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Old 12-16-2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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Laugh I love the Sierras, the desert and the long way home...

I love holiday parties and my best high school buddy’s annual party is always exceptional. Mike lives in NV so I knew I could combine a party weekend with a visit to my dad in his new assisted living center. The weather report predicted a cloud proof sky. Well, hmmm, they aren’t very dependable are they?

So do other female riders top cases look like this? ; ) After all it was a party and I am an undying romantic...


The fog began in Placerville and the air was full of moisture. By the time I made it to Pollack Pines, the roadway was barely visible and it was full blown raining. That lovely weather continued until the top of Echo Summit when the skies opened up giving a beautiful display of Lake Tahoe, but did nothing to dry the very wet crotch that took the brunt of the moisture. I felt like I was sitting in the lake! Unfortunately my left heated glove decided to no longer share its warmth and the fingers on the left side needed coffee. I made a stop at Stateline Starschmucks for real warmth, although it would have been better provided by some Makers Mark. I never combine booze and riding but a little wishful thinking can never hurt!

From Stateline down Spooner pass to Carson City, if cop free can be a rider’s paradise and today was my day. I figured worse case scanario would be another busted picture as I experimented sliding off the side of the bike on the awesome curves at speeds I won’t incriminate myself with by printing. It was a true blast!! Maybe I am on the verge of 99.9% hooligan!!



Carson was sunny but cold, but I was sooooo jazzed about the ride that it could have been sub-zero and I would have still had a huge grin!!

Time to visit my dad. He isn’t happy right now and I believe nothing would contribute to his happiness, short of a 1/2 gallon of vodka. He threatens the female employees, jokes with the doods and makes himself a general pita. He had nothing kind to say to me and wanted me to remove all personal items from his room. Each and every visit is fraught with stress for both of us, I am sorry to say. This is probably one of the more difficult things I have ever dealt with.

So, dealing with an evening filled with friends and laughter was a wonderful asset.
Me and my beautiful friend, Julie


The following morning the sun was shining and my friends decided to join me as I traveled south to go north! It was chilly, but gorgeous. We traveled 395 south to Bridgeport where we parted ways and they went to enjoy the twisty fun of Sweetwater pass whereas I was stuck heading south on 395, however I did have an entire adventure planned...hmmmm.
All plans went awry as every side road I tried to take was closed. 120 East was closed to Benton, then Hwy 168 was closed as well. I was damned to 395, so I made the best of it.






After parting from the boys, I encountered this...




Gotta have the blank and white close up! ; )


Farther south


You just can’t beat the Sierras






Nice ad for the AMA


I made Lone Pine after an hour of riding in the dark, only to have some man yell at me that my bike was blocking the entrance of the Best Western, which it was not, but I humored him and moved it. The night crew took pity on me and upgraded my free room to one with a living area and a jacuzzi, so his anger ended up a gift to me. HA HA!!



PART 2....The rest of the tale.

I decided to celebrate in Lone Pine with a bottle of cheap, but not inexpensive vino rojo from the local liquor store after discovering how much a small bottle of Makers Mark was going to cost me. That and a day old salad from the refrigerator case and I called it good. I must say that solo riding has me seriously disliking eating solo. I'd rather just get something and go back to the room and get comically toasted, surf pashnit or my other forums, watch a film, or take a bath! Tonight was cheap wine, a crappy salad and a super nice hot bath tub with a jacuzzi. Ahhhhh....

I didn't have neighbors so spent some time blasting music and dancing around my spacious room and cracking myself up...I am spending entirely too much time solo!! I didn't fall into my huge king size bed till nearly 3 am. It was a damn fine night!!

Morning came early as my head told me it was time to pop a couple of ibuprofen and get on the move. I looked outside and the sun was beaming. The mountains were unbelievably gorgeous, glowing in the distance. Ok...I am ready for another day, only what's all over my bike....ice...nice.





I stalled until the sun hit the bike. (oh ya, I could have moved it into the sun, but hey, it was early!!) I grabbed some of the free breakie and returned to attempt a couple of self-portraits...it took me a couple of tries before i realized i had two setting...2sec and 10second. You got the result of both!





I finally geared up and headed south...south to go north...how typical of me. I had more great ideas for some side roads, thinking that Kennedy Meadows over Sherman Pass had to be open. There was little to no snow around that area. Riding south and pondering the turn off, I zipped right by this place and had to make a u-turn and go back for a photo. It said motel...hmmmm. If so that's my next motel on Hwy 395, though the internal dance floor is probably lacking!!



Close up of the cool dino.


Just south of cool dinoville, was the turn off for Kennedy Meadows. I made the turn and about one mile up the road was told that it was closed at the Meadow, due to black ice. *sigh*...I am definitely highway bound on this trip. So south to Hwy 178.

178 was an open canvas for some great moto-painting. The worst culprit was the wind. It was howling and the closer I got to Lake Isabella the windier it became, but the roadway was nearly deserted so was a blast.









I have to admit, I do love this road, especially through the canyon. It's tight twisties and people actually use the turn outs, so there was no one holding up my hooliganism. ; )

By Bakersfield it was getting foggy and damp and i could tell what the future held. I really wanted to get home but that was not gonna happen this night. By the time I arrived in Fresno it was raining cats and dogs. I was cold and wet, it was dark, my helmet kept fogging, and the reflections on the dark roadways were killing me. I pulled off for coffee and to rethink. Ah.....LARRY!!!!

I called Jester and he was all to happy to warm me with Lagavulin Scotch and a wonderful futon, but it did come with a price tag...a trip to his son's Christmas recital for the evening. I was game.

Daniel did well and so did the choir and band. It was a lovely holiday concert and I was pleased to share it with Larry, Audrey and their fabulous kids!

Larry's handsome son, Daniel


I was up early heading home only the final jewel in the crown of this ride was dropping my bike in Larry's driveway! Of course I was alone and though I try to consider myself a relatively tough motorcyclist, there was NO picking this bike up from it's downhill fall. I solicited the neighbor. As he came to my aid so did another neighbor and in moments the bike was upright and I was picking up the pieces of the broken turn signal and checking out my now rashed bags. Well, damn...nothing a few stickers can't cover. Tim to the white courtesy phone. : )



After dropping the bike my confidence and cockiness had long disappeared and the idea of an icy Little Dragon seemed daunting and sent me straight to Hwy 99 and home...after all, I do believe that my little south to go north had racked up several miles and I should simply call it a day or two!

Well one would think it would all end here, but not in my world. I was having ipod trouble and my heated gloves were still not heating, so i jumped off the highway near Turlock to see what could be done. I frozen ipod was reset and the gloves...well what can i say, they suck right now. I went to get back on 99 and there was no entrance north. Great...I follow the GPS, only it's confused by all the construction. Somehow, I end up on the west side of the freeway in a bit of sketchy area. There's a group of 5-8 sagged panted hoodie boys who are staring so, i figure what the hell. I ask them how to get to the highway. They all laughed, directed me, and told me how cool it is so see a lady riding alone. Yep, making friends everywhere I ride.

This place following my getting lost was difficult to pass by...it all seemed very appropo.


Made it home, smiling. Time to buff the bag, fix the gloves, order a turn signal and figure out where to next.

Sacramento to Carson City and back....just under 900 miles.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:19 AM   #2
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What a gorgeous ride!! Thanks for the report and all those sunny pics.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:56 AM   #3
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Love it pics and all......................but how the hell do you change gear in those HEELS
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:42 AM   #4
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Great RR. It did look like it could be a little chilly on the road but at least there's no ice on the roads. Not like here. Do u use the heels for walking on the ice??
Thanks for the virtual trip.
P.S. If you like Lagavulin try Aberlour 16 yr old.
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:08 PM   #5
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Tried Lagavulin at a friends a months or so back......sorry i'll stick to me 10 year Bushmills
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
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Loved it - thanks for sharing. :)

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Old 12-16-2010, 05:11 PM   #7
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:48 PM   #8
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That's some smoke shop!

Great report. I enjoyed the pics and the commentary. Sounds like you have fun where ever you go. Ride on.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:02 PM   #9
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I lived at south Lake Tahoe for 10 years and now go back to the west coast to visit friends and family just about every year. I've ridden all those roads countless times and enjoyed your pics and narrative immensely. thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:17 PM   #10
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What a gorgeous ride!! Thanks for the report and all those sunny pics.
Thanks...it's been while since I posted a ride report here, but durning the winter months, I feel fortunate to still be riding. Plus with all the awesome reports over here, i felt the need to have those pumps to set it apart.

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but how the hell do you change gear in those HEELS
Changing gears is a bit iffy, but it's worth the ability to flat foot.

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If you like Lagavulin try Aberlour 16 yr old.
I'll give it a shot! The jury is out on the Lagavulin, it's a bit smoky for me, sort of a waste of good scotch, i suppose. But it definitely warmed me right up and then some!

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Who doesn't pack heels??
Hell, Peach, i was just following your lead, thanks for the example!! The pumps are a riot, great party shoes,everyone should have at least one pair of fuk me pumps!!

Thanks everyone...for me part of the ride is the report and pictures at the end. I love these adventures, large and small. Te ride is what it's all about, that and the pumps...hahahaha
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:55 PM   #11
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looks like the Bandit has a similar issue with turn signals as the VStrom... must be a Suzuki thing, though rumour has it that my VStrom only breaks the left turn signal (no pictures, so it probably never happened... twice!)... What a lovely ride this time of year, I've only ridden 395 in May, so it was a little warmer in Lone Pine when I was there.
BTW - coincidentally, turns out that I know a woman from Edmonton who I have worked with off and on for many years; she posted on your blog a while ago and I just noticed it last week!
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:53 AM   #12
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Thanks so much for the time and work to share your fine sunny ride with us. Really nice on a dreary 50 grey day when it was 75 and partly cloudy yesterday down here.
Uhhhhhhh just love that red Bandit 1250S.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:01 PM   #13
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looks like the Bandit has a similar issue with turn signals as the VStrom... must be a Suzuki thing, though rumour has it that my VStrom only breaks the left turn signal (no pictures, so it probably never happened... twice!)... What a lovely ride this time of year, I've only ridden 395 in May, so it was a little warmer in Lone Pine when I was there.
BTW - coincidentally, turns out that I know a woman from Edmonton who I have worked with off and on for many years; she posted on your blog a while ago and I just noticed it last week!
Ya, you know, I had a hard time keeping turn signals on the DL1000 as well...hahahahah...I finally opted to put on flat mount ones. No more issues...maybe for the Suzuki??

BTW, i just got a message from your friend. Way cool....THANKS!!!

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Uhhhhhhh just love that red Bandit 1250S.
Thanks man, soooooooo do I.....what a beauty...if only i can continue to keep it rubber side down.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:44 AM   #14
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Rock on- great report, and +1 on the bandit colour
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:20 AM   #15
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Demenshea, beautiful photo's & I'm impressed with your choice of heels! I couldn't move forward in those but sure wish I was able to sport that style.


My DL1000 has a broken turn signal & a short clutch, it's the bike, not us women! I purchased the flat mount but my Lab thought the one was his new chew toy.


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