Saturday, May 14, 2022

May in So Cal

The second week in May I'm able to go to Indio, California again to check off more Triple Crown targets.

Cabrillo National Monument. If you look hard enough through the haze you can see what I'm pretty sure is San Diego

Row after row after row after..... 😢

San Diego de Acala Mission

A lonely road....

Mecca, California

Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mt National Monument

Riding through Coachella I see this statue...the compound was locked up tight and there were no signs telling its purpose.

Bev followed me in the car on the way to Indio and again on the way home. We stopped in Joshua NP for a photo op,

And on our way home we stopped at a rest stop and met these to two lovely ladies from France. A Mother and Daughter, and they were so pleasant to chat with... I even offered to take mom on a ride, but she (probably wisely) declined.  😀
They are in the States for three weeks I hope they enjoy their time in our country!

And another stop this time for gas ($8.00 per gallon) ((I should have gotten gas at Amboy, but didn't)) so I stopped at a Chevron between Amboy and Searchlight...hence the high price. I only got a gallon and a half - enough to get me to Searchlight.

While there this guy, Steve struck up an enjoyable conversation.
He lives in Az and rides that beautiful 'busa. 
If I were going to give Steve a nickname it would be simply; 
Steve the Speed!

So another foray into So Cal in search of the Triple Crown comes to a close. Next I'll start getting the north and middle Cal roads, Parks, and Missions.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 29, 2022

A week in southern Cal chasing the Triple Crown

I'm able to go for a week to Indio in Southern California to pick up some more Triple Crown items.

But first an overnight stop in Las Vegas and lunch with good biker buddy Mike aka Vegashotwheeler. We did have a very enjoyable lunch then stopped in to the HD store to drool over the shiny toys...

Departing Vegas I'm south bound on the super slab until I see the colored phone cam does ok until I shoot far away pics...
Sorry, I don't know the story of these rocks..

I stop in Amboy for a cool drink and this guy motored in a few minutes later. This is a 1974 Moto Guzzi....and what a beaut! He is also on his way to So Cal and then will wander back home to Washington. The Goose ran as good and she looked!

A little ways past the Amboy station..

And yet a little farther down the road....

I've found that "art" is a three letter word that has an infinite number of definitions.

And not forgetting my reason for being here...
I'm able to check off two missions, two parks and two roads.
Mission San Luis Ray de Francia

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Across the street from the mission.
I didn't go in and ask about the story..

The two roads are Ca74 and Ca76 both WELL worth the time!
The Parks were Mojave NP and Joshua Tree NP

And on my way home between Vegas and Mesquite I see this guy on the side of the road.

He is from Japan and an exchange student living in L.A. He has somewhat passable English. And I'm guessing not to much in the way of riding skills. 
On the other hand, and more importantly than those two things, he has an adventurous spirit!

He had set out from L.A. to see the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon.... unfortunately he had a 'bad day' on the bike. Whether the nasty winds had a part in his get-off or not I don't know, I suspect they contributed to his spill...the winds WERE bad that day.

At any rate he was checking the bike out when I pulled over to see if he needed help. Using my tools we were able to make some adjustments and corrections and get him back on the road - at least to the nearest gas station were he purchased some anti-freeze and we replaced what had escaped during the time the bike was laying down. I hope we got the right kind of anti-freeze (there was only one choice at the store) but I guess any is better than none.

You can see he has no luggage on the bike - that's because it is on his back, and his riding gear leaves a bit to be desired, what you probably can't see in the picture is his injuries. There was some blood on his pants, and his hands were a bit rashed. However, after the crash he picked himself up, dusted off his pants,  bandaged his wounds and continued on with his trip.
That is a "Well done" in my book!

So, that's another several items checked off....sadly on the last two days my GPS went toes-up so I didn't get all the checks I had planned to get, but there is always "next time".  
Thanks for reading!


Monday, December 27, 2021

So Cal

 I'm Finally going on a ride! 

My bike has been sitting for 2 1/2 months, the longest time one of my bikes has sat unridden...unless I was deployed that is. This 'sabbatical' was entirely self inflicted.

But then we had this ride planned for the week before Christmas and the time has at at long last arrived.

So Sunday (with plenty of snow on the ground) Will and I loaded our bikes on the trailer and headed south.

We will stay in Indio, California. With us is Beverly and Will's youngest daughter Addi.

For our first ride we buzz over to Salvation Mt. Sad to say two things, 1 - my cell camera was on a wrong setting...and I didn't notice it until later. 2 - The Salvation Mt attraction has changed, and not for the better IMHO...  Maybe the next time I go I'll see it differently but there was more commercialization there than the last time I visited. 

Leaving Salvation Mt we rode around the south end of the Salton Sea and....
Came upon this numerous sculptures outside

Bev and Addi

Bev, Will, and Addi

Will and Bev at our lodging

Amboy, Ca

One of two lions....alone and miles away from anything else.

Will and I also took a ride through Joshua Tree NP.

Plenty of cacti!

It was great fun to travel with these two!

And all to soon our time is up. We load the bikes on the trailer again and make the ten hour drive home - the next morning we have our annual Christmas Eve day breakfast at our house. 20 family members were able to come and enjoy some food and good times together.

Life is good, families are good, motorcycles are also good!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

RC track I (no bike content)

Our youngest son, Theron, bought an RC car.....pretty soon everyone in the family was buying them. 
We bought two and then I decided I needed to make a track at our house.

We have a wall in the basement that is just begging for some I start the project, not really knowing what I'm doing.
I watched some online videos about RC tracks, but didn't see anything like what I had in mind. 
The one thing they all emphasized was they made their track on a budget.
Challenge accepted, and I started gathering all my scrap wood and parts.

I install the cleats to give me an idea of what it will look like.

Then I start adding the shelf material. I bought the composite flooring at a thrift store for $10 for a package. I was able to buy a 4'X8' 1/4" underlayment at a big box for $5.00 as a corner has a small amount of damage. Then I cut the sheet to 4 lengths of 11" 'shelving'.  And the 12" x 8' length of shelving I actually found on the side of the road... no really! So far so good on the budget!

I have some hinges in my hardware bin, so I design the track so I can change the layout as wanted.

The cars need to get from one level to the next so I make an 'elevator'... it works pretty darn good. I had hoped to power it with the car and pulleys, but the little RC cars just didn't have the traction to turn the pulley.

I continue to add out for the Killer dog!!

A suspension bridge is in order...several twigs off a tree in the back yard, add some twine and wood glue and you have a very nice bridge!

The track still isn't done....and it probably will never be 'done' as I keep seeing new things to do. 
This is a video on Rumble of the track.

I hope you enjoy it!

Or the youtube link
(available on 29 Oct)

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Haulin to and home from Oregon

Middle son, Fenton has landed a new job for the Oregon Air National Guard. So he and his family are making the move to Seaside. 
Despite the fact that I'm not happy they are going so far away  I offer to help with the move.

So we toss my bike into the U-Haul truck for the trek to Oregon. I'll drive one of their cars to the new house, then when we get the truck unloaded in Seaside I'll ride the bike home.

The sunset on the way to Oregon, taken through a bug spattered windshield.

We stop at Camp 18 a few miles outside of Seaside for some leg stretching.. Its a pretty cool place.

Apparently more counter weight was needed on this truck. They welded extra frame on the front, stuck a Caddy motor on it, and ran a drive shaft back through the original engine and on to the tranny and pto.

The bike (and household goods) transport.

We stayed here while waiting for the laborious process of the closing..
Its a nice place to stay, but the waiting and waiting drove us nuts!

Still we go to lunch.

Clam "chadA"

It's a good plan and when the house FINALLY closes, we unload the truck. Kudos to his new co-workers several of whom showed up to help! They tore into that truck and it was soon empty...lucky for me... I as I was quickly running out of gas! 

And the new house!

So in two days I depart for home.

Obligatory pic with bike...

Cool covered bridge

I stop in Bend for a couple of days. 
Looking off the deck.

The weather has cooled a bit and I really didn't pack for the cooler temps....that's ok, at least I packed my 'lectric vest and I wore my I survived...
I drew a smiley in the frost....

Another stop in Ontario and then I made it home.
Cold weather be darned, I'm very glad I was able to go over and help with the move. I'm excited to go back and see the house when it is all moved in and arranged!