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June 29, 2005 GMT - Jackson, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Zurich (airports) and Rome
We took the Harley for one brief run through Jackson, back to the one diner on the road to Yellowstone for breakfast, and then it was time to drop it off at the hire agency....

June 28, 2005 GMT - Fishing!
Our last day, and a day we had been looking forward to. Our appointment was to meet the guide at 8:30 in the morning “by a stand of cottonwood trees” down by a stream that joined the Snake River not...

June 27, 2005 GMT - Yellowstone Park
We set of early Monday morning, because it is a quite a long way to Yellowstone from Jackson—about 70 miles to the southern park entrance, and then over 100 miles to do the ‘short’ loop in the park itself, then...

June 26, 2005 GMT - Montpellier to Jackson, Wyoming
Well, if nothing else, Montpellier did provide the biggest breakfast we had had up till then! We ordered eggs, bacon and pancakes, and it came on two plates—each! David likes his food, but this stumped even him. Still, it’s one...

June 25, 2005 GMT - Salt Lake City to Montpellier (Bumsville, Idaho)
Saturday morning we had breakfast at the sports bar before heading off. Wimbledon was on, and we got chatting to our friend of the previous evening. Apparently (and here I am demonstrating my credulity) he played tennis as a junior,...

June 24, 2005 GMT - Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City
Bryce Canyon was worth the effort. Even the road heading towards it was spectacular. The most amazing thing about the Canyon was its sudden appearance. All around is open rangeland, with scattered pine forest. We parked the bike, walked a...

June 23, 2005 GMT - Ely to Panguitch (Utah)
One of the places that I had wanted to visit was Bryce Canyon, in southern Utah. But I was beginning to have doubts. It seemed to be taking longer to cover the distances than I had expected, and after the...

June 22, 2005 GMT - Bridgeport (California) to Ely (Nevada)
Wednesday was our longest, most punishing day in the saddle....

June 21, 2005 GMT - Yosemite, Sonora Pass, frostbite and Bridgeport
Our plan for the day was to ride into Yosemite National Park, into and back out of Yosemite Valley, the ‘highlight’ of the park, and then cross over the Sierra Nevada mountain range on Highway 120, which runs through the...

June 20, 2005 GMT - San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge and on to Merced
As we had ridden through San Francisco the evening before, we had seen a shop called ‘Guitar World’, and we just had to go and take a look. The other place I wanted to see was Lombard Street, ‘the world’s...

June 19, 2005 GMT - Monterey to San Francisco
Monterey was home to California’s sardine fishing industry, immortalised in John Steinbeck’s novel, Cannery Row. The current Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf are tacky tourist traps, but the Monterey Bay Aquarium is incredible, and that is what kept us in...

June 18, 2005 GMT - Santa Barbara to Monterey
After a pretty stingy breakfast at a delicatessen (Santa Barbara does not ‘do’ diners!) we headed out on Highway 1 again, aiming for San Francisco. The first stretch wasn’t that exciting, with a long stretch running inland, away from the...

June 17, 2005 GMT - Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
When I first laid eyes on the bike I had hired, I panicked—it was huge! Long, wide, heavy and low; totally different from my usual wheels, a 600 cc sports bike. I had a real crisis of confidence. I seriously...

June 15, 2005 GMT - Western USA on a Harley: the trip begins
I suppose the trip started way back in September of 2004. That’s when my elder son, David, and I started talking about my dream of riding the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco and across the Golden...

 


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