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Trip Planning: Northern California – Can You Help?

Kenny decided he wanted to go back to northern California to do some motorcycle riding. As a good girlfriend, I obliged him and agreed to go along. My arm was killing me from all of the twisting but whattayagonnado? ;)

Though we are pretty loose when it comes to planning a route, I do like to leave with some semblance of ideas cobbled together. One of my biggest fears is always that I’ll “miss something” – who knows if I will ever pass that way again?

If I don’t know about it – how can I miss it?

Stop trying to be logical. In my deluded mind, I often operate with the idea that one day I will find out about what I missed and spiral into a fit of madness. Hey, it could happen!

What do I know so far?

  • Fly to San Francisco
  • Hang out in town for a day
  • Hop on rented Triumph 1050 Tiger and hit the road for a week

So that leads me to where I am this week: Figuring out what I’m going to do.

Things I Need: Road ideas, maps, to pack more efficiently.

In a new planning tactic, I thought I might let my dog choose the spots we should visit. Between you and me – she isn’t very helpful.

My dog - the intrepid explorer
I don't see the road of bones on this map.

Travel Book: Moon Travel Guides –  Northern California

Over the weekend, I stopped in to Borders to see if they had any travel books or maps left in their going out of business sale. As luck would have it, I got what as far as I could tell was the ONLY Northern California book in the store. I prefer Lonely Planet books, but this one by Moon isn’t so bad. At 40% off, it’s even better.

I have already gleaned a little tip out of it. There is an inn on the Lost Coast that I would like to stay at. If we do find ourselves sitting on the balcony of our room watching the sun go down on over the Pacific, this book will have paid for itself in spades.

Help a Girl Out

So, darlings – If you have any northern California roads, parks, roadside weirdness, lunch spots, vistas, off the beaten path places, amazing experiences you’d like to share – I’m all ears!

Hell, even if you want to share a link to your photos or blog about California, whatever...  go for it in the comments.

From the Archives: Our Trip to California – 2008

· California Dreamin: Hello, San Francisco
· California Dreaming: San Francisco to San Luis Obispo
· California Dreaming: San Luis Obispo to Bakersfield
· California Dreaming: Bakersfield to North Fork
· California Dreaming: North Fork to Lee Vining
· California Dreaming: Lee Vining to Klamath Falls, Oregon
· California Dreaming: Klamath Falls, Or. to Crescent City, Ca.
· California Dreaming: Crescent City to Mount Shasta City
· California Dreaming: Mount Shasta City to Willits
· California Dreaming: Willits to San Francisco
· California: Caution – Bear Crossing
· Remembering California: The Sundial Bridge
· Memory Lane: California’s Point Arena Lighthouse
· Remembering California: Discovering the Jewel that is California’s Lost Coast
· Remembering California: Serendipity Strikes Outside of Redding
· Memory Lane: Stopping by the Rock Store – California
· Memory Lane: Visiting Bodie, California an American Ghost Town
With that, I leave you with the soothing sounds of LL Cool J:

Memory Lane: Visiting Bodie, California an American Ghost Town

Memory Lane: Stopping by the Rock Store – California

On our trip to California in June of 2008, one of our pit stops was to the famous motorcycle hangout The Rock Store. Apparently in the course of a weekend you never know who might turn up there from celebrities like Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the average guy just out for a cruise on his Ducati Desmosedici.

While some of the locals would rather be stabbed to death by a spoon than hang out there (ahem, Novos) it was great to see it with my own eyes. It is a great people watching spot; a slice of motorcyclists life from far away.

The Rock Store - Cornell California
The Rock Store - Cornell California
Ducati Desmosedici at the Rock Store
The Rock Store Cornell, California
The Rock Store California Ducati

Remembering California: Serendipity Strikes Outside of Redding

Remembering California: Discovering the Jewel that is California’s Lost Coast