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Old 09-29-2009, 08:04 AM   #10
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Location: Diamond Bar, CA.
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Day 2: June 25 2009

We awoke early to a beautiful day. The weather in the morning was cool and dry, but that was not going to last. By noon it was 90 degrees and very humid. Riding in full gear, including knee braces, and Acerbis pressure suit was hot, but it was something we were going to have to get used to.

Anyway, the roads were scenic.

and Motoadventuregal was right behind me.

We stopped in this quiet little down and took in the tranquil scene.

Even when things seem idylic, there are dangers.

We took some of the smaller roads towards the Sharpsburg Military Park.
It was good to be riding through the cooler air in the dense forest.

The towns along the way were antique and quiet.

We stopped in Sharpsburg and had luch in the Civil War battlefields.
These places are so rich in history, but had a very somber feel to them.
I'm always remoresful and saddened by this part of Americas history.
For me it was a time of quiet introspection. So much idealism, so much valor, and so much violence.

A traumatic time in our nations history.

Lunch was a Subway sandwich in the shade of an old tree that had seen the battle, and bore scars of shrapnel and bullets.

After lunch we rode out of town towards the mountain roads of George Washington Natonal Forest.

As the afternoon wore on, we got closer to our destination. When we stopped in some tiny lown to get my evening beers I had an interesting encounter with the locals. I walked into the store and bought two cold beers. A group of four guys in straw hats watched me intently as I looked like some kind of paramilitary stormtrooper. They asked me if I wasn't hot in all my gear, and I replied I was and that was what the two cold beers were for.
After a friendly exchange, I got back on my motorcyle, and all four of them climbed onto a big green John Deere tractor and we rode off in different directions. (You don't see four guys in straw hats riding a tractor eveyday.) We knew we were in farm country.

A few more miles down the road.

and we got to our National Forest camping destination for the nightat Hone Quarry. (I would like to add that on this entire trip, we only stayed in a hotel twice. All other evenings were eiother spent camping, or couch surfing. Yes, I'm a frugal person. The less I spend on sleeping, the more money I have to ride and travel, and that makes sence to me. )

Camp Snuggly was set up.

and we even had a nearby stream to take baths in. It was hot and humid and it felt great to get cooled off and refreshed.

Dinner was a one pan gourmet version of Glorp. (Again, my frugal nature would rather pay for exotic motorcycles and gas, than consumables like food.)

So ended day two:
Stats for the Day:
233 miles
Moving Average 38.3. Moving time 6:06
Stopped 2:51. Total 8:57

More to come.

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