Motorcycle Rides In California
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Weekend/Overnight Ride- 590 miles each way from California Harley Davidson See Map Quest
Bisbee Az, 90 miles southeast of Tucson, is the picturesque county seat of historic Cochise County. The community was founded in 1880 and named after Judge DeWitt Bisbee, a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine.
This Old West mining camp proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver, lead and zinc that came from these rich Mule Mountains. By the early 1900s, the Bisbee community was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.
It had a population of 20,000 people and had become the most cultured city in the Southwest. Despite its culture, however, the rough edges of the mining camps could be found in notorious Brewery Gulch, with its saloons and shady ladies. In 1908 a fire ravaged most of Bisbee's commercial district along Main Street, leaving nothing but a pile of ashes.
Hotel information for the Bisbee/Tucson ride this weekend
Comfort Inn on Ina Road, Tucson AZ. 520.579.7202
Optional Hotel next door-520.744.3382
Farm House Restaurant in Beaumont Day Ride Aprox. 90 miles each way from California Harley Davidson
See Map Quest - The Farm House Restaurant in Beaumont sports a big ol' rooster, standing guard near the roadside. I mean HUGH rooster! This ride will have great food and provide a great background for picture taking.
The Chumash Indians lived in these hills, an hour-and-a-half
drive north of L.A., before Spanish missionaries drove them
out in the 18th century; they left behind scores of ancient
cave paintings. Maybe that’s why contemporary artists
are drawn here, as are others seeking small-town life: eccentric
Zen practitioners, wealthy individualists, anyone tired
of modern-day strip malls (the place is rich with Spanish
mission–style architecture). Built in 1917, the town
arcade is filled with art galleries and boutiques. Although
the Emerald Iguana Inn is in the heart of Ojai, within easy
walking distance of shops and restaurants, it feels private,
owing to the lush plantings and cottages with private entrances.
Some rooms have patios, many have fireplaces and hot tubs
doubles from $139). For the best Mexican food, go to longtime
local favorite Antonio’s, and sit outside (106 S.
Montgomery St., 805/646-6353, dinner from $6.25). Or order
burgers and shakes at that rare thing: an independent fast-food
restaurant. The O-Hi Frostie has been around for 45 years
(214 W. Ojai Ave., 805/646-1923).
For a romantic tour of the hills, drive along Creek Road,
a country lane that passes streams and stands of ancient
oaks and giant sycamore trees. Or spend an afternoon at
Bart’s Books, an outdoor used-book shop built around
a massive oak tree (302 W. Matilija St., 805/646-3755).
Del Mar, Calif.
This is California the way it used to be: a two-square-mile
seaside village of single- and two-story buildings, many
dating from the ’30s, when Jimmy Durante and his Hollywood
buddies made regular summer pilgrimages to play the horses
at Del Mar Racetrack. Just 30 minutes north of San Diego
(and a two-hour drive south from L.A.), Del Mar has fine
weather nearly year-round. It sits atop a modest-size bluff,
is planted with scores of old-growth palms and towering
eucalyptus trees, and has excellent open-air restaurants
and coffeehouses. But the main activity is soaking up the
sun. There are two wide beaches: At what locals call Dog
Beach, mutts can run leashless; at Del Mar Beach, there’s
ample surf and a view of the rocky cove leading to nearby
La Jolla. Or go hiking in Torrey Pines State Reserve, a
relatively undeveloped palisade with well-maintained trails.
Stay at the Stratford Inn, a Best Western on the bluff
overlooking the Pacific (710 Camino Del Mar, 858/755-1501,
doubles from $110, including continental breakfast). For
lunch, try Americana, which serves soups and sandwiches
alfresco, with a partial ocean view (1454 Camino Del Mar,
858/794-6838). And for dinner, there’s Bully’s
North. It has dark-wood paneling, red-leather booths, and
terrific burgers (1404 Camino Del Mar, 858/755-1660, burger,