December 23rd 2019 - San Francisco Finally getting to my ride report from over Christmas! Sooooooo Late. But the holidays are crazy, and hangovers are a clear and present danger. I'm sure you all get it. Anyways, sorry i'm late! My freaking boss had us go to work for 1 day on the 23rd of December and the rest of the week off. My only question is WHHHYYYYYY? Anyways, I rode to work with all my gear and ready to leave. I told him I was leaving at 1 p.m. Sorry not sorry. I needed to get the heck out of the Bay Area and on my way to the desert for better less rainy weather. Since I was leaving so late in the day and light disappears at like 5 p.m. I decided to take HWY 101 to the I-5. It was mostly uneventful except for the few Mercedes-Benz's that I almost drove into going 90mph in the rain. Gotta love the I-5. Stopped at McDonald's. Ate a gross amount of food. I did not take photos of that. Going up into the Grapevine I watched the outside temp gauge on my bike start dropping to the point there is a snowflake, which is only semi nerve-racking. Jumped off at Gorman, and rode Hwy 138 to Lancaster. I planned to stay at a campground in Saddleback Butte State Park, only about 20 miles outside Lancaster. Finally made it to camp at about 9! Twas a long and rainy day, nothing some bedtime tea and a dirty little cigarette can't help. No campfire that night. Forgot to get wood and I was tired. December 24th 2019 - Lancaster Woke up to Joshua Trees. WEEEEEEE i'm in the desert. Sometime it can be really fun setting up camp in the dark, as the environment when you wake up is a total surprise. The clouds began to clear and reveal that it was going to be a great day of riding. My agenda for the day was to get to Joshua Tree national Park as I have never seen it. So I packed up and left before the ranger even got to the campground. The roads out of Lancaster are straight and boring. However, there was a huge layer of fog, so I had to go slow cause I could only see about 20' feet ahead of me. drove through Apple Valley and say another gorgeous vista. Continued onto Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, hoping I could camp there but didn't make a reservation cause I didn't want to deny myself a change of heart.... Made it Joshua Tree... Thought it be really empty because the holiday... Boy was I wrong. I guess everyone had the same agenda. It was sooooo busy. So I didn't stop a whole lot. Definitely wanna plan a trip back there in the fall or off season. There were people literally everywhere. I took photos very strategically where no one was in them. This Cholla "garden" was seriously cool. Continued on, since all the campsites inside the park were full I decided I would camp on some BLM outside of the park and have a relaxing day by the campsite getting some sun and cooking food and drinking whiskey. And then the sunsets started happening. Could not stop taking photos. It just kept changing. Soo gorgeous. Oops made this thread too long. Will post the rest tomorrow. Happy riding everyone.