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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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    Lakemaker lakemaker's Avatar
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    Buena Park, California
    Great RR and photos, Bob... makes me want to get out there.

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    BeemerBoy terham's Avatar
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    Exit 31, PA TPK
    Love the pictures from the bike with the feeling of motion.

    Looks like you had a great ride.
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