Along the way I saw a large group of people looking in the what I thought was the water . I stopped and this is a little video clip of what I saw.
They are elephant seals and it is hard to tell in the pictures but the big adults are as big or bigger than Cattle, with out the legs of course.
I also got to see some thing I have never seen before. Southern California in the Spring. Look how green these hills are! I have only ever seem brown in the past.
|It looks like what I imagine Ireland looks like.|
The following morning the weather was fair again. I decided to make some miles as I had driven this part of the coast before. I did confirm though that the "Bridge of the Americas" in Panama city is much larger than the "Golden Gate". Here is my golden gate picture from this trip. I always like crossing the golden gate.
Here is the Bridge of the Americas in Panama in case you have forgotten what it looks like. It crosses the Panama canal.
The weather stayed excellent all day. This was the day that had me a bit worried. I had a mountain pass to cross at the California - Oregon border. On I-5 it is very high and crosses at Mount Shasta. On the 101 it is lower but still high enough to be a concern. There were several areas that had warning signs about the dreaded ice but it was all good and I just went really slow on some bad looking curves. I made it over and in fact made it all the way to Coos bay Oregon. It is nice to drive the Oregon coast when the sun is shinning, even if it is cold.
By the time I got to Coos bay I was chilled to the bone. I got a room and tried a local diner for a steak and mashed potatoes but it didn't measure up to the chicken dinner in Hollywood.
Thursday morning I got started early with the hope of getting to Washington. I did a bit of a turn and burn. Rather than Washington I showed up at the door and surprised Mara at about 6:00PM. I was home. It felt good and the trip had a definite feeling of completion.
I feel good about what I accomplished Vancouver to Darien and back by motorcycle. A total of 26948 Km. I did it all without any accidents on the motorcycle. I did not knowingly pay a bribe. I never had any real negative things happen at all. The people I met on my journey were without exception friendly and genuinely interested in me my life at home and what I was doing on my trip.
This was a trip that I will never regret doing. If I learned anything on this trip it is that you have to follow your bliss. If you have some thing that you have dreamed of doing just do it. The world will not come apart at the seams because you decided to follow a dream. I had many people tell me that they could not afford to do a trip like mine, they almost always said it was the loss of income in conjunction with the cost of the trip that was the problem. I say I don't think we can afford not to do what we dream of. I watched my stepfather. go to his grave with most of his dreams unrealized. He was not a happy man. Follow your dreams, die happy. Your life will be full.
This blog was started specifically to chronicle this trip, so this is the end of the blog. Watch out for future blogs as I have discovered that I like writing.
Peace be upon you all....