Well, we are safely back from our Pacific Coast Highway 2013 ride logging
1476 miles over the 4 days. This is our 3rd year in a row of making
this ride, and at least the 7th time doing this route. I’ve kind of lost count.
If you missed the newsletter last week with the preview of the ride, Click
Here. Even though we have done this route at
least 7 times, it still excites me just as much as the first time. There is so
much scenery to absorb and so much beauty to devour that you couldn’t possibly
get it all in one trip. Not to mention that it is just a great road that surely
must have been built for motorcycles. I even mentioned to Mrs. C. on this trip
that I was still seeing things that I hadn’t ever seen before.
We started the trip this year by leaving the house at 6:30 AM on Friday
with our final destination of Malibu, CA. I don’t know about you
guys, but we never seem to be able to meet a target time of leaving on a long
motorcycle trip, no matter how well organized we are. We traveled I-10 on this
one just to make some time. Our first stop was Blythe for breakfast at the
McDonalds and gas, then another gas stop before reaching our first destination
of the Petersen
Automotive Museum in L.A., a total of 386 miles
by about 1:15 PM.
If you are an automotive buff, and have never been to the Petersen Museum,
I would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. It is a 3
level museum with the first 2 levels displaying cars and motorcycles. This first
level is very unique, as you will see by the pictures. It has the cars in a
period setting, as if they were
in their natural habitat. You walk along an asphalt street indoors to simulate
you were walking through a town while looking at the cars. It is a really cool
setting that makes it a much more enjoyable experience while viewing the
vehicles. The second level features specialty rooms that include a motorcycle display, Hollywood
movie cars, aerodynamic cars and cars with fins just to name a few. Overall a
very enjoyable stop that I would recommend. I have separated the photos from the
museum into their own gallery. Click Here to
From the museum we traveled west on Wilshire Blvd. through Beverly Hills
where we took a lap down Rodeo
. before continuing on to the worst traffic jam I have ever
seen in my life. We moved 2/10 of a mile in 20 minutes before finally turning
down a side street just to get out of the mess and made our way on down to the
PCH via Santa Monica to get to Malibu. My suggestion would be to plan this visit
more toward mid morning. We finally made it to our final destination at 5:15 PM
totaling 407 miles for the day.
Saturday we hit the road around 9 AM and followed the PCH 1 North to Oxnard for another McDonalds breakfast. That is really our preferred
place for a quick breakfast. I would rather be riding than sitting in a
restaurant. Must be why we are able to put on so many miles. More riding and
less time eating. We proceeded hugging the ocean on #1 up to Santa Barbara where
we took Hwy. 154 across the Los Padres National Forest to connect with the 101
just past Los Olivos. This route gives you the option to stop in Solvang as
well. I have followed the 1 before through Lompoc. You are not missing a thing.
It is much better to go 154.
We followed 101 to San Luis Obispo where we again picked up #1 again
through Morro Bay and on up to Cambria. This is where the fun
begins for me. Starting in Cambria you are 100 miles from Carmel and ready to
embark on one of the best motorcycle roads in the United States that will take
you through twisty roads, provide beautiful ocean vistas both elevated as high
as 1200 feet as well as sea level then take you through redwoods in Big Sur
before reaching Carmel. Just a fabulous 100 miles of motorcycle nirvana that
imprints a 3 hour smile on your face.
As I mentioned earlier, there always seems to be something new to see on
this road. But this time, what I saw was totally unexpected. Just
about 2 miles South of Hearst Castle, I looked to my
right and saw some cattle in the pasture mixed in with about 12 ZEBRA! Yep, we
pulled over for that photo op. Have to say I wasn’t expecting to see Zebra in
the wild on this trip. Click Here to View.
This trip we also stopped to take a look at the Elephant
just outside of Cambria. I have never seen so many seals
in one spot ever. And these boys are BIG! Some reaching up to 5000 pounds. When
they are not sound asleep, they lay in the sand and constantly use their
flippers to flip sand on themselves. Pretty funny to watch. By the time we
reached the sea lions, it was already 2:30 PM, so we made a couple of stops for
photo ops along the way (Click Here), looking forward to
our next stop, Nepenthe Restaurant dinner. When
you make this trip, be sure to stop at Nepenthe for at least a refreshment, if
not dinner. The food here is Excellent and the view is heavenly. One of the most
beautiful locations for a restaurant that I have seen. Make this a must stop on
your trip up the Pacific Coast Highway.
As I was taking a couple of shots of the view with my cell phone to share
on Cyclerides Facebook, a bird flew in front of my camera and I got
an amazing shot of the bird in flight with his wings straight out. A rare and
incredible shot to say the least. Click
After a great dinner and dessert we saddled up and cruised the next 30
miles into Carmel getting there around 7:15 PM. One thing about
Carmel and Monterey, is that you can always count on it being cold and overcast,
and it did not disappoint on this trip.
We got up Sunday morning and took the scenic ride around the point at
Carmel that looks across the bay to Pebble Beach. If you are in the
area, be sure to make this ride. Some very pretty houses with beautiful views.
By about 10 AM we were fueling up and heading South back down the Pacific Coast
Highway to soak up some of that 62 degree weather one last time before heading
back to Phoenix. It was another beautiful ride down the coast which is the way
that I prefer that provided a stop for one more “Beauty Shot”.
This time we stopped at the Julia Pfeiffer state park to take the 1/2 mile hike
to the waterfall. A great 15 minute
stop. The next stop was Gorda, a place we had never stopped before. I always
thought it was just a place for expensive gas, but as it turns out, there is a
great restaurant there called the Whale Watcher with a nice view of the ocean
and road. I would recommend it.
The rest of the day was just heading South to start our trek home. We retraced our route back with a brief stop at the Strawberry festival
in Arroyo Grande for some chocolate covered strawberries and finally made it to
Camarillo at around 8 PM for the night. Monday morning we hit the road around
8:30 am and made the 427 mile trip in 5:30 of riding time plus 1:30 for 2 fuel
stops and lunch. Culminating 1476 miles of riding for the 4 days. Fortunately
the weather was mild and a non event getting through Palm Springs and back home.
Wouldn’t want to try it this weekend.
If you haven’t done the Pacific Coast Highway 1 trip yet, I
hope this report and the pictures encourage you to put it on your list of things
to do. It is a memorable motorcycle trip to say the least.
Click Here for PCH Photos
The best way to view them is to click the
“Slideshow” button on the upper right of the gallery, then you can
arrow through them full screen. It might take a few seconds to load and get
Tidbits and Updates:
**Chad Freeman and Redline will be performing at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports this Thursday night. They were a big hit the last time they played and had the crowd dancing.
If you haven’t seen them yet and would like to enjoy some excellent country
music, ride in to see them. 6-9 PM. See restaurant deals below.
Thursday, March 28th – June 27th
Bike Night this Spring being presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow
Powersports. Bike Night
began Thursday night, March 28th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total
of 14 nights ending on June 27th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This Thursday, you will once
again be able to enjoy a party every Thursday night with Live Music, Vendors,
Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains and Hundreds of
motorcycles to look at as they cruise by. This is the place to be on Thursday
nights for sure.
Attractions this week:
Live Music this week with
“Chad Freeman and Redline” 6-9 PM.
Here are the details for the
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to
When: Thursday nights beginning March 28th – June 27th
Time: 5 PM –
Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising
down Coyote Blvd.
Thanks to our Presenting
Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports:
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the
Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what
Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what
Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of
83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of
our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha,
Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click
Here for a list of our locations.
And to our Associate Sponsor
Curly’s CustomsCurly's Customs. Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body
Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike
Bike Night Restaurant Specials.
I have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some
consistent bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very
well this year to offer some good deals. There will be restaurant specials all
season long that include offers from:
McFadden’s - 10%
discount on your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus,
bikers can enjoy regular happy hour specials, including $2 Bud/Bud Light Drafts,
$3 Wells and $5 Appetizers from 4-7pm.
Calico Jack’s Cantina - $19.99 Bike
Night Platters with Nacho chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and jalapeno poppers,
plus a pitcher of domestic draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show
your M-class license on Bike Night.
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black
Angus Burger, Fries, and Beer special ($15 value) and a FREE cover for 2 card to
come back on the weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show
your motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate
Bike Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location.
One offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy
Hour. Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol,
tax, gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for
$5.50*. Classic pints of draft beer for only $3*. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular
happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers and drinks. *Valid
from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event days when there are
concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or Arena.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville - 10%
off entire food bill to anyone who presents their M-Class driver's license.
Plus, bikers can enjoy happy hour from 4-7pm with 50% off appetizers, $3 well
vodka, rum and gin drinks, $4 Landshark 20oz drafts and $5 Who’s to Blame
Mama Gia’s - $.50 cent wings with an
order of 24 or more. 1 Topping 16 in pizza and 12 wings for $22.99. Mention our
ad on Cyclerides.com and receive happy hour well, wine and Draft
Friday, June 7th
REO Speedwagon Concert at Pepsi Amphitheater
. Looking for a reason for a ride to the pines in Flagstaff?
What could be a better one than to take in an REO Speedwagon
Concert on Friday night. The Pepsi Amphitheater is located just off of I-17 at
exit 337 just South of I-40 at Fort Tuthill Park. The Concert starts at 8PM with
Opening performance by Steve Ansel & the Jackson Street Band. Tickets range
from $44-$86.75. Click Here for
More information Click Here.
Saturday, June 8th
Tickets $35. Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival, presented by
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, delivers the best culinary talents of the
region and finest local and global wine from award-winning vintners. At $35,
Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival presents Northern Arizona’s finest culinary
artists at an unbeatable ticket value. Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill County
Park, Flagstaff, Ariz. Saturday, June 8, 12pm – 5pm. Click Here for
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