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26
Mar

Update on Sharon

Subject:  Update on Sharon Costa Mesa, California March 26, 2013 Unfortunately, we are canceling our river cruise in May.  Sharon’s foot is in a cast, which will be on for another two weeks. Then, there will be a foot boot and a lengthy recuperation period. These river cruises require a lot of walking almost every […]


22
Mar

Ollie’s First Ride

Costa Mesa, California March 22, 2013 Yesterday, Ollie had his first ride in his sidecar.  As we all expected, he loves it. We had 4 video cameras trained on Ollie for the maiden voyage. Two GoPros were mounted on the bike, Simon, Jr., Ollie’s older brother, filmed with a video camera and Simon Sr., Ollie’s […]


20
Mar

Post-Trip Interview

Costa Mesa, California, California March 20, 2013 Here is a post-trip interview of my trip from Seattle to Costa Mesa in March of 2013. My inaugural ride with Ollie is postponed until tomorrow. Bill


19
Mar

Home Sweet Home

Costa Mesa, Ca. March 19, 2013 I’m home! When I woke up yesterday morning in Bridgeport, it was 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  My bike and sidecar were covered with frost. I left the motel around 9 am and headed South on Highway 395.  As I descended to lower elevations, it warmed up nicely.  I took my […]


18
Mar

Getting Close

Bridgeport, California March 18, 2013 After yesterday’s ride, I feel like I have now seen about everything on this journey. My ride Northeast on Highway 88 through the Sierra mountain range brought me significant altitude gain, which peaked at 8,000 feet, and bone chilling cold.  I bulked up with clothes and really enjoyed the day. […]


17
Mar

Irish Day Parade & Downtown Jamestown

Jamestown, California March 17, 2013 I can’t believe my good fortune on this trip.  First, the great weather, and now a stop at a great Gold Rush Town on the way home. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I would miss something important if I didn’t check out the Irish Day Parade in Murphys.  Yesterday […]


15
Mar

Still in Gold Country

Sonora, California March 15, 2013 Yesterday, I pulled into Murphys, California and checked into Murphys Historic Hotel. Murphys is located in Calavaras County, which is in the heart of California’s historic gold rush territory.  The Calavaras County Fair in May features the Frog Jumping Contest made famous by Mark Twain in his 1865 short story […]


14
Mar

More California Gold in Sonoma

Sonoma, California March 14, 2013 Yesterday I planned to have lunch with a mountaineering friend who lives with his family in Santa Rosa. I arrived at the MayaCama Country Club at 11:10 am.  As I was entering this beautiful compound in the foothills of Santa Rosa, the engine in my bike came to a sputtering […]


12
Mar

California Gold

St. Helena, California March 12, 2013 The late Huell Howser was a popular television personality who had a series called “California Gold.” He featured interesting venues in California and always closed his show with the song “California Here I Come.” Here is my attempt to carry on his legacy. Well, hello everyone. This is Huell […]


11
Mar

Great Views and Great Weather

St. Helena, California March 11, 2013 You don’t have to travel far in California to enjoy some of the most beautiful vistas on planet earth. The Pacific Ocean and Redwood Forests are great examples. The trip South from Mendocino proceeds along the rugged shores of the Pacific Ocean and then turns East on Highway 128. […]