October 2011 Harley Bike Tour travel blog

The rain trip to remember

The fleet out there in the rain

weather clearing, enough of the rain

improving views

Carl and John

Carl everybody thought he was a rock star

It might be wet but at least we're smiling

Seal Beach

Point Piedras Blancas seal colony

having a quick restbreak

some wild life

more wild life

a bin duck

Motel in Cambria

Unpacking for the night

Great motel

Today dawned with rain forecast, very heavy at times. Disappointing as it was we donned the wet weather gear and hopped on the bikes to go downtown to Cannery Row in Monterey. We all had a steep learning curve on how slippery the white lines and road markings are and soon learnt to ride the best lines to miss most of them. The USA are the world’s leaders in road paint consumption or at least that’s what it seemed like. After wandering around Cannery Row for an hour or so, hitting the local Starbucks for a coffee it was obvious the rain was not going to lift and nobody was going to let it get in the way of the days riding. We saddled up in passing rain storms and started to cruise the coast. The ocean was putting on some great wave displays as we wound our way down the coast. We we not able to cruise the 17 mile drive at Pebble Beach as they no longer let bikes into the golf course, too many loud exhausts have worn out their welcome we suppose. The rain became so heavy at times it was a battle to see, but with the right clothing keeping us dry and warm it was strangely pleasant and an experience everybody should try. Lunch was at a nice resturant on Big Sur that was a welcome break from the rain. After an hours break the rain stopped and the sun started peaking through the clouds. This rewarded us with a magic ride down the coast, carving the curves to our overnight stop at Cambria Over Mexican for dinner. we all recounted the day as a memorable experience that none of us would have missed. Bring on tomorrow

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