Dear Family & Friends,
It has been a while since I inflicted my prose and spelling on you but today I am off on another motorcycle adventure so I am blogging again. If you don’t want to receive my reports just email me back and if you are not getting this directly and want to just email me your name and email adress.
So I will get you caught up to date. Since my last big motorcycle adventure I sold the rest of my business and I am FULLY retired.. Let me tell you after 46 years it feels great! I still have the passion for cars and working on them but not for running a business. Luckily I have a good restoration shop at home that more than keeps me busy restoring classic cars and motorcycles for myself.
Retirement suites me well. I am enjoying the freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want and the lack of pressure of running a business is gone. Over 46 years I think I got to used to the pressure and did not realize what it was doing to me. It feels good to be retired. I am in a good place right now. I have my health, a comfortable retirement income, and I am married to a wonderful woman who after 32 years of marriage I am still passionate about but appreciate what a wonderful person she is more and more every day. As her father once told be before I married Bonnie, “Treat her right and she will spoil you rotten”. I must be treating her wonderful because I am spoiled in every way possible…
So now the trip.. I and two friends, who I rode around the UK with last year, Brian and Ray. They are great to travel with. Both are extremely competent riders, easy going, and quite capable of carrying on an intelligent conversation in the evening after we have been riding all day.. And most importantly I think they can put up with me for a few weeks! At my age it is getting harder and harder to find good friends to ride motorcycles with, specially on long trips. Now hopefully this time Ray won’t have a heart attack.
We are heading up to Victoria Island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. There we plan to spend a week or so riding on old dirt logging roads. Riding in the dirt is fun and these roads will take us to places the average tourist doesn’t see.
We left San Luis Obispo this morning around 7:30am and headed up Highway 1. One of my favorite roads in the world. The weather cleared by mid morning and the traffic was surprisingly light so we had a great morning ride. We continued up 1 all the way to 19th ave in San Francisco which led us directly onto the Golden Gate Bridge. Once over the bridge we exited on the Stinson Beach exit which took us back to the coast and the old Hwy 1. Another great ride. We were planning to ride as far north as we could and spend the night on the coast but when we started looking for rooms even a dive was $400 per night! So around 5pm we rode back inland to US101 and eventually found some reasonable rooms and got off the bikes around 7:30pm. So basically 12 hours on the bikes.. Needless to say there are certain parts of my anatomy that is particularly sore tonight…..
For the next couple of days we will continue up the Northern California coast line to the Oregon coast line and then to Washington state and then ferry to Victoria Island.
Hopefully I can keep this interesting.. Go below for today’s photos..
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