Paste your Google Webmaster Tools verification code here

Lake Tahoe

Ely, NV – Back Home again – Day 7

Today we got up earlier than we normally have been getting up. I think we were all eager for home. As fun as these trips are, it is always good to come home to our families and sweethearts (And in Kent’s case, his dog).

mcdonalds After having our showers this morning, and getting packed up, we had breakfast at Mickey D’s (McDonalds). It became one of our favorite stops. Probably not a good thing.

Speaking of McDonalds, did you know that the very first McDonalds opened where I grew up in California? In 1953 Mac (I wonder what food item is named after him) and Dick McDonald opened the first franchised restaurant in Downey, California, right next to Bellflower. I can remember going to this McDonalds when I lived there.

 

After McDonalds, we set our GPS for “home.” We made pretty good time, reaching home base in about 4 hours.

Looking back on the last 7 days, we had several “first’s” on this trip: Adam’s bike ran out of gas; breathing toxic smoke from Yosemite’s largest forest fire on record, as well as getting up close and personal with the fire; riding on some of the ¬†twistiest roads in the US. (I seriously think we encountered about a 1,000+ curves on this trip. My front tire is proof. It is completely bald on the left side. Must have turned more lefts than rights)

So, as we conclude another journey on our iron horses, the fun of the trip isn’t necessarily in the route or the scenery, it is in the companionship of the guys. We have good times laughing and experiencing the adventure together. I personally appreciate the relationship I have had with my riding buddies. They are fun to be around, as well as safe and cautious in their riding. We’ve never had any accidents or issues due to exceeding our risk limits, except for an occasional tipped-over bike. And I do believe they enjoy having an old guy to keep them in check.

Motorcycle Riding Partners

Motorcycle Riding Buddies

20130825-232523.jpg

20130825-225149.jpg

20130825-225100.jpg

20130824-223033.jpg

20130822-195845.jpg

I’ll now close the book on this trip to the Northern California Coast.

…until the next one.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?
Posted by Brad Stone - August 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Categories: Lake Tahoe, Motorcycle Rides, motorcycle trip, Northern California, Northern California Coastal Hwy, redwood forest, San Francisco, Yosemite Park   Tags:

Lake Tahoe to Humbroldt Redwood Forest – Day 2

We only traveled 363 miles today, but it took us 12 hours to do it. Leaving Lake Tahoe at 9:00 this morning, we arrived at our camp destination at 9:00 tonight. The reason for the long, slow day was due to our route. We traveled through several mountain ranges in Northern California, with roads that were very twisty and narrow. So our average speed was around 35 mph. But we traveled through some absolutely beautiful countryside. We are now camped in amongst the Giant Redwoods of California. We don’t have very good reception here to upload any pictures, so I’ll upload them tomorrow. It is late, so I’ll sign off tonight and see you tomorrow.

Posted by Brad Stone - August 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Categories: Lake Tahoe, Northern California, Northern California Coastal Hwy, redwood forest   Tags: ,

Lake Tahoe – Day One

20130822-202329.jpg

We left this morning at 6:30 and hooked up with I-80 heading west towards California. We hit a little bit of rain as we passed Tooele. Temps were pleasant until crossing the center of Nevada, then it warmed up. As we approached Reno, the skies were filled with smoke coming from a couple of fires around Yosemite. We heard that over 60,000 acres have been burned so far.

Adam’s bike ran out of gas just outside of Lake Tahoe. We were able to siphon some gas from one of the other bikes, and made it to a gas station.

We arrived at the Tahoe State Park Campground at Lake Tahoe around 7:00 pm, having traveled about 600 miles today.

20130822-212830.jpg

20130822-212918.jpg

20130822-212938.jpg

20130822-212951.jpg

20130822-213008.jpg

20130822-213022.jpg

20130823-063118.jpg

20130823-063204.jpg

Posted by Brad Stone - August 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Categories: Lake Tahoe, Motorcycle Rides, Northern California Coastal Hwy   Tags: ,