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    ian408
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    To Monterey for Lunch.

    Greetings Snow-bound riders!

    Sunday came bright and beautiful. I had planned to have lunch with a
    friend in Monterey at the aquarium. I was a little late getting up (traveling
    last week) and ended up slabbing it down to make it on time.

    Lunch was fantastic with a seat over looking the water at the Portola
    Cafe (building across the water).



    After lunch, I wandered around the aquarium. Looked at 'Pumpkin', wandered
    around town and then headed on out.

    Pumpkin (from last week--she's bigger now ):



    The Jellies are a big attraction too:



    The top of the kelp forest opens to the sky. These wires prevent birds
    from diving in to feed on the fish. The triangular device at the far side
    creates surge (and was designed by of all people, David Packard). Surge
    keeps the kelp from drying out topside and it gives the fish in the exhibit
    an environment more like home.



    After watching the fishies, it was off to the courtyard for some smooth
    jazz--this guy had a crowd going and played some relaxing music.
    One could almost nap in the warm sun...



    After leaving, I rode up the coast on my favorite local road, hwy 1.
    Feeling the need for a snack, I stopped in Davenport (which, BTW, I
    recommend to you as well) for coffee and a nice piece of pie at Whale
    City Cafe and Bakery.



    Yummmy stuff...Apple pie.



    It was getting late and the sun setting as I made my way back up to
    hwy 92. With the sunset in the mirrors, I wound my way over the hill and
    back home.

    The weather forecast is for more of the same this coming weekend...

    So I leave you with a little something I shot recently (not this trip) but a
    fine example of a California Sunset.




    Ian

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    Fabulous shots!! Lucky you.

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    To Monterey for Lunch

    Ian,
    Thanks for sharing.
    MMmmm, Apple Pie
    That whole trip looks like a dream.

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    Thanks For Sharing Ian... ..That Is Definitely A Gorgeous Sunset!!

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    ahhhhhh yee-essss, brother. this gives me faith, amen?, that the sun will return to meeechigan, uh-huh, and that we too will have warm favorable temps, yes Lord, in which to ride around and eat pie.
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    Thanks for sharing.
    -=Brad

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    Thanks for the cool report. Very nice pix, too. The aquarium is such a nice place. . . . That apple pie looked pretty good, too.

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    Ian, Great shots! Thanks.

    I'm planning to ride to California in July to watch the MotoGP races at Luguna Seca. Would love any suggestions on where to ride heading out of there. I'll be coming accross from New Mexico and heading towards the Grand Canyon along the way. I'm thinking of heading north east toward lake Tahoe or heading north to Oregon and Idaho after. Would love to know some "Must Ride" routes if you're familiar with that area.

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    There's a lot of things about CA., that I avoid like the plague.

    But.....I got give it to you when it comes to great weather, great rides and places to ride.

    Great pics.........

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    Has the GS-Lust The_Veg's Avatar
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    Wonderful stuff! Usually down here in TexSux we laugh at the northern riders who are snowbound, but it has been rainy here for a few days and the wee hours tonight are supposed to bring snow. Joy.
    Sure wish I could be riding that wonderful scenery out there! Just may have to think about relocating...
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Veg
    Wonderful stuff! Usually down here in TexSux we laugh at the northern riders who are snowbound, but it has been rainy here for a few days and the wee hours tonight are supposed to bring snow. Joy.
    Sure wish I could be riding that wonderful scenery out there! Just may have to think about relocating...
    Hey everybody!

    Glad you liked the pictures!

    Veg, I was in Dallas Thursday and again on Friday. Rain But Austin was
    nice Wednesday...oh, 6th St.

    As far as not to miss roads, I think East towards Tahoe, especially Tioga
    pass through Yosemite or even better, Monitor Pass or even Sonora pass
    to 395 and back up to Tahoe would be pretty nice.

    Ian

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    Has the GS-Lust The_Veg's Avatar
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    Thanks Ian, glad you sympathise. The snow didn't materialise but the rain seems to have stopped. In expectation of snow the boss gave us today off and I'm *SO* itchin' for a ride (it's been about two weeks) that I think I may just have to put on all my warm-gear and go zip around the nearby lake and pretend it's the Pacific coast. Oy, vere's my surfboard???
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    Wow, that some beautiful scenery.

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