Hello fellow adventurers,
I was laid-off, so I capitalized on having time by taking a month-long solo motorcycle trip around California. I decided on exploring California because we're in a drought and the rest of the country is getting dumped with lots of snow.
This trip far exceeded my expectations. I intentionally didnt plan very much other than preparing my motorcycle and the camping gear, because I didnt want to limit the trip to my limited knowledge of California. I had no itinerary. The plan was to ride south away from rain and snow and return back to the San Francisco bay area when either a month was up or I'd spent $1000.
I camped, slept at a Buddhist monastery, stayed at hostels, communes, hotels and at friends-of-friends houses. I met so many interesting and generous people and saw lots of wildlife, like whale, a bobcat and condors.
Thank you so much to my friends and family for helping me get my motorcycle road ready and for lending me camping gear. I really couldnt of done it without you.
This is the table of contents for my month-long solo adventure. Please leave comments- I'd love to hear from you!
Departed March 9, 2014
Returned April 4, 2014
Click here to read the Summary of my California road trip
March 9-11, 2014
Camped at Big Basin
Video - bike setup
First time camping solo
Photos from Big Basin
How I kept my sanity
Stayed with friends of friends in a beach house
Photos from Monterrey
Private moto tour of Big Sur
Photos from Big Sur
More Big Sur pics
Photos from Cayucos
Slept at the Cambria hostel!!!
Photos from Cambria
Video - lid sink
Hosted by a martial arts friend on a commune
Arroyo Seco pictures
Big Sur picnic
Running out of gas
Bee Sting while riding
My Second Home
Video - Poor Man's GoPro
Camped solo miles from anyone for the first time
First night camping solo in the Ventana Wilderness
Baby poison oak is so cute!!!
Camped at Limekiln and then on the ridge
Camping in Big Sur above the clouds
The most surprising thing that happened on this road trip...
Gorda-nooo!!!!! Not again!!!!!
Daily cleaning the visor or else it looks like this...
North Beach Campgrounds
Camped out in a field of RVs
Planning this Trip
Books that I'm reading on the road
Camping at Pismo Beach
Jucy rv rental
Santa Barbara Wilderness
Hosted by an artist in her guest cottage
Egg painting and bone jewelry in the Santa Barbara Wilderness
Video- egg painting
More pics from the Santa Barbara Wilderness
More pics of Santa Barbara- Carl Jung's Red Book
Put in a hotel by my ex boyfriend's aunt and uncle
Santa Barbara- bumming around town
Treated to a fancy hotel room in Goleta
Stayed at the SB hostel
Santa Barbara Hostel
Treated again to a hotel room, but this time by my friend Joe. We stayed at the Viking Motel.
Camped at Deer Park Monastery
Right of Passage- Riding in LA
Saying Goodbye to my Great Grandparents in Oceanside
Spent the weekend at a Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery
Motel Room in Banning
March 30-April 2
Camped in Joshua Tree
I was wrong about Joshua Tree
Video- Joshua Tree Landscape
Amazing Biker Ladies
stayed at a hotel
10 Hour Ride from Joshua Tree to Ventura
Video - wind farms and snow
Riding the Mullholland Highway
slept in my own bed (Cant say that I missed it.)
Summary of Month-Long Motorcycle Tour