Our eight week ride from Nova Scotia to the west coast of USA is now over. What a journey. We enjoyed the freedom of riding every day and not having any particular plans about where we had to be at the end of each day. That's an opportunity that is rarely afforded us in our daily lives.
It goes without saying that Ellie (our 1975 Moto Guzzi 850 Eldorado Police Special) performed admirably. We had the deepest sense that she was happy to be on the road doing what she does best. We are proud to own her.
We were often asked what we've seen? And did we see this? And did we see that? The answer is we saw what was on offer along our path. We can't do the road south, or the road north, we can only ride the road we've taken. Which made me think about the parallels between that and our everyday lives. We have our own paths to follow and how important it is to make the most of that opportunity. While we're on one road, we can't possibly be doing another.
We are humbled by the friends we've made along the way. You are all wonderful people and should be proud of who you are. The generosity and help given us on our travels can not be underestimated. Our time with each of you will be treasured.
Asked would we do it all again? Sure, Why Not.
Paul & Kerry
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Today we fly home. Two months on the road and now it's over. We were surprisingly in a very relaxed state (thanks to Regina). Patrick left early for a golf tournament but I managed to say goodbye before he drove off. We spent the morning sorting through our paperwork and getting the export documents together for Ellie and the V700. Regina made bruschetta for lunch which was yum.
I had a parting shot with Regina before it was in the car and off to the airport. We viewed a magnificent sunset on the way...
Mid-morning we drove to Miles (part of Fremont) to check out the 'Hot August Niles' Hot Rod and Car Show. We were very excited to see the show as we'd seen very few older American cars in our travels.
There was a lot of 'WOW' factor on display. No need for words, just check out the photo's…
We came across this shop 'Don's Auto Parts' and I don't think we've ever seen a shop so chocka-block full of stuff. It was definitely a case of standing room only (and even then you'd have to breathe in!). Apparently the owner knew where everything was though. A veritable Aladdin's Cave that's for sure.
Back to the car show...
WOW, what a display. We enjoyed every minute spent at the Hot Rod show. How could we not? Back home Patrick got busy and nailed up a Tasmanian flag in our honour.
What a perfect way to spend our last full day in U.S.A. Thanks again Patrick & Regina.
First stop Treasure Island - that sounds inviting but unfortunately that low cloud mixed with fire-smoke was hanging over the bay which reduced visibility to the city. No matter, we were still able to see the outline of the city in the distance.
Patrick then dropped us at the Powell/Mason Cable Car turnaround and we rode the cable car through the streets of San Fran. It's the one 'have-to' thing that must be done when visiting this city.