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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!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Potato Salad-It's cultural

Keep your bike in good repair: motorcycle boots are not comfortable for walking. ~Author Unknown
 Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. ~Author Unknown
Potato Salad at Tyler's in Palm Springs, it's worth 240 miles- ~Richard

 240 miles at 40 miles per gallon, means about 6 gallons of gas.  At $3.99 a gallon that's about $24 for the trip to Palm Springs and back and finally getting John (Cuyo) to Tyler's for an order of potato salad and a hamburger.  As I told Johney H. on a phone call, when you're retired you have time for this sort of thing. 

On arriving in Palms  Springs we make a quick stop at the Visitor's Center and snap a couple pictures.

We a take a short tour into the Indian Canyons and go all the way to the entry gate where we stop and take a couple more photos...


Not only did John (Cuyo) like the idea that they peeled the potato skins before making the salad, but they also brewed their ice tea fresh from tea bags, AND to top it off they made his hamburger medium rare.  The Trifecta of gourmet nirvana!  It was as if we were the only two people in the entire place, everything became still, not a sound or sight penetrated the moment of expectation and excitement as the potato salad, ice tea and hamburger or bacon cheeseburger with extra onions in John's case were finally delivered to the table.  The sick were healed, the blind could see, the leper was cured... it was magic.  It could move you to tears. 
 We find a cozy little parking space among the flowers.

But enough about potato salad.
Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death. ~Hunter Thompson
 The road ahead beckons, so we saddle up and head out into the unknown, or in this case, down Hwy 111 to the turn-off for Highway 74 known as the Palms to Pines Highway that leads all the way to San Juan Capistrano if you stay on it. 
The curves just zip by and we arrive at the vista point...

Wisely we turn off at 371 toward Anza and Highway 79 as the road is starting to be covered with those darn cinders as we go higher into snow country.  At the top of the climb out of Palm Desert, snow is still very much in evidence along the sides of the road and I was not interested in riding through the remnants of all the cinder type gravel layed down after the recent storm. A glance at my temperature gauge indicates around 45 deg. it is a bit cold, but the jacket and Polar gloves prove their worth
Luck steps in and hands me $12.75- We stop at the Cahuilla Indian Casino in Anza and while John wanders around entertaining the locals, I put a dollar into a slot machine and after three pulls win $13.75-time to go.  It is very picturesque out the front door, so time for a photo opportunity.

Whatever it is, it's better in the wind. ~Author Unknown
additional photos by John Rehmann

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