Here I put a new twist on the obligatory Bixby Bridge photo by leaving out the Bixby Bridge (which was the first cool thing I visited in California when the Army sent me to Monterey all those years ago). Now I’ve been up and down the Golden State enough times that certain stretches of road, outback intersections, and even certain large shade trees bring up vivid memories of rides with vivid people. The permanence of those things juxtaposed against the passage of time, the progress of motorcycles, and the absence of some of those people, makes me count on my fingers how many years I may have left? I can’t remember a lot of things, but I always remember that one sharp right on Highway 1 where the wind kicks up like crazy as soon as you come around the point and threatens to blow you into the Pacific. Motorcycles keep us young. Carpe throttlem!

  • Old MOron

    I know you’re mostly playing around, but this is good stuff. I can’t wait to work “agapanthus” a “hummock” into my repertoire.

    The person who made you the “Big Gun” at Restaurant 1833 has a nice manicure. I hope she makes her way into the shootout report next week.

    One for good ol’ Duke is recovering for a while: Carpe throttlem!

  • Old MOron

    PS: if you’ll forgive my attempt at “name dropping”, this is overlooking the golf course at Pine Mtn Club, right? I don’t care what they call that road now. It’s still Cerro Noroeste to me.
    http://motorcycle.com.vsassets.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/071416-top-10-riding-laguna-seca-09-gas-station.jpg

    • john burns

      yup. Frazier Park.

  • Old MOron

    PPS: sorry, I can’t seem to shut up:
    “Too bad none of the female staff wants to bond with us also. Maybe next year.”
    What ever happened to Sister Mary Kim, anyway?

    • …Married with children. Living in the desert about 10 hours from here.

      • john burns

        you didn’t run a very tight convent.

      • Old MOron

        Hmm, obviously felt she needed plenty of distance between herself and MO 🙂

  • Starmag

    Both the BRP and PCH challenge you to decide whether to race or take in the scenery because they are spectacular for both.

    I’m sure you guys managed to Duke it out without Kevin, but somehow I don’t think it will be as hip as usual..

    I was going to ask who’s hair-brained idea this was until I saw those final pics.

  • 12er

    So you did make it up to fox hill…

    • john burns

      Blackbear Diner, si. Fox Hill no.

      • 12er

        #4 Being there, pic of Fox Hill this year. Photog must have wandered up from turn 6…

  • JMDonald

    Most of the ten would add to any trip. They make life worth living no? We live in the best of times gentlemen. The road to Laguna Seca is a road worth riding.

    • Jon Jones

      Perfect.