|The Nimble Collective|
|The Avenue Of The Giants|
with this little corner of the States. You can't help it due to its miles of on and off road riding, its natural beauty and its abundance of friendly, creative and dynamic people who put a lot of energy into life. Despite my many miles, aching shoulders and my tight schedule, I have been carried along by their enthusiasm and found myself learning a lot about what lies beneath the American social surface.
In each stop I have found a home-from-home and each ride leaves me wanting to see more.
|Drinks with Rex|
|BMW San Jose Audience|
Lakeport. I met Frank (my next host) on route, and after an invigorating ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, along the dramatic coastline North of San Fran and then a bit of dirt riding through the trees, we found ourselves in this sleepy little town on the west shore of Clear Lake. We were still in California, but it felt very different up here and a total contrast to the south side of the state. California is about half the size of the UK and yet it holds a great deal more diversity in terms of its weather and its terrain. If you throw neighbouring Oregon in as well, then you have vast mountain ranges, deserts, coastline, sprawling cities and forests that offer accessible and rideable fire roads that stretch for miles.
|Shooting with Frank|
The rain did not stop as I rode North towards Eureka. My clothing and luggage were no match for the
amount of water that fell on us that day. I wound up my heated grips and took to sheltering under the reach of the magnificent Redwood along the Avenue of the Giants. By the time I got to the coastal town of Eureka, I was drenched to the bone and shivering. Luckily my next stop was with John and Georgiana who were no strangers to riding in Oregon and because of this they were prepared for my arrival with a glove and helmet dryer, a dehumidifier, towels and a hot shower! My visit was just long enough to dry out, present at the Black Lighting Bikers Cafe, sample the local beer, and head out once more, north towards Corvallis.
|Photo By Grace Gringon|
|Drawing by Rex Grignon (part of the Auction)|
|Frank and his all riding family|
|Riding towards Eureka|
|The Black Lighting Cafe|
|Random bikers at the Alice's Restaurant (bikers cafe) on Skyline Drive|
|Saying goodbye to Grace and Rex|
|Presentation at Nimble Collective|