The last day of the trip. We rode south from Napa to San Francisco to return the rental motorcycle to Eaglerider. The Goldwing was 100% reliable and very comfortable, but I could not get used to the weight, lack of power and poor luggage capacity compared to my Yamaha FJR1300.
A day off from motorcycling, to do the tourist visits. A guided tour of some of the Napa Valley wineries. Really well organised. We chose a tour bus, so we could drink. The Vineyards charge $10-$20 for the tasting, 5-6 half glasses of wine. I was surprised that each vineyard grew many different types of grape. Bobbie doesn't care much for red, so I often drank hers.
My planned tour was complete, with a couple of days to spare. So a trip to Napa / Sanoma, to drink some wine, and spend a day not motorcycliing.
A cruise down the coast, with Lunch at Alice's Restaurant. An experience as the local sherrif and deputy ate there, the sherriff was called to deal with a fallen motorcyclist half way through their lunch. Sherrif stopped eating and waited for the sherrif. The food was OK. We saw a recover vehicle dragging the bike out of the hillside as we left.Santa Cruz is a great place to visit.
The coast road, down to Gualala. A really nice town on the coast. Dinner in a restaurant overlooking the Pacific. An early stop, and a stroll down to the Pacific.
SMOKE! At times so much it was a little difficult to breath. Pilot cars in some areas. A pick-up with red lights that led cars through the worst areas. Small tent towns where the firemen slept.After Hayfork the air cleared, but it was then HOT!
Check the news for fire details, as some roads may be closed, or difficult to pass through.
A great days motorcycling. The roads are real motorcyle roads. Lassen was an OK visit. It became hot as the day progressed. With a lot of trees, and some smoke, and little views, so not many photographs.Yreka was a real nice town, 'real america' to a tourist. A real nice Best Western in the middle of town.
North up the I395, and the temperature starts to become bearable. It's still very clear and sunny, but only in the 90's! It's BIG here, with little else but road and scenery.From empty roads, and little else to Lake Tahoe, which was crowded, with crowded roads, and slow traffic.
Hot!! With BIG scenery. Little traffic or much of anything else. The temperature dropped to the high 80's as we approached Lee Vining. We stayed in the town centre, and ate in an American Diner.
After starting cool, the temps hit 100+ again in the afternoon.Roads really good, with Sherman's pass being a great ride.Close to completely empty roads, maybe two other vehicles all day, one being a white wing pulling a trailer.There's a nice microbrewery in Kernville. Nice beer, with good food. Surrounded by great roads and countryside.