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04 May 2006

my inner sunshine

and so it begins. the continental crossing.

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the yellow line designates my path. g001 and g002 were refueling stops.

stopped at a bookstore before i left livermore and bought six books:

01. lonely planet usa
02. let's go roadtripping usa: the complete coast-to-coast guide to america
03. national geographic guide to scenic highways and biways
04. rand mcnally road atlas 2006
05. large ruled moleskine
06. lonely planet road trip route 66

gigantic thanks to both sets of parents for the birthday funds which helped me purchase these books and the new ipod nano i've been rocking, and to ryan, michelle, mk, and chloe for putting up with me for almost a full month in san francisco. thanks so much everyone!

i didn't make it quite as far as i'd expected, but there is no question that today was a glowing success. and sorry, but when rammstein kicks into the reise, reise chorus, one can't help but feel the power, can one? after consulting the national geographic book, i sliced from livermore toward the tioga pass through yosemite national park, but the nice woman (who i'm certain saw my inner sunshine through the leather) told me the road was closed. and i'd come so far, but i detoured to the south to avoid the park fee and encountered a twisting highway 49 through the mountains which reminded me of laos. drove by a restaurant/bar which seemed popular with the locs and stopped in for a delicious burger and fries, and i'm not really the burger and fries type, but i got hooked on in-n-out burgers in san francisco and now i can't pass up a tasty burger. walked right in and felt very comfortable amongst the cowboy hats and oldies music; my reservations seem to have disappeared over the past year. up the road from mariposa, i'm staying in a hostel which did not have any empty dorm beds but which did have an empty tent. a tent with electricity and free wifi. deluxe. kill. i left this morning a bit nervous, but with one day down, i'm feeling great. felt i rode well today and i'm excited to wake up early tomorrow to hit the sequoias and walk in the shadow of the valley of death.

posted by paul on Thu 04 May 2006 at 23:59:59 est (-05:00)

comments

how's the posterior? sounds like you are doing well on the vulcan cruiser. the leathers and bandana are really cool. quite a different look from the yanmar and DBS stars and stripes. take care.

posted by Dad on Fri 05 May 2006 at 14:49:54 est (-05:00)

hey dad! after two hours or so in the saddle, my butt is definitely sore. not too bad though... about 200 miles the first day, 300 the second, and 400 the third... at this point i'll reach the east coast in a few days. ha.

posted by paul recon on Sun 07 May 2006 at 11:57:38 est (-05:00)

I must say you have impressed me with your 400+ mile days. You may be a natural to join http://www.ironbutt.com/about/default.cfm , the Iron Butt Association, World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders.

Stay safe.

posted by Tom on Fri 12 May 2006 at 13:55:15 est (-05:00)

tom: did you see this one? http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=4. north american coast to coast in 50 hours. back in 2001 the band drove from la to boston in 52 hours... rotating drivers... and i thought _that_ was killer. couldn't imagine doing a coast to coast trip on a bike.

posted by paul recon on Wed 17 May 2006 at 01:25:30 est (-05:00)

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