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Old 06-07-2013, 04:25 PM   #11
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If this was a novel I don't think I would be able to put it down. You have a way with words. Great story.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:08 AM   #12
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Installment #5
Wow, it's been a while, hope I can remember the details. Just kidding, no you’re not, am too, no you’re not, Ok I'm not, so make some sh!t up.

Ok, so I'm now in Cali. and the weather is much nicer and I'm hoping to make the rest of the trip in one day, Ha. Heading west I'm hoping to make it to Barstow before my next stop, this will bring me through the lower half of the Mojave Desert. It's funny how one day you think you’re going to freeze to death and the next keel over from heat exhaustion.

But the view was awesome, we have cacti in Florida but not those air traffic controller types. You know, with their arms outstretched like their waving in a 747. Then I see prairie dogs popping their little heads up and down trying to get a look at me, even they like my bike, LOL.

I'm a big Bugs Bunny fan and so also the Road Runner, (for you younger riders they had the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner show on every Saturday morning when I was a kid) but had never seen one before. Up ahead I see a bird race across the road, I'm thinking "Was that what I think it was?" sure enough it was a Road Runner. I decide to make a stop on the side of the road and stretch hoping to get a closer look. I did, but it was a lot smaller than I always pictured them, but still very fast. He/she/ it came running back across the road with a snake, guess they eat those, who knew?


Time to go so I head off back on my way. I make it to Barstow uneventful and fill up with gas and have a bite to eat, no southern hospitality here. I decide to give my brother in law a call to let them know I'm getting close and we decide to meet up in Bakersfield so we can ride the rest of the way together. Richard (bro in law) informs me he wants to spend the night there and continue in the morning (he's an old fart).

I leave Barstow and ride on west to interstate 5, this will take me north on into Bakersfield. The trip up is uneventful and we meet up as planned. We stop at a little place called the Scotsman Inn, if you ever travel through there give it a try, the food is great. Remember the ham steak breakfast I had in Louisiana? Well the Scotsman put it to shame (I like eating breakfast on the road as it's usually good and cheap, like me). I could not for the first time in my life eat all the food I ordered, and if memory serves me right I think it was $3.99 or maybe $4.99. We spent the night and planned to make the trip to his house in the mountains the net day.

We left the following morning taking road 65 into Visalia and then east on 198 into Lemon Cove. Here we turned right onto a one lane road called Dry Creek and started up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Wow, it was spring so all the flowers were in bloom and the mountainsides were spectacular, the road was not (hard tail remember). You will like this next part John. Richard owns a Harley Davidson Electroglide and it soaks up the bumps like butter and has to keep slowing to wait for me. Remember, novice rider, hard tail, unfamiliar road so I'm being very cautious.


Richard decides to show off, so on the downward slopes rides no handed with his arms extended out to the sides weaving side to side, what an ass. LOL We climb for about 45 minutes and reach a fork in the road where it joins 245, there's a little restaurant/bar there called the Mountain House Saloon. Apparently this is known to the riders in the surrounding area and tourists alike because the parking lot, what there was of one, is full of bikes. We decide not to stop as I haven't had a change of clothes in almost a week and want to relax a little before seeing the sites.

We continue on our way about 12 more miles and pass another little place, the Pinehurst Lodge (read bar/restaurant) and this too has bikes all around. Richard's place is only another mile up the road and I finally arrive at my destination.

I apologize if this leg of the trip didn't include snapping dogs, tornadoes, and frostbite but it can't all be an epic ride. The 23hr marathon stint was on the return trip which will be revealed in upcoming episodes.

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Old 06-08-2013, 01:24 AM   #13
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no apologies martin. Its about time something went right for you along the way.

Great story man! Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:32 AM   #14
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This is the beginning to Dry Creek rd.


As you can see the creek isn't so dry in this pic. That's David (AerocapDave) going to check it out.


This is typical of the scenery on the ride.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:42 AM   #15
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More pics of the ride as the server will only allow so many in one post.

At higher altitudes the roads became more rustic.


Obligatory pic of the bikes.

A little lake at 6,500' near a cemetary we wanted to see but the gate was locked.
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Old 06-08-2013, 01:48 AM   #16
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Last two pics.

A favorite watering hole for riders in the area, us included.


Our view while enjoying lunch on the back deck.


As you can see the riding is second to none. If you ever have a chance to ride through Kings Canyon National Forest do it. Don't forget to go to Grants Grove and see the Giant Sequoias.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:31 PM   #17
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Ok, installment 6

Spent 3 weeks in California with my wife’s sister and her husband while getting our house ready. The driveway for the new house was a total wreck. The people living there previously broke the rear leaf spring on their 4X4 traversing it. I knew my wife would never attempt it so I worked eight hrs a day most of the time there trying to get it somewhat level.

The drive is close to 300' long with about a 20 degree incline and mostly rock. Apparently somewhere along the way it was oiled and this mixed with the dirt making the whole job a lot more difficult. Remember I had broken my back only a few months earlier so this was a real treat. I was using a forest fighters tool called a McLeod to chop and scrape the dirt (dirt, right, lets be real, rock) and ended up lowering most of the drive 2" and spreading it around.

I had already purchased a non-refundable airline ticket to return home and pack up for the move. The plan was for me to leave the bike, fly back and drive a u-haul out with the family. This didn't happen as planned. About 10 days before my scheduled flight, I apparently wore out my welcome in my sister in-law’s eyes (who me?). Against my brother in-law's wishes I decided it was time for me to leave immediately.

I gathered my stuff (took about 10 minutes), hopped on the bike and off I went. After my trials on the way out this was not something I was looking forward to. I decided to use a more southerly route to avoid the cold high mountain passes I almost froze using the last time. This meant going much closer to L.A. than I would like but it couldn't be avoided.

I was making really good time (going down hill I guess) so I got pretty far the first day. I stopped for gas near the Arizona border and was speaking to a long haul trucker about my route. This was when I learned interstate 10 was still closed in Louisiana from hurricane Katrina. Well, so much for well laid plans. Now I had to head northeast and retrace my westerly route back home.

Will continue with installment 7 soon.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:08 PM   #18
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Cant wait for installment 7. You should write a book about your travels.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:01 AM   #19
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Cant wait for installment 7. You should write a book about your travels.
Anticipation makes it all that much better. Would really be the shit if some motorcycle magazine looking in would think the same and hire me to ride and write about my travels.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:49 PM   #20
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Some do just that, Im reading a book right now just about the same, Ill try to post the name of the book.
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