My time in Portland was great! After departing Erma and Bruce, I traveled a short distance to the home of my friends, Dave and Teri Blauer and had a wonderful reunion. Teri had a family day planned so I was able to meet all of her family and also enjoyed more of her good cooking.
Tuesday morning I departed for a leisurely ride to Northern CA. A beautiful ride in great weather. Some of the most spectacular views in America, past Mount Shasta and the Redwood Forest. Arriving in Folsom on Tuesday afternoon, I spent the next two days with old and close friends, Bonita and Kyle Thomas. Kyle is an avid bicycle rider, having ridden Australia and other great rides by bike. Luckily for me, Kyle also is a dedicated motorcycle rider. Wednesday morning found Kyle on his Triumph Tiger briskly leading me through the same wonderful roads we rode together twelve years ago when I lived across the street from Kyle and Bonita. Good company and food, but Thursday morning once again saw me and the Goose departing for new destinations. Maybe if I stay each place only two days, I will not overstay my welcome.
Up towards Georgetown, into the Tahoe National Forest, on past Hell Hole Reservoir and French Meadow Park and Reservoir. Rapidly moving through the winding roads and mountains into the vast remote forests that once were my weekly riding adventures. And after four hours of challenging and fun riding, the Goose and I were back on the rough Interstate 80 heading to Donner Pass and the home of my friends, Karen and Tom Johns. At 3:00 P.M. I arrived at their picturesque mountain retreat where we will stay until Saturday morning when I will be off again.
Dinner last night was at a nice restaurant on the wonderous Lake Tahoe, the most beautiful lake and view that I have ever had the opportunity to see. Breakfast this morning in Truckee and today we plan to enjoy a classic car and motorcycle show.
My bike is running great and we have a number of delightful rides in front of us before heading for Texas. The adventure continues.