Hey there.:) Sorry for not making enough posts on the road. Between staying up late, visiting with friends, and being on the road I didn't find a lot of time to blog as much as I'd hoped. I'll try to do better on future rides. I'd still like to share some photos I took while on the trip. I'll start at the beginning of day 2. The previous day I had driven ~526 miles to Santa Cruz. I didn't hit any rain and the temperature was fine. The only downside had been the long straight roads from Buckeye, AZ to LA. But I was so excited about being on the road it went quick.
A note about the Airhawk seat cushion. It exceeded my expectations. I was a bit nervous about using it in the beginning. I sat on it while riding down to the gas station, the night before I left, and not to be gross, but "the boys" felt out of position and I was worried there might be problems on all day use. My concerns quickly faded as I found the cushion to be quite comfortable. I'm sure the first day, and my ride from Santa Cruz to Mission Viejo, would have been a lot harder had I not had the new seat. I'd suggest anyone who's looking for some extra cushion to give it a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
OK. So I got up the next morning in Santa Clarita worried about rain. It had rained during the night, but I had put my motorcycle cover on. Luckily the rain took a break during the morning. I was able to oil the chain and strap on the bags while the sun took peeks from between the passing clouds. If anything my biggest problem was sweating to death while making my final preparations in all my gear. The humidity was so high! I headed north on I5 into the Los Padres National Forest. You start to climb into higher altitudes, and I saw rain further north, so I pulled over to put on my rain gear. I snapped this picture just as I was getting back on the bike. I have no idea where I was.
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I stopped for gas and food in the city of Lost Hills. I made a decision to get off I5, I was tired of interstate and headed west over to the 101. I pulled over about half way, at a place called Jack's Ranch Cafe to put my rain jacket back on. There were a few clouds in front of me.
New Brighton State Beach. I had seen it from Google maps and I needed to take a break from a long ride. After paying my 10$ fee I parked and headed out to the sand. This was from the parking lot.
I stayed at the Fair Manor Bed and Breakfast. This owners of this place were very cool. Jack and Gael. Jack is a fellow motorcycle rider and let me store the bike in his garage. They were actually leaving for dinner when I showed up and had no problem leaving me a key to the garage and the house. I snapped a few pictures of my room.
Sushi Garden in Capitola. I ordered waay to much..but it was sooooo good.