A 226-day adventure by Nancy Webb...Pat Bonetar
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  • Day187

    Why does anyone live in the desert?

    Yesterday in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

    After lunch yesterday, I continued south into San Diego. I had on my vest and chaps, which made me feel like I was wearing to most clothes of anyone there. Everyone was in beach attire, and rightly so. It was a beautiful day to be in the sand and on the water. I hit my HDs, then spotted the Hard Rock Hotel on the way out of town, so I grabbed some pins. Bonus!

    After that I headed west to Yuma, Arizona. It was soooo hot 🥵. Like riding in a hair dryer. It was cooler to keep my helmet face shield closed 😨. Terrible. 102°F when I checked into my hotel at 18:00 😳. No thanks.

    I left this morning at 07:00, around 70°F, riding straight into the sun. But I soon turned north on Hwy 95. A vast expanse of 🏜️. That's it. Apparently there are wild burros, but I didn't get to see any of those. Oh! I did see a coyote and a roadrunner, but the first wasn't chasing the last 😉.

    After I duct taped my chaps back together outside of Yuma Proving Grounds, I passed through Parker, which was stunning. Then I found London Bridge in Lake Havasu City 🇬🇧. Neat.

    I finally made it to Kingman, where I am now taking a break at a Flying J. I turned Willie off to let him cool down a little. Not sure he will though because it is sooo hot outside. Again. I haven't looked at the temperature on purpose, but I'm fairly certain it's over 100°F 🥵. I hope my tape stays on.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 186 mileage: 528.0 (total 50969.2)
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  • Day186

    50,000 Miles Later, I'm Headed South

    September 21 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

    For those of you who read this often, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I'll catch up soon. In the meantime, here's a summary of the missing days:
    - Rally was great. We won a banner and mailed it to Lumpy, who couldn't make it.
    - Ben and I continued riding. He showed me some cool sights, like Ferndale and Avenue of the Giants (Redwoods).
    - Minor bike malfunction Sunday morning, so I hopped on the back of Ben's to see San Francisco. I 💜 THIS CITY!!
    - Bike fine Monday morning and off we went. 6.7 miles after we left Ukiah, I rolled 50,000 miles on my trip 😁.

    Ben and I said see ya later yesterday after lunch in Point Richmond. I finally let him go home 😉 while I made my way south to the next HD in San Jose. Continuing along the 101, I hooked a left in Gilroy to take the 152 all the way across to the 99. I passed the San Luis Reservoir on the way. I don't have a comparison, but it seemed the water was very low. Beautiful area.

    After a gorgeous sunset, I spent the night in Bakersfield, arriving around 19:00 and leaving this morning at 06:00. It was 70°F when I left Bakersfield, so I wore my fingerless gloves, but as I passed through the Mojave Desert, my hands were freezing! I held out until I reached the Lancaster HD where I changed gloves.

    Near the Mojave Air and Space Port, I saw what I thought was an airplane graveyard. Google calls it "Mojave Commercial Airliner Storage." I didn't stop to take pics, but I did stop for the huge moon setting behind the scrub-covered hills speckled with wind turbines. Amazing.

    After the Lancaster HD, I began to hit traffic. Traffic. That word really doesn't do justice to driving in LA during rush hour(s) 😳. I cut out the HD that would've taken me near downtown. I would still be north of LA if lane splitting wasn't allowed. (Don't tell Mom what that is 😉.) Anyway, I made it past LA without any problems and am now having a bite to eat in San Marcos.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 185 mileage: 447.7 (total 50441.2😁)
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    John Russell

    Hell Yea!!!

    John Russell

    LA is down to 1 season, road construction season........ugly

    Nancy Webb...Pat Bonetar


  • Day178

    Oregon Volcanoes Rally Day 2

    September 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    After not seeing Mount St Helen, Ben and I caught up with the others and we made our way into Cougar. We stopped for lunch at a place because the sign said "Warm Beer & Lousy Service." We figured it was just the place for us 😉. It turned out to be the Cougar Bar & Grill and the food was great.

    When we hit I-5, everyone split off to either go straight to their hotels or to continue the ride. Ben and I went to the hotel, which was across the street from the hosting dealership. We walked over for dinner, then said goodnight.

    We met everyone at a Starbucks and rolled out at 09:00 to head down the 5 to Salem and its dealership. Then we took off east to Bend. There was so much smoke from the fires that you could literally taste it. We made several stops along the way, and now we're having a late lunch in Sisters.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 177 mileage: 182.1 (total 48785.6)
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    John Russell

    Nice smile. Glad you have some sunshine

  • Day177

    Oregon Volcanoes HOG Touring Rally

    September 12 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    After my service yesterday, Ben and I rode to Latus HD in Gladstone, OR (Portland area) to sign in to the Oregon Volcanoes HOG Touring Rally. This is the sixth and final touring rally of the year, and, other than the organizer Bill, I am the only person who has been at them all!

    We signed in, then hit the hotel before going back for dinner. It was a pretty good meal of bbq ribs and chicken with coleslaw and potato salad. I had a chat with the owner about how his service department wouldn't help me with my 65,000-mile service even though I was coming in for the rally they were hosting. He didn't seem concerned, so I'm very glad I gave my money to Paradise HD instead.

    After dinner it was back to the hotel to get some rest before meeting up with Chris & Tammy and Richard to ride today's route. Not long after we rolled out at 08:00, we passed another buddy Denny, so he came with us as well.

    First, we went to Vista House and got Oregon's 50 Rides 1 Nation photo, which is number 42 😁. Then we rode Highway 30 and stopped at several waterfalls along the way. Now, we're at McClellan Overlook to see Mount St Helen, but it is covered in clouds ☹️. So, I took my final 10 Rides for 2021 photo by the sign instead.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 176 mileage: 192.2 (total 48603.5)
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    John Russell

    Great view, ....Oregon, is that cloud cover the "normal"?

    Nancy Webb...Pat Bonetar

    🤣 I think so

  • Day176

    65,000-Mile Service

    September 11 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Ben and I had no problems around Seattle yesterday. We stayed in Lacey and had a really nice meal at Red Lobster across the street, then called it an early night.

    We left this morning around 08:00 headed to Yelm then the HD in Vancouver, WA. Volcano HD was doing an Appreciation Day, but we had to keep moving to get to where we are now: Paradise HD in Tigard, Oregon (Portland area).

    Paradise HD is terrific! Despite it being what they call their busiest day of the year, the Saturday after Labor Day, they found a spot to do my 65,000-mile service. Now, Ben and I are eating free red bratwurst on hot dog buns along with the salami, garlic cheese curds, and peanut butter snacks we have in the cooler. Lovely lunch!

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 175 mileage: 125.9 (total 48411.3)
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  • Day175

    Starbucks Shot Stop

    September 10 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

    Yesterday, Ben and I visited the incredible Grand Coulee Dam on our way to the gorgeous North Cascades National Park, then grabbed a hotel along Interstate 5 well north of Seattle.

    Today, we're hitting the dealerships and have stopped at a Starbucks for a jolt of caffeine. As typical for Seattle, the sky is overcast and the day is gloomy, but traffic isn't as bad as I had feared, so it's a pretty good day so far.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 174 mileage: 374.5 (total 48285.4)
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  • Day174

    Heading West

    September 9 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Oh man, what a wonderful lunch we had yesterday! Calamari, salmon, halibut...yum! After that, we made our way to Spokane. I was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base 2007-2009, but didn't get to do much in downtown, so we stayed right by the river. I forgot how much I like Spokane. We walked through the park, checked out the carousel, talked to a couple of security guards for the Death Cab For Cutie concert, and popped into the Irish Pub. Then we wrapped up the evening with a filet mignon smothered in grilled onions and shiitake mushrooms and asparagus sprinkled with goat cheese. Oh. My. God. It was one of the best meals I've ever had 😋😋😋.

    We aren't very good at leaving early, and today was no different. But we finally got out of the hotel and are heading west on 2 towards the Coulee Dam.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 173 mileage: 282.7 (total 47910.9)
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  • Day173

    Lunch at the Marina

    September 8 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    The new tires took a while, so we didn't leave Boise until almost 14:00. Ben and I headed north on 95 towards Lewiston, which was a gorgeous drive along the Salmon River. We stopped around 17:30 at the Salmon River Motel in Riggins, Idaho, a neat little town.

    We had dinner at the cafe next door, then hung out in the evening air before calling it a night.

    We had breakfast at the same cafe and chatted with the owner. She and her partner have the place for sale because they want to retire.

    Although we shot for 07:00, we didn't leave this morning until just before 08:00. But only a few miles down the road we changed to Pacific Time, which put us at 07:00 again. I call that leaving on time 😁.

    We continued up the 95 and hit the Lewiston HD, which was next to a paper mill. Stinky 😝! The rest of the drive up would've been beautiful we could e seen anything. Like so much of the US this summer, Idaho is full of smoke from fires.

    Now we're in Coeur d'Alene for a lovely lunch at the marina.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 172 mileage: 166.1 (total 47628.2)
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  • Day172

    Two New Tires...Again

    September 7 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Yesterday, Ben and I made it to Boise, Idaho, and this morning I'm getting two new tires. The only thing to say about the ride yesterday was that this entire area of the United States is covered in smoke from all of the fires.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 171 mileage: 451.5 (total 47462.1)
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  • Day171

    Flaming Gorge & Ashley National Forest

    September 6 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    If you haven't been to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, put it on your list of sites to see. And bring your boat 😉.

    After Flaming Gorge HD, we followed WY530 down the west side of the Green River where we hit the Utah border sign you saw in yesterday's post. Then we turned onto UT44 back east, twisting through the Sheep Creek area and finally stopping at the Red Canyon Overlook in Ashley National Forest. Magnificent! We had a very nice lunch at the Red Canyon Lodge--it's for sale if you're interested--then continued to US191. We made it to the dealership in Vernal, still with Trump 2020 signs out front 😝, then decided to press on to Provo.

    We stayed in Lehi and today have been hitting HDs on our way to Idaho. We're stopped now at where the Logan HD used to be 🤣.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 170 mileage: 415.5 (total 47010.6)
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