Thursday, March 22, 2018

~ Miracle March ~

"All good things are wild and free" ~  Henry David Thoreau

Sun, beach, and clouds

Our California winter has been mild, especially when compared to the severe storms on the east coast.  In 1991, it rained and rained and rained.  We fondly called it ‘Miracle March' and those rains pulled us out of a drought.  This month the rains keep on coming.  In fact, it is raining as I type.  The grass is green, our creek is flowing, and the wildflowers are popping up everywhere.

We had planned our camping trip to San Simeon State Beach earlier to celebrate Denise’s birthday.  We hoped for clear skies but the California coast offered more rain.  The positive side is that we had the campground virtually to ourselves.  In between the rain, we managed to do some hiking and viewed hundreds of the Northern Elephant Seals.  

Then, like magic, the sun appears and we hike some more and walking in silence, getting lost in the fine shells placed perfectly along the beach.  

Northern Elephant Seals

There is alway one who is unique

We took a drive north on Highway 1 as far we were allowed.  At Ragged Point, Cal Trans has closed the road.  Massive rock slides closed down this iconic highway.  I’m so glad that I was able to ride my motorcycle from Monterey and Carmel south on Highway 1 before the rock slides.  That ride is perhaps one of the best rides in California, no wait, in the world.  I'm serious.

Highway 1 closed at Ragged Point

In our camper, the rain comes back in full force.  We play several hands of “Kings in the Corner.”  After several losing hands, I surrender.  Surprisingly, we have great cell phone reception.  That’s when I got a real surprise.  

I was searching the internet and decided to look up some of the top motorcycle blogs.  Of course, RoadRUNNER Magazine was there.  Their blog is awesome and I consider their magazine the best in the motorcycle world.  It wasn’t surprising to see my fellow RoadRUNNER writer, Bud Miller and his awesome blog, Zen Motorcyclist.  There were many others, many which I have not yet read.

But honestly, when I saw my blog on the list of the Top 100 Motorcycle Blogs by Feedspot, I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face even if I tried.  It's a rush and they allowed me to download the emblem.  I feel like a ten year old kid winning his first medal and love it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all my readers who follow my blog and those who have taken the time to comment on my stories.  I never, in a million years, dreamed that my words would be read by so many. 

My mantra is, and always will be, “The Wind, the Open Road, and my Motorcycle.”

I guess miracles do happen in March.

Sunset from our campsite

View north from Ragged Point

View towards Hearst Castle

Denise and Bob celebrating her birthday


  1. Happy Birthday Denise and great article Bob!

    I don't ride and your blog is on my "read every post" list. :)

  2. Thanks Jody. I'll pass on your birthday wishes to Denise......Bob