After arriving in San Carlos, the plan was to meet friends the next day. However, Angela was not feeling much better, so the first thing became going to an urgent care clinic. She received a diagnosis and was easily treated, and is now (a day later) well on the mend. We went over the hill … Continue reading The Bay Area
I don't think there's a lot to say about this ride; it was grueling as we needed to cover ground. We had breakfast at the hotel then got on the road. Lunch was in Reno and dinner was around Sacramento. The temperature changes between the two, coming through Donner Pass on I-80, were impressive. The … Continue reading Winnemucca to San Carlos
I think this is going down as "The Salt Ride." 300-odd miles of I-80, large portions of which were around the Great Salt Lake and on the Bonneville Salt Flats (location of the infamous speedway.) Morton salt company has a salt pan operation in this region (the tallest building of the complex has the Morton … Continue reading SLC to Winnemucca
A late start due to the grueling and late right the night before. We had lunch before even starting the bikes, going to Blake's Lottaburger in the same lot as the hotel. Blake's is a chain of classic fast food/burger joints of the 1950s and most if not all of its locations are in New … Continue reading Farmington to Salt Lake City
We departed Carlsbad midday and headed to Farmington. I believe we stopped for lunch before leaving Carlsbad and did dinner in Albuquerque. There isn't a lot to note on this day as it was a "cover miles" sort of trip. The significant event in the early part of the ride was Angela suffering heat stress, … Continue reading Carlsbad to Farmington
Angela needed to get out of the desert and the only options were to backtrack or head north. Due to poor sleep we weren't able to get underway until late in the morning, which meant crossing the desert during the hottest times. We didn't have much trouble on this, however. She noted that it felt … Continue reading Fort Stockton to Carlsbad.
I'm still playing catch-up but making progress. For now, here's a bit of a PSA. I didn't include this in my last post and should have, as it also factors into the two posts that I'm about to make. Desert riding cannot be described as "safe." If you attempt it, you are never actually safe. … Continue reading A note about desert riding.
Angela was in no shape to ride on Friday so we booked the room for an extra night and she slept. I went for a ride, taking the ZR-7s. First stop: Pecos, and the West of Pecos Museum. The 50-odd mile ride up US 285 was hot and dry, but fast. The speed limit is … Continue reading Spending the day in Fort Stockton
Thursday, after checking out, we visited The Country Weaver and had lunch at Magnolia Grille South (as the sign says, "Sorry, we're open.") The kind women at the yarn shop gave us the suggestion to visit The Tinsmith's Wife in Comfort, which was not far off our planned route to Fort Stockton. We decided to … Continue reading Austin to Fort Stockton