AdventurePoser Posted February 22, 2007 Share Posted February 22, 2007 Over the past couple of weeks I had a chance to ride down to Wildemar to hang with Steve B and learn a bit about my Powerlet accessories. Steve was kind enough, and PJ hospitable enough to have me for the day! Then, last weekend, I rode up to Diamond Springs to spend the weekend with Phil and Jamie, and BeniciaGT and Wife as well. We joked, laughed, ate, and between all the jocularity managed to install a Roady and Autocom to my R1200RT! Well, it was a great ride up mostly because it wasn't so dang cold! In fact, the evening temps in the Central Valley were in the low sixties. Plenty doable for the Inner Sissy in me! Riding up I-5 in the middle of the night is an experience not for the faint hearted. The 70 MPH speed limit is, I believe, purely advisory in nature. Monster semi tractor trailor combos whistle down the highway in speeds in excess of 85, and passenger cars even faster. Drivers on this stretch have one thing in mind, and that is to get somewhere fast! So, doing what the Romans were doing, I set the cruise up for 85 and sailed north...nary a problem from the CHP. Was it because I cut such a daring figure in my 'Stich and dazzling R12RT? Or was it because the CHP was engaged in a full-time feeding frenzy of snatching errant speeders who were brushing up against 100 MPH? 300 miles later, I found a motel. Hmmm...you'd think a Day's Inn might be a tad bit above an M6, right? I thought so, as I shelled out $62 for Friday night. Dragging my weary body into the room I made ready for some serious shut-eye. Sadly, this was not to be as the occupants of the room next door seemed bent on breaking some kind of romance-in-the-motel record. And, the walls were paper thin... Eventually exhaustion overtook noise and crummy room distratctions and I got to sleep...only to wake up to 50 mph winds outside! "Is it always this windy?" "That ain't windy." "Seems windy to me. Wasn't that your cat that just blew by?" After looking in vain for the innkeepers cat, I mounted the RT and headed off to Phil and Jamies, a scant 150 miles away by more freeway. At least the wind died down. As I mentioned earlier, the day with Benicia, Jamie, and Phil was great. They taught me a lot about electronics and how to properly accessorize my motorcycle. All to soon, however, I had to say goodby, as I had many miles to go before I was home. So, Sunday morn. after a great breakfast cooked by Phil, I headed off for Los Banos, the coastal foothills and Monterey. Of course I enjoyed CA 1 down the Big Sur coast as well. In all a delightful ride, made even better by great friends and some excellent motorcycling! I hope to see you all again soon... Cheers, Steve in So Cal Link to comment
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