The Bike Insurer goes Stateside

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On Sunday, The Bike Insurer’s intrepid photographer, Dave Jackson, is off to America on a tour of the West Coast.

It’s the trip of a lifetime but it’s not just a jolly for our man with the cam and he’ll be busy snapping, videoing and blogging about his time and journey Stateside.

Dave will also provide some insight into what it’s like to go on a fully-fledged road trip and provide us with some information on things to consider when planning your own trip and any problems that pop up along the way.

The Route

Las Vegas to Bakersfield

279 miles – 4hrs 16mins

From the bright lights of Vegas, Dave will travel southwest towards the city of Bakersfield.

While Bakersfield isn’t one of America’s most famous cities the ride takes in some infamous place names.

Dave will venture through Death Valley, Badwater, Furnace Creek and the Mojave Desert, with a stop at Calico Ghost Town also on the agenda.

Dave’s American diary – Las Vegas to Bakersfield.

Bakersfield to Yosemite

206 miles – 3hrs 41mins

The ride from Bakersfield to Yosemite is another exciting one and things should get really exciting when Dave reaches Yosemite.

Yosemite is a wild and rugged part of North America and features an unbelievable amount of natural beauty.

From waterfalls to monoliths, giant redwoods to white water rapids, Yosemite’s got a stunning array of landscapes.

Dave’s American diary – Bakersfield to Yosemite.

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Yosemite to San Francisco

197 miles – 3hrs 33mins

Yosemite to San Francisco is another 200-mile journey but it gets interesting as you head into the famous city and across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Dave won’t struggle for sights to see during his time in San Fran and as well as the Golden Gate Bridge there’s the famous Lombard Street, Fort Point and Alcatraz.

Dave’s American diary – Yosemite to San Francisco.

San Francisco to Carmel

124 miles – 2hrs 5mins

From San Francisco to Carmel, Dave’s ride will take in some stunning points including Pigeon Point lighthouse – overlooking the Pacific – and Big Basin Redwood State Park.

There’ll also be a stop at Laguna Seca, this is a motorbike trip after all.

Dave’s American diary – San Francisco to Carmel.

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Carmel to Pismo Beach

157 miles – 2hrs 32mins

Carmel to Pismo beach is another stunning coastal journey sandwiched between the Pacific and the Santa Lucia mountain range on the Big Sur region of central California.

There could also be a stop at Hearst Castle, a unique mansion which has played host to Winston Churchill (in his surfer days), before winding down the coast to Pismo Beach.

Dave’s American diary – Carmel to Pismo Beach.

Pismo Beach to Los Angeles

178 miles – 3hrs 1min

The final leg of the journey takes Dave from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles.

In LA there’s plenty to see and Dave will take in Beverley Hills, Compton, the Hollywood sign and other famous stops and places in the City of Angels.

Dave’s American diary – Pismo Beach to Los Angeles.

You’ll be able to keep up to date with Dave’s adventure on The Bike Insurer as well as across our social media channels.

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