After a Long Hard Day

We got back on I80 this morning and the wind picked up where it left off. We were pounded by high winds and cold temperatures through Utah and Wyoming, 8 degrees and 30 mph gusting higher.
Finally made it into Nebraska where the the winds continued, but the temperature soared to 28.
At the end of a long day’s ride, Mike found what he was looking for in Ogallala.

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From Baptism to Bucket List

Baptism in the Pacific:

It was decided that if we were going to take the bikes all the way to the Pacific that they would at least get a taste for the ocean. So let it be told that Mike G took off his riding suit, his bike boots, socks and when scooped up a generous helping of the Pacific waters. After a few minutes of solemn meditation (we were all thinking about that first beer that we will have at the hotel later this evening). The bikes, the Grand Caravan, the riders and the support team – were all anointed with the Pacific.

The bikes are blessed with Pacific Ocean water

Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge:

When we first spoke about this trip we talked about how nice it would be head north from San Diego and eventually drive across the Golden Gate bridge. Well today we can cross that one of any of bucket lists. We crossed the bridge today shrouded in fog, but none the less we crossed over her – strike that one from any of our bucket lists.

Pacific Coast Highway 1 – 75 miles of grinning from ear to ear

How do we describe the ride of a lifetime, we had heard that it would be a great ride and that and that we would be speaking about our experience for years to come - ALL TRUE STATMENTS !! If it not the spectacular scenery of the water crashing down on the cliffs below, maybe it is the winding sections followed by the tight hairpin turns at 10 mph – either way in a car or on a bike – you will love this road !!

They say a picture is worth  a thousand words,.. here are some of the pictures that Jim E took while sitting on the back of Tim S’s bike (except for the last picture (where we are all posing on the side of the road):

The waters edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75 miles of incredible coast road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PCH 1 team - just a side note - Norm made it down the fastest in the chase vehicle

 

LA – “where the streets have no name”

It was originally decided that we would rest an extra day or two in San Diego however Andrew wanted to drive Mulholland drive (he can be very presausive – I guess being the size of Sasquatch helps get your point across). It ws decided that we would pick a few choice streets in LA to drive on, as it turns out we drove on almost every street in LA yesterday, here are just a few of the marquee street names:

  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Santa Monica Blvd
  • Melrose Ave
  • Wilshire Blvd
  • Beverley Hills & Rodeo Drive
  • A quick ride up to the Griffith’s Observatory
  • Laural Canyon Blvd
  • Mulholland Drive
  • plus every other street in the city,.. it seemed

Our 3 hour “easy ride” found us fighting traffic all the way up from San Diego, through LA and around LA. We eventually found our way to Camarillo (just off the PCH 1 after Malibu) where we spent the night and Mike G editted the Pikes Peak video that you can fine online below on this page.

 

Pikes Peak Video

After some late night editing, we finally have some video to show you of our ride up Pikes Peak. It was a spectacular ride. This is the calmer, colder part of the mountain. The next video will give you the hairpin turns.

San Diego – we made it !!!

San Diego right on schedule, Heidi – Show us the money!!

As the homepage states, we arrived in San Diego at 3:30 on June 14th. After a relatively easy ride through the Mojave Desert,.. (it was actually hotter riding through the desert into Vegas a couple of days before). The five hour ride was uneventful and quite enjoyable. We arrived at the dock of the USS Midway.

Hats off to the team, they have mastered the elements (wind and heat), a couple minor bike issues (thanks to Tim they are all running great now), some very sore and tired bodies – and a little bit of boredom for the support guys in the van snapping pictures and keeping up with us with the traffic.

San Diego - here we come!!

Jim, Norm - supporting us all the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gene G had to head home one day prior to San Diego. Thanks for your support

Busiest Day yet !!

Waking up in Winslow AR, it was another spectacular morning. Naturally before the ride, I needed gas, so I loaded my bike up with 91 Octane (Premium) and we pulled out onto the highway. The road was clear as we headed to Flagstaff – it was another spectacular ride through Arizona.

Andrew’s bike:
While gasing up for the ride to Grand Canyon, Andrew noticed his front fork leaking, so Mike G pulled out his trusty smartphone (we could not have done this trip without them), and found a couple Kawasaki dealers in Flagstaff while the group took a break at the Starbuck’s (they are all wi-fi junkies). After so trepedation as to what to do, Tim had an idea and pulled out an old bank card and oragamed it a little tool, that stop the leaking. We were on our way again – every high on Starbuck’s

Grand Canyon:

It 70 miles of 55 mile an hour roads to the Canyon,.. it was another sun soaked ride without a cload in the sky, after a quick refuel we were at the Grand Canyon,.. pictures just don’t do it justice but Gene, Jim and Tim took a lot pictures from the Southern rim,.. it almost looks fake – it is so incredibly massive. I am just not doing it justice, how beautiful it is.

Andrew – Part 2:
When we all pulled into the Grand Canyon parking lot, we pulled in with another group of bikers and Andrew’s bike was shielded by the wind. We got back from taking pictures around the canyon and as Tim, Andrew and I stode beside his bike, it tipped over. Only minor damage but still damage non the less. So our resident set of McGivor’s pulled out the tool box and had teh fairing taped, the broken right turn signal taped up, the front brake lever straigtened enough to use,.. and we were on our way through the desert at 36C and climbing up to 43C.

Road Kill Cafe for lunch: It was great rolling down a section of Route 66,.. and what it even better was a lunch stop at the Roadkill Cafe. The food and ambience were worth the ride.

Hoover Dam:
As we got close to Vegas we decided to stop and have a look at the Hoover Dam,.. an engineering marvel,.. and some great road to ride the bikes on. A quick stop for some pictures and 30 miles into Vegas – for our first night ride together. Good thing Mike G knew where we was going,.. we got us to Bally’s safe and sound – It is Corona’s all around for the team

Vegas baby:
Coming into from the desert, as the sun sets was stunning, but not as incredible as riding the strip on your motorcycle – man that was cool!! Tonight is Andrew’s stag,.. we of course are going to take it easy – NOT!!! We are in Vegas, what would you do?

Tomorrow morning we head to our final destination – San Diego California and Mike G and I will WIN our bet, “that we did not have the balls to ride to San Diego”. One sad note, Gene Girard will be heading home tomorrow, as planned. We cannot thank Gene enough for joining us on this adventure, wait to you see all the pictures that him and Jim took. Death Valley awaits un tomorrow – where it will be 42C tomorrow. We can’t wait.

 

Lunch at the Roadkill Cafe

We saw the grand canyon and then found this cafe on Route 66.

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Having a buffalo burger.

Gas in the Desert

Gas stations are few and far between in the Arizona desert. Mike A just barely made it to this station.

Mike’s bike is sputtering a bit in the altitude. Using gas supplement and premium gas to offset.

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Tory’s Ride Team at Pikes Peak

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Celebrating an awesome ride to the summit of Piles Peak.