FlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 640 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
I have never posted a trip report before, so I guess now is as good of a time as any.
Well I'm home for a week during Thanksgiving break, and my friend and I decided to ride up HWY 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) on our motorcycles. We left Tuesday Nov 24 and returned Wednesday the 25th. We left Northridge, CA at 8 AM and reached our campsite at Ventana Campground off of Palo Colorado Road around 7 PM. The next morning, we left the campsite around 9 AM, and headed north through Monterey and went to visit Leguna Seca Raceway. It was our first time seeing it. We then headed south towards home. I got back around 7:30 PM, even though my friend and I got split up in Big Sur and looked for each other for about an hour. Anyways, I'll include the route and pictures.
Here's the route we took up, I'll start at an intersection near my house. (google maps isn't cooperating with me at the moment so I can't show the exact route, but that's pretty much what we did). The way back down was a little different than the route up. We went down HWY 1 the whole way down, then when we met up with the 101 we branched off again in Santa Maria to take HWY 1 down towards Santa Barbara, then took the 101 all the way back to 23 and then 118 and then home in the Valley again. It got really windy as we approached home. The weather could not have been better!
Here's the first picture I took, just north of Ojai on HWY 33. It was amazing.
That's my 1994 Honda CBR 900 RR loaded with a tank bag and all our camping gear.
Now entering the central valley area
There was an F-18 that flew right in front of me, and over my friend (he was ahead of me a ways). It was terrain masking and did some awesome flying. I actually caught it in a picture, but it's kinda hard to see. If you look closely under the middle peak, you can see a grey dot against the green background. That's the F-18.
the road ahead
view from my friend's bike
and me on my bike
this is a pretty sweet shot...
and my friend riding his bike. It's a 1994 Honda VFR 750. much more of a cruising bike than mine.
where we stopped to eat lunch
we ate on a plateau of a cow pasture
we then saw elephant seals on the elephant seal beach north of Cambria
a lighthouse in the distance
starting to climb up a little ways on HWY 1
and back down again
we decided to stop here and take a little break, and figure out where we were going to camp, and also watch the sunset.
the bushes were in bloom
last sliver of the sun
trying to find camping, we came across a nice viewpoint high up
the campsite the next morning
When I woke up, I saw this view as I got out of the tent. We got to the campsite in the dark, so we had no idea what the surrounding area looked like
our breakfast, chunky clam chowder and saltines. sounded like a good idea the night before, but when we actually ate it we weren't too thrilled. Not at 7:30 AM.
there was a track day going on, so it was cool to see the raceway in use
now on the way back down, just south of Piont Lobos
helmet hair and looking into the sun. not the most flattering picture of me
a neat bridge that was built in the early '20s
That's the last photo I took. I took lots more between the first and last, but I figured a lot were the same and didn't want to clutter this too much.
I hope you enjoyed this, as the ride was definitely enjoyable. Yes I was very sore once I got home, because I hadn't rode my bike since August until I took this trip. It was totally worth it.
DXing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
Great pics. We drove the PCH back in 2001. Stopped at some of the same places you did. One of the really interesting places was the Hearst Castle near San Simeon CA. You drove on that highway at night? Wow, the lack of guard rails and the possibility of of pretty thick fog showing up out of nowhere would deter me. We spent the night at one of the motels at the bottom of the hill in San Simeon and about an hour after the sun went down the fog was so thick you couldn't see 10 feet.
Glad you had a good time though!!! Campbell chunky clam chowder!!!! Always good after a night of heavy drinking!!!
This drive is a permanent reminder of why a proper coastline must be rugged. I love the PCH to no end - I've driven it probably more than 10 times. I waited all of six months to do a camping trip up the PCH with friends when I first got my license (a bit dumb at the time, but the passion was there).
The central coast portion of the PCH is nice though a little repetitive - I actually prefer the stretches north of the Golden Gate Bridge through Point Reyes as its more scenic in terms of wildlife and landscapes. But the PCH between Monterey and SBP is just amazing - right on par with parts of 101 through the Redwood coast and southern Oregon....which is another great drive. Sigh...memories.
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FlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2448 times:
Quoting DXing (Reply 1): You drove on that highway at night?
Only for about 25 minutes or so, we were trying to find the turnoff for the camp site and we followed this UPS truck for a while and he was hauling ass. It was really funny to see him take those corners, I thought sometimes he'd topple.
Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 4): You must take really good care of your classic CBR b/c it looks great.
Thanks! The only thing that doesn't look great is the right side, I went down last Thanksgiving. All parts are fixed/replaced except for the plastics, because I can't afford the $500 that it would cost to replace cosmetic damage. I got it tuned in May and it just runs really well.