Sunday, January 18, 2009

Biker Bloggers Meet-up in Salinas

To break out of my self-imposed temporary blog retirement, I contacted B.B. and decided to ride to Salinas this weekend and find Dave's coffee shop since I was only 45 minutes away and had been dying to meet them for a while. The weather here in Santa Cruz has been record-breaking warm the past week. I had to ride.

We arranged to meet at the shop and I found out that Willy D and his wife Carol would also be there. I was excited as I started out that morning, not sure of where I was going and remembering that Salinas had already had 6 murders this year. I didn't want to end up in the wrong part of town.

My ride took me through fields of artichokes, which is one of the most beautiful sights there is. The central coast of California grows much of the nations strawberries, brussel sprouts, leeks, and many artichokes. It was a lovely sight to see fertile black soil plowed in rows for as far as you can see, ready for the next crop to be sewn.

I did get lost as I got into Salinas, so Dave and Willy D came and found me, then escorted me back to the coffee shop.

The girls were waiting to ride so we started out towards Monterey.

It was a very fun ride, and it seemed like I was riding with people I already knew. They were all very comfortable and fun to talk to. We ended up going along the coastline to Pacific Grove, and then back towards Salinas for another coffee drink. I loved it!

By the time I was ready to head back to Santa Cruz, the group decided they hadn't had enough riding for the day. Everyone rode together back to Santa Cruz to my exit off the hiway, then they gassed up and turned back towards home. My total miles for the day on the Vulcan were 129.

It was a memorable day and real pleasure to meet everyone. As B.B. said, it seemed like we were old friends in a way. I had enjoyed Dave's humor on his blog, and was not disappointed that he was a very funny guy. B.B was real down to earth and fun. Willy D. and his wife Carol were so cool I felt like I'd always known them. We plan to ride again and I look forward to spending more time on the road with all of them.


IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

Not only is it awesome that you are able to ride during these winter months but it's even more awesome that you got to meet B.B., Dave, Willy D, and Carol.

Very Cool!

Dean "D-Day" said...

Way cool Bec! I love reading the stories where us bloggers finally get to meet. Hoping to get out to the coast one of these days myself.

"Joker" said...

I have to echo what I said over at BB's...I think it's really great that you all hooked up. Making the move you made on your own couldn't have been easy. If it wasn't for the brother/sisterhood of riding, you'd really be all alone in the new digs. I think these blogs playing a role in you ending up with new friends that feel more like old friends, and only 45 minutes away, is the coolest thing.

Looking forward to seeing more of the Becky, BB, Dave, Willy D and Carol show!

B.B. said...

It was a great day!

Willy D said...

Yep, it was a pleasure meeting you also. I do want to apologize for having you suffer through Dave’s third or forth go around with puberty. Someday he’ll grow out of it. LOL
Now, lets go riding!

irondad said...

I've met some fellow bloggers here and there. It's cool to start out with that connection, isn't it? What's really interesting is that we sort of think we know each other but then find we didn't know but half the truth!

Take care.

One Harley Rider said...

Who is that BALD guy on the far right?

He looks familiar.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Glad you all got to meet up and ride together! Hope to see more of it in the future!

Lady Ridesalot said...

How nice to have your own welcoming committee! Looks like the day was pretty and I loved the pics of Monterey. I think those coastal highways are wonderful to ride along. I hope your getting settled in your new home okay. Hows the new job?

Something tells me you'll be posting more stories of our other blogger pals and nice rides in the future.

Ride on and ride safe!

FLHX_Dave said...

1HDRider - "who you talk'n bout' willis!"

You rock! Hopefully the gang can take that ride up to half-moon bay in the next week or so. I have not been north past Santa Cruz on 1 as of yet. Go figure.

See you soon! I'll leave the hat on this time around.

Road Captain said...

I like the pictures you posted. Wish I was there.

Jovita said...

That is awesome that you got together with other bloggers, sounds like you had a great time and wonderful ride. Great pictures. Jovi

Ronman said...

That's great that you were able to meet up with some of the fellow bloggers. I know B.B. is a down to earth kinda gal. I enjoyed our visit last summer when she was here in Tennessee. I can't wait to see more of the adventures from the new crew on the left coast.