Day one. A real introduction!
Trip Start Aug 05, 2012
7Trip End Aug 10, 2012
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Starting in Costa Mesa we boarded our industrial tractor and began our route south on rt 1. We got to Dana Point when the folks from EagleRider called and told us they forgot to give us some paperwork so we met them on the junction of I-5 and 74. That was really the start of the journey. Rt 74, or the Ortega Hwy is an amazing road. It feels like the road leading toward Radiator Springs. We tried to adjust to the heat as we settled in for the first 4 hours or so.
We stopped for lunch in a real biker bar called Hells Kitchen where there was no air con, and the outside temp was over 100. The salad bar for the burgers is inside a coffin and the shack is adorned with many signs that I should not publish on this blog..
Once we'd put another 75 miles or so between us and the bar and were climbing into the mountains at about 5000ft when, suddenly, the heavens opened. Really big, heavy, stinging rain. In the high heat, these freezing rain drops were very welcome and there was a moment where I actually felt cold. It lasted about 5 minutes then we were through it. It dropped the temperature (according to the bike) by 40 degrees (f). For the first time since we started, we were at a really comfortable temp but drying rapidly. Didn't take long for the sun to do it's work.
Moved on up to Perris where we had to take another break due to heat. Then jumped on the freeway for a bit headed for Palm Springs. Gotta love the m/b community. We stopped on the side of the road to double-check the map and some friendly chap from Canada pulled up on his bike and asked if we were OK or broken down. Very nice !
Covered freeway 10 for a few miles then took Route 62 to twentynine palms
Got back to the hotel and slept.