Highway 1 ride

Oh hi!  So I have this blog, right, and sometimes I update it.  Usually not though, apparently.

Actually, my excuse is that I’ve had to do responsible adult things over the past few Tuesdays.  Boorrring.  But this week I managed to Do All The Things on Monday so that I would have a few hours to ride yesterday.  Huzzah!

I really needed a “clear the head” ride (as opposed to a “see interesting things” or “visit interesting places” or “take interesting pictures” ride), so my agenda was simply to ride to the coast, head south on Highway 1 for an hour, eat lunch, then head back north in time  for a haircut appointment at 2:30pm.

Fog over the Santa Cruz mountains

Can anyone fill me in on what the Lemos Farm horse theme is supposed to be?  I was expecting something Chrismahanukwanzakah-related, but this is eluding me.  Any ideas?

Seriously, I have no idea what this theme is.

From Half Moon Bay, I just headed south.  There was very little traffic (not surprising, given that it was a grey Tuesday in December) and I’m sure I rode the safe and legal freeway speed.

Heading south on Highway 1


It was a nice ride, though utterly devoid of anything that would make for an interesting ride report.  I didn’t stop for any photos and I didn’t have any philosophical epiphanies; I just, y’know, rode straight down Highway 1 for an hour.

At the end of my hour, I wound up in the outskirts of Santa Cruz.  I decided not to eat in town, but instead to head back north and have lunch in Davenport.

The Whale City Bakery in Davenport continues to have good coffee and good food.  I had crab cakes and french fries and watched the surf.  There were quite a few motorcyclists at the restaurant; most seemed to be locals.

Whale City Bakery

After lunch, I continued north.  I stopped for a brief time at Pomponio State Beach, which is a nice little beach about 12 miles south of Half Moon Bay.  It’s never as crowded as Pescadero Beach or San Gregorio Beach; in fact, there was only one other person there yesterday.

Pomponio State Beach

The Ninjette at Pomponio State Beach

The Ninjette at Pomponio State Beach

And that was pretty much that.  I rode to my haircut and then home, woohoo.

Ride stats

Unless I can talk Peter into hanging out with Kira while I ride after Christmas, that’s probably my last ride of 2012.  If my calculations are correct, I put on just over 1200 miles in 2012.  Considering I started riding again in June, that’s about 200 miles a month.  That’s…not spectacular for someone who loves long-distance riding, but I’ll play the “eight month old baby” card and hopefully get cut some slack. 😉

I hope everyone out there in Internet-land has a nice holiday.  Wish us luck on six legs of plane flights with the baby (or, perhaps more accurately, wish our fellow passengers luck) and I’ll keep you posted as to whether the Ninjette gets any good Christmas swag this year.  🙂





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7 Responses to Highway 1 ride

  1. Mike says:

    “So I have this blog, right, and sometimes I update it.”

    ::Whoo hooo!!::

    “…and I’m sure I rode the safe and legal freeway speed.”


    You have me beat. I rode exactly 237 miles in 2012. 🙁 Of course, I haven’t had a bike since July, but that’s still terrible. Can I use the “constantly in trouble 16 year old daughter and don’t want to leave my poor wife alone to deal with her” card? 😉

    Merry Christmas to you! I hope your plane rides go as smoothly as can be expected all things considered.

  2. Red says:

    Neat! I anticipate a few clear my head Christmas rides in the near future. 🙂

    What’s that hanging around your neck in the one photo?

    • carolyn says:

      The thick strap is the camera tether; the thin wires go to my iPod (in the tankbag). I can’t wait to live in the future, when music will flow into my ear holes wirelessly.

      • Red says:

        Hehe… I have a hacky setup to get wireless music – mp3s on an SD card on my Garmin Zumo 550 paired with my Cardo Scala Q2 on my helmet. Music quality is sketchy but I’m not fussy. Maybe Santa will bring you a Zumo 660 and Scala Q4? You can get A2DP on those.

  3. Dave says:

    Thanks so much for the great posts this year, I enjoyed every one. Looking forward to your next years adventures. Still riding here in Michigan, but the season is coming to an end… its the snow thing. Have a happy holidays.

  4. Roger says:

    I would like to go back to December and join in with Dave thanking you for your posts. My motorcycle experiences have been much better because of things I have learned from Bluepoof. I miss my XT (long story – short version: spousal pressure – she was against this old man riding offroad and constantly break my body components). TU250 didn’t get it (nostalgic but lacked versatality of the XT. Present closest substitute now is my 883Superlow – it is actually good for 99% of my preferred riding. So I am thinking the new Honda 500; at this point I would have thought what you thought before you sat on them all. Based on your findings I am going to focus on the faired model. Wonder: how hard to do the tailbox like on your Ninjette?

    • carolyn says:

      I really liked the faired CBR500R. If I were in the market for a new bike right now, it would definitely get a very long look.

      I wouldn’t think it’d be difficult at all to do the tailbox. My Ninjette had the seat altered by the previous owner to have the box mounting hardware permanently attached, but companies like Twisted Throttle have since come out with mounting hardware. I imagine that there will be tailbox mounting hardware for the CBR500R in the not-too-distant future.

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