Since I was on a rather tight schedule, I didn't take a bunch of photos but here goes...
I headed up US-101 for the Northbound run and had planned to come back down either by US-395 or PCH. However, I ended up returning via I-5 and cutting my trip short by a day.
I enjoy interesting cafes and other places. This cafe had a poker parlor attached to it. Atascadero, California, along Highway 1
The first location I stopped at was in Santa Clara - the Santa Clara Veterans Memorial. A quick photo and then find a place to sleep.
Before bed, I filled the tank. Using Gas Buddy on the cell phone, I found this place with relatively inexpensive fuel.
The next day was a blast up to Weed, CA and the Living Sculpture Memorial Garden by way of Santa Rosa.
The Pacific Air Museum was the next stop.
This was great! I'm a sucker for old aircraft and found a bunch of really cool stuff, including three of my all time favorites:
The BD is on my short list of fantasy airplanes to own. Totally impractical, very touchy to fly and a complete blast.
The F-4 holds a special place in my heart. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in the back seat of one after picking up the downed pilot of one from a beach in Vietnam.
Of course I always am drawn to the UH-1D/H models. I flew those in Vietnam for a couple of tours as well as when I got back. What a work horse. With continued upgrades they are still flying. Unfortunately the Army has seen fit to replace them with the Blackhawk.
Interstate 5 (I-5) up in NorCal is not the flat land boring I-5 we know and love here in SoCal. The scenery was great and riding up through the canyons was very nice.
On the road North out of Weed (CA-97) headed to the next stop.
I parked at the Hot LZ and walked toward my destination.
Finally the unassuming entrance to my goal for this stop
Getting closer, it hit me what this really was
Leaving the Memorial, I took this shot of the north face of Mt. Shasta. Nice peaceful vision to keep with me on my way back down.
Getting ready to head out...
I know we went this way
We left there and headed toward Apple Hill for lunch.
Here's a link to the map of the lunch ride. Pretty close to a 200 mile round trip. After lunch, the group broke up and I headed in to Sacramento to bag the last of the four sites I came up here for. Papa Ken later gave me the following directions:
We did take the backroads to the outskirts of Auburn to tie in with 49.
Took that down across the American River up to Cool. At that point 193
to Georgetown and Wentworth springs rd. to Ice House Rd. down to 50 turned
east on 50 to silverfork rd. at Kyburz and went south to Mormon Immigrant and
the five crosses memorial, then onward to High Hill Ranch via Snows Rd. to Camino.
Back in downtown Sacramento - right across from the State Capitol building is the California Peace Officers' Memorial
1717 miles in three days or 28 hours of road time
I really love the Norge. I could spend pages detailing why this is the perfect bike for me, but I'll just leave it at this - the ergonomics of this bike are perfect for me. I love the sound, feel and responsiveness of this bike. No, she's not the fastest in the group. No, she's not the smoothest, nor the most plush. But she handles very well, is comfortable on long rides (despite my minor complaint about the seat or my butt), loves twisty roads, eats up sweepers, gets pretty darn good mileage, and comes with ABS (that you can turn off when playing on dirt roads), an electric windshield, heated grips, and side bags as standard. By the way, did I mention that I love this bike?