|When the highways are in great condition, they are a joy to ride. But...and it is a bit BUT, when the highways are in poor condition, they are absolutely horrible to ride.|
|The rugged coastline reminded Jeanette and I of our journeys along the coastlines in Wales and Scotland.|
|There are some quaint little towns along the route......and they are costly to tourists.|
|One of the many lovely spots to admire the scenery.|
|The co-pilot took well over 150 photos yesterday.|
The lovely little city of Carmel by the Sea (also home to the famous Pebble Beach Golf courses) was a treat. It is not our first time here....but it is always a pleasure. We rolled in at lunch time and the setting was perfect for some time off the bike.
|Rolling into the City made famous by its one time Hollywood star Mayor, Clint Eastwood.|
|Beautiful buildings.....clean roads, flowery boulevards, tidy yards and speed limits of no more than 25 make this a most pleasant place to spend some time visiting.|
|We checked out several restaurants and settled on this lovely spot for a feed of pasta. It was top class.|
|Directly behind Jeanette lies a couple of Pebble Beach Golf holes.|
|We could even pet them.|
|"Come on lady.......give me more........"|
|The best I could do, from such a long distance, was to capture this shot of one of the Pebble Beach greens.|
|A similar view with a wider lens.|
|Jeanette walked down to the waters edge and had to work hard to get back up in the very soft sand.|
|There was no emergency....but this drive by seemed routine.|
|Great looking sign on our way out of Carmel.|
|High cliffs remind one of Ireland.|
|Now in San Fransisco|
|It was our fourth time in this city and our fourth time crossing the lovely Golden Gate Bridge.|
|I've watched a documentary on the building and maintenance of this bridge. It was an engineering marvel at the time it was designed and built. It remains a marvel today too.|
|Alcatraz - The infamous prison.....|
|The lovely city.....|
It was 6:30 pm when we left the Golden Gate lookout for points north. Once again we chose to ride the #1 highway to Petaluma. Not that it was a mistake, but I regretted that decision when we discovered that riding to Petaluma (only about 40 miles north from San Fransisco) ended up being a most taxing two hour, hard and incredibly slow, ride through some of the tightest twists and turns imaginable.
|Looks beautiful....and it is....but at 10 to 15 mph, this road can drive a seasoned rider to exhaustion.|
|High cliff side road. Way back in the smog (looking south) is the city of San Fransisco.|
|Out of the cliff side, this nail biting road and the coolness of Redwood trees helped us to understand why there was so little traffic. The road was in pristine condition. We presumed this road is not widely driven.|
We are glad we did the ride....but that won't happen again....at least not in the near future. Highway 101 would have been faster route. Oh well! The countryside and seaside presented incredible views. I now understand why the posted signs restricted vehicles over 30 ft. in length. No hitch pin vehicles recommended! RVers need to keep this in mind.
Today (Friday) will see us make far better time. We'll ride the 101 on our ride towards Eureka in Northern California. We are not sure if we'll overnight in California or somewhere along the coast in southern Oregon. We'll see how the ride goes today.
We're looking forward to a less taxing ride. The weather is overcast - mainly with marine cloud - but we'll suit up for rain. Sun is forecast for mid-day or later today and the weekend forecast is looking good too.
Time to roll.....!
Thanks for dropping by.