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    Overnight trip to southern CA.

    Donna & I planned an overnight to southern CA. We met up with a fellow K rider we got to know from another K bike forum, named "Frankenduck" he was in the vicinity - so we met him in Big Bear City and spent some quality Motobricking time together.

    The route



    We left Las Vegas at 5:15 - first stop in Primm, NV. for coffee & gas



    Early morning on I 15, riding with the sunrise



    It was a nice cool ride, needed a pit stop in Baker, CA. Had to get a pic of the world's largest thermometer



    We stopped in Yermo, CA. at Peggy Sue's diner and had breakfast. Great old style 50's diner with good fast service and great food.

    Then south on HWY 247



    Into Big Bear, riding around the lake



    Frankenduck was waiting for us on the bridge



    Into Big Bear for coffee, then off we go. We now had our very own tour guide



    Following the Duck on HWY 18





    Great riding and scenery



    OK, we are having fun now



    Donna is getting pretty good with the camera as we take some fun curves



    Going down



    Onto I 10, heading east towards Banning, CA.



    We took HWY 243, stopped at a pull off, great view of the valley



    Another pull off



    Caution: fast low flying Duck !!



    Great riding on HWY 74




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    The "Granny" knot on HWY 74



    Into Rancho Mirage, CA. on HWY 111



    Luxury accommodations in Rancho Mirage



    The Duck took us to the Grind, had some good burgers & onion rings. Great ending to a perfect day of riding.



    Our luxury motel didn't have a coffee pot, so it's down to the Circle K for early morning 5 am. coffee



    We met Franken the next morning, he put one of his LED kits on my bike



    I supervised the work...(notice I don't touch anything - hands kept in pockets)



    Thanks again Duck for the visit and doing a little work on the bike for us !! We will have to do this again !!

    Off east bound on I 10



    Frankenduck recommended the Patton Museum at Chiriaco Summit, so we stopped there and had breakfast, and toured the museum











    One more cold drink before we hit the road



    We had planned on riding through the Joshua Tree National Park, but the road was closed, so we decided to take HWY 177 north & HWY 62 to Needles, CA.

    North on HWY 177



    If anyone is looking for HWY's with "dips" - 177 & 62 are the roads for you. Not much to look at, but fun riding on the wide open desert. We stopped at Rice, CA. - what used to be some kind of structure, now a place for people to throw pairs of shoes over the lights - somewhat odd, along with a strange greeting







    We stopped at Vidal junction for a cold drink



    North on HWY 95, more dips and wide open nothingness


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    but, good riding





    Construction zone just south of Needles, about a 20 minute wait



    Almost to Needles



    We gassed up in Needles and had some Mexican food, then back onto HWY 95 north



    Nice sunset on the way north



    Some odometer fun on HWY 95



    We arrived back in Vegas around 6:15 this time, avoided the rush hour



    The LED kit that Frankenduck put in looks great, a nice emerald green glow - highly recommended! Picture really doesn't capture how it glows such a green color



    Total miles for this overnighter - 708. Some of the best riding we have done!

    We really enjoyed meeting Frankenduck - thanks again for riding with us and showing us around.

    We look forward to doing this again!

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    Great RR and photos, Bob... makes me want to get out there.

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    Love the pictures from the bike with the feeling of motion.

    Looks like you had a great ride.
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