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Old 10-27-2014, 08:13 PM   #1
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It's been a while since I had a bike. It's also been a while since I've been out to different parts of the local coast. So long in fact that I completetly botched the time of day

I made it out to the Marin Headlands early in the morning. At this point parking was easy.


However, that pesky sun was shining in the wrong direction. These are the start of a civil war fortification that has essentially been left to the vandals while Ft. Point across the bay has remained protected.


Further up Hill 189 (probably given that name in WW2, there are two uncompleted 16" gun pits here) I was fighting not only having been here too early but the fog wasn't overly friendly.


You could still make out the island of the pelicans, which started civilized life as a military prison. Today its known as Alcatraz or The Rock. Once upon a time the local Crazy shirt shops sold a Tshirt that celebrated the non-existant Alcatraz Triathlon (dig-dash-dive). Today while the shirt is still sold there is really such a thing as the Alcatraz triathlon.


Sadly since the NPS has taken a more active role and the military has left, a lot of what was once open to the public is not closed off or far less accessible. About the only thing out there that I think should be locked off is the active LORAN station.


The only place thats been renovated or kept up for general public access is the Nike missile site. During the cold war this site had nuclear anti-aircraft missiles designed to kill entire squadrons at once.



Sometimes the US Park Police will run demos here, but when the Nike site was in operation this is where the guard dogs were housed/trained.


Stink lake. When the military was still here, floods would overpower their sewer systems and flush their contents into this marsh.


There were surprisingly few surfers at the beach today.


I stopped on the way down to get an ocean view of the bridge.


Followed by a bay view


Then it was off to shark town, er Tiburon. The one nice thing about this place is the free motorcycle parking has one of the best views in town.


The restaurant behind my bike used to be packed every day. The used to server authentic Mexican food from the Yucatan. Today catering to bland tourists the food is sadly more mexican-american and less spicy. Back when they opened in the early 80s the severs placed their orders over wireless devices. Take that iPad.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:20 PM   #2
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I was visiting my local watering hole when a deep rumbling sound interrupted my thoughts. I was a sound that didn't make sense. Then I saw the contraption that was uttering said sound and it all made sense. Id never heard a v8 motorcycle before.


I like the Corona collection bottle.




The owner had yet to try 'trailering' another bike on the side car but was going to try to take his panhead with him in the near future.




Later in the day my bike was visited by a bumblebee.


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Old 10-27-2014, 08:22 PM   #3
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