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Old 11-15-2013, 02:09 PM   #1
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A SoCal Sojourn and Silver Linings

My friend from the UK, Sally Tyler, comes out about once a year to ride around the US with me, Tyler Risk and a whole cast of characters. So she came up with a brilliant idea for our own logo to document our episodes with, including t-shirts which you'll see upon occasion:


This year's "episode" would take us on an 8-day sojourn to Southern California since we figured we had a better chance at good weather and I hadn't really ridden much down that way. The journey would take us places we'd never been and remind us of silver linings that can be found in almost everything that happens...

Silver Linings = A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.

So we began on a Thursday morning, clear blue skies, cool temps, and high spirits... our special guest stars for the day, CC & Bill, would be accompanying us to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo...

DAY 1: http://tinyurl.com/lxw5mkx

Sally's low-tech GPS to get to the meeting point...


Our chosen route for the day started with Hwy. 25...


Then on to Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd...




Where the fall colors were in play...


And out to the beautiful coast where the weather gods were smiling down on us... one must pay close attention as you near the coast... the views are spectacular and the road is narrow...




You can see CC to the left of center down there...
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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We stopped at Ragged Point for lunch and wandered about the grounds... tons of monarch butterflies flitted about the lavender...


We hightailed it via Hwy 1 to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, a kitschy hotel with varied decorative themes for each room... Sally had wanted to stay here so I reserved the Safari room complete with waterfall shower...




Biker laundry line...


Freshly waterfalled, we headed for dinner and gawked at the architecture...




The Gold Rush Steak House has great food and is quite a sight to behold...




The next morning Sally and I headed for the pool and hot tub for a dip before breakfast...




We had breakfast at the Copper Cafe...


And then shared a moment with our special guest stars before they headed back for home and we continued on our merry way...


To come - off to Simi Valley... the long way 'round!
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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DAY TWO: San Luis Obispo to Simi Valley - http://tinyurl.com/n2p65x7

We took our time as we didn't have a long way to go and waited for the morning to warm up a bit. There were a couple of roads nearby that I had heard about but never ridden so off we went to try them out...

Prefumo Canyon Rd.


Which wound its way up top with a great view of the rock at Morro Bay...


And also includes a short (less than a mile) stint on hard-packed dirt... I'd kinda forgotten about that part... oops! Sally is not a fan of dirt roads but she hung in there and made it through unscathed...




And then down See Canyon where we were treated to more fall colors which would become more and more prevalent as we traveled...


A hop, skip, and a jump down 101 to 166 which some find boring but we very much enjoyed the wide open sweepers that came one after another... no pics... having too much fun... then it straightens out a bit and the landscapes get pretty barren but, we both agreed, still beautiful to look at...


A tale of two farmlands...
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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And finally we descended upon the twists and turns of Hwy 33 toward Ojai...




We came across another display of color and had to stop to drink it in...








And then onward to more yee-haw moments...


We had a late lunch in Ojai and then high-tailed it to my sister's house in Simi Valley via 150 and 23 and a wee bit of Friday afternoon traffic... a wonderful home-cooked meal, a good night's sleep and we were ready for the adventures that the next day would hold for us...


Next up... HOLLYWOOD baby!!
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:16 PM   #5
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DAY THREE: Simi Valley to Hollywood - http://tinyurl.com/lkv8yqp

We were greeted early Saturday morning by three of my favorite SoCal contingent, Larry, Curly and Moe... no wait, that would be Richard, John, and Steve (eerily close in comparison)...


They had agreed to help guide us through some of the canyon roads around Malibu... the morning was cool and off we went... part one - 23/Mulholland Hwy, Decker Canyon, Encinal Canyon, Hwy 1, Kanan Dume Rd...


John chasing me down...


Then back on Mulholland Hwy until we arrived at the famed Rock Store which seemed much smaller than I imagined it to be!


John was more than willing to lend a hand, two even, for our photo opp...


Richard/redtail and Laurie joined us for part of the ride and off we went winding our way on a section of Mulholland that is called "The Snake" for obvious reasons when you ride it...




There is also a specific corner where a photographer lays in wait to capture riders on their way up... I liked the pic so gave him a few bucks for the download...


Group shot of the day's special guest stars...
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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And then we were off again on a spirited romp down through the canyons and out to the coast... I think this was Latigo Canyon which was a roller coaster ride road!






And then time for lunch in Malibu... this place had awesome fresh seafood and we gave it two thumbs up!!


The fog would roll in an out as we lunched...


And we watched a big bicycle race go by as it clogged up the PCH...


Richard and Laurie bade us goodbye for the day and Richard/Fairlaner showed us the escape route...


After zigging and zagging our way up, we came down on Tuna Canyon Rd. which is a one way road... no worries about oncoming traffic on your side of the road which was good because it was narrow and very windy... and it was all ours!






Quintessential Richard...
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:18 PM   #7
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When I was initially planning the trip, I had asked Sally if she had ever been to Hollywood... and she replied no but YES let's go! So our next stop was the Hollywood sign which Richard led us on a merry chase along freeways and small, narrow wiggling streets complete with a U-turn for good measure... starting with Sunset Blvd. to see how some of the rich folk live...


Until finally we found the photo opp spot and did the tourist thing... Sally Tyler Risk style...


The boys left us but we would see them later for dinner that evening... Sally and I descended upon Tinsel Town, aka Hollyweird, and we weren't disappointed...




Until arriving at our hotel for the evening...


We were directed to park our bikes back next to the Corvette display, we unloaded and headed into our room which online looks much swankier than our room was... very disappointed in this place as it was VERY expensive (paying for location as you are right across the street from Grauman's Chinese Theatre) with very little bang for the buck, imo... but our spirits were not dampened and we showered and then hit the streets to check out the sights...








The closest I'll most likely ever get... sigh...


Ya never know what you'll see rolling down the sidewalk...


Lots of characters on the streets waiting to take photos with tourists for a few bucks... guess you gotta make a living while waiting for that big break...


These ladies weren't so keen on having their photos taken unless you flashed some green...
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:20 PM   #8
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We walked up the actual staircase where all the stars enter for the Academy Awards...


And then we met up with da boyz again as well as the lovely Karen (Mrs. Fairlaner) and had a wonderful dinner at Musso & Frank's Grill which has been around since 1919 and it appeared that some of the staff had been there that long too... it was a really fun place and the food was fantastic... good choice for the H'wood experience...


My long-time friend from college, Dori, who lives in SoCal and works in "The Biz" doing casting for the show "Wilfred" met us for dinner too...


And then made our way back to our hotel on the busy and brightly colored streets...






We made our way through the throngs of the young, rich & beautiful people in our hotel, got in our jammies, turned on the t.v. and caught a very bizarre b/w movie starring a very young William Shatner and all speaking in what appeared to be Italian... I Google'd it and found out the movie was called "Incubus"... some sort of horror movie... it was very bizarre but a somehow appropriate way to end the day...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incubus_%281966_film%29

We drifted off to the sounds of the busy streets below and I hoped I wouldn't be plagued by dreams of bad acting...

Next up... an unexpected detour...
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:27 AM   #9
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DAY FOUR: Hollywood to Palm Springs (original route) - http://tinyurl.com/l5jdxoz

We hit the road early and drove through a very different Hollywood at that time of day... streets and sidewalks were empty and we high-tailed it outta town before anyone got up... we were rewarded with a lovely sunrise to cheer us on...


We slabbed our way to the beginning of Hwy 2/Angeles Crest Hwy. It was early and there was very little traffic out and what was out was easily passed... you can see the road running along the ridge...


Lots and lots of this...


And a huge thank you to ULEWZ for the suggestion of Upper Big Tujunga Rd... we ended up doing it twice - out and back again - from Hwy 2... judging by the number of bikes we saw going both ways, it looks to be a local favorite and I could definitely see why!!


Continuing on 2, the road gets higher up in elevation and we started seeing snow on the mountainsides... as we were rounding a corner going from sun into shade, I didn't see the rocks that had slid onto the road... and they were really BIG rocks... and I hit one square on the right front tire... HARD... the cleaner part of the road after I hit that rock...


I kept going and everything seemed to be okay... for a minute or two... and then the steering started feeling wonky... I looked at the right front tire and it was flat... flatty flat FLAT. We were 14 miles outside of Wrightwood and I was pissed and bummed and wtf-was-I-gonna-do-ing... when a truck pulled up and, after telling him my sad story, offered me a lift down to the ranger's station about 10 miles away... his name? Jesus... really.


Sally followed behind on her bike and as I thought about it, I was glad I hit the rock instead of her because she very likely would have gone down... and that would have been worse... big time silver lining. No cell service so one of the ranger guys let me in to use their phone so I could call a tow truck. We were in a nice area, picnic tables, water, and restrooms so it could've been worse while we waited for the tow truck.


And the fall colors were really pretty to look at too...


The tow truck arrived after about an hour and took me back to the scene of the flat... he valiantly tried to plug the tire but the rock had made a pretty good gash in the sidewall and the plug wouldn't hold...


So up she went for the ride back down the hill... I kept an eye on her in the side mirror...


Yeah, yeah...


The closest dealer was in San Bernardino, Chapparal Motosports... HUGE store and a sense of humor to boot...


It was Sunday so the service dept was closed but they took pity on me and took the bike in to their secure lot until I could call the next morning. We stayed that evening with my friend, Lynn, in Palm Springs, who has a fairly well developed sense of humor...


To follow... new tires, good Samaritans, and a happy ending (not that kind!!)...
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:36 PM   #10
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DAY FIVE: Palm Springs to Riverside to San Bernardino to Idlywild to Palm Springs!

The next morning, I called the dealer to find out they didn't have the very specific sized front tires in stock... but there was a dealer in Riverside who did... if I could pick them up, bring them over, they'd mount them right away. Hmmm... how was I gonna manage all that with no transportation?? Well, a gent on the FJRforum, Robert / Fly Bye, had PM'd me to see if we could meet up for coffee or something since he and his wife were residing in Palm Springs at the moment... well, he got more than he bargained for! When I called with my predicament, he said he'd be more than happy to schlep me around on the tire mission... and shortly thereafter picked me up... in his shiny red Corvette!!


Sally followed along, we picked up and delivered tires, got some lunch, and Sally was happy because she got to do some shopping and bought a new jacket, and I made a new friend in Robert... pretty good silver linings!

Sybil had new shoes and we were back on the road... Robert followed along for a bit and we decided to take a step back in time at Cabazon... Sally had spotted them off the freeway on our way out of Palm Springs so we decided that we would go visit them... I mean, c'mon... how many dinosaurs are there hanging around SoCal??




The crows were unimpressed...


And we bade our new friend and very special guest star, Robert, a fond adieu until we meet again...


I can't thank you enough for all your help and look forward to paying you back with that dinner soon!


We still had a couple of hours of daylight left so figured we'd catch up on a road or two that we missed the day before so off up 243 toward Idllywild we went... the sides of the hills were blanketed in green... fire retardant chemicals from a wildfire a few months prior...


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The road climbs real fast and soon have a view of the desert, quickly leaving civilization behind...








The desert sunset has an amazing energy to it...


Sally caught me in a moment of quiet contemplation and gratitude for this amazing world we live in...


We didn't dawdle much as we didn't want to be caught in the dark on the way down 74... just look at those twists and turns!!


We rolled in just after dark and tucked the machines away before enjoying a home cooked meal and wonderful evening with Lynn who graciously let us stay at her place an extra night...


Lynn calls the desert a healing place and I think I understand what she means... I kind of didn't want to leave... hard to put into words but it definitely has a wonderful energy to it...


We enjoyed a home-cooked meal, good wine, and fun conversation before reluctantly dragging ourselves to bed... we wondered what the next day would have in store for us...

Stay tuned for the next installment of the STR show... back on track!
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The Palms to Pines Highway is pretty neat, isn't it? Enjoying your report.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:33 PM   #13
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The Palms to Pines Highway is pretty neat, isn't it? Enjoying your report.
VERY neat! I had ridden it once about 10 years ago but it's always fun to revisit and bring a friend along to share in the fun!
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DAY SIX: Palm Springs to Kernville - http://tinyurl.com/qemhcva

The morning was sunny and mild and we wondered if we should put on any extra layers which we did and were very glad for awhile later... we bade goodbye to our special guest star, Lynn, before gearing up and hitting the road...


We were a day behind schedule but back on track for the planned route... today would turn out to be "The Best Day Ever" and we could not keep the smiles off of our faces... passed the myriad of wind turbines lining the desert floor...


A little bit of slab and then to Hwy 38 which was devoid of traffic and an absolutely stunning road...




As we got higher up in elevation, the fall colors were seemingly putting on a show just for us...


We looped around the north side of Big Bear Lake where most of the summer homes looked to be all closed up for the season... but the views were stunning...






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We had decided to skip breakfast and get on the road early so by now our tummies were definitely complaining... we stopped at the first place we found and it would turn out to be a perfect decision...


If you ever find yourself at Big Bear Lake, be sure to stop in at this restaurant and say hi to Kathy who runs the place... great service, friendly banter, and yummy food...


And to top it all off, a gentleman came over to our table to apologize for distracting Kathy with conversation and keeping her from our table... Sally and I both looked at each other in astonishment and, with childlike glee, she mouthed, "It's... FATHER CHRISTMAS!!"... we could not believe our good fortune and we both were just giddy... he graciously agreed to take a photo with us so Sally could show her granddaughter who we had met on our trip...


We weren't sure how the day could get better but we still had lots of time... I had eliminated a road or two to make sure we didn't get caught in the dark on our way to Lake Isabella... so we headed for the upper part of 18, aka Rim of the World Hwy... first the big sweepers...


And then... BAM!! The breathtaking view...




Continuing on, we scooted down 138 which is a bit like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride for the first half or so and I have no photos because we were just having too much fun and needed all our concentration on the road ahead... the lower half goes by Silverwood Lake and has some nice sweepers and twists & turns as well...


And then it was time to bite the bullet and hit the "boring" part... I15 to 395 to 58... pretty much straight, straight, and then for good measure... more straight...


And some roadwork, which gave us ample time to stretch our legs a bit... remember, silver linings!


When we got to 58, we broke up the boredom by playing photo tag along the way...


The clouds were actually pretty cool looking and good energy all around...


We were getting a little silly toward the end...
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