Saturday, March 11, 2006

The PCH - Chapter 6

Saturday July 10, 2004
Monterey, CA to The Golden Gate Bridge

With bellies full of crab and shrimp and bits of sourdough sponges sopped with creamy cheese sauce, the motorcycles strain under the added weight of the load of our lunch. It is apparent, by the grins on our faces, that we don't even care that we have lost several miles per hour or that we have seriously impaired our aerodynamics by bloating our bellies into giant wind-blocking spheres. When you are this close to heaven, nothing can detract from the spellbinding glory that comes along with the open road, the sea and a satisfied gut. Even the fact that we are now leaving Monterey does not intrude on the mood.

The entire Pink Flamingos Motorcycle Club is well aware of what is on our horizon. By the fastest route, the Man shows the distance from Monterey, California to San Francisco, California as 113 miles (181.855 Canadian). We aren't taking the fastest or the shortest route; we are going to continue to hug the coast.

Sometimes too much of a good thing can get tiresome. Have you ever ordered something that was so rich and delicious that you just couldn't stop eating it - and then you went too far and grew tired of the taste. Now that dish is ruined for you forever. Once you have surpassed the limits of consumption, even with respect to the richest, most delicious delicacy, it is never the same experience to your palate again. This never happens on this road. I can't get enough of this open road, the rocky shore and the wide blue horizon. I am in gluttonous bliss; dangerously close to landscape induced nirvana.

One of our stops along the road is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. The majesty, mystery and history of lighthouses has, for my entire life, consumed me in the same manner as my desire to sail. Something about the sea has pulled on me since my birth - which occurred in the middle of this country about as far away from any ocean as possible. I have always sensed its gravity and its pull was never stronger than it was when I saw the signs to the road leading to this lighthouse. I gave a hand signal to Smitty, turned on my left turn signal and turned onto the road toward the lighthouse. We pulled to a stop in the parking lot, I swung my leg over the seat and grabbed my camera.

Pigeon Point lighthouse is fifty miles south of San Francisco. It stands 115 feet high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. The lamp on Pigeon Point lighthouse went into operation for the first time in 1872. On the wall of the building adjoining the lighthouse tower, there are large foghorns protruding from the house. These foghorns, together with the powerful lamp, warned sailors of the dangers of the coast in this region. I can't help but think about the man that used to operate this equipment when this building was brand new. Travel is easy today, but in 1872, there was nothing within 30 miles of this man whose duty it was to trudge up the many stairs to the top of the lighthouse to make certain that the lamp was filled with oil and operational.

We spend about thirty minutes poking around the grounds. A walkway leads to the back of the lighthouse property where the views of the rockly cliff and the Pacific Ocean are amazing.

The property now includes either a hotel or some sort of a youth hostel, although it is empty of virtually every other life form while we are there. Only a few other people stop to view this property while we are there. I note that it is nearly as desolate now as it probably was in 1872. Because my photography is amaturish, I also want to include this professional shot stolen from the internet which provides a better glimpse of the harsh environs surrounding this 132 year old tower.

After our brief respite from the road and the nostalgic trip through maritime days gone by, it is once again time to put rubber to the road.

In less than an hour we are in the outskirts of San Francisco. Traffic up the PCH is heavy but moving along briskly. As we enter San Francisco proper, you can sense it. The distinct architecture is popping up. Hillside homes lined straight and tall populate the rolling hills of the city. This is no freeway. We hit regular stop lights as we travel on the remnants of Highway 1 which looks like any other surface street in the area. The stop lights are actually a welcome opporunity to look around at this taste of San Francisco.

This street takes us away from the coast and we pass through Golden Gate park and then into an area known as the Presidio. I know I am very close to one of the most aniticipated moments of the trip - crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. In the blink of an eye, we make a turn and there it is standing before us. My neck begins to tingle and that tingle spreads a sheet of goosebumps over my entire body as we roll onto the bridge decking.

Traffic is ridiculously heavy at this point. We put ourselves into the far right lane and crawl along the road at the speed of our choice. I think bicycles were passing us as I soaked up this experience with my head spinning from left to right to left again to avoid missing anything on this two mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. We are 200 feet above the water and it is exhilirating.

Not wanting this to end too soon, we pull into the park on the far north side of the bridge, fight like wildcats to find a parking spot and bring the bikes to rest for another moment. I want a picture with this beautiful landmark. It is fuzzy, but cherished. I count this as a sexual experience - and you can tell by the look on my face that it was good.

Daylight's burning. It is nearly 6:00p.m. by the time we finish our time at the Golden Gate Bridge and we still have some miles to go before we sleep - many more miles as it turns out...

36 Comments:

Blogger Captain Carl provided this enlightening comment...

Arrr...that be a sea worthy tail matey....ay love yer story, its gripping...ya make the Capt feel as if he was there.......that lighthouse is truly somethin ta behold.....

6:33 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger crallspace provided this enlightening comment...

I don't think my recumbent would keep up ;-)

Where the hell have you been? My traffic level is as pathetic as Bush's approval ratings. When you come up this way, call me! I'll take you to a green, misty world of moss, intrigue and microbrewed chili beer.

6:34 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger Sweet Lady Jane provided this enlightening comment...

The Golden Gate Bridge is awesome to see in real life, the pictures don't do it justice. I went to San Francisco once, my sister called me out of the blue, asked me if I wanted to go see a football game, I was all for it, thought it was in Chicago. Little did I know it was an away game, but I was up for the challenge, bought airfare to San Francisco, watched a great football game, rode the trolley and took in the sights. It was a wonderful weekend trip.

8:32 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

okay, shit! I haven't read this yet. I will later. I just had to comment on the adorable picture at the bottom that is you.

Okay, so the comment is, that is an adorable picture of you. I love the bandana. It suits you well. You are too cute.

10:56 AM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

I still haven't read this, will do after I finish cleaning. Just wanted to give a heads up to TT:

I found the best vibrator to stimulate your prostate, TT. And it's spousal friendly. Life doesn't get better than this, I tell ya.

PDD

3:06 PM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

Right-ho. Still no mention of fuel stops.

did you work out how much your large lunch affected your fuel economy rate?

5:12 PM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger The Phoenix provided this enlightening comment...

Great pic of you by the bridge. Ever make your way up 101 towards Eureka? You might have your own Sasquatch sighting.

6:54 PM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Phoenix, we drove right through Sasquatch country. Ultimately we end up in Portland in this saga, so we made it up through the Eureka and redwood areas.

I recall passing a giant wooden sculpture of sasquatch along the road. I wanted to stop, but that bitch Smitty was skeered.

7:33 PM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

There is no mention of getting gout, how come?

I love your ongoing reference to Canadiana.

Yes, I have experienced going too far with excessive consumption, and grew tired of the taste to the point of it never having the same experience to my palate again: Bin 555. (Australian Shiraz)

You look orgasmic in that picture!

Everytime I read the PCH Chronicles I get jealous. I am in severe need of a vacation and reading others travel adventures makes me want to boil bunnies and squirles. Perhaps even racoons.

8:43 AM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

It appears that I have lulled readership into a slumber.

This entry has, after almost two days, garnered exactly 9 comments.

One comment was mine...three came from one other person (so I will count that as one comment) - that is 7 comments in two days.

I am going to finish this saga...and then I am going to beat those 10 people that voted on Garrett's site...after all, I could have been having my way with PDD right now.

9:55 AM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Pinky:
I love your PCH entries! I really do! Don't take it personally that I didn't read it sooner. Please notice that I haven't yet read Janies, Garrett's or Erin's latest entries yet. I have been busy, real busy. I need to check out Janies, Garrett's and Erin's site. Hopefully I'll get to it after I throw little twerp out the window by his ear.

I love the PCH entries. And by the way, you could still have your way with me...

10:25 AM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

You are seriously so adorable in that picture.

10:27 AM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger garrett provided this enlightening comment...

When I first saw that aerial photograph, I thought the PCH Chronicles were turning into just another cheap Chitty Chitty Bang Bang knock off.

10:46 AM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

i think you find your readers will perk up substantially if you mentioned fuel stops. and maybe threw in some Exhaust Pipe porn?

or is that just me?

12:47 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I am considering shoving a Barbie up my ass. Thanks for the tip, JJ!!

1:06 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

LOL!!

1:12 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger crabcake provided this enlightening comment...

Wow! That 3rd lighthouse pic is amazing!

Looks like you're having a very nice experience. What a great way to take a trip!

3:51 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

So, are you saying that the other two lighthouse pictures sucked???

Ouch.

4:11 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger Sweet Lady Jane provided this enlightening comment...

Something new Flamingo?

8:46 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

works for me, Flamingo.

actually its a bit depressing when rude pictures get more comment than my well crafted words....

1:32 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I was waiting until I hit 20 comments before I made a new post.

I should net out my comments, but this one time, I will not.

But if I shove a Barbie up my ass and don't get at least 30 comments, I am going to be severely hurt.

1:35 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

But it would be a good pain. Trust me. I've heard.

2:18 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

Flamingo,
did you recieve the Package in the mail?
-Bri Bri

9:07 AM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger crallspace provided this enlightening comment...

Thanks for the article, FLAM... it worked.

11:31 AM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger Sweet Lady Jane provided this enlightening comment...

Does one have to randomly comment to push you to post something new?

9:22 AM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

I miss my sweet little Pinky.

Your order #5 has been waiting for quite some time and has not gotten cold.

12:25 PM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

I meant to say NOW not NOT.

Consider the previous comment as is. However...

It has NOW gotten cold.

2:05 PM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger jungle jane provided this enlightening comment...

has the barbie gotten stuck Flamingo??

2:38 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Janey I think he's rotating it.

Okay Pinky, when I said I think you are so adorable in that picture I didn't mean I wanted to stare at it for a whole week. But I did anyway.

My eyes say they would like to see another picture now.

9:31 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Have you transformed into THC (High maintanence hussy)?

12:22 PM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger YellowSock provided this enlightening comment...

A friend of mine met her now husband at that very lighthouse...well, actually in the jaccuzzi of the hostel at the lighthouse.

Oh, and I will comment at least 30 times if you put Barbie up your ass...

10:11 AM, March 18, 2006  
Blogger Bloodgood provided this enlightening comment...

Where are you at? Did you have to pause for station Idetification?
Dont make me have Grandma call your ass! I'll do it!

(just so everybody knows my grandma is a nice sweet lady I love)

9:13 PM, March 18, 2006  
Blogger PDD provided this enlightening comment...

Oh my god. Seriously, what happened to you dude?

4:28 PM, March 19, 2006  
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