This was my first cross-country motorcycle adventure. I rode a big loop through the Southwest visiting Lake Havasu, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe, and Taos on my trip to Austin. Temperatures ranged from 18 degrees (Grand Canyon) to the 50’s so I got to use all of my cold weather gear, including my heated liner.
While in Austin, I hung out with my cousin/brothers and got an armband so we could see a bunch of bands at SXSW. The grand finale was Eric Clapton on Sunday.
The trip back was an endurance rally. I rode the 1420 miles home in two days (required 14 hour travel days) to get home to my lovely wife. Most of the trip was along the border with Mexico on my left and the US on my right. Temperatures got into the 80’s so I had to shed the cold weather gear. I arrived home 3/19 as the sun was setting.
My helmet was equipped with bluetooth connected to my phone so I could use the audio nav, take phone calls, and listen to music and audio books. My ears are still ringing after days of listening at high volume and the music at SXSW.
Rode up Glendora Mountain Road with Dale. We stopped for a late breakfast in Baldy village and then up to the lifts and then home. Weather was beautiful, hotter than expected.
Jim Kirwin and I finally made it out for a ride. He gave my old Softtail a whirl. It was a beautiful day, but a little hot.
We rode the bike up to Arrowhead to have dinner and stay at the McMurran hunting lodge and ski resort.
Rode with Larry to Cooks Corner for breakfast and then down to Laguna. From there we rode up to the Orange Circle to meet the ladies and go to the farmers market there. Lunch at Felix’s and then home for a nap.
This was Cam’s virgin ride on the freeway and the first time trying out the Road King. He did great at both firsts.
The weather started out gloomy, but cleared up when we got into the mountains. We had chorizo breakfast burritos at cafe at Crystal Lake and then hit the road for home.
I rode the bike to Vegas for a quick trade show. It was pretty cold on the way there and hot on the way back. That’s the desert for you. It was good fun all around.
We rode from home to Wrightwood where we picked up the Angeles Crest Highway which travels the backside of the San Gabriel mountains.
Our favorite stop was at Mt. Wilson where we walked through the observatories and learned about the history.
The weather was a little cool in the mountains, but it was clear and beautiful.
Cam and I got up early and rode down to Cooks corner in South County. It was his first real ride and he was awesome. We had a great breakfast (except the steak – a little tough) and then stopped at the Boot Barn where I picked up a pair for riding.
Next ride will be to the beach. I’ll introduce Cam to riding on the freeway.
The Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour is a lovely tour of gardens in San Clemente, San Jean Capistrano, and Mission Viejo. It is a yearly, self-guided charity event held by the Mary Lou Heard Foundation, a California nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing Mary Lou’s life work.
We did the tour on my motor cycle so you may see a few photos of the motorcycle.
Ryan Nichols and I hopped on the bikes Saturday morning and rode up to Glendora to start probably the nicest ride I’ve done so far. We rode up Glendora Ridge Road to Baldy Village, had lunch, and then rode up to the Baldy lifts. From there, we rode down to Claremont and then home.
The weather was perfect and the views spectacular. The snow is mostly gone, but everything is green.
There was a bike race from Glendora up to the Baldy lifts. You can see some of the racers in the photos.
We saddled up the Harley and rode from home to Malibu this afternoon. The traffic through LA was horrible and still pretty congested riding through Malibu. It was sunny in Orange County, but cold and overcast when we got there.
We stopped for a drink at the Malibu Inn and then rode down to Dukes for our 7p dinner reservation. The food at Dukes was good, but not awesome.
It was drizzling when we left for home, but it was smooth sailing for the ride home.
All said, we had a great time. We’d like to try it again when traffic is lighter. (Does that ever happen?)
I got up early and rode the bike up to Mount Baldy this morning. On the way, I wanted a good picture of the mountains so I stopped in Ganesha Hills where I grew up. A luck would have it, the owner of the house where I lived in Pomona was coming out as I parked the bike to take my picture. We got to talking and I ended up getting a tour of the house. The walls were still in the same place for the most part, but everything had been redone. It was very nice and the views are still spectacular.
Baldy was really beautiful with lots of snow. I rode up through the village, past Ice House Canyon, and about half way up the switchbacks to the lifts, but the road got icy so I turned back.
It was a great day for a morning ride and I picked the right day. All that snow will be gone next week. It was a little chilly and I’m still thawing, but it was great fun.
Margie got her first taste of the local biker scene at Cooks Corner on Saturday. It was a beautiful day for a ride.
Margie and I picked up the new Harley with all of it’s cool new mods and then went helmet shopping on Saturday. We ended up buying a pair of awesome helmets that cost most than my first car but should keep our heads safe. Sunday it was off to a motorcycle swap meet to pick up a new pair of hard bags for the bike.