Day 2 (July 11) Oxnard to Big Sur

It is amazing how much can change in a day.  Yesterday I had been having doubts about the trip, worried that I would crash or at the very least hold Tom back.  Today I was grinning and laughing inside my helmet for the entire day.  The coast highway was absolutely spectacular and I had the most fun I’ve ever had operating a motorized vehicle.  By the time the sun was setting as we approached Big Sur, I was throwing the bike around the corners.  At times I was leaning way out over the road, countersteering madly, feeling the wind from the ocean on my face, giggling like a little kid.  My control of the bike through the turns was an order of magnitude better than the night before.  This section of the one is apparently the best cruiser ride in the world.  I believe it.  If I were pressed to design a better stretch of highway for a Harley, I don’t think I could best it.  It has it all: the ocean on one side, mountains on the other, hills, turns, cliffs…  I would come around a corner and be hit with yet another dazzling vista of waves spraying over rocks hundreds of feet below.  I would look up with anticipation and see the one, cut out of the mountainside, snaking into the distance above the coastline.  Giving Shelley II a burst of throttle in a curve and feeling her come to life beneath me, I would wonder: Does riding a Harley get any better than this?
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Well maybe it can.  When we checked into our motel that night, the attractive girl working there was impressed when I walked in wearing biker leather with a helmet under my arm.  It would seem that showing up on a Harley induces flirtation.  She even made a date to meet us at the bar after her shift.  While I was chatting with her, a group of College kids invited us to a party at their campsite, begging to go for a ride.  People love the bikes.  Even more importantly, girls love the bikes.

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