- 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.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Week Day ride-Tehachapi Loop
It's a bit of a complicated route as you can tell and it's mostly correct except for a turn or two that I might have missed when plugging in all the flags. It's also a COLD ride with temps in the mid to upper 40 deg. range. My thermometer was reading as low as 46 deg. That's a bit chilly to say the least. The day before it's all about the wind along Interstate 15 through Lytle Creek area with numerous semi-trucks and even cars getting blown over or off the freeway, but today -NO WIND- just the cold.
These are the real Wrinkle Riders and there is an age minimum or so it seems. I meet up with Carolyn at the Imperial and 57 Fwy and she arrives on time even though traffic was jammed on the way here from her house. The two of us take off and meet up with John (Cuyo) the Venture owner, so the three of us head out to meet up with Hans and Turbo Dave. Turbo Dave is our ride leader with Hans handling tailgunner. This is second ride with these two really seasoned riders and both times I have been impressed with how well and smooth the ride progresses, let's hope he leads all these rides. We head for the 15 Fwy and then exit at Hwy 138 toward Wrightwood and Lancaster area, with Tehachapi as our destination.
Our destination for this ride is the Tehachapi Rail-Road Loop located outside of town along Highway 58. First of course, there is lunch and as suggested by our culinary expert John, we dine at Mike's in Mojave. The route to here was probably the coldest part of the entire day and it does warm up a bit after lunch and our sightseeing stop at the Loop. We made a quick stop somewhere before Mojave and I loan Carolyn a pair of gloves as her's are not up to the cold. Aerial View of Mikes in Mojave.
From here we head over to Tehachapi, but get stopped by a long s-l-o-w train and a quick photo opportuity.
We pull up to a parking area overlooking the Loop
And here we are, but no trains.
From here we continue on this old road back to Tehachapi and then take a trip through all the wind mills and still no wind. We wind up back on Hwy 138 heading for the Cajon Pass, then the 210, 57 Fwy and home, but first I stop at our regular Thursday Bike night meeting. There I meet Johney, John, Chuck, Joe and Brian (but no picture)-just too tired to remember a picture. About 350 miles for the entire trip and all the gear I wore really paid off as I was not frozen or seriously cold at any point on the entire trip.