Lakeport, Yountville, Napa Valley
Monday, April 24, 2006
|Route Overview and Start:
Trip / Odometer / Time:
45.9 / 29,801 / 11:45
I was unsure about a ride today. I
wanted to go, but the weather seems unfriendly. Overcast and
Well, vacillating led to hesitancy, hesitancy to lateness,
lateness to a longer day than a relatively
Headed North on Hwy-280 headed for SF and Hwy-101
First stop the
North Vista Point of the Golden Gate Bridge.
There was a group of tourists who thought a CHP cop was
There's a Harley Dealer here! I pulled off and drove by. It's closed
on Mondays. Drat!
The past two years I have headed up to Jamestown near Yosemite
for my 'J' city. Having become familiar, I thought maybe it would be
appropriate to use Jimtown this year.
That's a joke, James -- Jim, get it?
Jimtown, just off Healdsburg, is too small to have any city
|Hwy-175 Hopland to Lakeport
This is just a little jaunt between Hwy-101 and Hwy-29, right?
Well, throw in a little mountains and it becomes more of an adventure.
Most of the county buildings I found have no convenient parking with
an angle for a photo. I spotted the district attorney's office in the back
of a parking lot. This seemed appropriate since most of we Harley
owners are familiar with DA's on a professional basis...
good place to park was in the handicap spots.
This is a little town at the South end of Clear Lake. I thought maybe
to trade it for my 'L' city, especially with the picture of the monkey.
But the Livermore PO is so quaint I just can't replace it.
So, Lower Lake is for archival purposes only.
I did notice, across
from the Post Office, a funeral parlor next to
I was planning on going into Yountville and finding a post office or
city building, but by now I was pretty happy to be heading home and
realizing it would be far later than I had planned.
When I saw an opportunity for a big city limit sign, I took it.
Napa is a larger town than I had realized. On Hwy-29, a freeway
at this point, I took the second off-ramp to take my bearings and
look for my photo ops.
I came across a little shopping center with
a Trader Joe's. A banana,
Using my Magellan, I found that the off-ramp I want is still 2-3
|Contra Costa County
I wanted to stop in Martinez on the way by to get my usual photo of the Contra Costa County courthouse.
By the time I was going by, it was late, the light was poor, and I was very tired.
A 'C' county will have to wait.
|I gassed up in Vallejo at a Safeway.
A Safeway? Yeah, this is the second time in so many rides
that I've come across a Safeway with a gas station. Also, they are giving a 3-cent discount if
you swipe your Safeway card.
8:15. In spite of Daylight Savings Time, it was getting dark. So I
turned off to replace my smoked face mask with the clear one.
I found a Shell station with a small mini-mart and a Jack-in-the-Box.
Perfect, a pee and a Hershey bar were just what I needed.
|Down Hwy-680, over to Hwy-880 all the
way to Hwy-280 (whew, a lot of 80's here) and...
80.3 / 30,157 / 9:05
ABC Letters: Cities: Y, Counties: L, N
Total: 356 miles, 9 hours 20 minutes
Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:58:40 AM