I rode a bike to Reno, just to watch them fly...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MikeO, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. Chip Seal

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    1948/49/50 DeSoto sedan. These were also badged as Chryslers. They were used by Inns to pick people up at train stations.
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  2. Chip Seal

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    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    1950 Packard old as me LOL
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    Originally [most likely] used as a home milk delivery truck. Dates from 50's. Cannot really say the brand. Possibly Ivco?
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    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    Looks like it says Valiant on the side so it's the Plymouth cousin
    Cruised with a highschool buddy in one...nice slant six engine with a push-button automatic transmission
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    1967 Rambler American. One on right is a Cadillac Eldorado 1980
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    Holy Crap! You definitely know your cars!!!
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    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    What a great looking car - imagine how it looked the day it was delivered...

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    Detroit Industrial Vehicle COmpany - DIVCO - difficult to guess an age, as they seem to have been produced for a couple of decades with little change to the design...

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    It also had an OHV V8 with a hydramatic transmission [automatic] . Hot Rodders loved the engines!
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    That really is all sorts of ugly, isn't it? :lol3

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    I suspect it's a '68...

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    10th September 2019

    I have a great night's sleep - probably aided by spending those beer tokens last night, and buying one or two afterwards (it's almost as if that was their plan... :hmmmmm).

    I ablute and pack, then stroll down to the dining room where an excellent buffet breakfast is offered...

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    I have some apple juice - I'm not convinced by 'enhanced water'...:eek7

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    ...and then get myself on the outside of this lot...

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    This really is a first class hotel for the money - best of all, the staff are excellent and go out of their way to make your stay a good one. I resolve to put a review on TripAdvisor this evening.

    I drag the luggage cart back to my room and load all my gear on board; then push it out to the bike, safely ensconced beneath the entrance portico for the night...

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    Now doesn't that look better? :D

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    I am checked out and on the road at about 0845, with Doris giving me a quick 20 miles on the Freeway to get me out of town, before coming up with more interesting roads...

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    It's a beautiful, fresh and bright morning with a temperature in the low 60s F. It's quite humid, so the windchill makes it feel cooler...

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    No matter, it's a gorgeous day, Doris is back on the handlebars, and all's well with the world...

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    We're soon on more interesting back roads, climbing gently through pine forests. The air is heavy with the smell of pine resin...

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    I have 185 miles on the trip meter when I come across this store and filling station, so fill up with 91 Octane Premium...

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    It definitely feels colder than this. Hey-ho...

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    Doris steers me down some more forest roads - nearly all of which have been resurfaced recently. So recently that they haven't been marked up, except for the flip-up cats eyes marking the centreline...

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    There are frequent roadworks, which impede progress (it's a 65 limit, but slows to 40 in roadworks - which can last several miles).

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    We are stopped by a flagger (who signals for me to sneak up to the front of the queue :thumb), who indicates that there will be a seven minute wait for the pilot car...

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    The new roadsurface looks quite slick and wet - although my boots grip well on it. I'm unable to decide whather the water beading on it is from it being sprayed, or rainfall...

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    Eventually the Pilot Car, towing its ducklings behind it, turns up and stops in our lane. The cones are removed and we set off...

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    After a surprisingly short section (bearing in mind the seven minute wait), the Pilot Car pulls over and we are back to 65mph.

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    I have come to the conclusion that it is definitely rain on the road - a heavy shower has been through here recently...

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    ...in fact, I encounter some spits of rain, but it is hardly enough to freckle my gloves, so I don't bother going into wet weather mode...

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    30 miles or so later, I encounter another flagger...

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    A much shorter wait, but a wet dirt road - recently graded - keeps my attention for a while...

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    I'm feeling a mite chilly, so when I spot JJ's Café, I decide it might be time for some elevensies...

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    I sort of wish the bike had some reins, so I could hitch it to the post... :D

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    Got to love a café with a Tolkein quote on the menu... :-)

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    Stop it! I can FEEL you judging me. I was only going to have a coffee and they mentioned that blueberry pancakes were the special today...

    I don't care - they were delicious... :-)

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    Recaffeinated, I set off onto dry roads (huzzah!) and start closing the gap on Reno...

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    In fact the road is great - long sweeping bends and lots of changes in elevation...

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    I stop at a scenic turnout - this area is known as Hat Creek. No relation to the Hat Creek Cattle Company in Lonesome Dove...

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    Onwards!

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    The weather is definitely still a factor...

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    ...as I see squalls on the horizon - but thankfully not the horizon I'm headed toward...

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    ...in fact to my right it looks downright nasty...:eek7

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    Do I look worried, though? :-)

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    Yet another flagger - this one with en-suite toilet - tells me that I should be dry all the way to Reno. I would imagine she is in the sort of profession where information like this can be relied on...

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    I descend into Susanville...

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    ...a town that likes a mural or two...

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    ...and I think does them very nicely... :thumb

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    I like Susanville - it has a 'small town America' feel to it...

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    I'm soon out of town and making good progress along the valley floor...

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    Pretty soon the smell of woodsmoke becomes apparent - then the smoke starts to appear...

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    ...or, more accurately, the scenery starts to fade...

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    I'm guessing it has drifted here on the wind and become trapped in this long valley - there's no sign of a fire...

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    Eventually it starts to clear - but my riding jacket smells of smoke this evening...

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    Quite suddenly I am on the urban freeway entering Reno. Doris directs me to the Motel 6, where I have booked a room for five nights. It will be a nice change to stop repacking every day.

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    My ground floor room is clean and contains everything I need. WiFi is a little ponderous, so I leave it uploading today's pics whilst I pop to the strip mall next door for some supplies...

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    Hmmm - no too much choice...

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    I get something to drink and snack on - my room has a fridge, so I'll get some healthy food at a supermarket tomorrow and try to break the cycle of destruction being waged on my diet... :lol3

    Good day - looking forward to tomorrow - the first day of the Air Races...

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    Gratuitous pic of Marnie having fun at her kennels today:

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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Close, that's a Plymouth GTX 440, sort of an upscale Roadrunner
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