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Coast-to-Coast BMW R75/5 NEW JERSEY to CALIFORNIA round trip - Nov.15 - Dec.15 2009. Part the Final....

Eric's farm, Tuscon.



There were some awesome dirt roads and utility access trails right by Eric's farm. Seriously fun time.



The Minolta has a wind up mechanical self timer that I have to set with a pair of pliers. We only did one shot like this and I couldn't have been happier with how it came out.






Now I'm getting ready to actually head back to New Jersey. Eric is staying on his farm in Tuscon and I've got to get home before the whole Northeast is covered in snow. Even with taking I-10 back I could feel that the days were too short and the nights too cold to find good road-side camping. Of course I had no money for hotel rooms so I decided to hit up my fellow ADV riders. I sat in a Starbucks for a few hours plotting out major cities that were about 600-700 miles apart and then proceeded to PM ADV riders in those cities. I got immediate responses from everyone and ended up staying with ADVers in (barko1) Las Cruces, NM, (Whip) San Antonio, TX and (Dranrab Luap) New Orl…

Coast-to-Coast BMW R75/5 NEW JERSEY to CALIFORNIA round trip - Nov.15 - Dec.15 2009. Part the 3.

OK so this is where things get really fun. So far I've been on interstates from NJ to CA and up and down the 101 and 5. Thanksgiving is over I want to take Highway 1 up through Big Sur. Eric had left for San Francisco again a day before me so I was on my own and wanted to experience the highway and do some more camping.

Camping spot for the next couple nights.



So I found a great spot off Highway 1 just south of the Carmel Highlands. There were some stones blocking a rather wide path that led down a trail right on the edge of the cliff. I managed to ride my bike down without being spotted and hung out at the end of the path undisturbed and out of view for 3 days and two nights.

Time for pics of my favorite place in the world.

















Camping out at that spot was amazing. The last night Eric rode down from San Francisco and met up with me and we camped out together one last night before heading back to Laguna Beach for a two day stop before heading back to Tuscon and then east to New Jersey.

Lag…

Just some photos from the foggy Old Pac this morning....

Rode down to Epping this morning to have a birthday breakfast with Heather, my oldest daughter. She is 17 tomorrow. Happy birthday sweetheart. Took the Old Pac as you do when you live on the Central Coast. It was foggy as.

Down in that fog is the freeway that links Sydney with Newcastle.



Self portrait time.



Just after Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge. I love this little uphill section. Even in the fog it was fun to tractor on up there.



Told ya it was foggy. About a km south of the new/old Road Warriors cafe. For some reason some of the superbikes behind me backed off. Why I don't understand.

Roaming the Central Coast. 2....

Norah Head Lighthouse. Just up the road from home. 1/2 hour ride. Ok so it is not a long ride. But wonderful view. Lighthouse was built in 1903.

Jan and I took a ride up there today. It is very hot here at the moment. So it was a shorts and t-shirt type ride. Before you all start to scream about wearing all the right gear just let me say, "Let those who ride decide" we both know the dangers and are old enough to know that it will hurt if we come off.





The view up and down the coast is stunning.




Not far off shore ore carriers are waiting their turn to dock at Newcastle port.



Time to head for home and the pool. Said it was hot didn't I. Jan breaking in her new lid.



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Coast-to-Coast BMW R75/5 NEW JERSEY to CALIFORNIA round trip - Nov.15 - Dec.15 2009. Part the 2.

On the road...

No pictures from day one. I live a block from the ocean in New Jersey and rode up to the beach to take a shot of the bike against the Atlantic before heading out. Unfortunately I hadn't used a 35mm in years and everything on the Minolta is manual. Add to that the light meter battery didn't work so I lost that first shot which sucks. First day of riding, however, was fantastic. Rode from Seaside Heights, NJ to Somewhere in Tennessee. Camped that night on a wide portion of the median of I-81 about 40 miles west of Knoxville.

Day two.



I took this self-timed picture after about 300 miles of pouring rain. Made it to central Arkansas that night but was shivering so bad that I had to get a hotel room. The temp was about 38 degrees and after the sun went down I couldn't dry myself off from the rain. Best shower and sleep of my life.

Day 4?



Somewhere in New Mexico. I should take this opportunity to mention that I basically slabbed it out to CA. I was meeting with my frien…

R100LT for sale in Tassie.

I am posting this up for a mate of mine in Tassie. Steve Tully. It is with much regret that Steve is selling this beautiful explain of a R100LT. Looks way better than mine. Steve is selling as he has Parkinsons and can no longer ride it.

BMW R100LT for sale. Flawless and in pristine condition. 1994 complete with top box/ panniers/ BMW Stereo system/ heated grips/ lambswool seat cover/ comfort seat/ 23,000 kms!!!!! 2nd owner/ registered until August 2010. Turquoise Verte colour. Genuine reason for a very reluctant sale - I have Parkinsons. Contact me via email: jenny.steve@internode.on.net

Price: $9000 and delivery costs. Pick up in Tasmania welcome...I have tried to upload photographs but have somehow failed. So if you would like some emailed send me a message!



Coast-to-Coast BMW R75/5 NEW JERSEY to CALIFORNIA round trip - Nov.15 - Dec.15 2009. Part the 1.

One of my dreams is to ride across the USA. I wish this had been my ride report. Pink Floyd from the ADV forums has allowed me to share his USA cross country meander here on my blog. Thanks mate. He rode a 40 year old R75/5. Who needs the latest bike with all those electronic gizmo's anyway. Pink Floyd didn't.



Short Intro:

Ok, so I got back over a month and a half ago but have yet to put anything together. The trip couldn't have gone any better but I literally had ~$20 in my checking account and no cash when I finally got home. So since I got back it's been work, work, work and I haven't had much time to get all the pictures developed and organized for a ride report. All the pictures I took on the road were with a very old Minolta SRT 201 35mm with the exception of a few Blackberry shots.

Ride Info:

I've only had the R75 since last March and I've been riding and working on it since then. It's a 1970 model that I purchased with about 29,000 miles on it in OK…