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    Another California Coast Ride.

    A friend up from LA for the MotoGP stopped in to look at a used K bike at
    Cal BMW. Saturday, he flew up to pick the bike up. A great looking 1998
    K1200RS with only 16K miles on it.

    Saturday morning, I met Jerry at San Jose International. His flight was right
    on time. A quick drive up the 101 and I dropped him at Cal BMW in Mountain
    View then ran home and grabbed the RT. By 10:30, we'd met up with Roy
    and were on our way North.

    Our route took us through San Francisco, across the Golden Gate and into

    Here we are the GGB Vista Point.

    Valley Ford Road takes us all the way to Bodega Bay where we stop for a bite
    at The Tides. Nice place. Has a bar, full sit down restaurant and a "snack"
    bar where we grabbed Calamari, prawns and other goodies.

    Satiated, we head North, up the rugged California Coast stopping at the Stewart's
    Point General Store. If you're in the neighborhood, this place probably hasn't
    change too much since 1868.

    The store is also at the junction of Stewarts Point/Skaggs Springs Road which
    will take you all the way back to Geyesville/128 via a twisty little road.

    As we rode North, we passed the little towns of Albion, Little River and Finally
    Mendocino. We stopped for some culture at a film festival. Here we met Mike, a
    K bike owner. Mike lives in the Sacramento area and like us, was on the
    coast to beat the heat.

    Jerry, Mike and Roy take in the film festival party goers.

    Pretty soon, a young lady in period costume asked us if we'd like to go to a
    hat party. Fairly insistent and somewhat intoxicated, she said they'd be changing
    clothes on a regular basis and that free wine was available. Now I can say this
    but I cannot show you, the costume was rather revealing to say the least.

    As it was getting late, we decided to run up to Ft. Bragg, grab a room and have
    some dinner. Seems a few others were of the same mind and it took a while and
    some negotiating to get a room (thanks Mike!). And in the words of the hotelier, "we
    have only 5 months of tourist season" when trying to explain why the room was so

    Next on the menu, dinner. The Cliff House offered the nicest view of Noyo Harbor and
    the setting sun. So it was there we went. Food was good but the company was great.

    Returning to the Ebb Tide, we sat on the lawn, enjoyed cigars and solved most of the
    worlds problems--we'll get back to you on that last bit.

    Next morning, the four of us headed up to Eggheads Restaurant for breakfast. If you
    are ever in Ft. Bragg, stop here. It is well worth it. Trust us.

    Couple of things. Back off on the coffee. It's from a local roaster called "Thanksgiving"
    and it's like having a double shot of espresso. It was good. Very good. Best damn
    hash house coffee ever. Next, Dorothy's Revenge was eggscellent. It's Eggs Benedict
    with crab dish (fresh local don't you know). The pumpkin waffle with almonds is a thing
    of absolute beauty. Just the thing to start the ride home.

    Ft. Bragg is a lumber town where the lumber and timber industry jobs are fast disappearing.
    This was a mill active up until just a few years ago. Now, it's mostly home to Canada Geese.

    Timber has left the area with a rich heritage. The town has a number of beautiful old victorian

    Here's a parting shot of the coast before we headed back into the heat.

    Highway 128 leads you West to East along the Navarro River and eventually, into Navarro.
    Here, we've stopped for a quick look at the redwoods the line 128.

    A quick stop at this little grocery is a reminder that things are a bit slower in some parts.

    128 eventually leads into the towns of Boonville (think Boont Ale and Anderson Valley
    Brewing), Alderglen Springs and finally Cloverdale. This is the heart of Anderson Valley.
    Known for apples as well as grapes and the small wineries that dot the road.

    At the junction of 101/128, we said good bye to Mike and headed back down 101 and
    eventually, home.

    Just off of highway 280 is Crystal Springs Resevoir. It made a nice stop before the final few miles home.

    Hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did in telling it.


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    Focused kbasa's Avatar
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    Mar 2003
    Marin By God County, California
    That's an awesome day! A couple weeks ago, I had some friends in from TN and we rode up 101 to 128, out to the coast and then back down 1 to here.

    Looks like you didn't have fog, which is niiiiiice.
    Dave Swider
    Marin County, CA

    Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.

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    A bit of fog crossing the bridge (welcome as I was a bucket of sweat).
    But otherwise, two glorious days on the coast.


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    Nice report. Thanks for having us along.

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    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
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    Mar 2003
    State of Confusion
    Now I am hungry again.

    Thanks for sharing again.

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

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    Someday I am going to make a point of riding my bike leisurely through CA and I before I do I will look back through your various reports and pictures to plan a route and sights to see. Thanks for the great report and pictures.

    I was sorry that you couldn't be in Lima!

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