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Old 05-30-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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The Reconnection Ride: CA, NV, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AR, OK, UT

After many months of anticipation, planning, and some friendly advice from fellow ADV'ers, I'm finally ready to hit the road early tomorrow morning for three weeks on my Weestrom.

There will be high places, low places, friends, family, hotels, camping, fun and work. Yes I'm taking my job with me, that's how I can afford to take the time to do this. I'm lucky that I'm a self-employed consultant and almost everything I do is over the Internet. So with a mix of wi-fi and mobile broadband I'm good to go just about anywhere.

Reconnection is a big theme for this adventure. I'll start that in Houston, visiting a sister whom I've not seen in five(!) years. Beth is a tall striking woman with flaming red hair, and was a very cool sister and one of my best friends when growing up. Maybe that hair isn't so red any more, we'll see!

Then there's my friend Bob in Louisiana. Haven't seen him in 20(!!) years. I knew Bob and his wife in Atlanta when we were all addicted to competitive contract bridge. Bob's wife passed away recently. I'll be there for two days and we will have many things to talk about, not to mention playing some cards and enjoying the local food and attractions.

Then it will be a short jaunt down the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway and three days in the New Orleans French Quarter with my brother and both sisters. Yep we'll have a little family reunion in one of the most fun places on earth.

Next reconnection will be with some old high school classmates in Mississippi. I have literally not seen any of them since graduating from high school. So for this one we're talking over 43(!!!) years.

Also in Mississippi is one of my nieces. I can't even remember how long it's been since I saw her, and I have never met her husband or any of her kids.

The final reconnection will be rather one-sided, paying respects to my deceased mother and grandfather.

So with that, I'll leave you for now with a map of my first leg, from Fairfield, CA to Beatty, NV.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:00 PM   #2
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:52 PM   #3
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:59 PM   #4
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Day 1

Most of these pics are Highway 108, which becomes Sonora Pass:









Mono Lake:





Then comes Nevada:



My home for the evening:






Dinner and my charming waitress.


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Old 05-31-2011, 09:09 PM   #5
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Good luck!

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Old 06-02-2011, 11:11 AM   #6
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Day 2

My second day's ride (map here) took me through Las Vegas. My contribution to its economy consists of a hearty breakfast at MacDonald's:



Riding through the Nevada desert was not nearly as boring as expected. There are hills and mountains all around, and a fair share of sweepers in addition to the straight sections. A mild dusty haze was all around and created vistas where far-away mountains were grey while nearby hills were in normal contrast. The overall experience in 360-degree panorama was truly awe-inspiring, pictures cannot do it justice and I did not want to delay my schedule by taking any.

After passing Hoover Dam and gaining some elevation, I stopped at this scenic overlook of Lake Mead and snapped some pictures. Also here were some Native Americans selling jewelry.











On towards Kingman, Arizona I go. Leaving Boulder City I pass a "Last Stop" gas station. No problem, I'm thinking, the Wee gets 250-300 miles on a tank of gas. What I didn't consider was that fully loaded with a stiff headwind at 80 mph, it might not do so well.

About 25 miles before Kingman the low fuel warning thingy starts flashing and I start to worry. Sure enough, just inside the city limits the engine dies. But I ran out of gas in the best possible way, coasting downhill and into the very first gas station in 75 miles. Whew!



My V-Strom owner's manual says the tank holds 5.8 gallons. I now know that when that thing starts flashing, I can go about 25 more miles.

Stopping somewhere in Arizona to take a break and call my wife.



Upon reaching Highway 97, the riding gets much more interesting:











Finally reaching Prescott, I settle in for the night at the Lynx Lake campground:


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Old 06-02-2011, 11:50 AM   #7
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"About 25 miles before Kingman the low fuel warning thingy starts flashing and I start to worry. Sure enough, just inside the city limits the engine dies. But I ran out of gas in the best possible way, coasting downhill and into the very first gas station in 75 miles. Whew!"

I love when a plan works out!

Looking forward to more.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:03 PM   #8
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I'm In.. You have a nice touch with the lens.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:14 PM   #9
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Great photos of 108 Rod. i didn't realize it was open yet....

I was in Arizona for the first time in the fall.... loved it...
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:02 PM   #10
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I think we may have seen you going the other way...Somewhere around Nevada border

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Old 06-02-2011, 01:12 PM   #11
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Great photos of 108 Rod. i didn't realize it was open yet....

I was in Arizona for the first time in the fall.... loved it...

SR108 just opened on the 27th/28th, Tioga is still closed.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:02 PM   #12
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I'm in.
Welcome gents!

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"About 25 miles before Kingman the low fuel warning thingy starts flashing and I start to worry. Sure enough, just inside the city limits the engine dies. But I ran out of gas in the best possible way, coasting downhill and into the very first gas station in 75 miles. Whew!"

I love when a plan works out!

Looking forward to more.
Have a great trip
Thanks, my luck is holding up so far.

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Great photos of 108 Rod. i didn't realize it was open yet....

I was in Arizona for the first time in the fall.... loved it...
It's beautiful right now too! Stay tuned.

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I think we may have seen you going the other way...Somewhere around Nevada border

2000mi
Thanks, I'll check your RR... looks like you had a great excursion!
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:37 PM   #13
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This is looking great!
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:06 PM   #14
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Thanks for sharing. I'm thinking about a route similar soon, so am excited to see where you head next!
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:39 AM   #15
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Fairfield, CA....nice town. I'll be looking forward to reading your report, and checking out your pix. Enjoy, and travel safe!

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