Sunday, December 30, 2012

Reader's request!

That "Porn Sled" just makes me giggle every time I see it in a photo. Is the plastic front end still pliable, or has it gone all hard and cracked? I really need to see a pic of Lori sitting inside the beige bomber. Something tells me she's truly repulsed by the "sled"! Happy New Year!

Official 66 Motor Palace response:

Enclosed is undeniable proof Lori loves the Porn Sled.

The Porn Sled has spent its life garaged except a short period when it lived under a cover. The nose and tail are still pliable but the shiny beige laquer paint has a fair amount of checking.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Apocalyps disappointed but Christmas is great!

After surviving the Apocalyps we drank coffee and went to Irv Seaver to pick up throttle cables for the R100S and the Orange Farmers Market to buy food. We saw this nice Vette on the way to Irv Seaver.

63 Vette with a big guy wearing a Santa Hat

That '63 might be faster but this one's beige!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Poem 2012 "End of the World Edition"

Latest version of my non winning Christmas poem entry.

Creepy Christmas Sock Monkeys waiting for Santa

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

You beat up some kook in an S.O.A. tee, home from the park with a freshly chopped tree.

The wife’s on her iPad doing live request cam,
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 looking 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 pass by a church and think about mass,
but you know ol' Santa don’t give a rat’s ass.

Arrive at a mall where 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.

In front of the 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.

Searching and searching you snag the right gift.
The guard’s been on Facebook most of his shift.

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

It’s now Christmas morning and everyone’s here,
They’re fighting and drinking your holiday cheer.

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


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Buell, Crocker, Indian, and a couple other American Legends

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We got an interesting glimpse at the past, present, and future of motorcycling with the help of a a few old names showing a lot of promise at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show.

Indian showed up with what they say are the last Stelicon/Gilroy/evo inspired Indian models, a recording of their new motor, and the genuine Munro Special (better known as The World's Fastest Indian). Their recent purchase by Polaris should provide them with more cash, engineering, manufacturing, and distribution capabilities they need to be a world class player again. We're looking forward to some exciting new products from them!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Missouri Famly, LA Auto Show, the Pantry


After my cousin Tim posted a picture of our grandfather in a WWI Navy uniform (I never knew he was in the Navy) I got a little curious about my family. I Googled my grandfather and learned he was born in Missouri. I'm pretty happy about that because I liked riding Route 66 through Missouri last summer and everyone we met there was really nice. Wendy and John who we hung out with in Seligman, AZ are from Missouri too!
My Grandfather's parents, brothers, and sisters in 1894. He was born in 1895 and didn't make this photo.

My Grandmother was born in Mississippi near Tupelo on the Natchez Trace. She was a librarian and school teacher in Forrest City, Arkansas before marrying my grandfather and moving to California in the late 30s. 
My Grandmother Mabel Wren and Grandfather Hayden Law 1937.
My father was their first kid. He was born in 1940.
Now I'm trying to find information on Robert M Law who was a motorcycle dealer in Orange County, CA. I bought an old license plate frame from his shop at a swap meet and when I mentioned it to my father several years later he said Robert was his cousin and he had bought an AJS from him in the early 60s. I know he was a Parilla dealer and I think an AJS, BSA, and later a Honda dealer in Fullerton or Anaheim.

We were on our way to the Pomona Swap meet Sunday when we decided to go go to Venice to see what's going on at Deus Ex Machina and maybe have a look at a BSA over that way. As we approached LA Lori suggested we stop by the LA Auto Show on the way. We ended up spending the whole day there sitting in cars and falling in love. Aston Martin, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar, Jeep, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Morgan, Porsche, Rover, Volkswagen, and Volvo all had cool stuff for a Route 66 road trip. Go to their websites and take a look. Their pictures are better.

A Land Rover displayed in it's own pond.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Montgomery Motorcycle Company, YM-1 goes Boom!

Montgomery Motorcycle Company celebrated the opening of their new Vintage Motorcycle shop in San Clemente Saturday. The place is beautiful and the party was one to remember. Music was provided by Smiling Face Down and the Alter Billies, Happa J's served tacos on fresh made tortillas, and they had a Plymouth pickup full of ice cold PBR. Last but not least were the hosts, they are probably the nicest bunch of people in the motorcycle business and they made sure everybody had a good time. Be sure to stop in to meet them, and bring money they have plenty of cool stuff! Here's a link to their Blog too

Montgomery Motorcycle Company Grand Opening party

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day, Fall clean up, Enchiladas and bonus last picture.

Thank you veterans.

My cousin and I are friends on Facebook, we haven't seen each other in "real life" since sometime in the mid '70s. Back then I spent my time riding motorcycles and swimming. Tim is a little younger and  he liked swimming. We never stayed in touch and while I was riding motorcycles he got a PHD at Columbia.
On Veterans Day he posted this picture on our Grandfather in his Navy Uniform from WWI. Our Grandpa Law died when I was young and I never knew he was in the Navy. Thanks Tim for this knowledge, thanks Veterans for protecting our rights including the ability to share our thoughts and beliefs in this world of social media and instant communication...and thanks to whoever thought up "sexting."
My Grandfather Hayden Law.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Flat Track, a sunset, and lonely ghosts on Route 66.

The Pomona Fairplex hosted the AMA Grand National Flat Track Finals again with the help of Presenting Dealers PomonaValley Harley-Davidson, and Glendale Harley-Davidson. Our man Kenny Coolbeth dominated the race from flag to flag and made it clear he's back with his second victory after returning from injuries late in the season. Thanks for a great show Kenny!
Kenny Coolbeth's winning tire in a secure top secret location.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Camp 66 Motor Palace!

The mirror we bought at the swap meet in Tustin fits! We'll hang it up after we paint.

We finally got to sleep in the Motor Palace! The apartment's almost done so we decided to give it a try for the 18th Annual "Just Cruzin' Car Show." "Almost done" as in electricity, water, toilet, walls, heating and AC. This is the positive spin for no tub and no hot water, and for some reason iPhones and Internet didn't work for crap all weekend. (Thanks for your patience Joe.)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Harvest Moon

A full moon, temperature in the high 70s, and orange lights from the building next door were good reasons to break out the tripod and play around for awhile.

Moon peeking over warehouse across the tracks from the shop

Friday, September 28, 2012

El Camino Motorcycle Show and Swap

Classic Cycle Events hosted the 37th annual El Camino Motorcycle Show and Swap at their new home, Irwindale Raceway. The usual location at El Camino College is getting earthquake retrofits and the event has outgrown the venue.
Despite the change the event was a huge success with thirty more venders than last year and free motorcycle parking. Irwindale Raceway is a great place and probably easier to get to for just about anybody east fo the 405. The change is for the better but we'll miss the short rows of the old parking structure. We definitely plan on attending next year. This is the best So-Cal events all year, a place you see exotic and rare right next to regular old junk.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Links Page up!

We got our "Links" page up and running and will continue to add content as we experience new places we like. If a place is on this page we tried it and liked it. We hope your visits go as well as ours and apologize in advance if you're disappointed.

For now we are including Route 66 related places exclusively but will probably expand to other road trip related and noteworthy places like Frank's Diner in Kenosha, WI. see, we just did one and if you go there you'll thank us.

Friendly waitress at Frank's Diner.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

We're home, sort of...


Arrived in SoCal Thursday stopping at the Outpost on Route 66 and 395 for an always good lunch. The Outpost still cooks "Truck Stop" food the way it used to be and it's always served by friendly people who make you feel welcome. (You over-thirty travelers know what I'm talking about, the rest of you should ride up and see what you've been missing).

Thursday, August 30, 2012

AZ has Blue Sky, Chile, and Seligman.

Joe & Aggies Holbrook, AZ.
To complete the Holy Trinity of Chile, we took an early ride to Joe and Aggie's. Most of the 66 alignments dead end or go to dirt, but we got about 20 miles in. Definitely want a Jeep or 50 lbs less luggage for more exploration of this area.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Mexico Sky and Chile

Route 66 / Santa Fe Trail sort of.
We skipped breakfast to take the 1937 Santa Fe Trail alignment, a beautiful ride but sort of a scam if you were trying to get to your new job in the California Cotton Fields.

The road cuts up north 66 miles (really) to

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ghost towns and ghost roads.

The morning air was cool and traffic didn't exist. We wanted breakfast in Texas and the Sportsters got us to Mitchell's in Shamrock before we knew it. Chasing my own shadow in the morning is a strange sensation. With the hills, traffic, and that pesky ocean it can't be done. Not that I ever noticed until today but it was kinda cool!

Anyway breakfast at Mitchell's Family Restaurant was another stellar occasion. I don't know how but we've had the best breakfasts nearly every day of this trip. I'll post links when I get home so you'll know where to eat.

Our plan for today was to ride through all the small Texas towns east of Amarillo, pick up a few alignments, find a mysterious ghost town in New Mexico, and eat lunch or dinner at Joseph's depending on the time.

We picked off Shamrock and groom, maybe Conroy, missed Alan Reed completely. While on old Route 66 looking for Conroy we went straight when we probably should have turned. We continued on a well paved narrow two lane road. About half a mile into it the speed limit jumped to 75 so we nailed the throttles. No sane person could ride or drive this road at it's posted speed and not be afraid of getting a ticket. The only car we saw in 10 miles was a postal vehicle who appeared to share a 150 mph closing speed and maybe 4 feet of air with us.

The problem was when we got to the end of the road Conroy wasn't there. We had 130+ miles on our tanks and iPhone said we were 20 miles from gas either direction and neither of us were on reserve yet. We figured we'd be better off going dry on an interstate than a 75 mph road with no shoulder or traffic to find us if we lost our signal and went for Amarillo.

We made it, Lori went on reserve right before the gas station. We got 56 mpg that leg.

We stayed on the interstate until Tucumcari got gas and started hunting old alignments. We saw a ghost town along the highway on the way out. I'd read about it awhile ago and remembered it being nearly impossible alignment even though it's visible from the interstate. Lori read off a few names and they all sounded familiar. We got on 66 at the Stuckey's east of Tucumcari and followed it east. We crossed the interstate on modern bridges and single lane tunnels finally arriving in Montoya. Pretty cool but the wrong side of the highway and smaller. We continued to Newkirk and crossed the freeway no road east and dead end west so we got on the 40 West...nothing. We rode back 15 miles to explore the dead end. It went 3 or 4 miles and ended at a flooded tunnel.

West again we exited the interstate at Cuervo and crossed a bridge to the south side of the interstate. There it was, Cuervo. The town is named Cuervo and it's clearly marked with it's own easy on easy off ramps. I'm going to have to read the article again.

The real mystery was not another tourist stopped the hour we were there. All the buildings are crumbling except the church. A guy in a pickup stopped to talk and said when they widened the freeway they tore out half the town and left the other half to die. A few locals maintain the church.

We made it to Joseph's for dinner and decided to call it a night.

Breakfast will be good tomorrow too, we're going back to Joseph's!
Montoya, NM
Tunnel under I-40 in New Mexico
Church in Cuervo, NM
I want to live on Bond Street.
Old bar in Montoya, NM.
Great Breakfast at Mitchell's in Shamrock, TX.
Cuervo, NM.
Cuervo, NM.
Lonely road through Cuervo, NM.
Tin sided building in Cuervo, NM.
A bunch of motorcycle riders should each buy a property out here and save it!
Cuervo, NM.
Somebody had a hot-rod!
Cuervo, NM.

Seaba Station, more dirt, less light.

After a nice sendoff from Frank at the Chelsea Motor Inn we followed the storm to Memaw's in Claremore for a homestyle breakfast. We had a nice conversation with the couple at the next table. They've ridden up PCH and are excited about seeing more of California. Memaw's is on my "Highly Recommended" list. The people who work here are why it's fun to travel.

Catoosa and the Blue Whale are just down the road so we had to stop. The Blue Whale was built as a swimming hole and little park. You can't swim there anymore but it's a well maintained little park.

On the ride east we bypassed Tulsa to avoid traffic but this being Sunday we took the old road right on through. Tulsa is hands down the coolest of the larger cities we navigated. It's clearly marked, has lots of restaurants, and it looked like a few good motels.

The ride on Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City is among the best. It gently curves over rolling hills and small towns and the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum.

There were five or six bike and riders out front when we rode in. Jerry ran out to say "hi" and to see if he saw what he thought he saw. A chrome Sportster. He did.

He invited us in and told us about the place and patiently listened to me babble about the Motor Palace. This place is amazing. They have a real nice collection ranging from common but significant early Moto-X stuff, rare competition models, Trials, Speedway, Flattrack, British, European, a Pope Board Tracker, and even an ABC (I'd never heard of it), be sure you set aside a few hours for a stop here and if you're planning to compare, the 66 Motor Palace will never be this cool!

Oklahoma Route 66 west of Oklahoma City is not quite as dynamic as east but worth cruising through. It's flatter, straighter, and more slow transportation than entertainment.

We did our usual get lost in the late afternoon / dirt adventure thing and ended up running out of light in Elk City instead of McLean TX. I guess that's a dream for another time...We stayed at the Flamingo Inn, a work in progress run by very nice people who seem to be on the right track. Saving an old Motel must be an incredible challenge. Thanks again to all of you who've pulled it off! I'll stay here again if I'm in Elk City, but if the little things bother you go to one of the chains.

Tonight's goal.......Santa Rosa
New Mexico and dinner at Joseph's! The last two weeks may be the longest I've gone without Mexican Food ever.
Really, it was my father's favorite food too. Before he died his favorite restaurant puréed tacos so he could eat them through his feeding tube.

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I just noticed, this is our 66th post!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Animals, People, and Roads.

In California they change the plants every week so they're fresh and look the same year round. Here they seem to keep the same ones and we got to see some leaves turning red and gold. Small piles formed and whirled in the draft as Lori rode by. It's only been a week and a half and it feels like another place.

We stopped at Shelly's Route 66 Diner after another comfortable stay at the Wagon Wheel. The food is down home and delicious.

We saw a couple cute Pit Bulls running around outside and joked about them being "motorcycle eating dogs." Lori immediately made friends but they liked her so much they didn't want her to leave. When she tried to roll they would lunge and bite her front tire. Shelly and a customer came out and held them 'til we could escape. At the next stop sign she still had slobbery chomp marks!

We pulled up to the Elbow Inn with a German Tour group on their way to Chicago. One of the Germans was walking my way and yelled "De Katze" Lori had met "Boots" and he was climbing on to her shoulder where he stayed the remainder of our visit.

Devil's Elbow is one of those mystic spots where time and space merge. Everyone who's seen it becomes a mystery for the next traveler to solve.

Chelsea OK is the place we need to be and it's 300 miles away so back on the road! We took the 66 By-way southwest, got rained on, and made it to Gay Parita Station to look around and meet the legendary Gary. Gary's another California refugee who has restored an original gas station. He's done a fantastic job and makes his guests feel welcome. Be sure to visit him when you're in the area. Thanks Gary for sheltering us in that crazy storm!

Gary also shared a short cut to avoid the detour that got us going east out of Carthage. We got to see the cool stuff between Carthage and Joplin.

From Miami OK. we picked up the old single lane alignment west which actually smoothed out when we got to the mainly dirt section. The Sportsters thought this was cool stuff.

We were greeted by Frank and checked in to an absolutely spotless room at the Chelsea Motor Inn. The positive reviews are true! Another great Route 66 Motel. It rained hard all night and cleared up in time to leave.

Now to the Seaba Museum!
Add Lori and her Pitpals at Shelly's in Cuba,  MO.
Single lane section south west of Miami, OK. This was cool!
Lori and Boots at the Elbow Inn at Devil's Elbow south of Rolla, MO.
...after the single lane section turned to dirt.
Crappy shot outside the exceptional Chelsea Motor Inn in Chelsea, OK. Thanks for a nice stay Frank. I expect to see that bike done next time we're through.
Gay Parita Filling Station, home of Gary. Stop in for a visit!