DISTANCE. SPEED. TIME :: Day 5 & Day 5: San Francisco – Garberville – Winchester Bay
Text: Praveer (Driver)
Pics: Sunny (Rider)
The Golden Gate bridge was indeed a high point in the trip. And we moved to our Motel in San Pablo post that only to leave early to ride back to the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Even though we know what was lying ahead was cloudy and chilly weather. But still we had to get next to the ocean for the next part of the ride. And so we did riding almost 400 kms only to reach Garberville and stay at a motel owned by some Mr. Kamlesh Bhai.
Day 6 was supposed to have the same fate as Day 5 as we rode next to the coast and did again almost 400 kms and reached Winchester Bay a small town on the coast with a small harbor.
Now I want to cover these two days in a different way. Not the regular travelogue from here to there and what we saw but something different. I want to talk about the relationship between Distance. Speed. And Time. In the context of the roadtrip and our travels. And you will find in the end that all of them are so deeply related that no road trip is complete without them.
America is famous for its strict enforcement of laws and that is exactly what they do. Distance is dictated by two variables of speed and time. And in America both speed and time are inversely proportional. The speed is not more than 65 miles maximum at any given part of the road (barring in some states where we are not riding). And it even slows down further as the moment you enter a town you are required to slash your speed to not more than 25-30 miles. And also come to a complete halt at all crossings. This is why we have been limited to covering only around 400 kms everyday.
Overtaking is a strict no no and overspeeding can fetch you a fine of upto 500 dollars. So covering long distances one needs to have patience and time because speed will not do the thing for you.
Now contrary to the above point there was a section of our ride on Day 4 where we got to push the limits of both the bike and the car on an amazing twisty road. And this road is just before Stuarts Point on the PCH and connects the inland. Its not yet spotted by highway patrol so the bikers and drivers use it to test their skills on the curves. Its 45-50 kms of sheer bliss through forests, lakes and smooth tarmac. And I pushed the AMG to my limits and found it one of the most exhilarating drives yet in my life. I shouldn’t mention this but I was doing triple digits for a short section of the road on the curves and the car surprised me with its traction control and handling. I mean it is a dream when the drivers seat locks from the sides and holds you tight so you don’t move around on the curves. And there was Sunny on the Diavel which I know for a fact loves the curves as well.
So we can covered distance and speed now lets look at time not in terms of our travel but in respect to what we are seeing when we travel. I have four words for you THE AVENUE OF THE GIANT. Before reading on I think you should google this and read about one of the most amazing parts of the PCH. This is a 50 kms road just off the US 101 highway and boasts of its redwood trees each dating atleast a couple of thousand years in time. These trees are huge I mean big enough to let a car through the trunk and yes we did. And when you spot a location on your ride that has been around for so many thousands of years you start asking yourself this one question :
Are distance and speed really that important because time does win over everything else in the end.