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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Bilco View Post
    Other side near Vancouver.
    I thought I recognised bike from Toronto area.

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    Awesome really enjoying this

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    I suppose you never saw this either
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    Normal ,in an odd sort of way

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    After leaving Alices there are some really nice troads down through teh Redwoods to Monterey on teh coast and for those literary types amogst us, it's an area made famous by John Steinbeck (Cannery Row) who lived in the area.

    Lovely part of the world but very expensive to stay there.

    I'd thought I'd treat you to a couple of nice truck pics as well. If you ever come on my trips you'll often find me taking pics of trucks as I seem to have diesel running through my veins after a lifetime in trucking.
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    There are some absolute epic roads away from the coast and I have no real idea why people concentrate on the PCH but each to their own.

    These pics are all as we head inland from Monterey and are generally free from traffic and perfect for GS's.
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    After riding some great roads we stop at a small town called Coalinga which on the face of it has nothing to offer. In fact the only thing it's famous for is it's the town closest to the 4 biggest state penitentiaries in California.

    It's saving grace is a small burger bar which I stumbled upon many years ago and it's brilliant. The do regular BBQ's and they will do a regular burger and drink for around $5 and it's good stuff. Quite why people bypass these old style burger joints for a trip to McShite always amazes me.

    Even the local plod use it for their doughnuts.

    Great value and also great milk shakes!!
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    I’m so enjoying not being there
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    Looks amazing !

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    Sometimes we stop in Hollister which as many of you know was the setting of the Marlon Brando film the Wild Ones.

    It's a pretty dull town to be honest but I've been there when the have bike meets and it's Harley central. The bars are Ok though

    Note the price of petrol (gas). California is on the pricey side for the US but it's still very cheap. A US gallon is a bit smaller than ours at 4 litres per gallon and in the US (except Oregon) you have to prepay for your fuel so you don't just fill up and go in and pay. You have to either put a set amount in i.e $10 and the pump will stop at that amount or overpay and go back and get your change. It's a bit of a faff but you soon get used to it.
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    We then head across Central California which has some great roads as well as nice scenery. It's all yellow in the summer as it rarely rains and it's called California Gold.

    The central belt is mostly fruit and veg growing and you ride through vast orchards of oranges, nectarines etc. Plenty of farm shops to stop at and fill your face with the delicious fruit.

    Lots of the small towns are populated only by the Mexican workforce so they only speak Spanish.
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    Next stop is a small town called 3 Rivers which is in the foothills of the Sierra's and the gateway to Sequoia National Park.

    We overnight here and there is a great lake for swimming just down the road. As is usual for the US, everywhere is designed for cars so you have to ride down to the jetty but it makes for great swimming at the end of a very hot days ride. Yeah, I know all about ATTGATT but I've always found shorts and flip flops ideal riding wear to and from the lake
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    If you look very carefully at the first pic above you can clearly see I’m not swimming in it.
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    How do you change gear in flip-flops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    How do you change gear in flip-flops?
    With your hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gunn View Post
    How do you change gear in flip-flops?
    Or as the Kiwis call them - Tongan safety boots

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