It was Saturday morning when we left the city
quickly and without traffic jam. A few miles on the interstate and
then back to Hwy 1 to Santa Cruz where we met Colleen. We met her for the
first time already in July in the BMW MOA in St. Paul and that was the
first time for us that we met one of our fans suddenly on the street. That moment caught us by surprise as well as it left us a bit speechless. Now it
was a warm hello and after a short sightseeing trip through the city
we went to eat something and had a good chat.
Thank you very much for your lunch
invitation and your generous donation. We really appreciate it!
Colleen with her BMW.
It was already dark when we left Santa
Cruz and rode a bit further on Hwy 1 south towards Marina where we
found a cheaper motel. It was once more a Motel 6 and we were able to get free
Wifi – thanks :)
There was a nice park nearby the motel and we found this important and cheerful warning sign.
We enjoyed the views and our ride along
the famous part of Highway 1. The traffic was light, it did not rain,
neither was it very windy.
Bright new sticker - sponsored by Colleen :)
The weather was not too cold and not
rainy in other words camping in our next destination Morro Bay! There were a few options, however only one had
showers. We both wondered how people who do tent camping were supposed
to take care of their personal hygiene when there were no showers. I
mean sure I have done weekend adventure rides like Pystymettä where
there was nothing. I mean really nothing, no water, no sauna, no
services of any kind and it was fun ... for a weekend. It was camping wild and neither did it cost anything. After that and
back at home I needed a good wash and sauna :D
Therefore no camping at Morro Bay in December and once more we stayed at a motel. The
price difference from this very cheap motel to the overpriced camping
at KOA were also not that big.
Coast line along highway 1.
... and more ...
... and more.
Suddenly there was a sign towards an elephant seal colony (Point Piedras Blancas) :)
A male elephant seal.
Youngsters' fight ...
... and then some more with the other fellows :)
They were sooo cute ... really. We could just stand there and watch.
Sunset in Morro Bay
The next day we had a lovely ride along Hwy 58
and 178 to Lake Isabelle. There were a few nice and curvy sections
with almost no traffic whereas the road in the valleys was straight.
Many oil fields.
Some strange mist in the air and the smell of oil gave us company for many miles.
Our next stop for the night would be around Lake Isabelle and my map indicated many camping places nearby. It was already dark when we reached our destination and with all
the good will I did not see any camping place open. Luckily I checked
beforehand in Google maps and I knew there was a KOA coming (this time with a decent price). It was getting real dark and the level of desperation rose in me when we finally found the campground. The campground had a really nice patio with stoves, micro, sinks etc. and Skippy cooked us some simple yet delicious food. This was the first time we
camped since we froze our tails off in Colorado and it was the opening test of our new sleeping bags which we bought in Portland.
Besides the kitchen patio, the KOA campground was well equipped
with Wifi, a pub, pool, hot showers
and so on. The downside of KOA camping was that typically they are
just besides the highway and thus sleeping was once more limited and
depending on the traffic. The temperature went down to 0C and I was
cozy warm in my sleeping bag. Poor Skippy was still a bit cold during
We got an early start in the next
morning and the road to Death Valley was pretty easy to ride. The
short piece of very loose gravel scared Skippy and we swapped bikes.
Obviously it was the time of the year when it was raining in the
driest area of the USA and the Wildrose canyon road was closed for traffic.
Wildrose canyon road was closed.
VAST! ... Not big enough ... VASTEST!
Furnace Creek campground would cost 18USD for a tent site and once more no
Since I anyway needed to buy a new pass
for the national park, I asked from the ranger station where there
are showers and she told me at the Furnance Creek Ranch for 5USD!!
What she then also told was that the ranch had an own campground and that cost only 17USD incl. hot showers and a warm
big pool – what a delight! Of course we stayed there at Fiddlers campground :)
Our track - about 940km
Next morning I went for another adventure ride deep into the solitude of Death Valley and had trouble to come back.
So cool that you two could meet up with Colleen again. I had the pleasure of meeting her once on her way to the BMW rally in Salem. She's good people.ReplyDelete
Thanks. Yep, she has style!Delete