I dont often do pillion riding. However riding on the back of Nick Sanders on Highway 58 was an awesome experience (and I don’t use that word lightly). As I have said before, Highway 58 is very understated and yet Nick will tell you it is one of his favorite roads in the world. Caroline kindly gave up her seat for the afternoon and left us with the words “No showing off” ringing in our ears as we blasted off on route to Bakersfield from the Smoke house is Cayucos on the west coast. I can take or leave Highway 1 to be honest. It’s nice but that’s all it is. Nice! For me it is too busy. I was itching to get back to Higway 58 where I had had so much fun a month before riding it in the truck. Nick kindly offered to let me experience it on a bike this time around and so my co driver took over and Caroline jumped in with him.
As always when you really need your go pro the battery dies and I am left with nothing to do but enjoy the ride. We start off at a fairly sedate speed, warming up, enjoying the views which were draped in this beautiful golden light due to combination of the evening sun and the sandy colour of the hills around us. Then we go! What a buzz. I didn’t feel unsafe at any stage despite the lack of control on my part and the speeds reaching 110mph.
We blasted around the tightest of corners scraping the panniers as we lent and took off over the roller coaster section which is just the best bit of road ever. I felt privileged to be riding it with Nick because he made damn sure we made the most of it. I could not have been happier. This was just perfect!
We rode for 3 hours until we hit Bakersfield in the dark. The support truck was nowhere to be seen and so I went for my cold beer in my riding gear. Hot, sweaty and happy!!
This road is a must do if you ever find yourself in the area! Do it! Do not take an alternative route. This is a no brainer! Trust me!