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Old 03-19-2008, 11:02 PM   #1
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Artist Painting Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

I did an awesome 375 mile ride today starting in Clovis/Fresno, hitting hwy 58, hwy 229, and hwy 1 up the coast from Morro Bay to just south of Santa Cruz, where my family has been spring-breaking it without me. I thought I would put some pictures up tonight for your viewing pleasure, especially for our snow-bound friends in colder climes .

As usual I have to fully detail the bike and get it all packed up before a multi-day trip. Here's the GT ready to go.


I took care of some last-minute work at the office early this morning and was on the road by 0830. It was warm today so I had to stop and shed a lot of my winter gear when the thermometer pegged about 70. I made time south on hwy 41/33 to beautiful McKittrick, the start of hwy 58.

The sign that strikes fear into peanut tanks everywhere. Not much gas in these parts, but I've got plenty of range.


Man I love hwy 58. It's simply unbelievable. Hang on...


Being springtime the hills are blooming like crazy. The air smelled thickly of lilac. Awesome. Love the twisties heading west...


What a road...


so many flowers today I had to force myself to keep riding instead of taking pictures...


Delicious...


Flower power...


Scenery like this makes you glad to be alive and riding...






And the weather was right in the sweet spot...


Time for lunch. I much prefer a sandwhich under an oak tree in the middle of nowhere to a restaurant when I'm riding. I may have seen 2 cars go by while I ate for 20 minutes.


Further west to a little delight called hwy 229. A perfect ribbon of asphalt weaving through the countryside dotted with estates with names like "Blue sky ranch". Based on what I saw you would need plenty of blue $ky to move into this neighborhood. This road takes courage because although there isn't a single bump, tar snake, or pothole on the whole road, there is no center line and lots of blind corners. Fortunately almost no traffic.

hwy 229...


And onto hwy 41 dropping down into Morro bay. The last 10 miles see the temperature drop 10 degrees. Felt great actually.

Dunes. The fog here didn't last as just a few miles north on hwy 1 I found
sunshine.


I've taken so many pictures of hwy 1 that I'm just going to post a couple favorites from today...




I've posted a lot more hwy 1 photos from a previous ride here:
http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthr...hlight=highway

All the way up the coast to Watsonville to join my family for some spring break R&R...

Not a bad spot to post a trip report on Pashnit...


I'm going to be here all week and plan to ride some of the local roads like Carmel Valley, etc. I may post some of those pics as well.
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:16 AM   #2
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Re: Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

Great shots, Rod. Looks like you had a perfect ride!
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:23 AM   #3
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Re: Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

Great shots Rod!!

So let's get down to business...when are you hosting a beach party???
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:51 AM   #4
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Great shots Rod!!

So let's get down to business...when are you hosting a beach party???


Yeah - a Pashnit beach party!
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:09 AM   #5
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Great shots Rod!!

So let's get down to business...when are you hosting a beach party???
I'll have to run that one by my wife .
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:35 AM   #6
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Re: Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

WOW nice Road ..............
are so desert.......... no cars no police..... just keep the gas open ?
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Re: Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

Fantastic post Rod. Looks like you had a great ride. You have got to love riding this time of year! Enjoy spring break and your family!
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:07 AM   #8
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Re: Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

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WOW nice Road ..............
are so desert.......... no cars no police..... just keep the gas open ?
We even call Hwy 229 "Rossi's Driveway" in honor of one of your countrymen!

Great pics as always Rod, you definitely have this coastal ride report think down! Can't wait to see more from the rest ofthe week.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:00 AM   #9
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Re: Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

hmmm...that lunch spot looks like the intersection of shell creek road and 58.glad you got to ride 229 finally.41 is fun between 229 and morro bay also.
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Re: Spring Break calling...hwy 58, hwy 229, hwy 1

Great pics!!!! Looks like a fun ride!!!!
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