Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Fresno aka Shake & Bake California
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Alice's, Lick, and the Big Sewer
Did 645 miles in the last 2 days. Yep I am sore and tired. Was able to check off a couple of boxes on the bucket list.
Having flown in and out of the Bay area for over 3 decades we would see the white domes of Lick Observatory on top of the hills east of San Jose. I always wanted to visit it on the ground and did so on Thursday. Check box 1. After living in California all my life I had never done the entire stretch of the famous highway 1 from Carmel down to Cambria. Have done it in a car a few times but never on a bike. Check box 2.
Lick is right at 3 hours from my house and was the first stop. It's mostly freeway for the first 1.5 hours and a bit boring. Once on the road going up the hill to the observatory you get to enjoy 1.5 hours of nothing but curves and interesting terrain. After some photo op's at the telescopes it was down the hill for a quick lunch in Alum Rock. From there it was the 280 to Page Mill Road up to Skyline Drive and Alice's Restaurant. The rest of day 1 was on numerous roads up off of Skyline Drive. Twisty City for sure and beautiful vegetation and big Red Woods. I eventually made it down to Morgan Hill for a night at the Hamster inn and Suites. I call it the "Hampster" because of many very short nights there with the airline. You would wake up in the morning feeling like you did not sleep but ran on the hampster wheel all night.
Day 2 launched into a crisp 42 degree morning for about an hour on the freeway down to Carmel to begin the 2 hour ride down the famous highway 1. It is a fantastic motorcycle road with nothing but curves and scenery that will take your breath away. South of Carmel you pass by the Big Sur area. Located on the mountain above it is the BSR (Big Sur) VOR for air navigation. We used to call it the Big Sewer for fun. After 2 hours of sheer delight I stopped for some excellent fish and chips at the Main Street Grill in Cambria.
I was pretty tired by this time so I took the mostly boring way home as I was ready to get off the bike and into my recliner with a tall cold brewski.
Grabbed a few shots along the way but unfortunately they really don't due it justice. I did not make any stops along highway 1 because of the traffic I had already gotten by. Even though it was a weekday there were still quite a few slugs slithering down the road at 20 mph.
Cookin Wid Gas
2015 V-650 of course it's green...it's a Kazawalski.