Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The sun slowly rising, the waves crashing against the sea banks, the tide coming in, the wind gently caressing the trees above, and the squirrels and chipmunks scrambling for their nuts… it’s just too bad we couldn’t see any of it.  What we thought was the morning fog, turned into the afternoon fog and then the evening fog.  The fog was so dense we were more likely to see Bigfoot than the coastline.  We rode along the 101-North for 9 hours when we might as well been driving on a main highway surrounded by white padded walls on all sides.  Because we were going crazy today from lack of sunshine and ocean!

Lot's of Fog!

This is when it's CLEAR... too dangerous taking a picture while riding in the other stuff 😉

Although we didn’t see the ocean like we were hoping, we did see many other things.  We saw a herd of Elk 20 minutes into our drive.  Then, we took the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway (thanks David for the suggestion), and the first thing off the exit is another herd of Elk not more than 15 feet off the highway.  We were about to pull over and take a picture but decided that we’ll probably see many more as we go through the Redwood Forest… we were wrong.  We should have taken the shot when we had the chance because we didn’t see anymore.

Elk Cartoon

"Maybe next time bucko!"

We weren’t going to miss any more opportunities so we decided to start snapping as much as possible.  After Greg was taking a cool video going through the forest he looked down and noticed it said the card was full and didn’t capture the video.   So we deleted older photos and the moment Jerry looked up the big redwood trees for a shot… the camera gave a friendly message saying “Battery Exhausted”.   Luckily we had Greg’s other camera and he captured Jerry going mad realizing how small he is in the Universe:

I'm THIS big.

I'm THIS big.

After riding the bikes for so long, Greg forgot how to use his legs and while trekking to get these shots Greg rolled his freshly healed ankle.  And while he was playing in the dirt, he got this next shot.  These trees were big, and they only got bigger:

I would not pick a fight with this guy.

I would not pick a fight with this guy.

Thanks to our ‘Tax Dollars at Work’ we got to see where the money goes about every 20 miles or so as we stopped and waited on 1-lane roads, but at least we got to enjoy the view:

Road Construction on the 101

Road Construction on the 101

The fog was so amazingly active, we could watch the fog rise up the mountainside like a billowing chimney.  Every once in awhile, we would rise above it and made us feel like we were on a floating city above the clouds, and eventually we reached a perfect spot, the peak of our journey, where no fog existed and we could witness the sun peaking through the fluffy mist and shining for all those lucky to see her today.

Above the blurry white stuff.

Above the blurry white stuff.

The temperature was in the low 40s all day and we wore every layer of clothing we had. We looked liked Eskimos trekking through a blizzard.  It was probably difficult to see the motorcycles under all the gear we were wearing.  It was not the 101 experience we were expecting or hoping for on our last day before arriving home.  We did enjoy the periodic views of the coast, but for the most part we were focused on staying warm and seeing the next 100 feet in front of us.

We drove for 9 hours today and put on about 300 miles.  We drove pretty slow!  We decided for our last night that we would find a hotel so we stopped in Newport, OR and stayed at an EconoLodge.  We planned on cleaning up our appearances in preparation for our family and then relaxing, but since it was Jerry’s birthday, we found a restaurant and headed out to eat first!

We hit up an Irish pub.  We talked, reviewed our trip, lamented over it ending soon, and were thankful that it happened.  It’s been a great ride, adventure, eye-opener, and relationship developer.

We relaxed the rest of the night and prepared mentally for the next day!

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Although the trip is ending tomorrow, we’ll be summarizing our adventure over the next few days.

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A few more random shots:

Some visibility in the fog.

Some visibility in the fog.

Posing for a shot.

Posing for a shot.

Our pad last night!

Our pad last night!

Inside.  Cool right?!

Inside. Cool right?!