Searching for Sanity!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AKMotorbiker, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Bare with me for one post as I cover the droughts effects or skip to the next post.

    Fortunately for me and the hundreds of other riders the cause of the drought has limited the amount of snow and rain, or any other form of precipitation for going on three years.

    According to a report from California's Department of Water Resources the water content of the snowpack statewide was just 20 percent of average for early January. This ties January 2012 as the driest in historical records for this time of year. The state's mountain snowfall plays a big role in the water supply for California, particularly in the Sierra Nevada.

    California's Sierra Nevada Conservancy says that 60 percent of the state's developed water supply originates from this high mountain range that runs north to south near the Nevada border. As of Jan. 8, snowpack in the Sierra was only 19 to 29 percent of average.

    In early December, about 88 percent of the Sierra was covered by snow after a cold air mass brought snow to very low elevations. A month later on Jan. 9, a paltry 21.3 percent of the Sierra Nevada was covered by snow.

    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor released on Jan. 7, 28 percent of California was in extreme drought. California's Central Valley, where agriculture is a big industry, is the epicenter for this second worst of the four possible drought categories.

    This is the highest percentage of extreme drought in California during the winter months from December through February dating back to 2000. In addition, only one other time since 2000 has extreme drought covered a higher percentage of the state. In late summer 2007, this figure reached as high as 35 percent.

    Moderate to severe drought covers 88 percent of the state as of Jan. 7. Although this is a bit lower than the 94 percent reported during summer 2013, the current percentage remains higher than any other time from 2000 to 2012.

    The Department of Water Resources says that at this time it estimates it will only be able to deliver five percent of the water requested by 29 public agencies for 2014. This water provides for more than 25 million Californians and almost a million acres of irrigated farmland. The initial allocation estimate ties 2010 as the lowest on record, however it's hoped that this figure will be increased if wetter conditions develop as the winter continues.

    Apparently there is a high pressure system parked on the West coast and as we all know weather flows into low pressure areas. The highway information signs advise people to conserve water in between traffic updates.

    All this makes riding dry paved roads at 8,000ft possible. However, the forest service roads are closed to prevent fires according to an employee in the forest when I asked him.
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  2. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    It was in the low 80s*F before heading up to altitude in the mountains. Once I got into the tree line and the pines saturated the air I had returned to my happy place!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572452855/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3754/12572452855_72ebfba470.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    I was thinking that in California the tree line was inverse to Alaska. The trees started at a certain altitude, where as back home they stopped at a certain point.

    I stopped for lunch with a few other riders. I looked around, checked the menu but, just ate what I brought with me.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572866964/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7355/12572866964_02fb6a9b92.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572540423/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/12572540423_9f1625e51c.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572444365/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/12572444365_5083f7d0c1.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    I talk with a few guys. One brought his buddy over to convince him to at least test drive the water boxer before buying a multi strada. They were fun to watch banter back and forth. One of them carried a golf club and after a few minutes of listening to them I figure I know why.

    The other guy saw my ADV sticker and said "you're on A dee vee" as a statement. I said "ya, isn't everyone?" And he responded "no". O.K. then.
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  3. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    My bike is in here somewhere. Another gentleman rode up on his 2014 R1200GSW and parked right next to me. I told him he would have to move since his was red too. We looked like two girls wearing the same shirt. I talk with him for awhile then headed back to the road.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572409345/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7444/12572409345_a211a4fddc.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573174644/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7355/12573174644_0870360d5b.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    I can't get enough of the trees and peaks.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572497603/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/12572497603_33d6e137a1.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    Here's an example of false advertising! I have no idea what the sticker on the sign are. For all I know they're gang stickers.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572930863/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7300/12572930863_f615cff0dd.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    Trying new perspectives...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572806915/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/12572806915_a22b85cfa0.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572901373/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5507/12572901373_11ef79c167.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    I always found trees sprouting up out of rock interesting, natural adversity.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573234664/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2855/12573234664_e922694e97.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>
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  4. G.R.

    G.R. Swimming Upstream!

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    I read a book on "Mindfullness" and it helped me to realize / notice the little things in life and to live in the moment. All too often the human race (especially the fast paced western lifestyle) is in a hurry and life is a blur. Most people I know are crazy busy 24/7 and they "choose" to live this way, even though they don't think that they do. I'm busy as well, married, raising 4 kids, work fulltime...blah, blah, blah.

    But me & my wife "choose" not to let life control us and one way to do that is to buy out time from our schedule/responsibilities on a regular basis for ourselves. We went on a 3hr hour relaxing afternoon motorcycle ride yesterday and sat in the sunshine by a lake for 30 min. in the mtns. Just soaking in the sounds of nature and feeling the heat on our skin. It was very refreshing.

    Keep doing what your doing. It looks like your having a great time on 2 wheels!
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  5. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Hwy 2 was an amazing road! Turn after turn after turn!

    I stopped more often for photos on this ride. I brought four cameras, a tripod, and an ipad. One of those cameras was my phone so, it doesn't really count. One was a helmet cam, an Olympus 10mp point and shoot that's done me good for six years, and a canon rebel t3 12.2 mp. My ipad I brought because of map data, that I didn't need. I also saw 30-40 bicyclist on the road riding both ways.

    Here's a shot of the road with my bike for size reference. The orange posts, for those unfamiliar, are marking the sides of the road for snow plows. It is suppose to snow here.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573220444/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7336/12573220444_ae540d9685.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    Facing South

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573208554/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/12573208554_26ee7157c5.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    Someone decided to dump their crap just beneath where I took the last photo. Unbelievable! Fortunately, besides a few coffee cups, the forest was very clean.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12572849283/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/12572849283_52484b22d4.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    I love a good tunnel and this one happened to have a twin! Back to back with a burst of sunlight in between.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573321163/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://v4s.yimg.com/so/7322/12573321163_eeced2ede9.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    Here you can see the different composition of the mountains. You have rock, then rocks ground down until they appear as sand from a distance and then areas of dirt. Pine trees jutting out contrasting with the bright color of the rocks.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573650954/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/12573650954_f244f9ace4.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

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  6. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Here are some shots from the Western section, beginning as you come up from La Canada.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574022165/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/12574022165_d2929e9bfa.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574018665/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5519/12574018665_cca99d0f88.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574454494/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/12574454494_b63226dc79.jpg" width="500" height="419" alt="image"></a>

    Coming into the trees...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574003805/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2859/12574003805_db24594eae.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574163095/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/12574163095_fcf7566e23.jpg" width="500" height="366" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574162095/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3784/12574162095_33e5173d81.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574262093/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/12574262093_9d30f9ef2f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574607064/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/12574607064_297f65da13.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    I wasn't even cold enough to make man made snow for these places.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574257143/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5482/12574257143_53abd3758f.jpg" width="397" height="349" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574605184/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/12574605184_1d38dee765.jpg" width="500" height="337" alt="image"></a>

    But, dry hiking for these people.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574148215/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7411/12574148215_c88a7c7b7e.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>
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  7. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    You have to stay on your toes up here. I've seen a lot of slopes like this but, this is the first time I've seen so much debris in the road. This is just one picture. There was plenty to go around.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574569814/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7311/12574569814_dba4762733.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    I finally found some snow! I know most people right now are sick and tired of it. If I was home right now I would be begging for break up and dry roads. But, I'm not, I'm in California, and this is what I have.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574569824/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7403/12574569824_e0c2cd87b8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    I pulled in to Grassy Hollow Visitor Center to look around.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574327023/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2846/12574327023_56e7a14ce9.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    It was a nice quiet campground and picnic area with a relatively new visitor center.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574156104/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/12574156104_30b5ee3546.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    Established in 1996.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573711265/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2863/12573711265_718812da49.jpg" width="500" height="387" alt="image"></a>

    Bob's Rock out in front.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573802873/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5547/12573802873_da83c00ddb.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573685125/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3833/12573685125_d3be6cf48e.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    They had a very nice classroom inside and an outdoor classroom. The offer a wide range of classes in the summer. They also had a sign for full moon snowshoeing, if there was enough snow.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574122254/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/12574122254_909aef8aab.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574095734/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3734/12574095734_9e3a42f492.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    They had this little guy wandering around in the lobby.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574114934/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/12574114934_621539cc66.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    And some maps of trails in the area.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573654555/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/12573654555_3b943c28ab.jpg" width="500" height="364" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573660525/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3741/12573660525_31ff049b06.jpg" width="500" height="324" alt="image"></a>
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  8. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    The road ahead...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573250523/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7370/12573250523_e0108dd396.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    And the road behind. It seemed to curve and twist the entire length.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573125795/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7408/12573125795_0a48f4c6e5.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="image"></a>

    This is the highest elevation posted on the road.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12573609745/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://v4s.yimg.com/so/7379/12573609745_975cdbbec9.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    I saw several signs for wildlife but, with the exception of the "bear" at the visitor center and some very quick squirrels I didn't see any. I miss seeing bears fishing next to you and popping out of bushes while hiking, moose walking across the road.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574047315/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7360/12574047315_47d7c137e8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    I saw this structure at a forest office that didn't seem to be open. I found it interesting, medieval. On the other side of the road was a ski slope, bare and dry.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574042105/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://s3.yimg.com/so/7407/12574042105_bbba6474a2.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>
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  9. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    A few more miles down the road I pulled into Wrightwood. I needed to find a restroom and this shop might be dual purpose.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574218855/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://v4s.yimg.com/sk/3695/12574218855_7340965f96.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    Here is an interesting read...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574032285/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3825/12574032285_f7ba13077b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    And a book everyone could use. $30.00 for this gem.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574479784/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://v4s.yimg.com/so/7440/12574479784_e0a134310f.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    No restroom though. I'll try the convienence store.

    Out of the mountains and into the hills.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574217295/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://v4s.yimg.com/so/7340/12574217295_94b7da733d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    One last surprise before the interstate...
    I crossed out of Angeles National Forest and into San Bernardino National Forest.

    Mormon rocks. I didn't stop but, it has a short loop trail around these formations.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574214665/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://s2.yimg.com/sm/5509/12574214665_5550aa9f30.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574213055/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://s2.yimg.com/sk/3830/12574213055_fcf4ed2ce3.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    Then back to the slab.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574667264/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://s1.yimg.com/sj/2812/12574667264_1ba1dd773b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    These signs have been notifying everyone of severe drought conditions and to conserve water. Currently it's letting us know traffic is delayed due to an accident over 20 miles ahead.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574316813/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://v4s.yimg.com/sk/3807/12574316813_cbb0c1477b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    A few miles later...

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    And a few more...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12574313253/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://s3.yimg.com/so/7436/12574313253_10088cce07.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    If I hadn't missed my exit I would have finished up on a forest road and only caught 1/3 of this. That's it for this ride! Another 8 hrs and 250 miles of pure enjoyment!
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  10. RatPatrol

    RatPatrol Adventurer

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    Awesome read AKM, thank you. I was in SD for business last year and did some rental car exploring on Coronado and the Gas Light District downtown, pretty cool. I also have relatives that I visit in LA but, I have to be honest, I can only surround myself with 45 million people for a few days, then it's time for me to go. You have great patience. I do like your
    weather but, we have plenty of water. If you want I'll start saving some for you, you'll have to meet me halfway, Corning. I'll trade you water for olives. I enjoy reading your adventures while we are in hibernation, thanks again.
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  11. Wotsisname

    Wotsisname Banned

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    Nice blog...........................................:deal........
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  12. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Thanks for the comments RatPatrol! As far as water I can set up a solar still or desalinize some seawater if necessary. Even get some sea salt in the deal. I'm not a crowds person either, which is why I head for the hills every chance I get. I'll be heading to the Wallowa jamboree in June and planning a Death Valley and Grand Canyon trip too. Once I get my engine guards on you'll be getting more dirt out of this report. Don't forget the random day trips. Anything to keep you guys from cabin fever, I know how it feels.
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  13. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Yesterday I hit the 6000 mile mark. In honor of that I'll say that I love this bike more each day and here are some pictures of my Anakee 3 tires so far (original set).

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12704531294/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/12704531294_22e8febca2.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="image"></a>

    Front tire

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12704758274/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3681/12704758274_2de42c0042.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12704437943/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7371/12704437943_bb6147e1e6.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    Rear tire

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12704200375/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7297/12704200375_f16a8b8342.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12703911903/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3745/12703911903_916f2f0df7.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12703878093/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2870/12703878093_cd67dbc577.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    Comments welcome as I've never dealt with motorcycle tires before. I'm guessing halfway worn? A few people that have seen them appeared impressed with the wear.
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  14. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Try not to laugh too hard, this is Southern California. So, we have a wind, surf, coastal flooding, and flash flood warning. I miss the days when it just snowed or rained, nothing special or over dramatic. Anyway, a change in weather! Sunny all the time is soooooo boring (I know everyone outside of California is cursing me for this statement). Ride to work or drive? Sorry that's not a real question.

    The first downed tree of the day.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844679674/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7413/12844679674_c8c8f4bb4f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>




    A blustery day!
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844694134/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7289/12844694134_c66c92fe14.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>




    This guy raised the bar for Harley/ cruiser riders everywhere.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844694274/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2828/12844694274_a223d8cd3a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>




    This guy getting his run on.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844281295/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3806/12844281295_26feceb090.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>




    Every street is a river.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844198595/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7421/12844198595_bec5cf0b52.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>




    The rain just runs along the ground without absorbing into the dirt.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844626634/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/12844626634_06a70d53e4.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>





    I like this one because the raindrops are suspended in mid air.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844279645/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3708/12844279645_4ddfb1bf32.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>




    A little wind.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844356003/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/12844356003_c579d5a74a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>




    Here is an unusual picture. The pacific when it's not blue, sunny, or pleasant.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844355993/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/12844355993_64b0c06a19.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>




    In weather like this you really need to watch out for sink holes...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844689914/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/12844689914_52127e0152.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>





    And landslides...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12844275975/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2837/12844275975_f6494a6539.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    I joke but, some peoples lives and property are in danger, I hope no one gets hurt but, when you build your house on the side of a cliff, on ground like this, you have to expect that it might not want to stay put.
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  15. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Today I had to ride down to San Diego. I decided to leave early and enjoy my ride then check out Balboa Park if I had time. I ended up with an hour to look around.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920719363/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7309/12920719363_240c14b1af.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    The main reason for today's stop was to get some pictures of this building. I love the contrast to the surrounding community. You could spend two days walking around this park and visiting the museums. Throw on another day to see the San Diego Zoo next door.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920631795/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3793/12920631795_2027159166.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    This is a view of the arch into the courtyard from the inside of the park.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920629365/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2821/12920629365_d26c77fd29.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>



    Here is the archway entering the park from the bridge (which is undergoing restoration until the summer). The figure to the left represents the Pacific Ocean and the figure on the right represents the Atlantic Ocean with the road entering the park representing the Panama Canal.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920722533/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2889/12920722533_225ed8e17b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    The bridge in question.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12921018744/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2893/12921018744_8cdb1a07c7.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>


    The building from inside the courtyard. This houses the museum of man. A fantastic display inside on Mayans, Egyptian Mummy's, an area for children with dress up clothes and toys, which my kids loved last time they came.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920725683/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7368/12920725683_6de8b0f06d.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="image"></a>


    These two subject will require me to return and investigate when I have more time.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12921010984/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3780/12921010984_80acbeed2d.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    Another angle...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920598245/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3665/12920598245_d664bb6900.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    And the back side...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920996314/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7291/12920996314_eb8ac92aec.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    And last one of this building...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920993534/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2878/12920993534_02a50182c1.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="image"></a>
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  16. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Then there was this guy down the street.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12921005674/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3752/12921005674_79135707d7.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12921003084/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7394/12921003084_02216d0d87.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    Another arch...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920999494/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2887/12920999494_5e4c420346.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="image"></a>

    That's all the time I had today. Like I said, you could spend a few days in the museums, botanical gardens, and walking around. Five of the museums were closed at the time so, maybe one day in that case.


    Here are a few sunset pictures to wash away those rainy images from earlier.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12921048224/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3751/12921048224_b40c0800f6.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920637455/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7320/12920637455_68c9943c82.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    Proof that a bike was involved.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920635665/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7370/12920635665_9e2c82fcf7.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/12920733443/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3832/12920733443_06f8ec98dc.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="image"></a>

    Hang in there, spring is on the way!
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  17. RatPatrol

    RatPatrol Adventurer

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    Wow, beautiful sunset! Thanks AK.
    In a few weeks I will get a 5 day reprieve from our gorgeous Oregon sunfest, yes I'm kidding about the sunfest. I get to fly into beautiful downtown Ontario, CA for 3 days of business meetings and then 2 days of required relative visits in Buena Park and Redondo Beach. By then I will be ready to click my heels three times and come home. Hoping to hear from Spring pretty soon. Getting anxious to wake the bikes up from hibernation and get going.
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  18. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Thanks again for the comments. I try to keep in mind not everyone gets to see the sun setting on the ocean and not to take normal things for granted. All the snow bound inmates also reminded me that when I go back to Alaska my year round riding will be no more. Unless it's four wheelers and sleds. With that being said I'm taking advantage of my time here.
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  19. Shooby

    Shooby Long timer

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    :lol3

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  20. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    I thought of this exact picture after I posted mine. Another came to mind also. A cup of ice knocked over with, schools closed in (insert city/state). We crack ourselves up!:rofl
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