Originally Posted by messenger13
I have been south 5 or 6 times this summer already. (Lost count!) Based on the above statements, I'm not too sure you have ever ridden the areas that I ride.
I'll be heading to the left coast next year. I hope it's half as good as y'all make it sound.
Remember, I grew up there, visited a lot of the area many times over the years. Absolutly there is some good riding there, as there is in just about any state. What I like about SoCal (NorCal also has a lot of great riding), is that I could start in the morning, ride ALL day, rarely if ever hit a freeway, nearly half of the time in nice sweeping turns, nearly the other half in twisties, never see the same place twice (maybe once in a while would pass through the same point on a crossing road), and be so tired you almost beg for a stratight section to rest.
Also, much of the riding back east, although nice roads, are in trees so it all begins to look alike after a while. Here, a large part of it is on mountain roads in semi-arid to arid areas, so the views are terrific, fewer trees in the way.
I have often told people we can actually see our mountains, back there, you may just be looking at one really tall tree surrounded by progressivly smaller ones.
Both areas are beautiful, just in wholly different ways.
Having lived over 40 years in the southeast, and now 20 years out here, If I could afford to retire here I would. Unfortunately, it is considerably more expensive to live here, so I will eventually have to move there and live with the downgrade.
Hey, if you get to San Diego, meet the San Diego BMW Club for breakfast and go for a ride with them. Some of those rides are pretty darned fast. Especially the Saturday bunch. The Sunday ones tend to be a little more moderate. It is one of the oldest BMWOA clubs in the US. One of our more prominent members, John Hermann, author of "Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps and Corsica", is BMWMOA member number 0013!
I would like riding back there too, just that you have to transit between the better riding areas more than here.