As you may well know, a couple of years back, I spent 12 months on the road, travelling down the Americas – including five months travelling North America by motorcycle.
For the final ride – down California’s Pacific Coast Highway One (PC1) – my dad (another keen motorcyclist) and his partner Simone flew out to San Francisco, Ruth to Vancouver, and a whole host of other friends and family members made appearances along the way.
They brought a video camera with them, and here’s a little montage I’ve put together using the footage.
Starring (in alphabetical order):
David Arthur Bush
Roy Duffield (me, AKA: the Drinking Traveller)
Sorry if I missed anyone.
Special thanks to Simone and Ruth for the camera work, which I know for a fact is no easy feat from the back of a speeding motorcycle, to David for helping me get set up with the bike in the first place, and in fact to everyone who made an appearance.
Sadly, as is always the case in life, some of the best bits were never recorded, such as getting invited into the garage of the infamous Hell’s Angels Oakland Chapter, or meeting the family of Arlen Ness at his custom bike shop in Dublin, California after happening to break down just around the corner.
Nor is there anything from the rest of the trip. But, hey, it’s got Venice Beach, LA, PC Highway 1, Cook’s Corner Biker bar, the Danish village of Solvang, Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Big Sur River Inn, Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co restaurant in San Francisco, and Johnny’s Bar, Hollister – birthplace of the American biker.
Sorry for running the track twice, but there were just too many memories to cut it into one song.
Also, in case you don’t know – and want to know – the music is “All Along the Watchtower” written by Bob Dylan and performed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. I chose it because I heard it somewhere in LA at the beginning of the trip and then in my head every time I climbed back in the saddle.
Sorry it took me so long, everyone. I hope you enjoy it!