Where do we go from here? Ridin' with Al Terregeaux

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  1. Land

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    This is Al Terregeaux.:D (You'll see more of him later in the trip.)
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    Al and I have been on the road for about the last three weeks, starting in Abbeville, SC, on Wednesday, June 19. We're in California now, and the plan -- such as it is -- is to be back home in South Carolina in a couple of weeks.

    My plan was to leave home Sunday, June 16. It didn't happen.:lol3

    After getting all my STDs taken care of, I headed out on the 19th. (STDs = Stuff To Do. What did you think that I meant?:D)

    Beginning odomter. (2006 R1200GS Adventure)
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    Overpacking is my main hobby, with a little motorcycling thrown in.:lol3
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    I was headed to Las Vegas first to meet my wife and mother-in-law (who flew from SC and FL, respectively) and my brother-in-law and his family (who drove from Bakersfield, CA; the TX B-I-L and his family couldn't make it).

    Since I was getting such a late start (LandWife and LandM-i-L flew the same day that I headed out), I super-slabbed it all the way.:cry

    I missed a turn in Birmingham that would have taken me up to Memphis and I-40, so I continued on I-20 to Dallas and angled up toward Amarillo to pick up 40 there. The first day was 1,068 hot miles, with the first overnight in a cheap motel (The Wayfarer, I think it was called) in Wichita Falls, TX. I pulled pretty much everything off the bike :deal and slept for a few hours.
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    I'm keeping total trip mileage on my TRIP II odometer. It only shows xxx.x, but here is the end of day one at 1,068 miles.
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    That put me at roughly halfway to Vegas. I was aimin' to get there the next night (Thursday, June 20).

    I continued on to I-40 and into New Mexico.
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    I diverted onto a short stretch of old Route 66 in Tucumcari, NM, and shot a couple of pics of some old signs.
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    On into Arizona.
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    Somewhere on the road (in Arizona, I'm pretty sure).
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    The Vegas Strip was hoppin' when I got there.
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    I ended the second day in Vegas with 2,139 on the trip meter (and1,071 on the day).
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    I had done a few thousand-mile-plus days before, but that's the only time that I've done two of them back to back.

    I unloaded the bike, gave my stuff to a bellhop, and stuck the bike in a dungeon for a few days.
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    Why Vegas? As I mentioned earlier, LandWife was waiting there.
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    While the motorcycle rested, we had fun.:evil

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  2. ben2go

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    I'm happy if I can squeeze out 500miles in a day.Good to hear all made it out well.I take it that the rest of the trip will be of a more relaxed nature.
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  3. Land

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    Ben, thanks for checking in. Yeah, the last couple of weeks since Vegas have been much shorter riding days -- a few hundred miles a day at the most with lots of stopping and taking photos.:D

    I take waaaaay too many photos.:deal

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  4. Land

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    Vegas was a lot of fun. LandWife and I got to hang out with some people that I love a lot and don't get to see enough.:clap

    LandWife, her mother, her brother and his wife and our niece and nephews.
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    Being Uncle Chris.:D
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    We had lunch with a college friend who lives in Vegas.
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    You gotta love the advertising and PSAs in Vegas.:lol3
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    LandWife insisted on taking this.
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    So I insisted on taking this.:wink:
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    My mother-in-law -- 81 years young -- jumped right up when one of the bartenders asked her to join in a little group dance they did at Carlos and Charlie's.:clap
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    It was a fun weekend, but I lost to the tune of a $1.45.:cry

    The California portion of the family left Monday, LandWife flew out early Tuesday, so mom and I were the last to leave. I loaded our stuff on a luggage cart, took it all downstairs with her, had them call her a taxi for the airport and went to get the bike from the dungeon. I got back before her taxi came and rushed to get my stuff loaded on the bike. Rushed a little too much.:rofl

    After I said my goodbyes to LandM-i-L and the taxi left to take her to the airport, I hopped on the bike and turned onto the Strip from the hotel. I got out into the tail end of some traffic, went a couple of hundred yards and suddenly, there was a little wiggle from the bike followed by a scraping sound. WTF?!? I looked over my left shoulder and saw my pannier sliding down the Vegas Strip.:lol3 The guy behind me stopped and stayed in the lane to protect me while I collected, attached and LOCKED ON the bag (this time).:lol3 It was, at least, the bag with my Moran Nation sticker on it.
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    So there I was a couple of thousand miles from home with a motorcycle (with correctly attached panniers) and nowhere that I had to be for weeks. And weeks.:evil

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  5. Land

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    So, where do we go from here?

    I had an invitation to visit the CA portion of the family that I had just spent a great weekend with in Vegas, and that sounded like a great idea. But it was Tuesday (June 25), and I wanted arrive in Bakersfield for the weekend.

    It's a five-hour-or-so trip from Vegas to Bakersfield.

    Yeah, I could do that in four days.:D

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    I looked for -- and found :clap -- some old signs on Route 66.
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    I ditched the freeway.
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    I found an okay spot to hang my hammock at the KOA in Lake Issabella, CA.
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    It was a week since I'd left home. I got up and about to see what I could see.
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    I had never ridden CA Highway 2, the fabled Angeles Crest Highway, so I headed that way.

    I grabbed a burger and fries "animal style" from an In 'n' Out Burger in Palmdale, CA.
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    And I headed for the woods.
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    On the Angeles Forest Highway, on the way to the Angeles Crest Highway (CA 2).
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    A stop at the legendary Newcomb's Ranch was in order.
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    Al was a little fuzzy during our stop.
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    See, I really was there.:D
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    I had the Angeles Crest Highway pretty much to myself:deal and had a really, really, really good time.:wink:
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    I camped that night (Wednesday, June 26) at a National Forest campground that was right off the Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest. The night was clear, so I didn't use a tarp over my Warbonnet Traveler.
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    Supper was a Knorr meal cooked over my Steverstove alcohol stove (made by ADVrider's very own ShadyRascal) with my Element woodburning stove as a windbreak.
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    Breakfast was grits cooked using the same setup.


    It was a nice campground. I stayed up way too late hanging out with some college kids, though.:lol3
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    Wednesday, June 26 was done.

    Where do we go from here?

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  6. ben2go

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    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.:lol3

    Sweet scenery out there.One day I shall ride west and visit some friends in California.
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    I'm watching you!!!

    PS. I just added a new 2-wheel project to our stable. :D
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    wish I was there
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    I love me some Land Rides :nod

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  10. ben2go

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    Sorry for the jack Land.
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  11. Land

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    At the risk of sounding like a Nike ad, Ben: Just do it! :-)
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    Project? :ears

    I wish that you were here, too, Mark. You could buy me lunch. :D

    Chris
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  12. Land

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    Thanks for watching, Mike. Are you keeping all those chickens dry in all that rain? I haven't seen any rain in nearly three weeks!

    Chris
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    It'll probably be a little while before I start my project but it has been acquired and I'm in the planning stages now.

    Hmm...
    New paint, wheels & tires, new vinyl...
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  14. Land

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    I slept in a little on Thursday, June 27, then got up and cooked some grits.:D

    I packed up, said some goodbyes and headed back out onto the Angeles Crest Highway.

    When I cruised back past Newcomb's Ranch, it was a little early for lunch. I got about nine feet past the place, though, and thought, "How long until you have this chance again, bonehead?" So I turned around.

    They have a menu just for me.:D
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    The Uncle Louis Burger is good.
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    While I was sitting there, I saw a group of police occifers pull in -- a half dozen of them. After I finished my burger, I went outside and checked out their bikes.
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    Do you see what I see? :drif








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    Cool mounts. Note to self: Chino may be a place to be extra vigilant.:lol3

    Back out on the ACH, I came up behind a couple of guys, and we all turned onto the Upper Big Tujunja Canyon Road.
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    We headed back up to the Angeles Crest Highway.
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    At the ACH, I turned right, toward L.A.

    You see L.A.?
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    While I was there playing tourist, the Chino motors rolled by.
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    I put on my helmet and gave pursuit.:evil
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    After some directionally challenged riding, I got back on the freeway.
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    Here's your sign.
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    The view at night must be spectacular.
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    I headed over to Universal City and bought some gasoline and a Gatorade. While I was standing in front of the store re-hydrating, a guy pulled up in an Isuzu Rodeo. It had some age on it, but it was clean and straight. The burnt-oil smell wasn't good, though. He apparently didn't think so, either, because he got out of the truck, walked out to the street and walked away.:lol3

    I rode away. To the famous -- and infamous -- Mulholland Drive.
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    See, I really was there.
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    Some USMC whirlybirds flew over.
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    I rode Mulholland Drive up to where it turns to dirt -- Dirt Mulholland, as it's called.
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    I headed back down to the 405 freeway and took Sunset Drive to the coast.
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    I ended up in a motel in Santa Monica that night. Not such a bad thing, since I really needed a shower.:lol3

    Where do we go from here?

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  15. Land

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    Friday morning. Where to go? I planned to be in bakersfield at my niece's house that afternoon/evening.

    The Mulholland Highway. The Snake. The Rock Store. It was gonna be a good day.

    The Mulholland Highway was pretty quiet.:evil:deal

    There were two other bikes at the pull-off at the (in)famous Snake curve.

    Here comes another.
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    There goes one.
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    I headed back down to the Rock Store.

    It was kind of quiet there, but there was some cool stuff to look at.
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    I watched "CHiPs" as a kid, so I have a soft spot for the Kawi KZ1000.:clap
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    After lunch at the Rock Store, I blasted up the hot, hot freeway to Bakersfield for a little family time.

    My brother-in-law, Ted.
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    Angela, Ted's wife and the mother of my nephews. She's cool.
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    My lovely, sweet, beautiful niece Kristine.
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    Nephew Jake. Makin' the guacamole.
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    Kristine's fiance Erik and my nephews Mace (blonde) and Sean.
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    It was a great visit. And the air-conditioning was niiiiiice.:lol3

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  16. Land

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    Did I mention that it had been hot during some of my riding?
    Yeah. Really hot. I saw 111 on my thermometer.

    I shrunk.
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    :D
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    Chris
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  17. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    I LOVE i t when you take a trip! you get good pics all across the LAND and tell a good story too. HAVE FUN...NO TICKETS :)
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  18. Land

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    Thanks, kitesurfer. I'm having a lot of fun. Well, except for that long post that I just lost.:lol3 Hate when that happens.

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  19. Land

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    I wanted to head to the Rock Store again to check out the Sunday scene, but I got a late start because I wanted to hang out with my cool niece and her cool fiance.:lol3 Plus, it was a really, really hot day. Really hot. And I got there about lunchtime. It wasn't dead, but the day had peaked earlier.

    I had a Biker Burger.
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    I shot a few pics.
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    After lunch, I headed up to the (in)famous curve on The Snake again to check out the action.

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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  20. Land

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    At "the curve."

    Al watched.
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    I shot a few pics.
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    Paul from RockStorePhotos.com was there shooting.
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    There was also a woman with a video camera there. Paul said that she was shooting for a "20/20" story inspired by the incident in August when the red SV hit the two motorcyclists. Hmm.

    I heard the bicyclist tell her that he had never been there before.
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    I wanted to head to the coast, so I did.

    Stay tuned,
    Chris
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