In 2015, Bruce totalled his 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour motorcycle on Labor Day weekend. A week later, despite 3 broken ribs, Bruce joined Eileen on their "Sideways" excursion in northern California, starting out with a couple nights in San Francisco, then hitting various wineries and vineyards in the Sonoma Valley, and afterwards cruising the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible Camaro. The trip ended with a visit with David in San Jose. After their return, Bruce got a new car instead of another new bike.
Pacific Coast Highway
Eileen rented a convertible that was supposed to be a Chrysler. Bruce would normally be ecstatic about getting "upgraded" to a red Camaro, but with three broken ribs and on doctor's orders not to lift anything "heavy" he found himself lifting himself out of that car many, many times. It was worth it.
Replacement For Motorcycle
After Bruce totalled his 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour motorcycle, he decided to give up riding. To keep the insurance claim proceeds from tempting him otherwise, he decided to upgrade his 4-wheeled vehicle to a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with 2.0L turbo, AWD, and "Ultimate" package, including panoramic moonroof, navigation, heated and cooled leather seats, and more room than the Tucson had.
San Francisco is cool. Literally. Beautiful city, but too big for Bruce's liking. We got a fancy-schmancy hotel downtown for the first two nights of our trip. We toured the city by bus and even went to the pier and did a LOT of walking.
Sonoma Valley has a lot of vineyards and wineries. Napa Valley may have the international label, but Sonoma wineries are largely family owned and operated. We loved it there.