With the purchase of the GS R 1200, it became imperative to get out on the road and stretch her legs. First impressions of this bike is simply amazing. I am comparing my experience to what it felt like riding the GS F 700 I traded in. The 1200 is so smooth and refined. The Gear Assist Shift Pro gizmo that allows the rider to shift while accelerating without the clutch is a really cool feature. Also, the cruise control just works. Easy breezy on the highway at 80 mph. All of these features, the bikes size ect……all add up to a bike that is much more comfortable, and in my mind feels much safer than the GS F 700.
So, I lite out on a Saturday afternoon after teaching my 11am yoga class. (remember my yoga website is christianallaireyoga.com) I was the Memorial Day weekend, so everything was pretty packed. I stayed the first night in Olema Campground in Olema, California which is just outside of one of my favorite places, Point Reyes Station, CA. The campground was crammed with the Memorial Day weekend crowds. The cool evening fog rolled in after sundown from the pacific ocean, which made the morning beautifully dew drop laden.
After a sound nights sleep I cruised into PR Station for some breakfast and hit the highway. Rolling out through Nicasio Reservoir, a stunning place to visit in its own right, I headed onto Lucas Valley Road, to 101, to Highway 37, to Route 80 and dashed off to Highway 50 in Sacramento. I could barely wipe the smile off my face. The heat was on! Sacramento is usually an oven anyway this time of year, but heading into the Sierra Foothills it was scorching. Passing through Placerville I hooked a turn north onto Highway 49 toward Colomo, California. This awesome little town along the south fork of the American River has had a significant impact on California and the nation. It is where gold was discovered in 1848, which triggered the gold rush and the whole 49’s rush. Pretty cool!
I made camp at the American River Resort sitting right on the south fork of the American River. It was the Sunday before Memorial Day and of course crammed with tons of activity. I set up shop in camp site #61 and was happy as a clam. As a side note, one of the things that made this trip so pleasant was the fact I was cut off most of the time from cell coverage and or internet usage. It decompresses the nervous system to be cut off like that.
The next morning, Memorial Day, the crowds started to pack up. Blessed as I am, I had the entire day to go riding! I stocked my system with coffee and heading out for Placerville. After a hardy breakfast at Mel’s Diner, turned east onto Highway 50 for Lake Tahoe.
Traffic proceeding out of the region toward Sacramento and San Francisco was sluggish even at 10am. I on the other hand had the road into South Lake Tahoe all to myself. I headed up the west shore of Lake Tahoe, passed the always stunning Emerald Bay.
Heading back toward my campsite required a 2 hour jaunt on Route 80 toward Auburn, which was bumper to bumper. I had to lane split most of the time. Lane splitting is a-lot of mental energy. I arrived back at my campsite and a nearly completely empty resort. Just the sounds of nature greeted me for the entire day. I slept like the dead, and headed out to Sacramento the next day to meet up with my girlfriend for a family function and then a night time ride back home.
Ahhhhhhhh…..what a trip! Please feel free to comment or get in touch with me.