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Old 09-14-2012, 10:38 AM   #16
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So, I started up the mountain after battling the casino traffic on the '76. While I wholeheartedly support the tribes' right to casinos, they shouldn't be allowed more than 500 feet off the interstate! They are killing what were good roads in the 80's. Here's pretty much what the scenery was all the way up:



I stopped for gas, coffee and a gut bomb at the gas station by the Pala Casino and saw some nice rock work on the side of the parking structure:



As you can probably tell by now, I really dig small details photos.

Got to the top after taking the South Grade Road. There was a lot of dirt washed across the roads, and I sucked up the seat on the first blind curve I ran into it on. I slowed down a bit for some wiggle room, and the rest or the ride was fun! Too gray out for good pictures (but I was having too much fun to stop for them anyways ).

How many of you who ride Palomar on the weekends have ever seen this in the Palomar parking lot?




I love good roads on the weekdays! Palomar is also home to my absolute favorite post office:
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:16 AM   #17
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I'm so not techno-savy! Anyhow, I'm back. Here's my favorite post office:



Just a little (bad) picture to show that yes, there are pine trees in Southern Cal., you just have to look for them:



The front ends of two harley's that showed up. Sorry, didn't get a shot of them. Not into them, and I forget some people here appreciate them. I'll try and get pictures next time I come across them. Nice dudes though. We shot the, umm, I mean chatted for a few.

I decided to go down the West Grade Road, and it was nice, as there wasn't much dirt across the road at all.

Pulled over to look at a memorial to a Native American who died fighting the La Jolla fire:





It's nice people are still leaving offerings.

Saw a scenic turnout and pulled in. The gray skies are still pissing me off, as everything looks muted. Nice view though:



My bike waited patiently for my return:



I decided at the bottom to continue east on the 76. Straaighter and more boring than I remembered. I kept sing the Beatles to myself with altered lyrics. "The Long and Boring Road...". Wound up in Warner Springs, where I decided to make a uey at the glider field:





It was 2:00, and I knew if I headed back then, I just might miss rush hour on the 405. Stopped again for gas, coffee and a smoke. It's safe to smoke here, right?




Saw a dude on a duc getting gas. He had a testile one piece suit that not only matched his bike, but had knee pucks. I didn't even know you could get knee pucks on textile. :

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Old 09-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #18
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Made it home at 4:00, missing traffic entirely! Stopped to eat and shared a space with one of the new Honda cb250's. Very cool little bikes:





Did 276 miles. Not bad seeing I left at 9:30.




Ended the day with a barbeque mix plate from L&L Hawaiian Barbeque. Yummy! Warning, vegans should not look at this picture:




It was a fun day despite the gray skies which made picture taking bad (but was great weather for riding!) . Tomorrow I have a couple rides planned and which one I take will depend on the weather. Hopefully, no matter where I go, I'll have time to post everything on Sunday. Thanks again for looking everyone!
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:45 AM   #19
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Sat. on PCH

I had 2 options yesterday. I was either going to take the KLR to Big Bear or take the scooter on a ride south on PCH. The thermometer was at 91 degrees at 8:00 in the a.m., so the coast won out big time! Be aware, there are a lot of pictures for this trip, so I hope you don't get bored!

Started down PCH and stopped at Sunset Beach to snap some pictures of my favorite house:



The dude who built it out of an old water tower lived there for years, but now it's a vacation rental. Hate to see how much it would cost to rent! Here's the address for those rich enough to be interested:



Sorry to have cut off the top of this next one. Wondering, though, how quick could I split after an earthquake?



In case you hadn't noticed, I figured out how to rotate my pictures and they were automatically fixed for the rest of the thread! Little things make me happy.

Saw some surfers, but the waves weren't overly impressive:



The view from the beach:




You'll notice I had to park a bit, well, creatively:



Right at the end of the crosswalk. A cop went by and didn't say a thing...

More in a bit here...
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #20
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I was going to stop in Huntington Beach, but every parking spot has a meter! There is no where to park in H.B. by the beach without paying either in a paid lot or by feeding the meter!

Well, H.B., for not allowing people who are visiting the beach that belongs to them and spending their hard earned cash in your stores, resturants and bars free parking anywhere, you get the Poorly-focused-adv-salute-in-a-dirty-mirror:



Yup, you douchebags who run H.B. don't even deserve a good picture! Kept going to Newport Beach, where there's free parking all over.It is a bit yuppified, however! The kid's jungle gym in the park even has a mini rock climbing wall, I guess to train them in the latest yuppie fitness fad:



We all know beer and pizza go together, but Newport has taken it to the next level:



Now I just got some coconut water, however a pepperoni and some Maker's Mark was sounding mighty tasty!

I know I'm old. Apple vodka didn't even exist when I lost my virginity!



Panama Red, however, was involved (okay, now I'm really showing my age)!

A few shots of a cool mural on the side of a surf shop, one involving an old Honda ujm, cb550 maybe?

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Old 09-16-2012, 12:38 PM   #21
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Photobucket at again! Why oh why won't they allow me access to Smug-Bug at work? Life would be so much easier...anyhow, here's the rest of the mural shots:







Ran into this resturant sign: shhhh, the secret ingredient is viagra:



Next stop, the not so world famous Shake Shack. It was better when it was an independent joint, but the views of Crystal Cove rock, and Ruby's shakes aren't too bad:



Some views of Crystal Cove from the shack: I want to live in this house!





Mmmmmm, coffee and chocolate shake:



Another view:



Next it was on to San Clemente and this little coffee house:



A bicyclist across the parking lot relaxing:

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Old 09-16-2012, 12:57 PM   #22
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AARHG! Photobucket froze again. Glad I have no plans today other than washing the bikes later. Let's see if I can continue here.

So, an ice coffee under a palm tree by the beach. Wonder what the poor people are doing today?



Oh ya, the poor people are sipping an ice coffee under a palm tree by the beach. Does anyone see a theme to my trips, possible involving a tasty brown beverage best served either piping hot or over ice?

Love the sign!



A mural on the wall in a hallway to the can:



An interesting planter inside:



Cool sun on a house across the street:



Before I got my current job, I was a railroad engineer for the BNSF. Occasionally we'd catch the run to San Diego, which went right along the beach for several miles. My favorite!



I left San Clemente and started back. I got to Laguna Beach and realized I'd never actually stopped in in the 28 years I've lived in Socal, so I did the toourist thing. Bear with all the photos, there are a ton!
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:32 PM   #23
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Got to Laguna Beach and saw this tile by a drain, reminding people not to throw their crap in the street:



A statue of Grizzly Adams in Laguna Beach?



Not quite:





For all of you patiently waiting for bikinis, here's a semi-artistic back lit shot:



Taken through a window, what all the hardcore 1%ers are wearing in Laguna Beach these days:



Some dead animals' homes for sale (hey, who is that shadow of a man taking this crappy picture?)



This was actually a cool fountain. There's water running down these tiles:

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Old 09-16-2012, 01:39 PM   #24
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And onto the beach:




Some cool architecture:




Unlike the song, no one's going under this boardwalk:



The only meter I fed all day:



Some cool avante garde brickwork on a building:



Some what I believe are Native Americans in statuary outside the Fire Department:





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Old 09-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #25
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More Laguna

I waited, but Dr. Who never emerged:



Scooters and sport bikes, hanging out and getting along:



For those Harley lovers:



This next one, from a wall hanging inside a store, you can interpreet as you will. It says to me a woman saying "Hey Doc, guess where the flashlight got stuck?"



A happy dog in someone's car:



Gnarly thorns on a tree!



They forgot Tyler, too (if you get that nerdy reference, you payed attention in High School history):



Hey, he'll probably not do any worse than the dudes who are actually running:



Once again, my scooter waiting patiently. Bye Laguna!

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Old 09-16-2012, 02:01 PM   #26
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And youthought this ride report was over!

On the way home, I stopped in Bolsa Chica wetlands:



The bridge over the esturary:



What I thought was a fire turned out just to be a large flaring at a refinery (from about 20 miles away):



Yes, Bolsa Chica is a bird sanctuary:



This dude probably has every style of tin foil hat:



I walked back to the scooter, and couldn't find my keys. Notice how I left my jacket...



I had left them in my jacket pocket! D'oh!
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #27
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Fricken photobucket froze again, but I'm almost done here...

Next stop, Sunset and Harbor House for lunch/dinner:



A mural and trash at the Harbor House:



Mmmmmm, guacamole bacon cheeseburger....



Another mural with douchebag harley. I say douchebag because he was parkedin the space next to the handicapped parking that gives people enough room to remove wheelchairs etc. from their cars. Whoever you are, you deserve a huge adv salute!



A diner across the street where one can become fully engorged:



What's with the Woody's in O.C.? Anyone know? The real unanswerable question, though, is why you would name your resturant after the slang term for an erection...

Anyhow, back to my scooter...



And back home. Yup, this report is finally over. Thanks for all of you who slogged through all the pictures and joined me on this little adventure! 100 miles on the scooter (and almost as many pictures!)
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #28
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Love the pics and the report. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:56 PM   #29
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HB,

Nice thread you have going here. You captured some pretty nice spots in a short amount of time!
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:16 AM   #30
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Thanks Fred and Sam. I'm working a 60 hour week this week, so no riding until Saturday. Not sure where, maybe Big Bear or Wrightwood? It will be cooler this weekend, so either is an option. Anyways, won't be another ride report until Sunday.
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