Routr 66 on motorcycle in winter (Jan.~Feb. 2016)

Discussion in 'Americas' started by johnwan12, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. johnwan12

    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Day 9 :

    I left Phoenix at 8:30 am , via 17 , 60, 93 to Kingman, then 93 again, visited Hoover Dam, where I dropped my bike with 0 velocity in a hill parking place, didn't even make much mark on the bike at all as the engine protection bar, only a very little scratch on the left mirror plastic, amazing.

    Arrived at Renaissance Hotel Las Vegas at about 5:00 pm. Total travel distance was about 300 miles. It was a really nice riding.

    I would strongly recommend the route 93 between the Phoenix and Kingman to anyone who travels that direction, was utterly beautiful, and fortunately I did turn on my helmet camera and recorded some video clips during this journey.

    I went to Flamingo casino after dinner, lost $5 and plus $12 for 24 hours train pass ticket, in total$17. Came back to hotel before 8:00 pm, so I thought I had done for Las Vegas, it was/is not my cup of tea anyway.

    I will head to Death Valley tomorrow , I am going to spend 2 days over there, I will update you when I have the chance.

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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Day 10:

    Due to the weather in Las Vegas, I decided to stay another night in renaissance Las Vegas hotel.

    I went to Vegas casino again in the morning at about 9:00 am, met two American ladies on the monorail train on my way to casino, who were from another state and did some work in Las Vegas last two days and today was their shopping and relaxing day. They recommended me to start at MGM and have my breakfast there; so I followed them all the way to MGM and we had some chat, they were so amazed when I told them I rode a motorcycle from Miami all the way to here and I was from Australia.
    They took some photos for me at some spots of mini NY in MGM before we said goodbye to each other. They were very nice to me indeed.

    I had my breakfast at 48th and Crepe in mini NY street in MGM; then I went to Bally's /Paris, Harrah's /The LinQ and Westgate. I made $10 from pokier machine in Caesars Palace, had lunch in Westgate and went back to hotel at about 2:00 pm.

    I really had a good time in Vegas:)

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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Day 11:

    Left Las Vegas at 9:00 this morning, arrived at Furnace Creek Resort in DeathValley National Park at about 12:00 noon. The 1st hour riding was a bit challenging for me as the road had some snow on it , but not much though, I had to negotiate with the road when went through it. Also I was worrying about black ice on the road , but it turned out the road was free from the black ice, 90% of the road was dry,but very windy, I had to learn to negotiate with wind last hour riding.

    My room wasn't ready when I arrived, so I decided to pay a visit in the visitor information center (200 meters away from the resort) and I was told by the park ranger there was big rain falls last night in Death Valley, the wind should steadily ease off today, but a few popular places are closed due to the flood caused by the rain last night . I went back to the resort and had a big burger and chips for lunch in a cafe at about 2:00 pm, then I went to the Badwater Basin, then Artists Drive and Golden Canyon Trail, it was fantastic, and the photos do not justify the beauty of the landscape and I was utterly amazed and the awesomeness was beyond words.

    Came back to the resort at about 5:00 pm, unloaded my bike and had a shower, just would like to give you guys an update before heading to the pub.

    I will stay in the Death Valley tomorrow night .

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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Day 12:

    I had an easy day today, had a big breakfast in the morning, left the resort at about 9:30 am. Went to the Visitor Information Centre again to check if some places are still closed due to the big rain three days ago, including the Dantes view , Scotty's Castle etc. , the situation remained the same: they are closed.

    I went to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and Ubehehe Crater this morning and afternoon, it was amazing, I had video recorded all the journey on my helmet cameras as well as on my Canon 550D today, that should be good, would like to share some with you guys , please see the following:


    John Wan's USA motorcycle trip report: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, California, USA on 3rd of Feb. 2016



    John Wan's USA motorcycle trip report : Ubehebe Crater on 2nd of Feb. 2016



    I came back to the resort at about 3:00pm, had a look at some souvenirs in the resort store and came back to my room , setting outside and drinking beer and just relaxing and waiting for the dinner time.

    I will go to the Kernville tomorrow, will stay in Kern lodge overnight , which I have booked this morning .

    Will update you soon

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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Day 13:

    Bought some souvenirs in the general store in Furnace Creek Resort this morning and had a big breakfast , filled up the tank and left from Death Valley at about 9:30 am.

    The riding was fantastic , the scenic views are almost every where, hope my helmet camera recorded all of the them.

    Arrived at Kern Lodge at about 3:00pm,checked in and unloaded the bike , it was already 4:00pm.

    Went to the local brewing company called Kern River Brewing Company next door, bought a bottle of IPA, and finished it and made some video dairy via my Canon 550 before heading to the café of the brewing company for dinner.

    The beer was awesome , 8.0% alcohol, ooh yea:)


    John Wan's USA Motorcycle trip report 4 part 1: Kernville, CA, USA on 3rd of Feb. 2016



    John Wan's USA Motorcycle trip report 4 part 2: Kernville, CA, USA on 3rd of Feb. 2016



    John Wan's USA Motorcycle trip report 4 part 3: Kernville, CA, USA on 3rd of Feb. 2016


    I will be heading to Los Angeles tomorrow morning and will update you then .

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    Day 14:

    I left Kernville at about 8:45am this morning , there are a couple of ways to get down to the valley. I can take Route 178 or the more remote Caliente-Bodfish Road. 178 follows the Kern River and it’s a beautiful route that features more “sweepers,” easy turns I may take at speed. The Caliente-Bodfish road is great, too, but it has tight turns and great scenery, too. I cannot go wrong with either, I decided to take the 178, then Ojai and had lunch there. Another 80 km riding , I arrived at Rock Store the iconic place for bikies gathering. I met two American fellow riders Eric and Joel, please see the attached photos.Then I took the route the Malibu and the pacific coast highway.
    The end of my day is at Americas Best Value Inn & Suites (was planning to stay in the Holiday inn Express, but no room via online booking).

    I have done "Coast to Coast" bike riding in USA with the American iconic Harley Davidson, I will drop the bike in Eaglerider LAX office tomorrow morning , which is only minutes away from the place I am staying tonight.

    I would like to say thank you for all you support, particularly my dear friend in USA a fellow rider Mike Callahan, I wouldn't dare to imagine to do what I have done without your help, my gratitude is beyond any words, I will give you my contact details, one day if you come to visit Australia, it would be my honour to share some information about Australia with you and show you around in Victoria.

    I also will provide my trip reports to the thread I started two months ago, it would be fair to give something back to the bike community, or it's my way to express my gratitude or to say thanks to all the fellow riders who gave me so much information that enable me to achieve my goal.

    I would like to take my wife Carol to visit USA next time, I think she would surely love the places as I do.

    I miss my family and friends and dog and cats, j will be heading home tomorrow night.

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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Day 15:

    I returned my bike and rearranged my luggage and Eaglerider staff members in Los Angeles office were really helpful and they made bike return process so easy and smooth, Jason and your team were awesome!

    Eaglerider is a good company with lots of good people, I would recommend anyone to Eaglerider who wants to hire a bike in USA. Nevertheless the bike booking process of Eaglerider was the only thing I could think of that it needs to be improved; the bike booking agent and booking online were conflicting/contradicting in many ways, I hope Eaglerider would realize that and improve customer's bike hiring experience in the future.

    I had my lunch, it was 2:00 pm . My flight will be at 10:20 tonight, so I had almost 5 hours to kill. .

    Eaglerider staff recommended me a place to have beer and food---Standard Station Bar and they organised a taxi for me (not far only 4.1 kms). I met an American young man (30-ish years old) Ryan in the bar, I told him my journey, he was amazed, we had a very nice chat.

    Ryan's father was/is a seasoned traveller around the world for leisure or work, and he loves Australia so much, Ryan could see a rainbow in his eyes whenever he talks about Australia (particularly West Australia) . I recommended Ryan to watch a movie called "Red Dog", the film is based on a true story from the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres about Red Dog. Ryan was going to watch the movie "Red Dog" with his pregnant wife at home tonight and they were expecting a baby soon, and they would like to visit Australia one day .

    Ryan told the bar manager he would like to pay for my 3 pints of IPA beer before we said goodbye to each other and he left the bar at about 4:30pm, thanks Ryan, it was very nice to meet and talk to you, and thanks for the beer.

    The bar staff called a cab for me at about 5:00 pm and the bar manager came out and told me the taxi was for me and shook me hand and wished me a safe journey back to Melbourne .

    What wonderful American people, I was really moved as I have received more than I deserved from America people during my USA motorcycle adventure trip. I have had lots of help from many American people, particularly from the American fellow rider Mike, on top of all that and what more could I ask for what I experienced my last day in America and my gratitude was way beyond any words... Please see the attached photo of Ryan and me.

    God bless America.

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  9. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    Great report, John. Fitting that it came in this morning as I leave in about two hours to cover many of the miles you just did. I hope I have as good a time as you! By all means, bring Carol over when the opportunity arises! I've covered many miles with my wife and know plenty of place Carol would enjoy. Just let me know!

    Mike
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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Hi Mike,

    Many thanks for all the help , let's keep in touch, please see my email for my contact details.

    You have a wonderful trip mate!

    Hope you will visit Australia one day.

    John
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    A helicopter view of John Wan's 15 days USA motorcycle adventure trip from Miami to LosAngeles.

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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Preparation for the trip:

    1.) vaccination including influenza, tetanus done! I will see my travel consultant Monday to discuss and find out if more vaccines are needed.
    2.) I have decided what type of bike I am going to hire (HD street glide ) and online payment has been done.
    3.) visa for Canada and visa for USA are done.
    4.) 9 states' maps via a GPS app Navmii on two iPhones 5s are installed, all the places ( 40 in total) USA riders recommended are in my favourites in Navmii , the maps are just a few touches away on my iPhones, thanks for the routes information Mike gave me, that helps a lot. I am still waiting for the answer from Eaglerider if I can mount my iPhone holder on the bike handlebars.
    5.) 2 sets of hand warmer arrived today and more (another 5 sets) yet to come, which will help me go through the possible cold and wet weather in Texas hill country.
    6.) my medication (thyroxine) storage and doctor's letter to airline and security board are prepared!
    7.) two cigarette USB chargers for my iPhone on the bike are purchased and arrived
    8.) borrowed pair of gloves and a sheepskin vest from my mate Jim.
    9) riding clothes has been repaired (zip for left waist was damaged) .
    10.) travel insurance (particularly for riding motorcycle engine bigger than 250 cc overseas) is purchased.
    11.) my annual leave for the trip has been approved .
    12.) tools for emergency are prepared.
    13.) PLB emergent rescue kit is ordered and picked up
    14.) two helmet cameras, a Canon 550D camera ( camcorder) and batteries, GoPro silver, tripod, all charger cables for equipment, US/AUS power plug converter are prepared
    15.) Bluetooth communication kit is tested
    16.) rode Video Mic Pro with DeadCat VMP Wind Muff is prepared
    17.)tyre pressure measure/monitor is prepared
    18) iPhone/GPS mount parts are prepared
    19) detailed maps are produced
    20) get cash passport with master card organized, put some $$$ into the card; get some Canadian cash $$ and American cash $$$ organized from money exchange on Swanston street
    21) Laptop preparation for business event in Toronto and trip in USA

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    Loved reading this! Glad you had a fun and safe trip.
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    johnwan12 Been here awhile

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    Key success factors:
    1.) help from various people, particularly the American fellow rider Mike
    2.) pray twice or more every day
    3.) beer every night

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