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Old 04-25-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Life and death...

A little bit of both.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:37 PM   #2
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Well, here it is April 22nd.
I'm not craving any birthday attention, I just want to enjoy my day.

I'm pretty much out of work and the weather reports are calling for rain. Seems normal for this time of year in southern California and I almost want to take it personal.
I sleep in a little later than I had planned as my wife, kid and dog seem to be snoring me into some kind of un-wakeable sleep.
For the most part, the brokeback beemer is ready to rock and roll. I stayed awake far too late making that a reality. Beer can be (insert comment here).

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Old 04-25-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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While I do have some ideas of where I would like to go, I'm not in the mood to commit. At the moment, I'm hungry.

Leaving LA proper is only minutes away.



The Saugus Cafe was calling my name and I have never been there. That is what made it strange.
They did have some familiar dishes and I was forced to order from the large, friendly waitress.



No candles, but other than that it seemed safe enough.



Insert small burp here.

I felt better all of a sudden and can't explain why.
I now had a rough outline of my route. There were no real time constraints other than being back by 7 PM for a dinner w/ some ADV friends.
With caution in mind, I hit the road. I tried to minimize the pavement miles as much as possible.
Next thing I know, it's 35 degrees (American).




I don't like snow, or ice, or ice and snow, ice w/ snow, the look of snow...
You get the picture.
I got back down to a normal elevation and was happy.
Time to go see the Poppies. Of course there are a few things to be seen along the way.




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Old 04-25-2010, 10:14 PM   #4
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I guess if you don't live in California, the Poppies will mean nothing to you. For those of us that live without the four seasons, they are pretty incredible.
"Go to the Poppies young man."




Nice!

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Old 04-25-2010, 10:17 PM   #5
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Enough flowers, it's time to hit the road!

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Old 04-25-2010, 10:19 PM   #6
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:10 AM   #7
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The brokeback beemer was in a pretty good mood.



The weather was cool. Around 50 most of the day. The clouds kept me guessing, though.



I ran into this little guy outside of California City



as well as a bunch of old friends I forgot to mention before.



The further I traveled into the desert, the more I relaxed. This was a much needed day.



Pretty green for a desert.







Almost at my destination.

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Old 04-26-2010, 07:30 AM   #8
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http://thebannerisup.district37ama.o...memorial.shtml

This was my destination. On the day of my birth 42 years ago, going to the resting place of a bunch of desert rats was my first choice. I can't tell you why in words. Maybe the photos will help.
Although plagued by vandalism in the past, the Husky was in excellent condition today. Lots of groups and individuals put time into keeping this place the way it is supposed to be.



















































Rich, poor, famous, unheard of, it doesn't matter. These men are gone, but the evidence of their love of motorcycles and the desert lives on.

Heading home had a different "feel" to it. This is a powerful place.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:37 AM   #9
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:56 AM   #10
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Thanks. Pictures made me feel a mixture of sadness and respect....nice that the site is kept looked after.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:11 AM   #11
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I found a nice trail heading east and was considering heading to Inscription Canyon to see the petroglyphs.









The wash took me farther south than I needed to be and I decided I needed to be a bit more conservative with my estimates of time.
Hauling the 500# brokeback beemer through the deep sand was somewhat slow.
The desert was incredible and the clouds were more white than angry gray. No getting wet today.





At this point it's about 4:30. Time to head back towards home.
So far, the trip was about 1/3 paved road. I would need to hit a little more pavement on the way home, but not much.







Time for a quick stop at the Rock Inn for a beer.



And back on the road.



My last little section was closed. That was probably a good thing considering the time.



I was cutting it close for dinner. Plan was to meet a few FFers and my wife and son for some Vietnamese for dinner.
Mission accomplished!







And just like that my day was over.
Life and death... and all in the same day.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:25 AM   #12
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this is pretty cool. That is quite an interesting Riders Memorial there.
never seen anything like that before........thanks for showing it too us.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:28 AM   #13
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Nice ride report. Trite as it may seem, we come with nothing into the world and leave with nothing, all we can hope for is love in between.

I lived in Irvine, Orange County for 3 years until June last year. Somehow missed the poppy flowers. I loved going to the Angeles National Forest, Joshua Tree and Palomar Observatory. The desert does offer a certain calm and has a therapeutic quality of clearing the mind.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:50 AM   #14
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Thanks for taking us along on your birthday ride. I really enjoyed learning about the desert memorial, and hope to see it myself someday.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:58 AM   #15
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Great RR, John. That memorial makes me proud to be a member of this tribe.

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