05 June 2011

New Roof Ordered!

[Written by Andrea]

Yeah, we made it!

Our house needs a new roof. So, what does this have to do with motorcycling? Actually a lot: we needed to do roof shopping (checking out the different metal tile styles and colors) and last weekend we were riding around in the area with our bikes to look at roof examples. By then I never had been riding my F650GS on a highway.

That day we combined them all: Highway 280, 101, 85, 17. In conclusion, it's ok on a highway to reach the desired destination quickly. However, riding close to all these people in their huge cars who see driving only as a secondary activity (Besides texting, having a phone conversation, eating, drinking coffee and correcting their make-up. All at the same time of course.) is not really my favorite!

Part of the Route - The last stretch is missing

As a treat, we took the long way home via Black Road and Skyline Blvd and stopped at Alice's Restaurant for dinner. Oh, as for the roof it will be SteelRock Villa Tiles in Mission Red! :-)

Guadalupe Reservoir

California wildflowers on our way through the Almaden Quicksilver County Park:

Sticky Monkey Flowers


  1. Highway is never a good experience, and you are right, you find people doing everything else but paying attention to other participants in traffic. But I am glad you got out and hope you did enjoy the rest of your trip.
    New roof... doesn't sound like a cheap fix.

  2. [Guido now] Yeah - I got used to riding highway, but even I don't like it very much here in the area. Never felt as weird in Germany with higher speeds and more traffic. Here are just way more stupid drivers ...

    It was really good for us to do this - preparation for trips where we want to get out of the area fast and have to cover some distance to get to other places. Planning some weekend trips over the summer!

  3. Guido:

    I agree with all of you about freeway riding. I only use it to make time on the first day or so, after that it's secondary roads all the way.

    I had my new roof installed last year. They removed all the old shingles and replaced with new stuff. It's the 2nd time I have replaced the roof since we moved it. The prev roof was rated for 25 years, but only lasted 16 years. The new roof is rated for 40 years and I hope I am around to replace it again.

    We have a law here that you are only allowed to use handsfree handsets, but 80% of drivers ignore this.

    Riding the Wet Coast

  4. I must admit that I've never ridden on a freeway but I don't think it would be that enjoyable. The closest we have are some divided highways but the speed limits are still 55 mph.

    We just went through the roof replacement a couple of summers ago. I was fortunate to find a contractor who was looking for a job to keep his crew busy between real jobs.

    It looks like a nice trip with some great scenery. Is it as warm in the hills as it looks?

  5. It was a nice day - not too warm, not to cool. Around 22 to 24 Celsius. Standing in the sun was pretty warm, riding was about perfect.