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Ride / Trip Reports Short solo cruise? Long-distance solo or group tour? Tell us what it was like...

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Old 10-24-2012, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings....I took the Street out for a little 3 day jaunt

My kit: Cortech mini-tank bag, Kriega US20 (straps bolted to subframe), Givi saddle bag brackets, Cortech saddle bags and a Crampbuster.

Day One: LA - Idlywild - Julian
Getting out of LA on a Friday is always an adventure in itself, but once you hit Rte 243 all things seem right in the world. Idlywild was just as I remember. The route into Julian was amazing. (See sunset photo)

Day Two: Julian - Borrego Springs - Salton Sea - Joshua Tree - Pioneertown
Blasting out to the Salton Sea is a trip. Research the history of this sad little town and you'll see why it can be an interesting visit. ATV's, dead fish and odd locals abound. Joshua Tree is just peaceful and the perfect backdrop for a sunset cruise. Pioneertown was the perfect ending spot and Pappy's & Harriett's was just the honky tonk watering hole you need after a long day on the moto.

Day Three: Pioneertown - Lucerne Valley - Big Bear - Lake Arrowhead - Wrightwood (ACH) - LA
A quick blast into Lucerne was fun with the exception of one motorist deciding to pass 4 cars in front of us almost colliding with us head on! All in a days work I suppose. Big Bear is majestic. Lake Arrowhead was COLD. And the ACH is my home away from home. Nothing can make me hate that road even a little fog, rain, and cold air.

All this makes me realize the epic riding I have in my backyard that only takes 3 days and about 650 miles to experience and enjoy.

The End.......for now.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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did you see the dragon in Borrego Springs?
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ah man....just looked that up and we totally missed it and probably rode right by. We went through that cool area with all the metal sculptures all over the place. Bummed I didn't get to check this out.
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Those sculptures are something else. I love riding out in the Anza Borrego area.

Did you make it to Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea? Probably the craziest place I have ever seen, like something out of Mad Max, post apocalyptic.

Salvation Mountain is another thing that has to be seen to be believed. The story behind it is even more fascinating.

Slab City is also over there behind Salvation Mountain, another place to see end of the world type landscapes with people living in it. It's a strange place.
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i few of us just did that, Borrego back up to Julian for pie
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We never made it to the east shore due to time constraints, but managed to hit up Salton City and Desert Shores. Met a local German transplant by the name of Andy who took us on a little tour and told us interesting stories trough the last few teeth he had left in his mouth.

I am definitely going back out there with a better camera over the winter.

And when one is in Julian you must do what the Julians do..............eat pie. Ha!
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Borrego Springs is a great place to ride....when its not as hot as hell itself.
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Nice. I'm looking forward to doing a route similar to this one soon on the Street Triple.
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The Salton Sea and the Yuma Territorial Prison are on my short list of places to visit.

Thanks for sharing!
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