I was looking forward to finishing up the Rt 36 ride this morning and was not disappointed. After going back down Rt 3 to 36, I continued to Fortuna. This part of 36 didn’t have as many of the sharp corners but instead, had nice long sweeping turns. A great ride for sure.
From Fortuna, I started South on US 101 and took a detour to see the Redwood trees on the Avenue of the Giants. If you’re ever in northern California, this is a great place to visit. I took a short hike through the forest to relax and enjoy the awesome sights.
After leaving the redwoods, I got back on to US 101 and headed toward Monterey. Passing through Oakland was frustrating because I got there right around 5:00 and hit heavy traffic. The Versys is much better at lane splitting that the BMW so at least that worked in my favor. I’m still not very good a this lane splitting thing but I guess it’s something that takes practice. I see other motorcycles zip right through but I can’t keep up with them. I can’t imagine commuting in this kind of traffic on a daily basis. It’s just crazy.
Once past Oakland and San Jose, the last 30 miles to Monterey was cold and foggy. I was glad to get to the motel to warm up a bit.
Tomorrow will be the end of my ride as I expect to get to my daughter’s house in southern California.
Miles Today: 469
Total Miles: 3,481