Stayed last night at the EconoLodge in St George and managed not to break any bones. Well that’s not entirely true, the heel of my insulated boots ripped near off so I will either jb weld it or get some shoe goop if I can find a hardware store out here
This morning I was up at 6 and packed the bike. Took a few hard boiled eggs and put some OJ in my water bottle for drinking on the way and headed out at 730. Gassed up with 86 octane gas and picked up some alkaline water which really hits the spot and picked up 15 south towards Las Vegas, Before the Nevada border I entered a series of canyons , pulled over and turned on the GoPro Boy that was so much fun riding that 20 mile stretch of road. I was crushed this evening to see there was only 5 seconds of video, About the same amount as I got in Zion, So when I return home I have to get a new battery. You can’t hook a GoPro to the power source because its waterproof. dammit !
But wait… I went on youtube and found a video here
from about 10 minutes in till the end is pretty much what I saw, but I was going faster
Passed Las Vegas and gassed up in Rosa and rode thru to California, The signs warning of high winds were up but nobody told the wind as it was smooth and fast. Speed limit still 75 so if you are not keeping to about 80 you have a car on your butt so I moved with traffic and averaged 33 mpg at that speed. Wind really can effect mileage big time,
After passing thru mile after mile of desert and what looked like a salt sea I passed Barstow At the gas stop (I try to stop every 100-120 miles so I can stay focused) changed out of the heated gear and put on the hit air mesh jacket but stuck with my new winter gloves. The breeze thru the mesh felt great and soon I was coming up on the San Bernardino mountains, maybe the 6th mountain chain of the day.
At that gas stop I decided to call my wife’s friend Bonnie to let her know I was running ahead of schedule only the number I programmed was WRONG. Quick call to my Bonnie and got the right number and revised directions as there was snow on the mountains that Cal route 2 traverses, lots of it, I was not feeling like being cold or running thru snow or ice on roads, thinking of the men from Tennessee who hit ice last month and went down.
LA traffic is like Queens traffic only with more lanes. I used the HOV lane and wizzed by all the stopped cars. Eventually the HOV ended and bikes were splitting lanes but with the wide highway pegs I was not doing that.
Well ok maybe a few times but that’s it Today was around 400 miles and that was just right. I was not tired when I got here but was happy the riding was done for the day. I will say that RusselDayLong seats rock and so do the Mick-o-pegs. I remember the pain of riding on the stock seat my trip to Colorado in 2005 and there is no looking back. Thank you Highbinder for turning me on to the Russell and the other bits of riding advise you have shared with me. I think they may have helped me 2 days ago.
There is no street parking here so I am paying to park the bike in a private hotel garage.
I’m happy to have friends right here 2 blocks from Rodeo Drive. Bonnie, her boyfriend Frank and myself had a good Mexican dinner on Beverly Drive on a sidewalk table and now I am just chilling out and enjoying the 70+ degree sunny weather.