRUPAC in the flight operations area from 1980-1990. I remember the HUGE jackrabbits that would come out at night.

One of those trainers (or part of it) is now on board the USS Lexington. I intend to check it out this Friday for the Pie Run...
 
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Great pics. We vacationed out that way (Monterrey, Visalia, King's Canyon, Sequoia, San Francisco) a few years back. After driving into King's Canyon, my wife let it be known that she was not going over that road anymore than she had to, so we spent two days in King's Canyon. LOTS of tight curves. I loved it.

By the way, the strange bike in the parking lot looks like a Can-Am Spyder.
 
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Great ride report and have to say I have dreamed of doing something like that myself. Please tell us how you liked the Goldwing after your Bemmer. I just sold an 07 GW and would love to have the GS like yours but at 5'8'' just to short. I think there are others on here that would love to here your take on these 2 bikes.

Again, Thanks Terry:clap:
 

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I will finish this ride report one day soon...

As for the comparison (my take anyway) between the Gold Wing and the GS. I will put something together from my perspective and start another thread for it.

But I have been on Honda since 1984. Graduated to my first GL1500 in 1999 and it was an 1986 model with 90,000 miles on it, this 2005 GL1800 is the newest Gold Wing I have ridden. But long story short, 24 years of riding and the only time I have ever been stranded on the side of the road has been on my 2006 BMW GS Adventure, and it has done it again to me this weekend.
 
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Thanks, for the reply. I live up at Lake Conroe so not to far from you and have really enjoyed the people I have me met on this site. I would like to here more about the 2 bikes and what your thoughts are. Thank,Terry
 

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February 20, 2007 BRP has unveiled its first "on-road" vehicle, the 2008 Can-Am Spyder roadster. This three-wheel vehicle, with two wheels in the front and one in the rear, offers a completely new and stunning look. Powered by a proven 990cc V Twin engine designed and manufactured by BRP-Rotax, Spyder roadster, with its unique Y-architecture, can be described as part motorcycle and part convertible sports car. Later this year twelve selected American states and four Canadian provinces will offer Can-Am Spyder roadsters through BRP's existing dealer network, followed by France and Spain in early 2008. BRP will then expand its Can-Am Spyder offer to more North American states, Canadian provinces, Europe and other countries, and expects to be present worldwide within three to four years.

"Our Can-Am Spyder roadster is the next dimension in open-road riding. A true paradigm shift, the Spyder roadster offers a balance of performance and peace of mind with features like the Vehicle Stability System (VSS), engineered in conjunction with Bosch†, which includes anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO, BRP.

BRP's reputation was built on its ability to innovate and design products for powersports enthusiasts. After more than five years of research, the Can-Am Spyder roadster is now delivering on the company's promise to offer a complete line of recreational motorized products in four segments: on snow, on water, as well as both off and on road.

While confirming that the Can-Am Spyder roadsters would be assembled in Valcourt, Boisjoli added: "This is a historic event for BRP, particularly for our Valcourt and Austrian employees, as it confirms the strategic role of BRP's Québec manufacturing facilities for assembling complex and sophisticated vehicles, and BRP-Rotax's leadership in engine development. With Can-Am Spyder, we are redefining the roadster category by bringing the powersports experience to the road through this new generation of vehicles. BRP is entering a new era that will provide growth opportunities for our company worldwide and potentially create new jobs,'' he concluded.

Plans are to start manufacturing units by fall 2007 with a progressive ramp-up of the production over the next three years to meet market demand.

"This event also marks BRP's first truly global launch," said Chris Dawson, vice-president, Strategic planning & Head of Can-Am Spyder Program. "In 2007, BRP will deploy the first phase of its go-to-market strategy: twelve selected American states and four Canadian provinces will offer Can-Am Spyder roadsters through BRP's existing dealer network, followed by France and Spain in early 2008. In its second phase, BRP will expand its Can-Am Spyder offer to more North American states, Canadian provinces, Europe and other countries, and expects to be present worldwide within three to four years," he concluded.
 
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Duke, That was a great report.

I went to Oregon via Glacier National Park last year with the intent to ride down 101 for a couple days and then cut home. Well after a half day in the rain and not being able to see more than a 100 yards or so out into the ocean and with rain in the forecast for the next 2 days, I cut and made for Texas.

My hope is to make a run up 101 this year.

The Wing is nice for eating up the miles listening to the MP3 player and maybe chatting with a buddy on the CB.:thumb:

Except for the Honda headset cable that connects the helmet gismo to the Wing console, I can't think of anything "Goldwing" that I am not happy with. The cable is made by J & M according to Honda Specs and is designed to be disconnected from the console rather than from the helmet. Try to imagine a 2' piece of cable dangling from a helmet when not riding....:doh:

Looks like you had a great time. Now, get that Wing and :rider: !:)
 

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Lets see now. Where did I leave off... oh yeah... I was having BNG at Harris Ranch and remembering my younger years at NAS Lemoore.

Well I finish my biscuits and gravy and continue my travel west bound on HWY 198.

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As I exit Coalinga, CA I see a sign that gives me Goosebumps, and makes me smile a little bigger.

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Have I mentioned already that it was a PERFECT DAY TO RIDE! Check out the sky!

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I am climbing in elevation, and starting to get into the hills.

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And the road is getting much better!

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I believe that this area was called Paradise Valley... It looked to me to be a great place to have a cattle ranch.

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Well my ride on 198 comes to an end as HWY 198 does not go any further. I am now just to the west of HWY 101 and am going to take the most direct route available to HWY 1, the Coast Hwy!

The roads are getting smaller, which is fine, and I eventually get to Hunter Liggett Army Base.

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Not the most spectacular front gate I have ever seen on a military base, but at least here they permitted me to drive on base. I only had to show my current Insurance, License (with M endorsement - they checked!), and registration.

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Guard - State your purpose for coming on base!
Me - (as I point to my GPS on the dash) I am following my map to the coast, sir.
Guard - No problem, its a great riding road on a bike, you are going to like it. License/registration and insurance please.

Very pleasant Active Duty Army Spec from San Antonio that rides too. I tell him about TWT and I eventually depart.

The roads on the base were top notch. You just had to be mindful of the 40 MPH speed limit.

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I am not sure of the main purpose of this base but it sure does have a whole bunch of construction and heavy haul trucks.

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Then a little further down the road another large parking area (depot?)

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Just a pic of the main base complex. Signs posed the way to the PX and BOQ and BEQ's and Chapel.

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A little further up past the main post area, there was an old historic mission on a hill side. "Mission San Antonio". It looked as if there was a giant easter egg hunt taking place on the lawn, if you look close you might see some little kids running around.

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I realize that I have passed up the road I was looking for and turn around. I should have turned left before the main base area on my now ranked #1 road in California. Nacimiento-Furgesson Rd! You can see it meandering off to the left in the below picture.

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On this stretch of road you are still on the base and there are signs everywhere saying to stay on the road, "LIVE FIRE RANGE"... I believe the signs too.

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Neat valley that has old tanks at various distances.

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Just over the hill from this valley you exit the base and are now in a national forest park road, still making my way west to the coast.

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Now you will have to forgive me. I tended to only take pictures when the road straightened out a little bit. But for the last several miles I have been grinding my pegs off the bike at 20 MPH on some of the tightest switchbacks I have ever ridden.

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Yes... This is one of the most entertaining roads I have ever ridden. And eventually you break through the forest and are greeted to a most scenic vista.

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I keep making my way down the VERY STEAP and curvy road towards HWY 1, and come around a sharp and blind corner to be rewarded with this view.

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I wind on down and turn north on HWY 1 towards Monterey.

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And the gratuitous bike shot!

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Still on the coast heading north.

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I don't know what this flower/bush is but it thought it was interesting.

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A couple of more miles up the road towards Big Sur, looking south.

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Watch that first step... the cliffs are pretty steep around here.

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I continue on to Monterey and make my way to Coast Guard Jetty. This is where I used to teach scuba and come to recreational dive.

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I leave the jetty park and make the turn towards this historic strip:

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It is now well after lunch time (just shy of 14:00 hrs), and I stop at one of those memorable restaurants that just sticks in your head for years and years.

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They serve a very good chowder in a sour dough bread bowl. It is awesome and if your ever in Monterey, I recommend it for one of your meals! :thumb:

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I decide that instead of staying the night here, I am going to run back to Visalia and after I finish lunch I hit the road. I take 1 to the 101 out of Monterey and then take 101 back down to 198..

Not too many pictures, but there are a couple of things that caught my eye....

1. The view of the coast side of the hills was nicer

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2. I found the vineyard of the wine that I drink the most of around the house.

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3. Just because the GL1800 is an old mans bike does not mean you are invisible to radar detectors

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Its only a 75 in a 65... (I SWEAR I THOUGHT IT WAS A 70MPH ZONE). But I was speeding all the same. Oh Well... :zen:

I am now on 198 heading east and with the afternoon sun behind me it has really highlighted the wild flowers blooming on the hillsides.

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I thought that this was a very nice ranch house along the road side.

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And a couple of more hillsides brightly colored with wild flowers.

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I am back in Coalinga now and am back to the straight as an arrow section of 198 back to Visalia. But I stop to take one last picture on this Saturday.

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I just thought that the color's complimented each other well.

Well this completes Saturdays ride, I will start working on Sundays ride up to Yosemite NP.

Stay tuned!
 
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I am headed to Vegas and than on to California for a 3 week trip Monday. I will be doing some of the same roads in California. I thought the Yosemite rout would be still closed with snow.
 

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I am headed to Vegas and than on to California for a 3 week trip Monday. I will be doing some of the same roads in California. I thought the Yosemite rout would be still closed with snow.
Badger pass / Glacier Point is still closed (well was 2 weeks ago).

Coming in from the east on 120, I am not too sure about about but I doubt if it poses too much of a problem. I am putting my yosemite report together now and you will see alot of snow, but the roads are clear.
 
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I was hoping to go through Badger Pass coming from Vegas on 395 but the Yosemite web page sais it is still closed.
 
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