Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Coastal Adventure

It's that time of year when I usually go on an adventure so when MotoQuest sent me an amazing deal it was time to ride! My best bud Ari was also itching for an adventure and the scheduling worked out for the same week as his birthday so he was in! Since we've ridden together on a handful of long rides, including a 6 week journey around the entire country, we are familiar with what's needed to properly enjoy the trip. The plan was fly down to LAX, Uber to Long Beach for breakfast at Berlin Bistro with Ari, then we Uber to MotoQuest Long Beach to pickup our bikes and start our journey North. 

Installed Cardo so we can communicate
Cardo action for tunes and communication
New Velomacchi Bag fits all my gear!
Face covering required at SFO


Arriving at MotoQuest around noon the staff were really helpful in setting up the bikes with us and giving a rundown of everything. We were surprised to find that the BMW F850 GS Rallye's slated for our ride were brand new with only 4 miles on the ODO! We have never owned a BMW motorcycle to this point so this would be a great introduction to BMW Motorrad. I was able to leave the panniers behind as I didn't need them with my Velomacchi holding all my gear and I like the slimmer profile. 

Brand new BMW for the win!




All loaded up and ready to leave.

We left Long Beach and headed up Highway 1 north taking in the beauty of the So Cal coastline on our way to a friends ranch in Templeton. The ranch is beautiful and the stop came in perfect time for a break from riding. Unfortunately we couldn't spend as much time there as we would've liked since we still had quite a few miles left to ride.


Iron horses at the ranch.







Catching up at the ranch



After leaving the ranch it was a mad dash to our friends place in Gilroy for dinner and rest. We made just as the sunlight was fading into the distance and the temperature was starting to drop. The next morning our host hooked us up with breakfast burritos and led us on an awesome ride from Gilroy to San Francisco.

Donut stop in Half Moon Bay

Three Amigos riding for the day

We made a quick stop at Cycle Gear in San Francisco to buy a couple cramp busters, as the BMW's lacked cruise control, before continuing north up the coast. The ride from San Francisco up the coast has some of the most scenic and great riding roads in America and we enjoyed every bit of it!



We made it all the way to Redway, California before calling it a day after some of the best twisty roads you can ride anywhere in the United States. The section of highway 1 that turns inland to meet with 101 ending in Legget is one of the most fun twisty sections of the trip and there was almost zero traffic. Unfortunately for us the only motel available was pretty sketchy and even left us without hot water the next morning for cold showers!

Breakfast in Redway


After a hearty breakfast we headed to the giant redwoods scenic highway to take in the beauty and splendor of the giant redwoods. We rode most of the scenic route along side 101 taking in the sights and stopping for pictures.




After enjoying the giant redwoods it was more Northern California coastal beauty on our way to Portland.






Since we had a long day own the saddle to Portland, we decided to splurge on a nice place to stay and book a room at the Jupiter Hotel. The room was plush, had hot water, and was in a nice location near restaurants and shops. 

Nice view from the room @ Jupiter Hotel

After checking in and unloading the bikes it was time to celebrate the trip and Ari's birthday with a nice dinner. Luckily there was a great sushi restaurant that harkened back to a time before covid, where one could eat fresh sushi in a restaurant, have a beer, and enjoy the atmosphere. 

Yes, Grand Opening during Covid






The next day we explored Portland a little before dropping off our bikes at MotoQuest Portland and catching our flights back home. Until the next adventure.....................................

Beautiful Portland weather
MotoQuest Portland




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