Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Polaris Slingshot

I got to test drive (20 minutes) a 2015 Polaris Slingshot. The slingshot looks like a batmobile.  Whoa....I caught rubber in second gear.  Wow, it corners in real tight turns and all those S and switchback roads with no problem what so ever. Yep, I got to test it the way a vehicle should be tested. IF I had rode this before I bought the Harley I would not have bought the Harley. Hands down a better handling vehicle and less expensive. They can not be registered in Texas as anything for the road.  that should change pretty soon.  It has politicians in an up roar both ways about it.

Yes I drove that Harley trike to the Polaris dealer and parked it right out front.  People did look at it as they went into the dealership.

I get the "LOOK" from Carol when I mention it. I say it's not a motorcycle but rather a modified cheap sports car.

Damn it got windy today.  It’s the first time that I felt the wind on the Harley trike.  It hit me sideways when I was doing about 70 MPH.  I slowed down and got off the interstate onto smaller roads.

See ya…………

Monday, March 30, 2015

Up The Hill

We decided to go up the hill near Banning, CA via the Jeep to a campground near the top called Silent Valley.  It wasn’t where the snow was but it was en route that way.  DSC_0033 

I would have liked to seen the interior of this vintage one.  I think the tags are Alaska.DSC_0038

Here we go.DSC_0035DSC_0040  DSC_0043  DSC_0045 DSC_0044DSC_0046 DSC_0047 DSC_0055

Interstate 10.DSC_0056

Then we arrived.  It’s between 4,000 & 5,000 feet up there from about a couple of hundred feet.  Carol don’t really like mountain roads when they don’t have guard rails but she survived this ride.DSC_0052

We’re gonna move up there this Friday.  The park amenities don’t open up until may but we are just looking for some relief from this very hot weather.

I got an offer to test drive the new Polaris Slingshot 3 wheeler so I might do that tomorrow.  I just might get on that Harley and go check it out.

See ya……..

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Our RV Site – It’s Hot!

It’s hot… Where are we and what what are we doing now?  It’s hot!  We are in Desert Hot Springs.  It’s hot!  Desert Hot Springs is more or less Palm Springs. It’s hot! We drove around this park to find a site that would fit our “stuff.”  It’s hot.  It’s a little tight but it’s the best we could do which isn’t really that bad.  It’s hot.   DSC_0004DSC_0003 

Can almost get the awning all the way out.  It’s hot.DSC_0002

The local news says they’ve been breaking temperatures just about everyday for the past week.  It’s hot.  These are 3 digit temperatures on a couple of days.  It’s hot.  We got 50 AMP service so we run both AC’s all day long and keep the inside temp of the RV in the low 80’s.  It’s hot.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been in temps like this.  It’s hot.  We prefer this over high muggy humidly.  It’s hot.

Friday we move up on the nearby (50 miles) hill and into a campground called Silent Valley.  It’s hot. It’s only into 80’s up there and that is considered above normal.  It’s hot.

Carol used the crock pot today to cook a rump roast and veggies.  It’s hot.  We cooked it outside and it was very good and tender.  It’s hot.

Oh, did I mention it’s hot?

See ya….

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 6 – 8 Of The Motorcycle Trip

Of course the date don’t match the number of days.  Don’t pay attention to the date. 

Days Six.  We had breakfast at the local and only real casino in Tonopah.  We weren’t sure which way to go & we ended up going West on route 6 only because it looked the less traveled road.  We then turned right on route 375 at Warm Springs which was not a tourist stop for sure.  Ride 25   DSCN0767 

Later on we stopped at this little place to get something to eat.  It was out in the middle of nowhere.DSCN0770

After waiting for over 5 minutes we decided that this little place was too busy with some other bikers that were already there.  I talked with them briefly about which way to go for fuel.  I was getting low.DSCN0769

We went on down the road and turned right onto route 93.  We came upon a busy gas station that had a little restaurant and ate there.  It turned out to be pretty good.

Day Seven.  We ended up at a campground called Eagle’s Nest or something like that.  The price was right at $8 both both of us and they had hot showers.  DSCN0771 What more could a biker want.  Mark settled in while I went food hunting on the bike.  I came back with 8 pieces of chicken and a bottle of rum (750 size).  We killed both.  We slept well.

Now it was time to head for Death Valley.  Why not.  We arrived in the park and stopped at the first big tourist area.  We walked to the top of the area.  What a view. DSCN0776 DSCN0778  

We turned around where are bikes where.  People had started to gather around them and take pictures of themselves with the bikes.  This happened many times.  It was funny.DSCN0774

Ride 27 Ride 28 Ride 29

Hey, what can I say…. We then headed for Furnace Creek which is the main tourist area.DSCN0780

We then decided to go on to Scotty’s Castle.  If you haven’t been there, it’s a place to visit.  The history of it was the real story.DSCN0781 DSCN0785

We then decided to stay at the National Park campground at Stovepipe Wells.  No hook ups but had restrooms.  We met several nice fellow campers and had a very windy night but peaceful.

Day Eight.  We headed West on route 190 (California)over the mountains.  It was cold but we dressed accordingly.  Then we went south on Trona Wildhorse Rd.  It was like a high desert and still cold.  Only saw a few cars the whole way.  We picked up route 178 to Ridgecrest and had a late/early lunch.  Then on to route 395 south.  We stopped at Kramer’s junction which is routes 395 and 58.  this was our starting point where we met and now are departing point.

All of the trip was a blast and we will do it again in late July but on the East Coast.  We already have plans set for the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It would be hard to top this trip of having no real plans or definite destinations until the day before at most.

Now I will return you to your normal broadcasting stations…. Ending of Outer Limits that you old people might remember.

See ya…..

Friday, March 27, 2015

Day Two - Five M/C Trip

We continued West on route 166 and the view was great.  We went over mountains and got some great views.DSCN0723 DSCN0724 

We ended up at Pismo Beach but didn’t stay long.  It was windy as hell.  Here’s some people that got stuck on the beach.DSCN0729 DSCN0730

We decided to leave Pismo and head East and up in the mountains again.  We found Lake Nacimiento so we decided to stay there.  The place was just about empty and they had showers.  We got charged $22 a piece.  What a rip for a state campground.DSCN0735  Ride 11DSCN0737

It was a very quite night.  We had a visitor who we figured it was probably a raccoon.  It finished off our beef jerky and two packages of crackers that we left out. 

The next morning we went into Paso Robles and had breakfast at Margies.  We had to eat very slowly and neither of us finished our meal. Ride 12

This was a nice way to start Day Three.  After breakfast we headed for my cousin’s Dave place in Fresno.  We traveled rt 41 to get there.  It was a nice ride especially with a full belly.Ride 14 DSCN0739 

We had a great time at David’s and hearing about his adventures with the local authorities.  The next morning he fixed us a real large breakfast and gave us a nice farewell.DSCN0741

Day Four of our trip now.  We decided to see some friends up in Colfax, Sharon & Frank Piccolo.  We took routes 42 & 49 to get us in the general area.  They live past the tattoo parlor and down the next to the tracks thru the railroad property.  It was something else.

They were very glad to see us and us them.  They gave us a tour of their 9 acre spread which was real nice.  Sharon made some great lasagna.  We will have to return for sure.DSCN0747 DSCN0748

Sharon’s nice garden.DSCN0750

We watched the weather reports and realized that a big weather front was coming into central and Northern California the next day, Sunday.  We decided not to ride in the rain.  The next morning we headed East.

Day Five we left Sharon & Frank’s place and headed East on I-80 over Donner’s Pass which was over 7,000 feet.  Here’s the rest area we stopped to warm up among other things.DSCN0751Yes, it got a little nippy but we survived.  We had no place in mind to go and we were just headed East out of the projected rainy weather. 

In Fernley, Nevada we took route 50 East towards Ely.  Route 50 is dubbed the Loneliest Road in America.  Nope it’s not.  We hung a right onto route 376 which turned out to be very lonely.  Along the way.. DSCN0752 DSCN0754 DSCN0757

We ended up in Tonopah and couldn’t resist staying here on night Five.  It fits us!  $46 a night for two.DSCN0762

Here we are having after dinner beers and relaxing.Ride 24

Well that finishes up thru Day Five.  I will continue the rest another day.

Now back to today,Friday March 27, and us moving to another campground.  We are at the Catalina Spa in Desert Hot Springs.  It’s a Coast to Coast park which is only $10 a night.  BUT, if you want 50 AMP and a site that you can park in it’s $7 more.  In 90 plus degrees we had to take it and squealed all the way as we paid it.  It got to 99 degrees so we had both AC’s running to keep the coach cool.  Tomorrow is suppose to be even hotter.

See ya….

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Get Ready


Mark is getting ready to eat this burger.  We’re getting ready to move so this is a short blog.

See ya……..