Bruce Gordon and CHP
Tuesday went past Bruce Gordons' on way back to car. Showed him problems with bike and he showed me fixes. He saw I had bent the handle and offered a new bar at cost. He also GAVE me a new set of toe clips and toe straps as he was impressed that I regularly rode on the 101 shoulder. Wednesday I took him up on it. He was confident I could take care of all of the fixes. (go to his web site. Bruce is one of the top bike builders in the country and possible the preeminent touring bike builder in the World.) Northbound Wednesday I waved over my shoulder at a CHiP car stopped to investigate an abandoned car. Later I waved again as he drove past, and HE WAVED BACK!
To outsiders HWY 101 between Novato and Petaluma is a busy 4 lane freeway that is still an open road with many driveways and side roads opening onto it. It should have been upgraded decades ago but it overlaps Marin and Sonoma counties and it may be politics that prevents an up-grade. I first rode it in 1983 and backed down a CHP sergeant who didn't want me there. Tough. I had a Caltrans map that said it was open. Since then they have been friendly. It has been said that I have a certain amount of Bravado to ride there. Perhaps, but I have so much fun blowing past hundreds of cars during occasional jams.