This year the boss let me join the fellas for some Sea Otter goodness! It cost me a few favors but nevertheless it was all worth it! And by favors I mean cake pops. It cost me alot of cake pops! This was my first ever visit to Sea Otter and my first trip to beautiful Monterey, CA.
The trip started out with the 6hr drive up the famous 5 fwy. Talk about dedication! The Boss promptly started us on the road at 1 am and drove the whole way up. I was glad to have Art sitting shotgun to keep him company. Art made sure to keep RL entertained with lots of stories and plenty of songs. Art is a fantastic singer. He’s got a song for everything!
If his current gig doesn’t work out for him I think he’s got a future in show business.
We arrived bright and early Friday morning. We loaded up on coffee and other sources of caffeine such as Redbull for the long day that awaited us. I think the guys all averaged about 45 minutes of sleep! I really had no idea what to expect for Sea Otter but boy was I in for a treat! The venue for Sea Otter is huge! As you are driving over the green hills you are surrounded by riders everywhere! Lots of camp spots, booths and racing! A biker’s paradise! There was something going on at every corner and hill side!
Our morning started off with some hydration and eats then we promptly loaded our bags and prepped our bikes. That was one aspect I really appreciated about this outdoor venue. It’s completely acceptable to travel by bike throughout the show. So much more efficient to get around on bike and it’s more fun. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather! Sunny with a fantastic breeze!
Our first day there the boys were eager to get in some great video and pictures of all the latest and greatest. We made our rounds and got some awesome money shots. We made sure to stop off at the media center for refueling. We do love us some free food.
Dan and I were able to get in a few demo rides out in the beautiful hills. I’ll be posting more about that later. RL and Art headed out for their own demo rides while cousin Joe got in some DH practice. There was always something going on!
One thing I noticed about Sea Otter is the huge smiles! There are people of all ages and backrounds and you’ll find that everyone is just in great spirits. Definitely some great vibes out there as I really saw this as a show for the average biker – you and me.
The first day at Sea Otter was packed full of biking goodness and to say we were tired was an understatement. The boys were running on fumes so we were eager to wrap up our day around 5p and head to our place. The day ended with some dinner at a local Taqueria. As you can see Art had no problem finishing off his tacos, shrimp cocktail, chips, salsa, beers and burrito. He consumes food like one of those skinny food eating competitors. I’d put my money on that guy.
Day 1 was great and I couldn’t wait to see what Saturday was going to bring! Stay tuned for my write ups on the rest of the weekend.