2018 April: Florida - California - Florida in 26 days

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  1. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    So I arrived at Moab as night fell having missed a full day of riding in and around Moab. Stayed with my wife that night. Next morning we are up early as Chris was off to Sedona and I was off to Moki Dugway and the Valley of the Gods. One little problem. My wife couldn't find her prescription sunglass. Last she remembered having them was in a restaurant that didn't open until 11AM. We knocked on the backdoor about 9:30 to 10AM. They let her is to search. No sunglasses. Back to the hotel. She found them in her camera bag????? They were off after the goosechase and I got out just before 11. But ... I still needed to fix my cracked frame. Found a Truvalue Hardware open. Bought some hose clamps and pipe insulation to fashion a temporary fix in the parking lot. As I was leaving town about 1:30PM I realized my late start cost me Moki and the Valley. I followed Tim Tew's gps track to 3 Step Hideaway. Two things have changed since Tim was there. First GARMIN now lists 3 Step Hideaway and their gps track is accurate (according to Scott) and Tim's track takes you to a neighbors driveway. The driveway Scott uses is a 1/4 mile down hill. Don't worry. Both are marked. To get to the 3 Step Hideaway you must go through two gates. The switch only seemed to work when I took off my riding glove. You put your fingers over a sensor. Entering the "ranch" I was greeted by Bailey and Sage, their very friendly two dogs. They also have a couple of cats. Scott and Julie are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet. I unpacked and got ready for my cowboy supper. Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans and strawberry shortcake. Scott worked his magic on the grill. I had such a nice time. P4210201.JPG P4210215.JPG P4210251.JPG P4210247.JPG
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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    The sewn tabs on my First Gear 25L waterproof luggage failed on the 24 mile washboard road. Lots of potholes as well. Many potholes filled with soft sand. First Gear says they will send me a replacement.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    I am riding from Yuma, AZ to Ocotillo, CA on Interstate 8. I put my feet up on my highway pegs. After a while I change position and put my feet on the pegs. Then I go to put my feet back up on the highway pegs. Houston ... we have a problem. My right highway peg is gone. The peg and clevis bolt are somewhere in the Imperial Valley of California. Fortunately, I was able to order just the ISO peg and clevis bolt from Kuryakyn. They were waiting on my arrival home.
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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Three electrical failures. 1. My tail light burned out. 2. My charging cradle for my inReach 3. My Gerbing jacket (gloves worked okay). Three out of four loaded recharging contacts on my RAM mounted inReach failed. I had to recharge the unit each night. Who know what's wrong with my Gerbing Jacket. The Revzilla gear geek helped me interpret the lights on the control unit. An alternating red / green light means the jacket was getting insufficient power. However, the gloves were fine. Both from the same power input. I switched to a lightweight down jacket under my riding jacket and did not freeze across mountain passes under 40 with snow flying. My bike has heated grips from the previous owner. They are okay but I think the heated gloves are warmer.
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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Highway to the Stars. Palomar Mountain. Up the south grade (S6) to Mother's Kitchen. And down the east grade road to the east side of the Sierras. One great motorcycle ride.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Palomar Mountain:

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    One more take of Palomar Mountain:

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    A stop at the Imperial Sand Dunes in Southern California. Looks like a great place to have a dune buggy.

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    North County’s House of Motorcycles in Vista, California. HUGE dealership. Suzuki dealership. Lonnie serviced Rita (V-Strom 650) and Kevin tried to sell me one. Both great guys.

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    Surfing at Del Mar beach. Mentioned in Surfing U.S.A. by the Beach Boys. Still full of VW Buses. Woodies and surfers.


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    Encinitas, California. I would live in Encinitas in a heartbeat. Maybe even take surfing lessons if they could find a board my size!!!


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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Down the eastern grades to Anza-Borrego State Park, around the Salton Sea and take the backroads to Cottonwood ....

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    Brings you to the Joshua Tree National Park.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park

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    Fenced.

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    Danger. Beside spines bees come here for water. If you have water, even condensation, you could attract bees. You swat. They sting.

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    I think this is a baby Cholla.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Launching out into the nothingness of the Mojave Desert.

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    Mojave Trails National Monument.

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    Roy's is located on Historic Route 66 in Amboy, California. The town of Amboy itself is in the Mojave desert. The site of Roy's has become an icon for a lonely desert gas stop due to the multiple appearances of Roy's in movies. Amboy has it all: airport, garage, cafe, school, church, graveyard, even a volcanic crater. Yet all but the post office is not operating anymore. "Roy’s Motel, café and gas station are perhaps most beloved and considered particularly important relative to other Route 66 properties because of the remote desert location." says Glen Duncan, Route 66 Preservation Foundation president and author of Route 66 in California. "Traveling east or west, it was and still is a long way to go for gasoline, a bed or something to eat. Roy’s was a godsend for travelers." The World Monuments Fund (WMF) recently announced its 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites which included the entire 2,448 mile long Route 66.

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    Me in front of the gas station and cafe in Amboy, California on Route 66.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Across the Mojave. 45 mph cross winds had me laying the bike over to keep on the road. Couldn't put the bike on kickstand for fear of being blown over. No getting off the bike.

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    Mojave National Preserve.

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    The temperature wasn't bad ... no higher than 80 degrees. But, one can only Imagine July here. Typical scene for miles and miles.

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    What a wonderful oasis after hours on the desert floor. The Crowbar! http://shoshonevillage.com/shoshone-crowbar-cafe-saloon.html

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Welcome to Death Valley NP. Heading to Badwater Basin, the lowest spot in America ... 282 feet below sea level.


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    The park service is putting new chip seal on the road through the park.

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    Badwater Basin off in the distance.

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    Official Badwater Basin photo. Again, the wind was gusting at 45 mph. Too risky to get off the bike for fear of it blowing over.


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    Off to Artist Point Drive. Beautiful palette of colors in the rocks. The winds were worse through the small passes. Swirling at high speed.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    45 mph winds push choking dust storm. Furnace Creek was on the edge of the dust when I arrived. So glad I had abandoned my thoughts of tenting there. Instead I drove over to Pahrump, Nevada for the night in air conditioning. Was told it would be better tomorrow. High winds would drop ... to 44 mph.

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Arrived in Pahrump just after dark. My butt was tuckered out from fighting the winds. $65 for a one bedroom trailer in an RV resort. One of the most comfy arrangements of the trip. Lazy boy recliner. Ate at the China A Go Go. Some of the best Chinese food I can remember. Saved half of it for breakfast the next day. http://www.preferredrv.com/ https://chinaagogo9.eat24hour.com/


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    Well done report GPAX
    Great pictures.
    Wish I had been there.


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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Once in Pahrump, I pushed on in Nevada. First to Red Rock Canyon. Stunning to be only 15 miles outside Las Vegas.

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    Red Rock Canyon ....

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    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    They had my iconically symbolic sign posted ...

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    " Caution Tortoise on the Road " ... that's me!!!!!