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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Richard and Wayne's Mt. Wilson Adventure

Thursday 12/27/2007 9:00 am, Wayne and I met up at Blakes BBQ in Anaheim just off Kraemer Blvd. and Wayne had planned a trip to a couple camp grounds off Highway 2 the Angeles Crest Hwy. I met Wayne through the STAR riders Group that meets at Blakes every Thursday and this is our third trip/adventure. That's my new Road Star 1700 and Wayne is on his Suzuki C90, with fuel injection but a smaller gas tank. Road Star tank holds 5.3 gal. gas, the Suzuki holds less than 4 gal.
I knew it would be cold on this trip so put on the nylon over-pants, and the new glove liners I just bought and away we sent. Up the 57 Freeway to the 210 to Hwy 2 - Angeles Crest Hwy. It was cold, in the low 50's and with wind chill gets a lot colder. Headed up into the mountains with our first stop a ranger station at the junction of Hwy 2 and the road to Mt. Wilson.
Here we are at the ranger station and it's been a cold trip, but I was better prepared this time. Wayne wore a scarf, leather overpants (chaps) and a leather jacket plus a heavy shirt and fleece lined jeans. I wore the Nylon First Gear mesh over-pants, my Tourmaster jacket and Tourmaster gloves with the new liners. I put on a fleece hooded zip up jacket that I had brought and that made a lot of difference.
Picture of the road leading to Mt. Wilson, but we are going to stay on Hwy 2 for a while longer to find the first campground.

We found the Campground but it was not what he thought it was and so we headed back up to the ranger station and found campground #2. He warned me the road to the next camping site was down a "slight" twisting grade but was very short. HOO HAA what a road. We made it to the bottom but you do not want to mess up on the way down or up for that matter.
Here are some pictures of our camping experience. We made it to the bottom and there are tables and parking spaces way down at the bottom of this canyon.
This is looking back to the very bottom of the road and we parked up near the end of the campground
This is looking back up the canyon to where the road is.

Wayne brought some great home-made soup and a small gas bottle cook stove you would hike with and fired it up. It was cold and the little cook stove took quite a while to heat up the jar of soup. Wayne brought everything including soup to nuts, literaly and he seems to be an experienced camper from what I can tell.

"Is it soup yet?"

Little stove really works.

Now it's time to head back up the canyon and here's the road. Only took two pictures as there was only one place to stop, a real challenge. One picture looking back down hill and the other uphill, it gets real twisty around that corner.

Made it to the top and we are headed for Mt. Wilson where all the TV antennas are. Definitely a winding road with plenty of turns and twists. Fantastic views from about 5,600 ft. level.

looking out over Los Angeles to the ocean.

Made it to the top, circled Mt. Wilson and the TV transmitting towers and headed back to starting point. Great trip, 150 miles total, no accidents or major encounters

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