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 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


These are shots inside the remains of what was once a bar so notorious the city of Winslow purchased it (and the Motor Palace) just to shut it down. Jenny's was the kind of place few people seem to have direct knowledge of and fewer are willing to talk about.

 It was connected to the Motor Palace with a large door and a pass through window that were hidden during business hours. After closing time they would move the Party to the Palace and access Winslow's tunnel network through the Motor Palace's cellar.

We don't know what went on in the tunnels but we have a ledger with the name "Jenny's" written in it with records of arrests and jail fees billed to the county. Maybe the good ol' boys were just drinking coffee and burning the midnight oil. Nah! That doesn't explain the hidden stage and the billions of booze bottles stashed under it.

The tributes on the walls were likely added shortly before Jenny's was silenced forever.
I wonder if they're talking about Ft. Worth...

We're going to reuse this wood and plan to save these sentimental beauties

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My favorite!

It was dark in here, I didn't even see the part in the bottom of the shot. I'll check it next visit.

This was posted to keep the riff-raff out.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

New bath tub.

We just got a bath tub for the Motor Palace from Al & Anna in Orange. Al's a Winslow fan and an Urban Designer who went to school in Flagstaff. They even offered us a break on the price since it was going to a good home.

Bondorella even got in on the action.

Motor Palace Update

The primary purpose of our Fall Route 66 tour was of course, to check up on the Motor Palace in Winslow. We'd hope to have at least phase one (apartment) complete so we could stay in the building, but, that didn't happen. We did meet with the architect and made some progress.

The old layers of plaster on the walls is something we will preserve as much as possible...

Brian ordering Gil's jacket while actually at the Motor Palace!
Checkin' in with Rusty (he's fine).

Cleaning weeds around the Carriage House...

...and Lori, with new window sticker sporting Schott NYC hooded wool cape. Available now at the 66 Motor Palace in Orange or buy it below!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Oatman Highway & Mtn. Springs Rd.

iPhone shots on Route 66.
Lori at Cool Springs on Oatman Highway
Dry pond next to abandoned section of Route 66 
Abandon section of Route 66 near Goffs Road
Lori and baby burro
Lori in old tunnel
Cool Springs shop truck