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    SLO Ride

    On Sunday, my friend Peter and I departed Santa Cruz on our way to San Luis Obispo, CA. The plan: ride roads we have not ridden, ride some dirt, eat well and have fun.

    Old Hernandez Road off of Hwy 25. The goat path turns to dirt with so rocks the size of your fist scattered in soft dirt.




    Riding the San Andreas Fault we take Parkfield Grade into the tiny town of Parkfield.




    After a BBQ tri-tip sandwich and ortega burger we took some photos...







    It's a great time to ride in California. After the rains the hills turn vibrant green, rather than the yellow straw we see in the summer. I imagine I'm riding in Ireland. Bitterwater Road is quite sweet.




    Peter was falling asleep when we were riding on hwy 58 about 22 miles out of SLO. He stopped to rest for a few minutes and I went into town to gas up, get beer and check in to the motel. As I was stuffing my duffel bag with beer, my cell phone rang at the Chevron and Peter was on the stuck side of Hwy 101, 4 miles north, with and empty tank of gas. My MSR fule bottle with a liter of gas came to the rescue. My R1200 made it 220 miles on a tank (fuel spout drilled) and I put in 5.7 gallons of gas there. The 1150's range was a bit shorter.

    After we checked in we polished of a 12 pack of Pacifico and walked over to our favorite Italian restaurant, Buono Travola. Carpacchio, penne ariabiata and veal along with two bottles of the Central Coast's finest red wine.
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    Good to see you back on the GS Mr. Burns.
    Great pictures, thanks for sharing.
    Italian food? A nice Brunello or at very least a decent Chianti, but I shall forgive.
    BTW, in my mind nice beats out decent. Decent is just acceptable, little more.

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    This Sangiovese was so complex I had to think about it.


    After dinner we stumbled over to Mother's bar and made some friends..


    It was karaoke night and I'm not shy. I convinced our new friend April to join me on stage but she got stage fright and would not sing into the mic.
    Sweet Child O' Mine!


    The crowd can't contain themselves. It was as if the spirit of Axl Rose had taken over my body. I wish his voice was included.
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    The best place in the area to have breakfast is in Santa Margarita. No relation to Mrs. Kbasa or the other Tina's Place in McKittrick, CA.


    The central coast of California is the birthplace of tri-tip. That tender triangular tip of the sirloin. It's not just for dinner around here.


    Hangover cures: Vitamins, Advil and Grease...


    After breakfast we headed over to one of our favorite roads in the area: Hwy 229, Creston Road. I have never taken any photos of this rollercoaster because there's no where to stop and you don't want to stop because it's so fun.

    We pop out behind Paso Robles and take Estrella Road for the first time up to San Miguel. A nice find on the GPS...
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    After gasing up in San Miguel we rode Indian Valley Rd to Peach Tree Road. I think we saw two motorcycles and one car on the entire 38 mile stretch.








    From here we flew up the the Airline hwy toward Hollister where we split up to go home.
    A great President's Day Ride.

    The Full Monty
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    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg View Post
    Great report and pictures. How is your ankle doing on the off roading ?
    I get a little spooked on the dirt and I'm trying to get over it. My leg is sore most of the time. I have an appointment in March at Stanford Medical Center to look into getting the plate removed.
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    Great ride report and pix, Burns

    The SLO area is one place in CA I've always wanted to return to on 2 wheels. You and Pete look like you had a blast. Oh yeah... One question: You each had 6 Pacificos as an appetizer (then Sangiovese and Karaoke) ?

    Raise the roof, bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessler View Post
    One question: You each had 6 Pacificos as an appetizer (then Sangiovese and Karaoke) ?

    Raise the roof, bro.
    Yes, beers and then the had the Mas de Maha blend and the Opolo Sangiovese. Then more beer at the bar.
    I would buy this again...

    Remember, we are both from Northern Ontario. We started drinking in 'grade 9' or as you would know it "the ninth grade."
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    Yup

    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    From here we flew up the the Airline hwy toward Hollister where we split up to go home.
    A great President's Day Ride.
    Wonderful piece of the country. Thanks for sharing the pics & story.

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    An epic journey, a report worthy of homer. You had unknown dangers, sirens, even a cyclops:



    Thanks for having us along. Not sure how I feel about the karaoke, but I'm glad I missed the hangover.

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    very nice, i need to get back there ASAP

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    Nicely done, sir.
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    If you guys keep that California stuff up I may beat my wife out there.

    Make room for 1 more biker. RT12!!!!!!!!!
    Bill P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla View Post
    Yes, beers and then the had the Mas de Maha blend and the Opolo Sangiovese. Then more beer at the bar.
    I would buy this again...

    Remember, we are both from Northern Ontario. We started drinking in 'grade 9' or as you would know it "the ninth grade."
    Ah yes... Grade 9! I remember it as if it were only a fortnight ago!

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