Let’s go for a bike ride!

Today is the beginning of my ride across Michigan. This week long event, called PALM for “Peddle Across Michigan”, started way back in 1982. They cut off registrations at 700 participants. I managed to get in under the wire as they extended the deadline this year because all spots weren’t filled. We start in Holland and end 6 days later in St. Clair, MI. I plan on taking the longer mileage option each day so the event will be about 350 for me. We’ll see how I feel as the week progresses because there is a shorter distance option each day.

There’s a few photos in the Gallery

Couldn’t Resist – Free Shipping

I went back to Dana Point this morning to pick up the truck and trailer and start heading East. I decided to go back to the David Allen Collection and scout out some wood. After all I had the truck to ship it back. I was looking for a piece to make a bench for my new dining room table. I found the perfect piece and negotiated a good deal. I believe I can get 2 benches out of the slab. Should be fairly easy to make. Just hope it doesn’t take 3 years like the table.

I went down there with just the truck and I needed to get the big slab in the trailer. My friend wasn’t in town so I went to the local Home Depot parking lot and looked for a big strong guy to help me move it to the trailer. No problem and it’s now safe and sound in the trailer.

Next stop, Vegas…

Angeles Crest-Wow, I’m Going Back Tomorrow

Update: I went back the next day. A few more pictures added.

I left Dana Point this morning to go a bit North of LA. I wanted to go on a couple famous mountain routes up there before I head back toward the East. In particular, I wanted to ride Angeles Crest Highway. It’s 66 miles through the Angeles Forest National Forest and is one of the most scenic rides in the country. It’s often used to photograph sports cars and motorcycles and Jay Leno frequently films his new car show up there. It was incredible. I’m putting together another short video which should be done soon. Not much time for sightseeing as the route is rather technical and a mistake can take you off the side of the mountain. Besides that, I left my good camera back in the truck which is parked in Dana Point. There is a few shots in the photo gallery.

I think I’m going to skip the San Bernardino Mountains tomorrow and repeat the Angeles Crest Highway.

Update:

Yep, I went back. Another nice ride. A little more confident and pushed a little harder. I wanted to do another video but discovered that I didn’t aim the camera properly and they didn’t turn out very well. I attached the camera to my helmet hoping to get a better perspective. I guess we’ll skip the videos this time. I have included a few more pictures in the photo gallery.

Ronald Reagan and the Joys of Lane Splitting

This morning I took a trip up to Simi Valley to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It’s 100+ miles right through LA’s freeways to get there. I planned this trip for the weekend to avoid the commuter traffic which is horrendous. The ride up was uneventful with light to moderate traffic. Continue reading “Ronald Reagan and the Joys of Lane Splitting”

Check Another Item Off the Bucket List

Back in the mid 70’s when I was still riding motorcycles, I remember reading an article about the top 10 motorcycle rides in the country. One of the routes was the Ortega Highway (it might have even been no. 1 on the list). For some reason, even 40+ years later, I still remember that article and I remember hoping to ride it some day. In fact, I put it on my bucket list which I made about a year and a half ago. Well that some day came yesterday! Continue reading “Check Another Item Off the Bucket List”

Trip Down to San Diego

Today I decided to head down to San Diego on the BMW.  It’s a fun trip that Becky and I took quite often. I took the Pacific Coast Highway (better known locally as PCH) down and tried to avoid the freeway. It’s only about 50 miles from where I’m staying here in Dana Point. It’s a great ride with lots of beautiful ocean views and famous towns along the way. You go through Oceanside, then Carlsbad, Encinitas, then Cardiff by the Sea, Solona Beach, then Del Mar, and LaJolla. The beach around Cardiff is really nice and seems to go on forever. The temp was an unseasonably warm 85 degrees so the beaches were full of joggers, bicyclists, sunbathers and such but the traffic wasn’t bad. Continue reading “Trip Down to San Diego”

California, Here I Come

Sick and tired of cold temps and pushing snow so I decided to leave Harbor Beach for warmer climates. I loaded up the motorcycle and bicycle in the trailer and headed West. Not much preplanning but I did a little research and decided I would stick with 2 lane US highways and thought US50, which is called the “Loneliest Highway” would be interesting. Just like the last trip, I never planned more than a day in advance. Continue reading “California, Here I Come”

Home Sweet Home and Final Thoughts

September 30, 2017

357 miles…

Total Trip Miles 8,169…

19 States Visited…

Total Odometer 25,409…

Great to be back home to sleep in my own bed. The ride from Liz’s to Harbor Beach was uneventful and I arrived home about 5:00. I did stop off at the Iron Pony before departing Columbus and bought a new pair of boots. Also bought a few other do dads. The new boots will be taken to a cobbler to see if he can add a little extra height. Hopefully this will allow me to fully plant both feet on the ground and prevent the incident where I dropped the bike in Durango. If that doesn’t do it, the shocks will be changed to lower the whole bike. It’s expensive, but it’s essential that both feet can be firmly on the ground at the same time when doing slow maneuvers such as backing out of a parking spot. I could go back to the stock seat but the benefits of the new seat far outweigh the fixable seat height problem.

Anyway, now that the trip is over It’s time to list some of the things I’ve learned. Continue reading “Home Sweet Home and Final Thoughts”

Day 24, My Hometown

September 29, 2017

89 miles…

Visited my friends in Dayton, Ohio for a very long lunch today. Great time. I have known many of these friends since I was born as we were from the same neighborhood. The gang is the featured image above this post.

Then bopped up to Columbus area for a pizza dinner with daughter Liz and her friends. It’s always a fun night out and her gang does it every Friday night after work. Continue reading “Day 24, My Hometown”

Day 23, West Virginia Mountains and Homeward Bound

September 28, 2017

404  miles…

7717 total trip miles…

24964 Motorcycle Odometer

First off, forgot to turn on my gps tracker. Damn… first time. Old age is a bitch isn’t it? Anyway, took my time in the morning as it promised to be an easy day with fairly low mileage. I planned to go through the mountains of West Virginia and then stop short of Dayton so I could make a morning ride on Friday to my lunch appointment with my friends in Dayton. Continue reading “Day 23, West Virginia Mountains and Homeward Bound”