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Old 04-22-2011, 05:55 PM   #46
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Ya didn't notice all the Windmills in the pass? They were put there for a reason.

Seriously, Mojave has to be the windiest place on earth. Last time my wife and I were there it was blowing a steady 40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH.

Great RR, can't wait for the rest.
It was already pitch black by the time I got there. I didn't see the windmills until the next day
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:13 PM   #47
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ADVILF - think ADV and MILF - is in Ouray, CO on the July long weekend That'll be a whole other adventure
we will keep our eyes open for you cougs in ouray. im heading out with 2 friends Jun30 thru Jul10ish in Ouray. we are all married, so definitely not on the hunt. but we will still keep our eyes open for you gals, wave, and send a beer(or 3) your way!
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:47 PM   #48
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Day 4: April 7, 2011

At check-in the night before the clerk had warned me about parking my bike carefully, they'd often had bikes blow over in the parking lot so I wedged the Wee in downwind of a big tractor and took my weary bones to bed.
At about 3:30 am I woke up and listened. Not a breath of wind. "I should just get up and go," I thought to myself but I couldn't drag myself out of bed after just 4 hours sleep. "Ah, it wouldn't be safe," I told myself and went back to sleep. At 5:30 I awoke to the sound of the wind screaming through the trees out in front of my room. A truly eerie sound. Not much point in getting up now. I actually posted as my FB status that I was stuck in Mojave for the day. I finally got up at 7 and peered out. The sun was shining, birds were singing and the wind didn't look that bad. I was also getting support from a couple of my ADV friends who told me to go for it, I could handle the wind. OK, let's get while the getting was good!

Driving out of town this was the sight that greeted me.





Yes, those wind farms are there for a really good reason.
I was enthralled. This is completely different to the country I'm used to.



The vegetation is just weird but so very cool.



Strange things tickle my fancy. Like this, a river with no water. It actually made me giggle. I know, but I never let on I was normal.



And of course, I'm not used to the wide open spaces. There's huge trees where I live.



The wind, what there was of it, was at my back all the way to Barstow but when I made the turn on I15 I realized it had caught up to me.

At first it wasn't too bad. I just leaned into it and rode out the gusts. There's something called gyroscopic precession (I think I remember from the dark ages of high school physics) that keeps bikes in motion upright. Of course when I stopped it was my not so brute strength that held the bike up so picture taking became an ordeal. However here's a few I had to stop for.







When I stopped to take this last one I had my first real mishap. Generally I just pulled onto the paved "emergency stopping only" shoulder to take my pictures but here there was a wide gravel pullout where I could get well off the highway. I stopped, snapped a few frames and then started off again - right into a huge patch of loose gravel Of course, I skidded and dropped the bike OK, no problem, I've picked this bike up before so I get in position back to the seat, grab a handle bar in one hand and the baggage rack in the other and push with my legs. The only thing that happens is my feet slide in the gravel and I fall on my butt. Hmmm, must be the extra hundred pounds of gear I'm carrying. So there I am, standing over my bike thinking I'm going to have to unload everything when I hear a shout. An 18 wheeler has stopped on the shoulder and the driver is running toward me. "Wait, wait" he yells and makes his way over. In short order the two of us have the Wee back on it's wheels where it belongs. He wishes me well and off I go. Nice guy!

A couple of more pictures from the desert south of Las Vegas.





I'm not sure what was over the lip of this pit, I'm guessing some kind of mine, but the effect of the dust in the wind was cool.



Now the wind was well and truly storm force. I later learned the gusts reached 95 kmh (almost 60 mph). The sky was obscured by blowing dust and visibility was down to about 8 km (5 miles). My meeting with the Ratman was just a few hours away and I wanted to keep going so I just ground on. My next goal was Las Vegas for a rest and a meal but when I got there the buildings were just silhouettes in the dust. I kept going. Finally the Wee needed gas and I desperately needed a rest so I pulled into a truck stop at the Moapa Paiute reservation. I maneuvered the Wee into a parking spot next to a Harley being careful to keep the kickstand on the downwind side so it wouldn't blow over. There was a guy with the Harley. He looked absolutely worn out, I mean, frazzled. He was travelling the opposite direction from me and the wind had taken all he had. He'd taken a break at the truck stop and was about to set out again. He looked like he was dreading it. He told me to watch out in the gorge, it was extremely treacherous in the wind. Huh? What gorge? Um, OK, thanks.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:19 PM   #49
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Hey CG!
Welcome home.
Your writing is great. Bringin' smiles...keep it coming.

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Old 04-22-2011, 08:31 PM   #50
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Great stuff Cindy, keep it coming.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:49 PM   #51
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Is there a new forum rule that Wee-riding Canadian women write great ride reports? Between Cowgirl and Cariboostrom there's been some wonderful stuff!
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:53 PM   #52
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Day 4: April 7, 2011 - cont'd

I went into the truck stop to find a restroom and a sandwich but I found a lot more than I had bargained for! It was a huge building with a gift shop, convenience store, gas station, restaurant and casino. I think there was some more stuff but I never did get to the back of the place. Over a grilled cheese and a coffee I got into a conversation with the cook. He also told me to watch out in the gorge. "Is there a way around it?" I asked. "Nope" was the answer. Hmmmm.
Out at the pumps another Harley guy was filling up. He too was heading in the opposite direction and we had a chat about the wind and the relative merits of headwinds or tailwinds. We both agreed the crosswinds were the worst
Fed, coffeed, dewatered and gassed I took a deep breath and went out to battle the wind for the final leg to Saint George, UT where I was to meet Rat734. Now I had the additional worry of the mysterious gorge to look forward to.
Eighty km (fifty miles) down the road I came to the town of Mesquite, NV and as I passed it the wind just miraculously stopped! I mean, completely.
It felt like I'd had a huge weight lifted from me, it was amazing. If only it would last until I passed this darn gorge thing!
For a lot of miles now I'd been heading toward what appeared to be a huge rock wall. There was a range of mountains directly across my path with no apparent openings. I kept looking for the highway to go left or right but I could see no sign of either, the highway just seemed to disappear.



Believe it or not I hadn't put two and two together between the rock wall and the gorge but now I realized the highway went INTO this hundreds of metres high pile of rock. It all began to make sense. The highway winds along the gorge created by the Virgin River, a narrow, twisty defile barely wide enough for the freeway. I have to tell you I was very, very glad I didn't have to contend with crosswinds in there
As I pulled into Saint George and stopped to call Rat734 my phone rang - it was the Ratman. How's that for synchronicity? He gave me directions to his home high in the hills above Saint George and I set off on the last few km of my 1500km quest.

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Old 04-22-2011, 11:42 PM   #53
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:51 PM   #54
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I'm in. Gotta love a woman who rides a Wee!
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:34 AM   #55
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Congrats, you've made it half way through your first "big" trip! Although I used ride on Interstates, I now avoid them like the plague - they suck all the life out of a good ride, but that section of I15 thru Virgin River gorge is one of two pieces of Interstate the I still think of as worthwhile (the other is I70 between Glenwood Springs and Denver). I like how the river appears to be flowing uphill thru Virgin River Gorge; not sure if it appears that way to anybody else...
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:54 AM   #56
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Congrats, you've made it half way through your first "big" trip!
Who said anything about half-way? It's only day 4 out of a possible 13. Who knows what could still happen
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:50 AM   #57
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I like it...Good stuff!
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:12 AM   #58
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Who said anything about half-way? It's only day 4 out of a possible 13. Who knows what could still happen


Great report CG! Loving it so far
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:17 AM   #59
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Who said anything about half-way? It's only day 4 out of a possible 13. Who knows what could still happen
Well, we have picture proof you met up with the objective, and you (at least presumably you!) are typing this, so you are at least alive and mobile!

That's good, right?
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:43 AM   #60
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