Sunday, December 25, 2011


Merry Christmas! We're hitting the road Monday. Not sure where but we'll post updates as time, wi-fi, and motivation permit.

Lori drank this Christmas Eve and was out before the "Muppets Christmas Carol" was half over. 

Christmas Eve Egg-Burger-Dog.

Santiago Canyon Road in Orange.

Close to 80 degrees.

Sidecars are fun!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Christmas Poem

Christmas 2011

It’s raining outside the Benz looks like crap.
The noise from the radio’s Jingle Bells Rap.

You beat up a guy for his Occupy Tee.
Now off for the park to chop down a tree.

The wife’s on your iPad doing live request cam,
so you head for the market to steal a fat ham.

Your phone starts to buzz as you head out the door.
The In-laws again, they’re trying to score.

Christmas will be here in just one more night,
bring ’em a bottle they’ll stay out of sight.

The kids left last Friday to go out and play,
they always come home for the big holiday.

You ride by a church and think about mass,
but you know ol' Santa don’t give a rat’s ass.

Arrive at the mall and the parking lot’s packed,
the really good cars have already been jacked.

The soon bankrupt Center’s a mile away.
You snag a good space it might be your day.

Down near Wet Seal you hear a loud sound.
The cops have your daughter hog-tied on the ground.

You duck into Nordstrom before you are seen,
They won’t keep her long she’s only fourteen.

You search really hard and find the right gift.
The security guard just ended his shift.

Out the back door and into the cold.
Shoplifting's easy when you start to look old.

It’s Christmas morning and everyone’s here,
They’re already loaded on holiday cheer.

Your friends and your family can’t wreck your yuletide.
To hell with them all just go for a ride!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Truck hunting on the Central Coast.

Back on December 2nd we loaded the L-Rod with cash and warm Made in USA clothing and headed to Cambria in search of a new/old truck. Lori wants a Panel Truck and I'm thinkin' '70s Stepside 4x4. I know-I know get the Panel, but I've wanted a Stepside Chevy since high school.

L-Rod and Lori at Cambria Palms Motel.
Check it out! Room 6...that's 66 less a 6 and the address is 2662 Main Street. Coincidence? I think not.

We had dinner at the Sow's Ear. This place is great, the Chicken Fried Steak is real steak.  (View from Lynn's Fruit Bin)

This is Camozzi's. I was never thrown out of Camozzi's...for sure. 

This a patio/garden area behind the Motel. The air was 45 degrees but the sun was so hot I had to take off my Jacket.  

After breakfast we drove to to see a '62 Panel in Los Osos with short stops in Harmony and Cayucos.

Harmony: Population 18. Next time you're on Highway One you should stop there.

Lori found this one but it wasn't for sale.

Lori typing a letter in the Harmony Post Office.

She and this cat got along well.
Stay tuned for Truck Hunting II. Trucks are harder to find than we thought.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Route 66 at night 1

Here's a few pictures taken around Route 66 at night. Some have been published on websites, Facebook, and other blogs others have been sitting in our archives for years. We'll post 'em in small batches so you don't get sick of them all at once.
Just Cruisn' Car Show. They have a burnout contest on Friday night.
Lori at La Posada
66 Motor Palace
La Posada around Christmas

Saturday, November 12, 2011

El Mirage

It was about 38 degrees when I made it to El Mirage for the 6:45AM patrol meeting. It rained a little overnight which means dust was low, the track was hard and the air was dense. There was even a little tail wind for an extra push down the 1.3 mile course. It was a fast day and records fell.
Ready for duty!

Just after patrol meeting and a breakfast burrito.
I joined Gear Grinders about seven years ago with the intention of racing a Buell Blast. By the time I found a bike I figured out I was too lazy to mess with it but I stayed in the club just in case. As a member of an SCTA racing club you do "patrol" duty every year or so. Patrol is sort of like being a flag person at a regular race but since the course is so long and nobody would see the flags, you alert the "tower" on a CB radio if anything happens.

My Patrol Station. Officially known as "Tower 8." The RVs in the background are "Return 7 or 8." the course is wide.

Here's a truck going about 140. (zoomed all the way in and most of the photo cropped off) You need a great big lens and a steady hand to shoot here. I can't even follow the cars with binoculars! 
There's always plenty of cool stuff on at an El Mirage event.
This Honda 600 is powered by a GSXR 1000 motor. It sounds wild revving to 14,000 RPM before shifting!
He's the driver. It's a very small car.
Here's a rat that was cruising around.
A guy with an Aermacchi Harley and a nice Chevy to carry it around.
This stood out in the line up.

A blown Triumph 250. This bike was beautiful and I tried hard but these pictures don't do it justice.
Root Beer Brown with Gold Leaf...

...and a Supercharger

...on a 250cc race bike that could inspire a thousand Cafe Racers and Choppers!
Time to go home, but not without a dinner stop on Route 66 at the world famous La Poloma Restaurant  in La Verne. (Two blocks west of Garey)
La Paloma in Laverne is a Route 66 landmark that lives up to it's reputation for quality Mexican Food. It's really good! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Death Valley ride and lots of R80G/S pictures

Brian Jr. (no relationship) and I met up in Jawbone for a ride through Death Valley. The weather was  great and other than my chicken out on the Racetracks Playa road the trip was perfect.

Brian JR. at Jawbone Store

It's dark out there

Panamint Restaurant after closing time
We spent our first night in Panamint Springs. The staff here is very friendly and they have clean simple rooms, cabins, and a camp ground popular with motorcyclists. We even ran into a few friends from Irv Seaver Motor Cycle.

The hand made chile was accompanied with live entertainment consisting of a roving drunk and a patient Sheriff's Deputy. We were lucky, the drunk didn't visit our table 'til breakfast the next morning. Friendly guy and if you're looking for a completely stock shovel with an FX front end and Branch built S&S motor that hasn't been run in twenty years hit me up. He gave me his number and I'll be happy to pass it on.

Disappointed Brian Jr. after agreeing to turn back
We were warned not to take the southern route to the Racetrack's Playa by a couple guys on KTMs at dinner so rode up to the northern route. After couple miles I figured out this was going to be about three hours of hell if I was lucky and suggested we head back to Ubehebe. Brian Jr. kindly agreed. The road didn't look too bad and he was doing fine but I couldn't control the front end in the soft stuff and it was mostly soft stuff. The G/S cruises on hard pack and gravel so I'll try again next year with a different set up and practice in sand.
my baby where I chickened out

from here it looks easy
looks easy here too
From Ubehebe we rode to Scott's Castle, Beatty, Rhyolite and on to Artist's drive and Badwater with a short detour through Mustard Canyon.

Spotted this reflection in the Ubehebe parking lot

Brian Jr. at Ubehebe Crater
Scotty's Castle
We stopped for fuel and water at Eddie's in Beatty. When I released my clutch the fill plug for the final drive fell out in front of Brian Jr. We replaced it and got on our way happy it didn't fall out ten feet earlier or later. We wouldn't have known it was gone.

This black bird was hanging out with me in Beatty while Brian Jr. was refilling his Camelback

Artist's Palette on Artist's Drive. You need to see it in person or hire a real photographer.
Brian Jr. on cliff at Artist's Palette
me too in my Steve McQueen jacket by Troy Lee (available now) and Princess Leia hair cut
our shadows at bottom of cliff
At 287' below sea level the Badwater Basin is fed by the Amargosa river which you can't see because it's final segment is undergound 'til it feeds the basin.
Badwater Basin
That sign's 287' up
Valley wall reflected in Badwater
mineral deposits in Badwater
This is damp from the Amargosa river just below the surface.
Brian Jr. on the beach.
From badwater the road roughly follows the Amargosa to the town of Shoshone. Shoshone has a population of 31, a nice little motel, and the legendary Crow Bar, a restaurant and saloon staffed by friendly people serving great food since 1920.

Crow Bar after sunset
view from Crow Bar patio

They even have a real phone booth instead of cell service!

...a naturally heated mineral pool and a nice fire pit.
room protected by black bird

We got up in time for breakfast at the Crow Bar and headed home. We parted ways in Baker and I headed across the Mojave desert preserve to for about 150 miles of Route 66.

Roy's Amboy for a Mexican Coke and Crater Crisps.

The bottom of Cajon Pass. The end of Route 66 'til Foothill Blvd in Rancho Cucamonga