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    ian408
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    My 20,000 miles on BMW's

    Now that I have your attention...

    The clock turned over 4K on the GS today. This makes over 20K miles on BMW's. More
    miles on other bikes but a significant milestone for me.

    One significant difference today is that motorcycling has been more than
    just a means of transportation or sport riding. I have finally learned to
    merge the joy of riding with my desire to see and learn about the great
    state of California. Not to mention I've met some pretty neat people.

    Carrying on with a theme in my last report (you did notice there was
    something of a theme, right?), I headed over to Santa Cruz to visit
    Santa Cruz Mission.

    Santa Cruz is the 12th mission and founded in 1791. Unfortunately, the only
    part of the mission that remains is the neophyte housing. Most of the other
    buildings were demolished when the production output of the mission fell
    below what was considered acceptable levels for the times (hmmm....). In 1860,
    a new church was built on the old ground. Holy Cross is a rather modern looking
    structure built on the old mission site.



    When the mission closed, families were given ownership of the rooms they
    occuppied. Some stayed but most left within 10 years. One women
    (Cornelia Hopcroft) lived there until her death in 1983. It was Ms. Hopcroft
    that sold the land and the adobe to the state of California on condition she
    be allowed to live there for the rest of her life.

    Here's a shot looking down the mission's exterior.



    A couple of examples of the living accommodations. Rather spartan on
    this side...



    And oppulent on this end...



    The church was reconstructed on a slightly different site and now
    looks like this...





    Of course what trip to Santa Cruz would be complete without a stop on West Cliff
    Drive for a picture of the Boardwalk?



    Or the surfers?







    Or maybe you just want to wander on the beach...



    If you've read this far, thank you. I hope you enjoyed this little bit of
    California's history.

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    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
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    Very cool

    Congrats.
    -=Brad

    It isn't what you ride, it is if you ride

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    SNC1923
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    Ian,

    Enjoy your thoughtful reports and your good photography. Though a fan of architectural studies (like the missions) I really enjoyed the surfer pics, too.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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    When you were look'n at that church, ya could have turned and spit on dbrick's house, not that you would want to.

    And, when you were look'n at the surfers, you were a few blocks from my house.

    Welcome to Santa Cruz

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    ian408
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad
    When you were look'n at that church, ya could have turned and spit on dbrick's house, not that you would want to.

    And, when you were look'n at the surfers, you were a few blocks from my house.

    Welcome to Santa Cruz
    I sneezed walking back down the way--you think I might have hit dbrick's
    place? I hope not.

    I tell you, except for tourist season, you are both pretty lucky.

    Ian

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