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Nice shots. Looks like the weather is still nice for you. Great water picture.
 

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@bevo1981 that shot with smoke reminds me of the first time I came aboard ship. The Plane landed on deck of the USS Eisenhower somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea. I step out of the back of the bird and saw nothing but gray. The ship was gray, the water was gray, the sky was gray, the aircraft were gray; I thought I had lost my color vision for a moment there...
 

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Loving the pics bevo.
 
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Day 5 tally - 2620 miles.
Shortest miles so far because Hwy 1 becomes an endless series of hairpin twists and turns for hundreds of miles between San Francisco and Redwoods state park. Unreal. Sky had smoke for most of the day.


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Cool pictures! How's the bike running? You made a lot of changes to it, any issues? How's the seat doing? Looks like something burned on exhaust:

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Hotels working out ok? How's the road food?
 
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You are creating art with the way you frame those pictures brother.
 

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in 2 weeks i'll be taking my 'new' Indian Chief Dark Horse from Austin, TX up the California coast and then wind my way back home. i've always dreamed of riding a bike along the coast up the Pacific Coast Highway. i've never even been west of Texas before. i'm not going to be sticking to any itinerary, but i plan on averaging about 500 miles a day and have picked out some of the top rated roads and routes in each state along my path for a round trip of 5,000 miles. i'm not one to stop and take a bunch of photos and do sight-seeing, but i want to make an exception this time since this is pretty much my bucket list bike trip. so i'll document my travels here as much as i can. below is the tentative route i'll be taking. Google Maps is real finicky when you put in too many destination points (i had to 'hack' 3 maps together) so it's not exact, but pretty close. and the specific destination points listed aren't important, that's just what i had to mark to choose certain roads i want to travel. i may have to alter my route on the fly since there are currently some wildfires raging and road closures in Northern California right in my way.

MAP ROUTE

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these are the main destination roads that i picked out that defined this route, mostly picked from :
Valley of Fire Loop, east of Las Vegas
Death Valley Run, through Death Valley National Park
Caliente to Kernville on County Road 483, east of Bakersfield
The Lost Highway 58, Bakersfield to San Luis Obispo
Hwy1 up the California coast from Morro Bay to Fortuna
Avenue Of The Giants
Rt. 36, 140 miles of twisties
431 Mt. Rose Hwy
Hwy50, "the loneliest road in America"
Hwy9, Zion Canyon Utah
The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Mexican Hat to Bryce Canyon
San Juan Mountain Skyway
Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Road - CO 141, dubbed "greatest road in America" by Car Trek youtube series

most of these were picked from motorcycleroads.com which has more information about each and which ranks the top roads in each state. i plan on mostly using my Beeline device to guide me along the way - Beeline - smart navigation for bikes | Beeline

not sure what i'm doing for sleeping accommodations each night. will probably just find the cheapest motel in any area when i'm tired of riding for that day, pretty much the strategy i used the last time i took a cross country bike trip. what do you guys do on long trips? find campsites? pull off on the side of the road somewhere? find a 4 star hotel? if any of you have any comments or tips or questions, feel free to share. i see some of you use this Relive app or whatever to share some of your rides. if it's not too much of a hassle for me to figure out and use, i might use that to share the trip.
When passing through L.A., I suggest the La Brea Tar Pits...where you can see any sort of prehistoric skeletons rise to the top of the pit, with every changing skeletons of poor animals that fell victim to the water covered (in prehistoric times) tar pools...which trapped and sank them to their deaths. It's not much advertised, but is amazing to see...something new is always bubbling to the surface...use to go there many times per year, when my mother and father were shopping in town, I asked to stay there, until they could pick me up! What you will see, is simply amazing!

 

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Nice, keep pictures coming. I’m enjoying them a lot.
 

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That next to last pic, first thing I thought was oh no, your bike threw a code. I guess it did in a way, but more of a red flag. Once I negotiated the glare I realized it was the temp.
 
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Looking nice. Just use mobile site for forum and not TAP.
 
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Looking forward to your detailed report.
 

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