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Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    This will strictly be two wheeled content and I'm not sure if I'll be adding much to the other thread I have in inmates. We'll see.

    For any that have seen my other thread or posts on the forum you'll gather that I have some mega endurance and I change bikes often. Sometimes I've changed up to three bikes in a year.

    Ideally I'd love to have a few Goldilocks bikes to cover some different disciplines or genres of bike riding.

    I do everything except for touring. I'd tour if I didn't have a family and a business to always attend to.

    As it is I'll sneak away for day rides typically of 500 to 900 ish miles or more.

    I'll start this thread off with my current two rides in the garage:

    Harley's FXDR
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    And my Super Cub:
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  2. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Today, Saturday, I took a long time to get on the road, not leaving until almost 1pm. Part being lazy and unmotivated and part having to get some work stuff addressed.

    Once I did get everything I needed done then I headed south out of town. As I got to Sloan, NV I decided I'd go check out the lake instead so I doubled back and took city streets to Boulder City for fuel before tracing my way around the west side.

    Once I got out there there was a fair amount of traffic and many motorcycles. I was stopping a lot to let traffic pass so I could cruise.

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    And although it may not look it, it is spring time and everything has a light shade of green. Wild grass grows a little this time each year.

    Lake Shore Road has higher speed sweeping turns and it can be fun on a fast bike and no traffic, today we had medium traffic and Park Rangers doing a speed sting. I just cruised at 10 mph over posted speed which by everybody else's speed, was quite slow.

    I made a turn for Callville Bay because it is a fun road with tighter turns and good pavement down to the boat launch.

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    Also saw somebody's rock art along the way:

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    I'd end up coming back to Callville for dinner later as they have a bar/restaurant which has a great view and the food was decent too.
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  3. JRowland

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    Nice. In.
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  4. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Almost everywhere I stopped, if there were people around they were asking or commenting about the bike.

    I bike to get away from everybody, soak up the scenery, keep my senses sharp, decompress... The list of reasons is long. Can't say I care for something that draws attention.

    At any rate I'm cruising seeing what type of economy I can get and I'm pulling what feels like record mileage. Cruise speed is around 60 mph and I roll on a few times to overtake but the mileage builds and my gauge isn't moving.

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    The road following the lake is full of picture opportunity. Plenty of parking areas and pull outs to grab a pic or ten.

    I can't remember the name of this spot but I stop here all of the time when I do a lake run. The same gentleman is always running the store too.

    Today I asked if he ever gets a day off since I see him every time I have come in here for years. He had a laugh at that.

    Basically the place is almost shut down since the water level has receded so far from the establishment. Most of it falling hard into a state of disrepair.

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    After a snack and a drink I remount the steed and continue north.

    Random picture stops along the way:
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  5. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Still pressing north, gas mileage is on little sips, and I make the turn for the Valley of Fire state park. Sun is getting low and people are literally crawling all over the place trying to photograph their perfect sunset.

    I'm more interested in seeing how the FXDR negotiates the tight undulating turns of the park. Surprisingly the bike does very well and I'm having a gas.

    Can't be amongst this scenery and not take a pic though!

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    Picked my way back out of the park and proceeded north still to Overton. Got fuel to the tune of 54 mpg!! A new record!

    Also, almost blew through an albino peacock. Damn thing was walking across the road in front of a heavy duty Ford truck pulling a fifth wheel and me coming the opposite direction. Admittedly, it being white and me seeing the pick up coming into my lane, I didn't even see the bird until the last minute. The truck returned to its lane and probably hit the bird or removed its tail feathers.

    I hustled back after the sun went down. Won't say speed but I took Lake Shore Rd South back to Lake Mead Drive and back into Vegas from there.

    Not before catching dusk photo:

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  6. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Great to see this in RideReports Brian.

    Do what you do!!

    Nobody does the incredible 'day' rides that you do, the amazing reach you have from home base, go get it brother.


    See ya down the road someday. All the best with this.
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  7. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I'm sure I'll be doing a CA run before too long. Those mountains south of LA over to Borrego are calling.

    Utah is too cold. Same with northern NV.

    Still want to do a bonzai run to the MX border and back...

    Going to try some new routes this year.
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  8. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Here's kinda of a sampling of the southern area Brian. South of Julian you would have a couple of options, I routed you south on the S2 which is epically desolate and beautiful, could be warmish depending on when you would do this. The other option south of Julian is to stay high on S1(Sunrise Hwy)which actually looks down on S2 on many points. ...OR do both if you can!!

    Yuma has some tourist options that may be worth looking into, The Territorial State Historic Park is one. Along the 8 you'll be pretty close to MX with a couple of options of taking a road to the boarder is that's what you're looking for.

    That route begins(or ends)with Hwy74 out of Indio(Palms to Pines Hwy), fun running that up & down a couple of times!

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  9. lookatdirt

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    I will be checking this thread. You always keep it interesting.
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  10. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Now that it is warming up I'll roll through Laughlin soon to catch lunch. Friday looks like high 70's in Vegas. That means go time to me!
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    Well, don't come down today! Winds are howling. As usual.
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    In! Non-typical bikes on ADVRider are refreshing.
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  13. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    @lookatdirt I am with in striking range of you today. I took 95 south to the 40, then continued across the 40 to the Lake Havasu turn off.

    Currently just north of Parker getting lunch.

    Going to figure out how I'm going to get home without freezing. Nice and warm right now!

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    Those park slots look wider than those at my work. Still two of these riders apparently have astigmatism because they parked as if no lines exist. :lol3
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  15. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I think I got on the road around 9:45am after dealing with some work related issues. Taking the kiddo to school and battling some morning traffic.

    It has been a southerly wind so I headed south.

    85 mph with no windshield ain't no thing with a 15 to 20 mph tailwind.

    There is a rest stop I always go through on the 95 south of Searchlight. Anybody that knows the area has seen or been. Nice location and clean facility.

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    Weather is getting to be decent but yesterday was cooler with the day before raining. That time of year where the desert flirts with the idea of a spring.

    My only aim on the day is to stay warm and the only places to do so are to CA coast or AZ south. I'm not feeling too ambitious so south to AZ it is. Lake Havasu City to be exact.

    I'd been twice before and somehow missed the London Bridge... Twice!

    Not this time.

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    That was rather uneventful and so is the ride. Scenery starts getting nice past Havasu headed to Parker. The Colorado River and the Parker Dam:

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    The Parker ain't no Hoover, Glen Canyon, or even Davis Dam. But she holds what little is left of Colorado River water up for a lake and electrical juice. I didn't stop to get knowledgeable on the place as I aim to cover ground. It is in a pretty area though.

    Just down the street some sand dunes nestled in the rock formations:

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  17. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Where I started posting was from the Pirates Den restaurant. Just a couple snaps of the parking area as the food was ok and on the keto diet it is kind of boring to look at steak, burger, cottage cheese... Lunch was ok. They definitely have the location going on.

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    I forgot to get a picture of Vidal, CA. I've taken pics there before, always at night and almost out of fuel.

    They are now open 24 hours.

    Could have saved me much trouble over the years!

    Currently I'm sweating in Needles, CA over a warm setting sun and an Espresso at a place called Bean Coffee Roasters.

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    I may try and grab a few pics by Laughlin as the sun sets. Depends on light, ease of parking areas along the route, and if anything looks that good.
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  18. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Did a rip through Laughlin for fuel. Need to actually go into the casinos again. Been forever. Maybe 18 years, possibly a little less but not much.

    Quick photo op:

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    Also managed to forget adding this pic from earlier:

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    My right knee is not happy and neither is my back. SS1000 will take some ergo work. Bars being priority one.

    I love this bike though. Can't mention that enough.

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    All in, 400 mile day.

    Road food:

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  19. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I started riding towards Quartzite yesterday but it was later in the day and night time temps are not up yet.

    Good ride though. Got to see some new sites.
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    I got a thing for the Road King Specials. Never been a Harley, or cruiser guy, but those bikes do something for me.
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