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Old 04-10-2013, 01:55 AM   #361
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This is long overdue. Partly because we've had other things going on (as mentioned previously) and partly because the last day back from Cambria was pretty uneventful. We were only about 120 miles from home and we needed to get home somewhat early since Stephanie had to go to work later that afternoon. It was also Super-Bowl sunday (yikes….yeah it's been that long!!) and I wanted to get home in time to watch the game.



Looking out the window that morning when we woke up I saw it was bit overcast. It was early so there was some time for that to clear up. It was time for breakfast. This hotel didn't offer Stephanie's free breakfast and from the reviews we had seen on yelp, the in-house restaurant wasn't that great. If we were going to pay for breakfast, it wasn't going to be there. Besides, with how little time we were going to be there in town, we might as well get out and go for a walk We found a place that was right down the street called the Old Monterey Cafe. Looked promising enough.




This place was on the same street as the Asian place we had been to on our previous trip here to Monterey. Walking inside we found the restaurant to be a small, comfortable place. The walls inside are decorated with old movie posters, print ads and the like. It was pretty busy this morning, but luckily, no wait.

We were greeted and shown to our table by a friendly hispanic guy. We chatted with him a bit and then he left us to our menus.


Was a bit bored as Stephanie went to the restroom and snapped some pictures of the tower-o-cream:



They had a bit of everything on the breakfast menu and we opted for this (by the time i got around to these pictures Stephanie was just about done getting rid of the evidence):




If you're in Monterey, check the place out. The staff was great and the food was equally good. Anyway, we paid our bill and were just sitting talking when we noticed a young couple that had walked in and was now waiting for a table. We figured we'd get going and let them have the table. Time to head back to the hotel and head out.

As you've probably gathered by now, we have the whole packing thing down to a science. It wasn't long before we were warming up the bikes, getting everything loaded and were on our way. The weather had cleared up a bit. It was still a bit on the cool side, but still better than it had been a few days previously. This is the first time we wouldn't be heading back along the coast from here. It would be highway all the way there and I really wasn't looking forward to it (see previous mentions of how I dread long highway stints……it's just fu%#$ng exhausting and boring to me to sit in the same position for so long). I guess in the end it still beats working or doing a million other things. I'm still out on the bike with Stephanie. Things could definitely be worse!! Plus it's hard to not get spoiled with all the great roads we now have around here.

Because the ride wasn't so long and because we had to get back home, there would be no stop for lunch along the way. The plan was to get home and eat something there. The drive as you can also imagine was pretty uneventful. The sun had come out and so had the wind. Something an open highway always seems to make more prevalent. One thing that was kind of funny during the ride was this car with 4 young guys in it that was cruising next to us snapping away with their camera. Must have looked pretty cool to them to see 2 Streetfighters, one of which was piloted by a woman.

Along the way we made one stop just to stretch our legs and another to get gas. That one stop was ironically right down the street from Stephanie's work, where she would be just a few hours from then. We joked that she should have just brought her scrubs….it would have saved her a trip back. From there it wouldn't be too long before we would make it home. That short leg of the trip was only "highlighted" by the guy in an old chevy that insisted on getting in front of us and peppering us with what seemed like a quart-a-minute of burning oil. Even though we ended up getting back in front of him just to avoid it, our visors had a film of crud on them from there on out. Didn't bother stopping since we would be home soon. The helmets and the bikes would get a good wash soon enough.

So that's pretty much it. We got home, I got the bikes and gear put away and Stephanie made me this to have while I watched the game. Not a bad way to end a great weekend…..

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Old 04-10-2013, 02:43 AM   #362
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To anyone who's enjoyed this ride report, check out this report by openroad98. Really encompasses what a motorcycle trip is all about, from adversity to family to the nice people you meet along the way. The report isn't too long (like mine probably is) and really well written (like mine probably is not). Well done my friend

P.S. I'm from the east coast and can relate to some of that rain he experienced
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:19 AM   #363
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To anyone who's enjoyed this ride report, check out this report by openroad98. Really encompasses what a motorcycle trip is all about, from adversity to family to the nice people you meet along the way. The report isn't too long (like mine probably is) and really well written (like mine probably is not). Well done my friend

P.S. I'm from the east coast and can relate to some of that rain he experienced
Wow,

Thank you for the honorable mention, Gus! Glad you enjoyed the read and my report isn't short by choice, I actually do not enjoy writing all that much. Only when talking about something I really enjoy or have a passion for... then the words can flow for awhile so long as I have pictures to fill in the paragraph gaps.

Glad you understood about the rain, it's hard to escape it on the East coast since the storms pretty much come in across a few states and run their course until the front passes. And fall rains are COLD!

I will write the next ride report a little different as I didn't take a lot of notes and pretty much wrote it all up after I got back but when everything was fresh on my mind. Next trip I'll post a report up here, this forum is way easier to work with as far as photo posting... and the people here are pretty cool too! I woke up to another 3" of snow this morning, ridiculous and I'm counting the days until I can be here again:

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Old 04-10-2013, 09:37 AM   #364
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Wow,

Thank you for the honorable mention, Gus! Glad you enjoyed the read and my report isn't short by choice, I actually do not enjoy writing all that much. Only when talking about something I really enjoy or have a passion for... then the words can flow for awhile so long as I have pictures to fill in the paragraph gaps.

Glad you understood about the rain, it's hard to escape it on the East coast since the storms pretty much come in across a few states and run their course until the front passes. And fall rains are COLD!

I will write the next ride report a little different as I didn't take a lot of notes and pretty much wrote it all up after I got back but when everything was fresh on my mind. Next trip I'll post a report up here, this forum is way easier to work with as far as photo posting... and the people here are pretty cool too! I woke up to another 3" of snow this morning, ridiculous and I'm counting the days until I can be here again:

My pleasure man. I thought it was really good!! And you write well so definitely don't keep from doing them and posting them here.

We pushed thru some especially heavy rain back east one summer through the Carolina's. it was hot all day, but of course this ended up happening in the mountains and it got freakin COLD. So yeah, not fun. Not sure "hotel-man" here wouldn't have stopped and called it a day after finding myself in something as cold as what you did!! lol. (Hey I am originally from Miami after all).

Anyway, hope to get a ride report on your upcoming trip. Keep me posted!!




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Old 04-13-2013, 04:29 PM   #365
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Thanks for continuing to write up your travels, Gus! You two have definitely inspired me. I've got some time set aside for my first road trip. Just need to set an itinerary, get a tail pack, and make it happen.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:25 AM   #366
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I really enjoy reading your ride reports. Please keep them coming.

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:15 AM   #367
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Thanks for continuing to write up your travels, Gus! You two have definitely inspired me. I've got some time set aside for my first road trip. Just need to set an itinerary, get a tail pack, and make it happen.
Candiya, it's great to hear from you. I really hope you do get out and do that trip. You'll be so glad you did. Don't look at the final destination and think "that's so far to go (on my own / on a bike / whatever)". If you were to go to say Kennewick, would it be too far? Probably not. Each leg of your trip will be like that. Just remember you're not doing it all at once so don't let that keep you from doing it. I'm sure you've done a day of riding around where you live and cover 150-200 miles without even noticing. This will be the same, just in a direction you might not know. Get yourself a GPS that you can mount on the bike (nuvi, zumo, etc), learn how to program it (you sometimes have to input addresses as waypoints to "force" it to go the way you want it to go) and you'll be good!! Keep me posted though. Would love to hear how it goes.

Btw, The next time we're back in your area we'll let you know. It would be great to ride with you.




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Old 04-15-2013, 10:36 AM   #368
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Great write up!
Seems several riders were in Victoria last fall while I was elsewhere!
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #369
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The two of you live very well... I can appreciate that. Odd that people chime in and cast their negative opinions. You are a lot like me as I read your chronicles, nice things that you both enjoy very much and you both obviously have EXCELLENT taste in food.

Your photos are stellar and your writing is inspiring! I'm a lurker normally, but just wanted to compliment your post.

And that garage....

I enjoyed reading very much.

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:43 AM   #370
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and really well written (like mine probably is not).

Oh stop fishing, we're still here aren't we?
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:42 AM   #371
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Great write up!
Seems several riders were in Victoria last fall while I was elsewhere!
You live in a very cool little town my friend. We hope to be back very soon
Hopefully next time we'll make time to go out to areas, like Tofino. Any other areas you'd recommend?

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The two of you live very well... I can appreciate that. Odd that people chime in and cast their negative opinions. You are a lot like me as I read your chronicles, nice things that you both enjoy very much and you both obviously have EXCELLENT taste in food.

Your photos are stellar and your writing is inspiring! I'm a lurker normally, but just wanted to compliment your post.

And that garage....

I enjoyed reading very much.
Thanks for the post Gerry. I guess it's true when they say you can't please everyone. It's ok though. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it and sure as hell am not going to change the way we do things because of it either.

The garage is undergoing a few changes. Putting in some lighting and got rid of the overhead garage motor and replaced it with one of THESE. Now that I have it I don't know how this isn't the standard. Very quiet and replaces the entire track and motor from the middle of the ceiling. Thing even has wi-fi in order to check if you left the door open. If you did you can close it (or open it) remotely from your phone, ipad or computer.



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Oh stop fishing, we're still here aren't we?
lol...not fishing at all. I really did think his RR was well written. I try as best I can to get our point across but always wonder if it's too detailed. Hopefully the pictures make up for any shortcomings in the writing
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:47 PM   #372
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Got just a bit behind and just caught up. Old Monterey Cafe in Monterey is one of the 3 equally great breakfast places in Monterey. Rosine's, on the opposite side of the street (Alvarado) going towards the ocean is another one.
I'm still looking for the third.

Rosine's is the best place for desert. Killer Cakes and each slice should feed a minimum of 3 people.

I've really enjoyed your report and pictures. Looking forward to the next installment.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:20 AM   #373
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:27 AM   #374
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Whatever you think of your writing style, it works. Let's see, detailed accounts, great pics, cute wife, hot bikes, awesome roads.....what's not to like?
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:27 AM   #375
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Time for this year's trip. Thinking of doing a route like the one below, which will take us through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah. Anything you'd add? Anything you'd leave out?

Click HERE for route

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