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Spring break-'We loaded up the truck and went to Beverlee'(20 posts)

Spring break-'We loaded up the truck and went to Beverlee'rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 8:29 AM
My seventeen yo son and I went to Los Angeles to deliver a motorbike for delivery to Japan. I figured it would be perfect as a paid vacation, so we took the bikes and camping gear and head off.

My son has been reading 'The Grapes of Wrath' by Steinbeck. This would play heavily as a theme for our journey- without the misery fortunately.

Our load:
We go south from Reno on hwy 395...rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 8:34 AM
The desert is in Full Bloom. This was a bloom on a Joshua tree
A flower carpet... most very smallrwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 8:37 AM
Many of these flowers were the size of a pencil eraser or less.
We stayed in a camp on Paradise road near Santa Barbararwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 8:52 AM
We drove up a very steep climb called Painted Cave. Sitting, having a bite to eat when a cyclist comes roaring up the hill. He was really moving. We found a local who recomended we camp on Paradise road. We found a very nice spot and did some exploring. This was a water crossing to another campsite.
We're not in the Desert anymore...rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 8:55 AM
This was one of the deluxe spots. We found the coast camps packed with people, a little inland and... nobody.
Our little Hoovervillerwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 8:57 AM
Joads never had it so good...
We ride with GregJ...rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 9:08 AM
RBR poster GregJ offered to show us around Santa Barbara. We met Monday afternoon for a great ride. Greg was a fantastic guide. He and my son Dave shared a common interest in Classical music. I sure wish I had remembered the camera, as this was some of the most scenic ocean view of the trip.

We did about a twenty mile loop around town. Talk about some fancy homes! Many gated homes. One place had a guard dog out front. I stopped and smiled at him, he smiled back...well, he showed alot of teeth anyway, and growled menacingly.

Son Dave and I really enjoyed the tour, Thanks Greg! Sorry no pics, but we had some spicy Indian food that evening, took some back to camp and had some spicy breakfast:
Some nice trail ridingrwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 9:11 AM
We found all sorts of places to ride. Great area, lovely, quiet roads and cool twisty trails.
Is that forsythia blooming in the background? There's hope. nmRoyGBiv
Apr 25, 2003 8:35 AM
The tale of the Diminishing Road...rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 9:15 AM
We stopped for lunch south of Morro Bay and went for what started as a short ride. We all know how that goes, and soon we were deep into a road ravaged by time...
More...rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 9:16 AM
We found yet another gate and went on...
I was really curious about this sign... Explosives?rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 9:20 AM
See the little trail going up? I wanted to check it out exploding mines or not...inquiring minds want to know...
View from the top...rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 9:24 AM
Son Dave wouldn't make the crossing, he went off to find some 'happy cows'. I watched as he tried to chase them down. Really funny... I joked with him that if he caught one maybe he could show that heifer the true meaning of happiness...
At this point, we had filled up the memory card...rwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 9:39 AM
I could not figure out how to delete wasted shots...hmmm.

We stayed in a great camp off hwy 41 near Morro Bay. Camp Cerro Altos had a hill to climb (Cerro Altos) So up we went. Spectacular views in all directions.

Later the same day, Dave drove up to the Pinnacles monument, while I rode up on the bike. Great climb, really pretty. We stopped at a winery there on the way down for a little tasting.

That night we stayed in Salinas. Nice town. The birthplace of John Steinbeck. The next morning we walked around until the Steinbeck Museum opened, then toured. Great stuff.

After the tour we headed back to Reno. Naturally the pass was snowing with chains mandatory... Typical spring weather.

I'm sorry we didn't get the photos of more scenery. Next time, more memory cards and bring the instructions!
Nice report. Beautiful! Thanks. -nmTig
Apr 25, 2003 4:05 PM
Pinnacles can get HOTpeter1
Apr 25, 2003 6:32 PM
Used to live out there...try riding to Pinnacles in the middle of summer...it can be 110-115 pretty easily. Just watch out for the cattle guards...
We were lucky, it was 65f tops and very pleasant nmrwbadley
Apr 25, 2003 8:36 PM
Some beautiful shots rw.Sintesi
Apr 26, 2003 6:27 AM
I need a trip like that. : )

What kind of camera do you use?

Thanks for sharing
Olympus D-360L. Works ok. Slow to download nmrwbadley
Apr 26, 2003 7:56 AM
What camera are you using?girchygirchy
Apr 26, 2003 7:49 AM
I'm always looking around at digital cameras, getting ideas for the day I actually decide to buy one. You got some nice pics, so I was just wondering what you used.

Great pics and story, BTW!

Brian