Motorcycle Adventure: Mexican Border to Canada Part 1
As part of my retirement phase in life, I gifted myself a new BMW GS motorcycle and rode from Sacramento to the Mexico-US Border and back up again along Highway 1 on the Pacific Coast Highway. Eventually I rode all the way up to Oregon, Washington and Canada and back home to Sausalito and Stockton for a total of over 4,000 miles. I've been riding motorcycles since I was eleven years old. Mostly dirt bikes, the famous and very popular Honda 50s and Honda 90 as well as Honda 250. I rode them all over and around the many hills and backroads of southern Guam in the Pacific islands. Then, as an undergraduate, I rode a Kawasaki KZ 400 in Seattle, Washington. As a doctoral student at Berkeley, I rode another motorcycle, a Kawasaki GPz 550 with a beautiful three-quarter faring. One week after I bought the GPz550, I rode from San Francisco up Highway 1 and 101 to the Oregon Coast, up I-5 in Washington, all the way up to Seattle, and then crossed into Canada. I had on a new Shoei full-face helmet, a used motorcycle leather jacket, and strapped to my passenger seat were a duffle bag that had a full rain suit (high viz yellow!), a sleeping bag for warmth, extra cold weather clothes and toiletries, and some food and water. My tank bag had a set of road maps (remember those?), and my backpack held more gear. Thirty years later, I am lucky that I am able to recreate a motorcycle journey that I took in my youth. For this I count myself as very lucky, and I hope that there will be many more long-distance journeys on the BMW GS motorcycle in the future.