Test Run through the Desert

You can do 80 mph on parts of the stretch. It took us about 5.5 hours from hotel to airport. It was probably around 110-115°F.

As long as you have a full face helmet and something to drink, it isn’t so bad. If you flip your lid open to get some air, you’re quickly suffocated by the heat and when you put the lid back down, it feels like a/c.

I’m trying to find a shirt that keeps you cool. You basically soak it in water and then put it on. It absorbs the water and dissipates heat. The one site I’ve found they claim they have the patent. http://www.fros-t.com/Home_Page.html

I’m not sure you lads will enjoy a midday ride through the desert. The route is south of death valley, so it will be very hot in June. we might want to make a night run.

Planning the Ride out

For the route down to San Diego, I spoke to my father-in-law Mike Ceci, who belongs to the Southern Cruisers in Niagara. Some of his friends have done the trip and their route book proved invaluable. The plan is to ride long on day one and get a good chunk completed.

The days riding plan will be to have a quick breakfast at the hotel in the morning, ride to the first gas stop and get a full breakfast. We will ride through and have lunch around 2 in the afternoon and then ride until 6. This would give give us the 7 to 9 hours of riding each day.   

Once through the mid-west (Nebraska) we will head up toward Denver and then down through the desert into Vegas where we will spend a day meeting up with friends. After Vegas we head to San Diego and the Navy shipyards.