Pictures of the sixth leg of our journey to Alaska
March 11, 2010
Mike and Kathy are riding out of town with us.
Hearst castle rises up in the distance.
This group is snoring away.
This one flips sand; true reason unknown. One of the theories is to relieve stress...
Playing music at the ocean.
The cows have lined up to check us out.
Bill awaits the arrival of our friends Melissa and Kevin from Encinitas.
March 12, 2010
Taking on the Big Sur, one hill at a time.
Arrival in Ragged Point. Are we there already?
Jasmine and Robin are enjoying the flower garden.
Kai is having fun!
A quint at Ragged Point.
Amarins and Bill.
The view south from Ragged Point.
Monterey county line, as the clouds are rolling in.
The Carmel creeper are all over the place.
Another water fall.
Entering more redwood forest.
A Stellar's Jay is keeping an eye on any food laying around the campground.
The clouds have taken over. The drizzle has arrived. Rain is setting in.
The raindrops have fallen.
Sitting around the campfire, as long as we can still stay dry.
March 13, 2010
Camp Pedouin at Plaskett Creek Campground.
The fence is holding the rocks in place.
Golden California Poppies at the Pacific Ocean.
Bill in sunny California.
Girls on the rocks.
The water is getting choppier.
From afar to up high.
March 14, 2010
Leaving Big Sur State Park.
Enjoying the down hill ride.
The Big Sur is behind us now!
View from the Bixby bridge.
The windy road we came down on.
Back in civilization...
March 15, 2010
Anybody want to go to Pebble Beach?
Noah and Robin are working out a way to share the table.
March 17, 2010
Robin is very strong.
How close can you get to a goose?
Too close! Help!
The goose comes closer when Robin has something to eat.
We're leaving the fog behind us in Monterey Bay.
Cheyenne is on the lookout for whales.
We finish the tour with a look at the male sea lions.
Looking at the seahorses at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Jasmine is getting ready to decorate the cupcakes. But first she is testing the flavor of confectioners sugar.
March 18, 2010
Robot, created by Cheyenne.
Gwen and us posing with the bike.
March 19, 2010
We have new dry bags for the new tent, the sleeping bags and the sleeping mats.
Noah is ready to go for a ride. Hannah has her helmet on; ready to roll. Robin takes one final turn on the little bicycle.
Bill is ready for San Francisco.
Melanie rides all the way with us to the REI in Marina.
Robin is hiding in the grass.
Where did Cheyenne go?
This is how artichokes grow.
Row after row after row, full of artichokes.
March 20, 2010
Yikes it's soaking wet. It didn't even rain.
Fields full of flowers.
Amarins performing first aid. Always have a bandage available. You never know when it comes in handy.
Using a concrete divider as tripod.
At the KOA with Mike and Esther. We met Mike in Parker Arizona. he has not forgotten us and wanted to come visit, since we're in the area.
Travellers from Taiwan. They just started their journey from San Francisco to New York, hitting the big cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, etc.
March 21, 2010
We have quite a goodbye party as we leave the costanoa KOA.
Finding our way through the forrest back to highway 1.
See you later Costanoa!
Let 'r buck Bill!
Arrival at Half Moon Bay campground.
March 22, 2010
Bill and Robin huddle around the campfire, staying warm, as the sun gains strenght.
An ever changing coast line.
Gigi and her family are on vacation on the westcoast. They're from Melbourne, Florida. They've been following the journey ever since we past through town in September 2009. Last night she had a dream that they were going to meet us on the highway. And tada, here we are. Coincidence?...
Past the San Francisco Zoo.
March 23, 2010
On our way to Powell station.
Jasmine is looking out the window of the trolley.
Robin carries her map wherever she goes.
Robin checks out how it all works. The bell is very interesting.
We're heading straight to the bay.
The famous trolley cable cars.
Back on the cable car to Powell station.
Riding the tram through the tunnel. Cheyenne can stand without holding on to anything most of the time.
Bill and Derek ride the bike to the shop for extensive maintenance.
March 24, 2010
Tony is going to ride with us across the bridge. He ran into us this morning as we were getting ready to go and decided to stay with us for the morning. His dream is to ride through China with his wife one time. Perhaps that is our hint? Should we add China to our places to visit? Well, why not! We'll be in touch Tony!
We're still on the proper road!
We're getting closer and closer.
The China connection. Sealing the deal the old fashioned way - where the hand shake still counts.
We're getting a police escort across the bridge!
Infamous Alcatraz prison is located in the San Francisco Bay.
With Robin pressing the sirens of the motor cycle, we get even more attention then usual. The police officers are great about it and help take pictures.
We're taking a break on the outskirts of San Anselmo at a little cafe.
We're glad when we finally pull into San Rafael. It's been a very intense day. Picture by Troy.
March 25, 2010
The girls are having a snack at the Cheese Factory. Robin was determined to buy her own drink. Picture by Joe.
Cloudy, but no threat of rain.
Sharp curve up ahead. Hit the breaks!
Somewhat group picture.
The tree has been shaped by the prevailing wind.
We're following Scott into Petaluma.
Robin sleeps her way across town.
Cheyenne loves these kind of drawbridges.
Cheyenne covers Robin with her coat at our arrival at Pizzicato Pizza in Petaluma.
Tiffani gives us pins of the City of Petaluma.
March 26, 2010
Airing out the sleeping bags.
David and Kia have brought us our transportation for our Yosemite adventure.
March 28, 2010
The Richmond - San Rafael bridge.
We're getting closer.
Road side flowers.
We're at snow level.
The Pedouin ladies at Yosemite.
Left turn to Yosemite Village.
Cheyenne and Jasmine are climbing boulders at Camp 4.
Evening over El Capitan.
The Cathedral Rocks mirror in Merced river.
Cheyenne finished her paper hat.
Good morning! Time to rise and shine. Time to climb to the face of El Capitan. (Picture rotated by request from Cheyenne.)
This is at Yosemite National Park. Robin and Daddy are taking a morning walk. (Text by Cheyenne.)
Cheyenne is having a ball on the boulders.
Robin is holding on tight in the back carrier, as daddy climbs up on hands and feet.
Bill is guarding Robin as she climbs the last boulders.
How many girls does it take to wrap around this tree?
Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.
Cheyenne is all excited about this close encounter with a squirrel. "It's as close as I've ever been to a squirrel!"
We see our tent through a gap between the trees.
For the second time today we're high on the mountain. From here we see the Sentinel stand guard.
Hello Hal Stewart.
Bringing back fresh water.
Cheyenne and Jasmine on top of a giant boulder.
March 31, 2010
Practicing "My Old Kentucky Home".
Let's practise some more.
The easter bunny is here!
For comparison. The bike (axle to axle) is quite a bit longer then a regular car.
Playing puzzle with the Maloneyville grandchildren.
April 1, 2010
Quite an escort today. The Petaluma Wheelmen, Michel - from French origin, Elizabeth - from (half) Dutch (Frisian) origin and Bill Harrison.
The old sign is still hanging.
Amarins and Elizabeth.
Grape vines, grape vines, grape vines. This is wine country.
We enjoyed riding with you Michel!
Taking a break at Big Boys Buns and Burgers at the Larkfield Shopping Center. Thanks for the hospitality George.
Bird to bird.
Amarins and Robin on safari.
The kudu is the biggest of the antelope family.
Baby giraffe Stretch is over six feet tall, and only three weeks old.
A huge porcupine. You don't want to get in a fight with this one!
A warm welcome by Safari West.
Cheyenne on the savannah.
April 2, 2010
Robin gently touches the duiker.
Feeding mice to the birds. This is their form of protein, instead of their natural feeding on snails and lizzards.
Ibis and spoonbills are after the mice and meatballs.
The biggest pigeon and a Cape Thick-knee.
Arrival in the giraffe stable.
Thank you Dozer. You've given us quite an experience.
Peeking in on baby Stretch.
Robin is holding a baby chick.
Jasmine observes the eggs in the incubator.
Upclose with a baby Cape Thick-knee.
Robin is helping Molly cleaning up the dining room.
Coloring animal cards.
April 3, 2010
Crossing the Russian river at Healdsburg.
Meeting Derek's dad, just outside of Healdsburg.
Taking a break in Geyserville with Trinidad.
Getting ready to roll again.
Prepared for rain.
Sher and Steve encourage us the final feet.
April 5, 2010
It's still dry!
April 6, 2010
The clouds are playing hide and seek with the mountain.
An unexpected sight in Talmage, California.
Jasmine eyes her fancy drink with joy.
Sunset over the bay at the Little River Inn.
April 7, 2010
The bridge to the Montgomery Woods.
We're like dwarves between the trees.
Inside a hollow tree. Plenty of space for all.
The forest floor.
Looks like a stack of twigs.
Riding up the Redwood Highway to Willits.
Cheyenne is enjoying the playground at McDonalds in Willits.
Oi, our time is up. We wouldn't want to be caught 'loitering'... The strangest (silliest) sign on our journey sofar.
April 8, 2010
We're front page news!
Crescent City is our last major town in California. Here we'll start the 7th leg of our journey. Time is flying by, rain absorbs many days. Will we have enough time to arrive in Alaska by winter?
April 9, 2010
The girls with Josh and Lindsey.
A California hill side.
We're getting off the freeway to take the road less traveled.
Thanks for inviting us Marshall.
The girls inside a log.
Supper is served. Enough for an army.
April 10, 2010
After over 110 miles in Mendocino county, we've finally arrived in Humboldt county.
We've covered quite a bit of miles this week. Today's destination is Garberville. We'll hover down for the rain here.
The road meanders between the redwoods. We look left and right. One is even bigger then the other.
April 13, 2010
The clouds threaten with more rain.
Arrival at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
We're on the Avenue of the Giants.
Enjoying the giants together.
Breakfast in Miranda, one of the towns on the Avenue of the Giants.
Enough firewood for the next 10 years.
The road between the giants reveals bigger and bigger trees. One more awe inspiring then the other.
We see the sun!
A giant redwood peeks over Cheyenne's shoulder.
The tarp is not big enough to cover Bill as well. He brings the wash pan to good use, while holding up the bike.
The river gets wider and wider with every mile. The Eel river carries more silt to the ocean then the Mississippi.
April 14, 2010
A banana slug is climbing its way up our tent. Yuk, slimy.
We're invited to a pancake breakfast!
Picture by Cheyenne, with block fortress.
Amarins finishes the tower to the ceiling.
A fallen giant provides a new habitat for these ferns.
April 15, 2010
Robin is observing it all, with a hand full of forget-me-nots.
We made it to the end of the Avenue of the Giants!
The Eel river once more.
Crossing the Eureka Slough is quite tricky. We can't ride on the main road; traffic goes to fast. We take the sidewalk/bike path. Bill manages to ride us safely across.
On the coast again.
April 16, 2010
What's Robin up to now...
A coastal beauty.
The coastline in northern California is gorgeous.
We're taking the scenic park way through Prairie Creek.
The road is closed, but we have permission to squeeze by.
Arrival in Yurok territory.
Snow on the Red mountains.
April 17, 2010
Breakfast at the Trees of Mystery.
After crossing his worksite in San Francisco, Jun happens to run into us here on the road to Crescent City.
Hands on the brakes Bill!
Arrival in Crescent City, concluding the sixth leg of the journey to Alaska.
Cheyenne is widdling.
We've found a good place to camp on the Village Camper Inn campsite.