We still had the some fog.
We had decided to ride Nacimiento-Ferguson Road back inland towards 101 and come back through Carmel Valley Road to finish the ride on 1 and 17 towards home.
It was a great decision as Nacimiento-Fergusion is beautiful, coast side as well as inland and Carmel Valley Rd. is a motorcyclists dream. Not too slow, not too fast, twisty and fun.
|Surreal Lighting on Nacimiento-Ferguson|
|I want one of these on my bike! Only way to teach car drivers.|
|Tank and Tiger.|
|"Pull here to eject driver."|
Overall it was a super nice trip. We had lots of fun, some burning behinds, but overall it was just plain great.
Things to say about the trip:
- Book in advance if you're going to wine country during summer vacation time.
- Bring CamelBaks - it's easy 40 degrees Celsius over the day inland.
- Bring warm clothes for along the coast.
Things to say about the bikes:
- Same as last time: seats could be better, though Andrea had a sheep skin which seemed to help.
- Oil the chain before getting out of the motorcycle pants, the knee pads are great when doing something low to the ground. Did I mention that I hate chains?
- The F650GS can be ridden without working tachometer - though it doesn't help.
- The triple settles more and more over time and produces less vibration.
- Hard luggage is ordered, so we have an easier time leaving the bikes alone when sight seeing.
Things to say about riding and riding skills:
- It's unbelievable how quickly Andrea's riding experience has improved. We were sometimes going at a really good pace! We now have nearly the same travel pace.
- Days between 300 and 500km (~180 to 300 miles) on backroads are pretty decent.
- Long days still require adjustments to us and the bikes. Working on that though.
It was an awesome trip and there are more to come! I still have to report from our trip to the wine country and the coast North of San Francisco and will do this over the next few days.