So, the most recent project i feverishly worked on for the past month and a half did not pay off. Some more senior "partner" pulled a rug from under myself and the boss at the last minute, so i said, the hell with it, lets ride! What do you do with a day and a half of guaranteed off-time? You could mow the lawn, go on a Starbucks ride, or trot to the desert! In the way, this was the first shakedown ride of a few bits I added to the bike, few learning experiences and a few gotchas.. The idea was to go see The Husky Memorial, and the Giant Rock. Also to see how well my GPS route planning worked out. BTW, SASplanet, the bit of Russian software recommended by Walter Colebatch is amazing! All of the planning was done with it. Saturday night was spent getting the new soft luggage fitted, fiddling with gps, making a few exhaust heat-shields so the fancy bags don't get roasted etc. Sunday morning was the go-time, even though the weather really wanted to test my resolve. About right here I wish i took my winter gloves along... lesson number one! But the wet cold fog, was switched off as soon as I descended into the Mojave area. Hello Mojave! Meet the White Crow! Just up the road, I saw a bunch of windmills with invitingly accessible dirt tracks going toward them! Time to recon! These things do make a little bit of noise as they turn! I've heard of that but never heard "it". Until now. I always wanted to sit at one's base and look up at the moving blades even if for a moment. But, all of them were fenced off, with bunch of angry notes on the fence. Next time.. maybe next time Next up was the Mojave Air and Space Port! Here is a little info for all you aviation buffs out here! This is a Convair 990, which is a little faster than B707 or DC8. But a little more interesting fact to me was that the engines were in fact "Turbo-Fans" and the fan was not at the front alike all modern airliner engines but in the back! :eek1 I never seen one like that up front... (in the pic, core in the center, fan is the outer ring) Here is a view from the front where the core is only thing visible. My mother always said, how come there are no pictures of me in my ride reports... here I am, mom! I guess Phantom's engines were still of some use when this one was retired... Further up the road, per parents' recommendation, i had a little bite to eat and a chat with a MercyAir helicopter crew at The Voyager. Good stuff!! But that is all for the Space Port! Time to get to the start of the real track! "I brake for sights!"