Sure, we've been down parts of the Coast Highway many times before, but we never tire of the route; the small towns, scenic vistas, and twisty roads always make it a welcome path. So off we went, following the coast down the length of Oregon, through the redwoods of Northern California, across the Golden Gate, along Big Sur, and into SoCal—with me on my Honda Valkyrie Interstate built in the last millennium and my buddy on his Gold Wing. We anticipated a wide swing in the weather, from Oregon's cooler, wetter climes to the warmer embrace of the Southern California sun. I packed accordingly, strapping both an all-season jacket along with mesh gear on top of the luggage already loaded with rain gear, as well as a heated jacket liner and an assortment of gloves. As I've gotten older, it's become an increasingly higher priority to stay comfortable and prepared for any weather extreme. For this trip, I also added a tire-pressure monitoring system and a cover for my bike. The former eliminates any lazy excuses for not checking my tire pressures, and the latter provides some level of security during those nights when you're parked in a dark motel parking lot.