Now, being good friends and knowing that he left for California with no plan or place to stay, you can understand why I was worried about him. It takes some time for you to realize that the one person you never have to worry about is Bean. Turns out that Big Ben put him up down in Long Beach for the night, not too shabby and in the morning, the one sunny day we had, he rode his bike up to the Canyons of Malibu and went horseback riding! That son of a bitch! While I am worried that he froze his ass off sleeping in a storm drain, he is riding a beautiful horse with a couple of women through some of the most beautiful landscape on earth. That bastard even rode that horse down to the set of MASH, remember that show? WHAT A LIFE this guy lives!
As I drove out from Arizona, visions of the beach danced in my head. It's been sometime since I dipped a toe in the Pacific Ocean and I couldn't wait. I had read a post that the Rock Store had put up about taking a ride there. I believe it was something like "the weather was gorgeous and was expected to be in the high 70's to low 80's all week". Oh man, I couldn't wait. As I got near the end of Arizona and crossed the border of California I noticed something off in the distance. It looked a bit cloudy! Okay well it is the mountains, clouds happen right?
I had plans to race back to the hotel, put on dry clothes and ride on up to Santa Barbara. Like I said, that was the plan. As we rode out and got 1/4 mile from the Rock Store, God had one more practical joke to play. He threw everything at us. Rain, oil slicked roads and yet again, MORE ROCK SLIDES! I got back to the hotel, found a safe place to park and secure the bike and went inside. Once in my room I had to PEEL my clothes off of me. I was freezing cold and soaking wet, this ain't Arizona! I jumped in the bed and got under the covers and started watching the X games. I was asleep within 30 minutes and out cold for four hours. The weather was miserable. I got up and showered again just to warm up and took a drive, yes, I said drive up to Ventura and even in the dark I must say, what a gorgeous city.
With that, I gave up. I never got to see any of the friends that I had intended on seeing that night. I damn near moped back to the hotel and went to sleep and hoped for better weather before I left to go home.
The next morning I got up to see that the storm had passed and that the sun was shining, although by Southern California standards it was still cold as shit! There was no way that I was leaving and going home without taking a ride through the canyons and down to Malibu Beach, no way, so that's what I did. It was so worth it. If you ever get the chance to do this I highly recommend this trip. As you come through the canyon and through a series of tunnels, you crest the mountain and the valley opens up and all you can see is rolling green hills, mansions and the Pacific Ocean, it was so amazing. I have been to many spectacular places in my life and I have seen some views that will stick in my memory forever but I can surely see why this is some of the most valuable property on earth and why people work their entire lives to live there or even so much as visit there, it was truly awe inspiring! Here are a few shots that I managed to capture. I actually shot more video clips than I did stills and I will probably just post those up on Face Book, it's much easier that way. So check out a few more pics, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.
So that's it, that was my weekend in California. Road trips rock but it's always nice to come home, especially when you got a sexy woman waiting there for you with dinner hitting the table as you walk through the door. I promise to keep you posted on my next adventure if you promise to keep on reading about them. Thanks again for keeping up to date on what's happening in Jack Shit's World!