Nixa, MO to Clinton, OK
Total 382 Miles...
|I'm ready to roll...|
|I needed a lot of drink stops and cool vest soaking... |
McD's over the road in OK...
|Stopped to soak up some history... Fort Reno In OK.|
|Stopped for a Buffalo Burger...|
I did make the first day journey of 382 so… not too shabby for the fact that gas stops at not more than 80 mile intervals, plus bottled water and diet Cokes consumption lead to stopping for one reason or another a lot. But hey… it was my ride so everything was A-OK. First night lodging was in Clinton, OK. With a quick shower and dinner my day ended in a nice restful slumber.
Clinton, OK to Santa Rosa, NM and a few off road sites...
Total 352 miles
|A sad look of a time long gone...|
|The first Phillips in TX...|
|Groom, TX... |
Leaning water tower...
|Groom Cross: Titanic Texas Tribute|
|Ate at the Big Texan but not the 72oz...|
|New Mexico and mountain time...|
|Car museum at Santa Rosa, NM…|
|Santa Rosa, NM|
Santa Rosa, NM to Winslow, AZ
Total 380 miles
|Views of the road…|
|El Rancho Hotel |
“Hotel of the Stars” - Grants, NM
|Reminds Me of Cars (2006)|
Winslow, AZ to Needles, CA
Total 266 miles
|West of Flagstaff, AZ|
|I just had a coke here…|
Friday/ Day 5
Needles, CA to Bakersfield, CA
Total 273 Miles
|Seemed like a long hot ride but there was a blessing… |
A DQ in the desert/Ludlow, CA
|Stopped at the Roadhouse Restaurant at Kramer’s Junction|
|More cold drinks... Micky D’s in Barstow…|
|Road to Tehachapi, CA|
Saturday/ Day 6
Bakersfield, CA to Pismo Beach
Total 240 Miles
Pismo Beach. We walked the beach, ate at a few of the local joints and just had a grand visit. Also, I had to shop at the local outlet stores. One item that was a must was another bag to load all my things on the bike. I was lucky and found just what I was looking for and on sale to boot. I thought about tossing the other one in the trash can but the Scott in me held me back. I found a function for it as a rain shield by folding it over the new bag. It also worked for a backup container for souvenirs and small things.
|Ate at the Splash Cafe...|
|A little shopping...|
|Found some large Strawberries...|
|Found a 57 Chevy...|
Sunday/Day 7 and Monday/Day 8
Bakersfield, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA
Total 395 Miles
|This was along hwy 99...|
|Heading to South Lake Tahoe...|
|South Lake Tahoe...|
South Tahoe. In retrospect found myself wanting to just get to the next destination. An act I now regret. I stopped at Tulare to gas up and see the B-17 along the Hwy. Also, I stopped at my beloved In-N-Out Burger for lunch... something I try to do every time I am in California. The day was hot and the cool vest became a companion once again. I rode a total of 395 miles until reaching a Holiday Inn Express in South Tahoe. It was a good and long ride on an Intruder for this old gal. I was so tired that I really did not enjoy my dinner. All I could think about was getting into a hot shower which I had neglected to do before I ate. I learned a lesson for later use.
South Lake Tahoe, CA to Carson City, NV…
Total 30 miles
Carson City/ Virginia City. Before I made up my mind I rode to get some toiletries items and talked to a few locals. Then took a few pictures and took a call from home. Ultimately I chose to scoot onward to see if I could still make the weather window before any storms moved in my area. Carson City would be my next night’s stay. Beautiful riding in an area that was all new to me. I had heard about Virginia City so many times that I decided to ride the few more miles after I found a hotel/Casino that would allow me to check into early.
|A day trip to Virginia City, NV… 40 miles round trip|
Bolivar, MO. A really small world? After a full day of adventure I rode back to catch a deal of Prime Rib and slots.
Carson City, NV to Wells, NV
Total 360 Miles
Wells, NV. After checking with two other hotels that were unwelcoming I took a chance with the local Motel 6.
Wells, NV to Evanston, WY
Total 275 Miles
|Took a little detour off I-80 to see this…|
Great Salt Lake Area just outside of Salt Lake City. This was of course a must stop moment with pictures. Since I had visited the Salt Lake City area on numerous occasions I just zipped on through town towards WY. I found myself stopping for pictures moments several times before I stopped in Evanston, WY. My stomach was telling me to get off my duff and feed it so I stopped for a roast beef sandwich and a salad at the local Arbys. This was the first time I met up with an unsavory bunch of hoodlums. The moment I pulled in the parking lot I overheard them calling me names and laughing. I ignored them and walked into place my order.
|Great Salt Lake…|
|Rolled right on through Salt Lake |
Since I have been there several times… Then on to WY.
Saturday/ Day 13
Evanston, WY To Cheyenne, WY
Total 362 Miles
Cheyenne, WY. A discount booklet showed me another night in a local hotel. At check in I was given a coupon for a free appetizer at the local Texas Roadhouse Restaurant. That was all the motivation I need to get back on the bike. With a well written directional instruction from the desk clerk I found enough food to feed a small army.
|Cheyenne, WY Capitol|
|Hotel next to train tracks. :-(|
Sunday/ Day 14
Cheyenne, WY To Kearney, NE.
Total 320 Miles
|Views of miles of flat land in NE...|
|Kept running into The West Coast Car Clubs heading to Indianapolis, IN.|
|Original Pony Express Station...|
Pony Express station that had a daughter, if memory serves me well, that was living in Branson, Mo. We talked about MO and also the fact I had spent many of my formative years living in St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express. The roadway was growing tired so I stopped for a night of swimming, relaxation and my leftovers in a makeshift cooler. With a microwave and nice beverage all was good. I would have to admit I was getting weary of the road and rejoiced at the fact that the road was getting shorter to my home.
Monday/ Day 15
Kearney, NE to Kansas City, MO
Total 310 Miles
Kansas City. The sky was turning a even a darker grey and my overwhelming desire to not to get caught in a rainstorm lead to an early stop close to the KCI airport. A local Days Inn had a nice discount so I call it an early day. Check in was 3pm so I decided to stop at the Crackle Barrel for a late lunch and waited for a room. The pool was just what I need. With rest I was ready for the final day ride home.
|Got a little dark and windy until I turned on I-29...|