Our American road trip part three – Carmel and Pismo Beach (video)

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After a longer stopover in San Francisco than anywhere else on our trip, we got back on our Harley-Davidson and back on the road down the Pacific Coast.

The first stop for Dave Jackson, The Bike Insurer’s photographer, was Carmel, a sleepy town on the coast but, more importantly, a great base to hit Laguna Seca and the more famous Monterey.

Dave said: “Carmel was a beautiful little spot and I would have liked to spend more time there, however that would have meant missing out on Laguna Seca.

“As a bit of a racing nut there was no way that was going to happen and Laguna didn’t disappoint. It’s a great track with great access and views for spectators and despite the fact that it was all cars on track, it was still a great couple of hours.”

From Laguna, Dave headed to Monterey and the famous seaside aquarium before resting for the night in Carmel.

Then it was on to Pismo Beach and the penultimate leg of the whole motorbike road trip, with Los Angeles looming large on the horizon.

“Pismo Beach was really cool and it’s probably more like the picture you have of California than any other place I went to. Long golden beaches, deep blue waters and even a pelican to greet me on the boardwalk.

“The ride down was cool but a little disappointing as the Pebble Beach section of road – one of California’s most beautiful – was closed to motorbikes so I had to stick to the highway.”

Watch the next instalment of Dave’s American motorbike road trip below.

You can view the first two parts of Dave’s American road trip here.

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