Notes from the field UPDATED with PICTURES!
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Petty Tyrant
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Fri May 08, 2009 11:46 am quote
I had the day off today, so I decided to take an impromptu ride up to Eureka and back over two days. It should be about 600 miles total.

Right now I'm in Fort Bragg having lunch and coffee, about halfway to Eureka. I've been through wine country, rural farmland, serpentine river roads, majestic redwoods and stiff coastal wind. And the day is still young!

I'm making a point to pace myself, something I'm not usually very good at. I've even got some photos, which I'll post when I get back (stupid iPhone).

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Fri May 08, 2009 12:01 pm quote
I really wish that is what I was doing right now!
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:07 pm quote
nice, I am sure you need the time off. Its nice to ride and just relax. Enjoy your ride.
Molto Verboso
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:07 pm quote
I've only driven that route once in my life. Sounds perfect right now. The most I can hope for this weekend is a ride through the warehouse district of Minneapolis, which has it's own charm I guess. Can't wait to see pictures.
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:11 pm quote
Re: Notes from the field
jess wrote:
I had the day off today, so I decided to take an impromptu ride up to Eureka and back over two days. It should be about 600 miles total.

Right now I'm in Fort Bragg having lunch and coffee, about halfway to Eureka. I've been through wine country, rural farmland, serpentine river roads, majestic redwoods and stiff coastal wind. And the day is still young!

I'm making a point to pace myself, something I'm not usually very good at. I've even got some photos, which I'll post when I get back (stupid iPhone).
Soooooo jealous.
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:19 pm quote
Ride Safe and enjoy the view.
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:25 pm quote
Sounds like you really can have a "bottiglia piena e moglie ubriaca!"
Can't wait to see pictures!
Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:34 pm quote
Mad jealous.
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:37 pm quote
Sounds like a great time!

I had the day off - and had to take the car to the garage.
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Fri May 08, 2009 12:44 pm quote
hope you have way too much fun Jess!!!!
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Fri May 08, 2009 1:25 pm quote
Have a great time Jess, ride safe. The rest of us who have to work tomorrow are very jealous of you right now.
Petty Tyrant
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Fri May 08, 2009 4:10 pm quote
Made it to Eureka, oddly on schedule nearly to the minute. Odd, because I didn't try to stick to schedule at all. I stopped often to take pictures, sometimes getting on the bike, rolling 100 feet, and then getting off again when I realized there was an even better photo around the curve. Other times (like 101 north of 128) I hauled ass on the wide, curvy highway.

Now: dinner!
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Fri May 08, 2009 5:56 pm quote
and whats for dinner? oh don't forget desert
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Fri May 08, 2009 6:33 pm quote
yes.

I am taunted.

Ride safe buddy.

R

Petty Tyrant
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Fri May 08, 2009 6:46 pm quote
Found a lovely steakhouse called Oberon Grill. A glass of wine and some prime rib, hold the potato please. Apparently, Jack London once got in a famous bar brawl in that very room, when it was called Oberon Restaurant Bar. Fitting, since I started my day in Oakland.

But it gets better: on my way home from dinner, I ran into the local scooter club, Slugrockets SC. They bought me a beer and we chatted for a bit. Super nice guys, without even the hint of vintage / modern friction. Thanks, guys!
Molto Verboso
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Fri May 08, 2009 7:04 pm quote
What in hell are you doing eating prime rib in Eureka? You can get that anywhere. Eureka, unless it has changed drastially, is for seafood. It has been quite a long time since I've been there, but there used to be a couple of really great fish houses there. If you spend the night there, be sure to go out to Samoa for breafast at the old lumber company dining hall. Ask anyone.
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Fri May 08, 2009 7:19 pm quote
AHA! That's why the iPhone accessability work. Hehe.

Sounds like an excellent choice, route, destination, and all.

Have fun and ride safe.
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Fri May 08, 2009 7:26 pm quote
Wow, I wish I was with you Jess.

Paul
Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Fri May 08, 2009 7:29 pm quote
I still hate you.

I took a ride this evening on the P and some shitfuck teenager decided to pretend to bum rush me as I passed by him at an intersection.

He did not expect me to stop though. And I can bet you can think of a few reasons why he and his friend quickly apologized. Hah.
Petty Tyrant
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Fri May 08, 2009 7:40 pm quote
Richard H. Lemmon wrote:
What in hell are you doing eating prime rib in Eureka? You can get that anywhere. Eureka, unless it has changed drastially, is for seafood. It has been quite a long time since I've been there, but there used to be a couple of really great fish houses there. If you spend the night there, be sure to go out to Samoa for breafast at the old lumber company dining hall. Ask anyone.
I had seafood bisque as an appetizer, does that count?

I'll check out Samoa in the morning, thanks for the tip.
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Fri May 08, 2009 7:44 pm quote
Enjoy the ride...as I can tell you're doing just that...
Petty Tyrant
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Sat May 09, 2009 7:59 pm quote
Got home this afternoon, and have been lounging around the house trying to recover ever since.

I shot 122 photos on this trip. Not a lot, but huge by my standards. Whittling them down to 20 photos was somewhat traumatic. There were so many interesting shots.

Here's a brief overview of the trip:

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Eureka-12.jpg

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Eureka-20.jpg

Ossessionato
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Sat May 09, 2009 8:02 pm quote
STUNNING road trip, my friend!
Molto Verboso
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Sat May 09, 2009 8:06 pm quote
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Sat May 09, 2009 8:20 pm quote
Wow Jess, I am totally jealous. Beautiful country! You must have had a great time! LOVE the shot of your scoot in your hotel room! I mean ... wow dude ... you are worse than I am!!!

Now let's talk about your photo file sizes!
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Sat May 09, 2009 8:43 pm quote
Brings back memories of my 2004 summer in CA. Spend the summer with family inCarmel, Monterey and Salinas. Sorry I had no Vespa then and would give my eye teeth to drive the Shore route with mine now. Can almost feel the warm breezes and the salty air. Envy you your trip, Jess!
Found a picture of Carmel Beach

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Sat May 09, 2009 10:52 pm quote
Jess what a really great 2day trip! Super pix! I recognized some stretches I think! Thanks for sharing
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Sat May 09, 2009 11:13 pm quote
Yeaup. Still hate you.

Lots.
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Sat May 09, 2009 11:19 pm quote
Right. That's it. My 2010 trip is now definite. Watch out!
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Sat May 09, 2009 11:42 pm quote
Wow, that looks like one hell of a trip.
Molto Verboso
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Sun May 10, 2009 12:34 am quote
That is a fantastic trip - You lucky Dog!!

Hee hee - Had to laugh that you put the vespa in the motel room, or am I mistaken?
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Sun May 10, 2009 1:13 am quote
jimc wrote:
Right. That's it. My 2010 trip is now definite. Watch out!
lock up your daughters! actually, lock up the single malt.

looks like an amazing road trip jess
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Sun May 10, 2009 2:10 am quote
very cool!!! slightly off topic- do you have more pictures of your scoot? i like your side mirrors. what are they?
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Sun May 10, 2009 2:36 am quote
Green with ENVY
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Sun May 10, 2009 3:33 am quote
What a wonderful trip. I like that you brought your GTS into the hotel/motel room with you.
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Sun May 10, 2009 3:34 am quote
I've done quite a few roadtrips in the USA, allways with an RV...
you just made me start thinking of doing the same on a vespa...
my looks at me with the 'evil eye'...
anyways... me jealous big time!!!
Molto Verboso
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Sun May 10, 2009 3:35 am quote
Jess, that looks like a killer trip. Thanks for the pictures. I love the fact that you keep your ride in the hotel room with you! I've seen inns that allow pets but never motorsports vehicles.
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Sun May 10, 2009 5:25 am quote
Pretty cool pics, thx for sharing! Looks like a great ride! -missing Cali again right about now...
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Sun May 10, 2009 6:03 am quote
I have got to get out of SoFla!

Neat idea to have the scoot in the motel. Did you feel you had to (bad neighborhood), or do you (or anyone who does overnights) regularly do that?
Petty Tyrant
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Sun May 10, 2009 6:15 am quote
heyitzsushiboi wrote:
very cool!!! slightly off topic- do you have more pictures of your scoot? i like your side mirrors. what are they?
They're called Napoleon Mirrors, and they're really meant to be bar-end mirrors on old vintage motorcycles. They're not a perfect fit for the GTS, as you end up seeing a lot of your shoulder. However, they have the distinct advantage of folding up when you need to lanesplit, and then popping right back to the position they were with no adjusting.

Here's a picture I took in Yosemite, on a different road trip.

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