• California Dreaming

    Posted by Loren on January 8, 2011


    Quote of the Day – Women in Fuel Station – “Welcome to Whacky Weed Country”

    During planning, there might have been the perception amongst two riders that by the time they hit mid Oregon, things would starting warming up. Should you been of the same mind, let me advise you – you are wrong! If you are of a greater intellect than ourselves, you would know that mountain passes in Oregon and California are cold in the winter, and I mean sub zero degrees cold. Thankfully we were of mind to pack cold weather gear keeping the blood flowing to all body parts, and “Loren and Murray’s Guide to First Aid, Featuring the Leatherman” safely tucked away in the tank bag.

    Yesterday we descended from the Coastal Range in Oregon, through the Redwood Forest, into California. It was the first time we were able to ride the bikes through a nice sweeping turn. This is what we have been planning so long for. All the lovely lady at the agriculture checkpoint saw was two sets of teeth, grinning from behind our helmets visor. We have yet to conclude if that was from happiness, or if our lips were frozen in place from the last mountain pass.

    California revealed itself in the perfect way. Within two meters of crossing the state line, the sky was blue and the sun was out. Now just tell the sun it is supposed to be hot. We eventually left the redwoods behind, the Pacific Ocean providing a worthy replacement.

    We were fortunate to be able to try out some of our camping gear. The unfortunate part was that it was in our hotel room. Sleeping bags, bag liners, winter woolies and anything that looked remotely warm, were all called upon to ward the perils of the “heater”, which proved to be most excellent at blowing the -5C air from the exterior to the interior and the confines of our hotel room. To the hoteliers credit, we didn’t specifically ask if the heater worked.  It was good practice for an early start, frosted motorcycle seats being the indication it was a cold morning.  -4C cold.  Did I mention it was cold?

    Today’s ride was beautiful, through the mountains, along the coast, back over the mountains and then a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, into San Francisco. The only negative in the mix was an unhealthy combination of lack of motion, a pothole, loss of balance and a fully loaded bike, all resulting in Loren’s first bike drop. It happened at walking pace, and was thankfully recorded by my headcam, so wasn’t all to waste. The crashbars proved money well spent. Murray – 1, Loren – 1

    An afternoon at BMW San Francisco allowed my bike to have it’s first service. A new filter and oil change, she is ready for the next 10,000 km.

18 Comments | Leave a Reply

  1. Andrew Nico on January 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    What! Staying at the Hilton??? I thought you guys might have been pitching your tent beside the 101. :-)
    Muz, will be seeing your folks tomorrow @ Maroota so will tell them what/where you’re up to.

  2. dlvercoe on January 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

    That bike seat does not look inviting!

    • Loren on January 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      oh it was not!

  3. Carmen on January 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Well…. I am smart enough to figure out who those guys are behind the masks in pic1 (even thou you only can see their eyes!)…… But what is that thing in pic3??

    • Louise Page on January 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Calvin, lying down under Murray’s jacket..didn’t you know he was going on the tour too? :)

      • Carmen on January 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        No, I didn’t have a clue, Louie;) So… why is it called Steel HORSE tour then?? Should change it to Mooooo torbike tour, ha!

        • Louise Page on January 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

          Yes yes..Calvin was all part of the planning from the start..you see Loren & Calvin have a unique bond…did I ever tell you about the day Calvin was lost…?

  4. dale v on January 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    nice ski masks, you that broke already?

    • Loren on January 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      It is always good to be prepared, money doesn’t grow on trees you know!

  5. Lorraine Milla on January 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Have a wonderful trip and travel safely.

  6. Rodda & Cozza on January 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Not just eyes Carmen, theres some weird appendage hanging out of Muzza’s mask. You better look after it Muzza [whatever it is] or it mightn’t come back to Oz with you. Awsome story so far fellas.

    • Murray on January 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Rodda, that would be my nose then. Quite the look really :)

  7. Lois on January 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Go boys! But in winter? Hmmmm! Good luck, have fun and stay safe (oops, seems its too late for that Loza – glad you have the moment recorded AND that it was at snails pace) Take care, Love, Lo

  8. Jazmine :) on January 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Heyy! Sounds like u guys are having fun!! I love the ski masks!
    I’m going to have a new aunty!! YAH YAH YAH YAH !!!
    miss u guys like crazy jazz

    xoxoxoxoxox

  9. Bita on January 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Hi guys,
    It was very nice to meet you in SF wish i could join you :) have safe trip and good luck

    Take care
    B.M.

  10. Anthony McNab on January 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Awesome stuff guys. You are really making some miles. As for that nose hanging out of balaclava look Muzz ??? What can I say. Keep upright and keep the updates coming

    • Murray on January 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

      It is not actually my nose – Loren and I carry an assortment of facial add-ons in our tank bags just for those Kodak moments

  11. Carmen on January 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Hey Muz, you forgot to tell me where on your blog the button is I can press to listen to your walkie talkie talk?!?