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Random Things I Miss from the Bay Area

nacimiento ferguson road california highway 1 fort hunter liggett When you leave your homestate, you miss a lot of things. I guess the most obvious thing for me is roads.....

Roads

Granted, I haven't ridden very many here near Philly. But the bottom line is that California has a very unique set of roads. The combination smooth twisties, goaty twisties, desert, dirt, gravel, etc roads are unlike any other. Living in the Bay Area, you people have a ginormous cluster of roads that are awesome. Don't take it for granted! Get Out and RIDE. NOW!

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And I Know I've yet to travel south, which I'm DYING to do. Virginia, Tennessee, the Carolinas... it all looks heavenly!

Food

Yep, Burritos. I miss them. It's getting a lot easier but every now and then I crave a big, fat one. Gluttonous, delicious, carb filled goodness.

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I also miss the snobby, elevated breakfast food. Specifically, the Plow. I know it looks just like regular bacon and eggs, but what you might miss is the fact that these potatoes are Fried! I know, such a small thing but so damn tasty. I've found some delicious breakfasts here, but everything is is just a little less refined so far.

I'll admit, there are lots of tasty food options in Philly. Tons. But not quite the same, almost but not quite.

Shopping

This is probably more of a San Francisco thing, but I miss having every possible kind of store in a 10 minute radius from my house. 3 Movieplexes within a 10 minute radius, 3 costcos within a 15 minute radius, and countless specialty stores like Sports Basement.

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I know, when a city is made up of millionaires, you need every kind of possible retail establishment to feed the wealthy!

Motorcycles

I think one of the most difficult adjustments has been the motorcycle community itself. It feels strange not having motorcycle resources nearby such as MotoJava, MotoShop and more. There were so many, I devoted an entire page to these businesses that have been a part of the motorcycling community for a really long time. I know there are other resources available, but with a town that has such a large contingent of motorcyclists, it seems strange not having more dealerships and shops close by.

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Parking

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There's this awesome service called PayByPhone. Practically every single meter in San Francisco is equipped with mobile phone payments! So convenient when you didn't feed enough time into your meter, and instead of walking 2-3 blocks over to where your car is to print out another paper ticket, you can do it all from their handy little app. Hopefully the mayor of this city is looking at this option to help push Philly further into the 21st century.

 

End of an Era

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Now that I have a little more free time, I'm going to try and actually write things, on my BLOG. I guess the first thing to tell you is that it's over. 

After 6-7 years (I can't remember the exact number of years anymore), I'm no longer working at one of the best motorcycle shops in San Francisco. With new ownership came new changes and sadly, I was one of the many. I'm bummed but I'm not going to let this get in the way of what I love the most. 

Helping you (women) find motorcycle gear. 

I don't know exactly what I want to do, but I'm a firm believer that when these kinds of things happen (sudden, unexpected) that something better is coming along. I have to believe that otherwise I'll end up crying myself to sleep every night. 

If I had a boatload of cash I'd open my own shop, but that's just not possible right now. 

Stay tuned? 

News segment on local CBS about women and riding

Earlier this week, my friend Aleks and I were contacted through our meetup group, Bay Area Moto Girls, by KPIX/CBS local news to do a news segment about the growing numbers of women riding motorcycles.

I gathered about a dozen friends who ride and we met up with everyone at the Moto Shop, where they interviewed us about why we ride, and what we ride. Unfortunately it was a really short and sweet segment, but hopefully people get the idea :)

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/7473325-motorcycling-on-the-rise-among-california-women/