move along..nothing to see here

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by raindog, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    I lived in Rancho Mirage for High School years mostly..driving around the desert at night in the Summer is one of my favorite things to do. If you go park and watch the sun come upit's like a real life time lapse film watching the shadows form and move and the critters head for cover. When I head back down..I'm going back that way I think
  2. NotBetty

    NotBetty secret weapon

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    that's too bad, they have a really nice garden patio seating area just perfect for a break from the hot sun
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    next installment please.
  4. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    coming up tomorrow..I'm home alone with Dylan for a few days..with Dr. appts. and such...whew...
  5. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    Cherish it, and really pay attention. There will be a time when you want to recall every moment. :nod
  6. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    I forgot my camera ..dang it. but he was awesome today! and the tech who cleaned his teeth was great letting play with all the stuff..doc had to fix a small hole in one of his teeth and he didn't complain once other than a few tears. Then we went to a movie theatre for the first time! I haven't been in 10 years and he's never been so we saw Ponyo..it was pretty cool..but the previews for where the wild things are were just utterly amazing! Spike Jonze will be taking home a lil statue me thinks.
  7. dagwood

    dagwood Banned

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    wow. being without a computer for a couple weeks sucked. I missed this.

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    and...i cant ride with tunes anymore either. i have to "hear" the road.
  8. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    well i guess I should try and finish my lame report.
    Hitting mammoth lakes area was a nice bit of relief weather wise. i think the temp dropped from 114 to like 85:lol3 loaded up on Kombucha and fruit from a local health food store and got back on the road. it's amazing what a difference the food I eat makes in my ride and how alert I stay.

    just north of mammoth lakes I was hapy to have some geography happening and to be in some hills and trees. With noone around I gues i let my speed creep up a bit. I was taking a big sweeper and passing a car doing about 95. when i came out of the curve..I saw a white truck in my review mirror..one I had not noticed previously:cry..Hand off the throttle and over to the right lane..I was down to 80 when the sheriff passed me:clap bless his understanding soul.

    From Bishop to the nevada border was like running the police gauntlet..holy crap..I saw more law enforcement in that short strecth than i had seen the entire trip! Rider BEWARE

    I made it to Carson City that evening and made the mistake of staying at the best western in the middle of town with the smoke filled casino and available food to match:cry but the shower worked and i was ready for a cold one after a long hot day in the saddle. It was only like 400 miles but it felt like 700..I guess the heat was just getting to me.

    There is nothing more depressing than a casino..unless it's a low rent casino in a hotel. i tried to go down and enjoy a couple rounds of Black jack but i felt like I was in a David Lynch movie surrounded by the most depressing folks suffering from the chronic and crippling effects of long term smoking and drinking I had been around in a long time. Compared to some of the places I had spent my time earlier in the trip..it was overwhelming. $60 later i was done and spent the rest of the evening reading and wishing I had kept riding.
  9. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    i got going by 7am the next morning and was feeling better once on the road.
    stopped at the Black bear diner in Susanville. If you like your breakfast served 24/7 and in portions large enough to last you the whole day..this is a great place to stop!
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    There was a meeting of the local HOG chapter going on and i chatted with some super nice folks who put a lot of miles on their HD's. I had been seeing a lot of Honda ST1100's and 1300's the last day or so and i would find out why soon.
  10. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    After breakfast I started making my way toward Klamath falls and Crater lake via the 139 out of susanville.
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    got stopped at the top of the hill for road repair
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    a really nice couple from Portland pulled up behind me on a 12 year old st100 that looked like it just came off the show room floor but had like 80k on the odometer.:huh he just won another award for it at the St1100 owners rally that had just finished up.
    after a long wait and slow trudge through some gravel behind some cages fredom arrived in the form of a basically empty beautiful twisting and curving road that i would spend the next two hours on:D we averaged about 90 the whole time and it was such a nice road i was having too much fun to take pics:D This was the beginning of an epic day of head clearing and riding that was just about as perfect as it gets.
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    there were definitely some long straight stretches but there was noone around..and it was cool for the first time all wek and it was lovely.
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    finally had to slow it down ust before seeing the world's largest shuttlecock
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  11. CamoGreg

    CamoGreg aka Camorpheus

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    He said shuttlecock.
  12. rallybug

    rallybug Local Yokel

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    Great ride, Mr B :thumb
  13. Mr.Moose

    Mr.Moose Living the Adventure

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    great RR:freaky
  14. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman Back in Black!

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  15. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Long timer Supporter

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    Great ride report !:clap Interesting to hear your thoughts on riding without your itunes . Haven't been on any long rides for some time , but have always had a stereo in fairing , along with speakers . Usually only turned it on on really long days , where i was getting tired with many miles to go , then crank up some "old rock" . Many inmates ride with earplugs / or ear buds , tried it the other day , could only take it for about 5 minutes ! Can't hear the bike or traffic , gave me a bad feeling . Hope your business venture works out well !
  16. idea man

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    Enjoying the report and the therapy of it all. Best of luck in all your new ventures. :thumb
  17. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    I gotta pic coming up for you my friend:freaky I'm coming to see you next year..guaranteed:D
  18. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    thanks..I'll finish it today with a bunch o' pics. I'm gonna go read a real RR..yours:D
  19. rallybug

    rallybug Local Yokel

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    Ya missed me - I moved back to the UK a month ago :lol3

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    I might go back to the island for Manx Grand Prix next August though.
  20. Davehi

    Davehi On and On and On...

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    Hey RainDog; You have created another great thread. Don't know how you do it but then again trying to categorize a writer who can average 6 to 8 posts per day is probably beyond me. Glad to hear you are headed North again. Sorry to hear about the circumstances that prompted the ride. Sometimes the curves in the road are way too hard to figure out as a whole. Better to take them one at a time. I wish you the best and that's about all I can say about that.

    The World's Most Beautifulest Bike is patiently waiting for a qualified Fill-In- Rider back in Seattle while I'm stuck down here in Oz. If you happen to get up to theJetCity in the next little while drop me a line and I'll give you coordinates to where she is. A motorcycle needs to be ridden and I am sure that she would agree.

    That's about it. Keep the posts coming, we all need your inspiration.

    BTW - What's the deal with the Burning Candle Avatar?

    Goodonya,

    Dave