Southern California/Phoenix Trip May 2014

We finally got a four day weekend. We met our friend Drake (from Seattle) in southern California, then onto Phoenix for a visit with the kids & grand kids.

The route:

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We decided to leave Las Vegas after work and beat the morning traffic. We spent the night in Primm, NV. I don’t get many chances to ride after dark, so this gave me a chance to enjoy the LED lights in the instrument panel that Drake put in a couple of years ago, one of many upgrades he has done for us.

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Another perfect day to ride as we head for Big Bear, CA.

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Fun in 3..2..1

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Meeting up with Drake on the bridge in Big Bear. He is riding a K75 with a turbo charger he bought earlier in the year.

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Drake always has a good route picked out, and away we go.

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We stop on Hwy 18 “Rim of The World” for the spectacular view.

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Riding through the little town of Crestline, CA.

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Following Drake. Donna has to be very quick to get a photo of Drake, once we hit the curves, Drake, (who is an excellent rider) disappears quickly.

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Back on the slab as we ride to Rancho Mirage, CA.

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Drake took a few of us as we followed.

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We only had one night in Rancho Mirage, we enjoyed dinner with Drake, then watched a nice sunset.

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Drake has done other upgrades for me in the last couple of years, a cruise control, and a flashing LED light system in my brake light. He didn’t have any to do this trip, the bike is tricked out to tour us into our ‘golden” years! A big “thank you” to Drake! We are already looking forward to our next visit with him.

Up early the next morning for our ride across the desert. I sure enjoy the cruise control Drake installed, I can use my tank bag as an arm rest.

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We stopped at Chiriaco Summit to gas up & get a cold drink. After fueling, I pulled up and parked next to other bikes, who were members of the Hells Angels, who were out enjoying a fine day to ride. Several came over and we talked bikes, asking what year my bike was. I didn’t mention it, but one of them was riding a big new Victory, which surprised me, as I thought they all rode Harley’s. Victory is an American motorcycle, so I guess they can ride them.

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It did get a little warm riding across the desert, we made a few more stops before Phoenix to cool off. Not much to look at, just keep it pointed east & go.

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I love those HOV lanes in Phoenix!

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A couple of very good reasons to ride across the desert. Grand kids Brayden & Madison. A fun one night visit!

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Riding west on HWY 74

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One of our favorite places for breakfast, the Wikieup Trading Post.

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Across more desert, a welcome sight – Las Vegas & home!

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Total miles – 981
Total gas used – 20.31 gals
Total spent on gas – $82.49
MPG average – 48.3

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