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    Joshua Tree National Park Nov 2011

    Donna & I did another overnight-er, riding to Joshua Tree N.P. near Twenty Nine Palms, CA. We left early Wednesday morning, temp was about 42, so we layered on our cold weather gear and left about 6:15am.

    The route



    Getting the tires checked



    First stop after getting through the morning rush hour, was for gas in Henderson - the Stratosphere in the background, nice sunny day even though it was a little cool



    South on HWY93



    Then west on I 40 for a few miles



    From all my years living in Wyoming - I forgot not to pass right next to a cattle truck, got splattered by some cattle dung! Remember to move as far left as possible!!

    Took old Route 66 to Amboy, stopped in Essex, CA. to get this



    An old eatery, long since gone - the Roadrunner restaurant, on the way to Amboy



    Coming into Amboy, CA.



    We stopped at Roy's, the sign said cafe, but all they had were snacks - the kitchen wasn't open, which was too bad, had an old style counter, we had planned on eating there



    We did get gas though, one pump was working. Donna enjoyed a muffin



    While we were there a group of 15 Harleys pulled up. They were all from Poland, touring the west. They loved the RT 66 sign painted on the road, parked one of their bikes near it and started taking pictures. It was fun to watch, as there was other traffic coming, several times they moved the bike off the road and then back on it when the traffic cleared. I went out and took a group shot for them and visited with them. They were having a great time doing this, thankfully no one got run over



    South on Amboy Rd. heading to Joshua, CA.



    We stopped and finally had breakfast in Twenty Nine Palms, then onto the Park.



    Lots of Joshua trees





    Temperature must have dropped about 10 degrees while riding through the Park, but warmed up once we dropped into the Turkey Flats, Pinto mountain in the background



    We had planned on making it to the Cottonwood visitor center, but it was getting late and we didn't want to be riding after dark, so we headed back. Gets dark now at 5pm.

    Lots of Cholla cactus in one area



    Out of the Park, heading into Twenty Nine Palms, CA.



    More luxury accommodations in Twenty Nine Palms


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    A Pizza Hut was right next to our motel, so we had dinner there

    No, she didn't eat the whole pizza



    I helped eat some with my chicken wings



    We had to ride to an AM/PM store the next morning, no coffee pot in the room at Motel 6. Beautiful sunrise to watch



    Good breakfast at the Carousel cafe, still a bit cool though



    We had to ride back out to the Park entrance to get the required photo.



    While I was getting set up to take the picture, a guy came running back from the entrance, he was from England wanted to take our picture - said he was from the "London Times" and was touring the U.S. and getting shots of America for an article. Donna ( always the skeptic) asked for his ID. He did have a press pass, so we gave him our names - so we might make the "Times" article. I'll post something if we make the cut...

    We took the same route back to Amboy, had to get a better pic of the sign at Roy's





    The new owner has dreams of restoring the old motel & cafe, hope he is successful - really enjoy traveling on RT 66 and seeing our history in these old places. There was a concrete block in the old parking area, don't know the origin, but it had 1917 on it, so had to get a pic



    We took a different route back from Amboy to Vegas, wanted to go through the Mojave National Preserve, heading north on Kelbaker RD. I 40 in the foreground



    getting setup



    To get the required photo



    Didn't think I had the right settings - snapped one of me walking back - yep, amateur hour photographer. You can tell Donna is getting a kick out of this



    Big sand dunes on the way to Kelso, but we couldn't get closer, the road to them was loose dirt & gravel - not for this "K" driver



    Coming into Kelso



    The Park Service has renovated the old train depot, we enjoyed some of the exhibits and had lunch at an old style counter cafe







    A fascinating look into the past - this was the jail cell that was used to hold people arrested in Kelso - mostly drunks - according to the exhibit sign, usually kept overnight, then released. Donna didn't stay in it long..It was kept outside, a tin shack was built to cover it from the elements - no ACLU back then




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    More Joshua trees on the way north on Kelso Cima RD.



    I missed my turn and ended up back on I 15, I wanted to take the Morning Star Mine RD. and come out on the road to Nipton. We will take that route next time



    Primm, NV. off in the distance



    Back into Vegas, north on I 15



    We timed our arrival back in Vegas to avoid rush hour, but still caught some of it, north on HWY 95



    Home again, must be time for a cold "adult" beverage



    We will have to go back into the Mojave Preserve, didn't have enough time to see all the old history. Total miles for this trip - 515

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    Love a good ride report with pictures!

    Great job! Thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    Love a good ride report with pictures!

    Great job! Thanks for posting!
    Ditto! Thanks for the report.
    Dan

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    Nice:)

    I did the ride into the DUNES at Kelso, GOT STUCK! Bad stuck on my GSA1200 about 3 years ago. I was so wasted from the workout getting out of there, I forgot to take any pictures, figuring I had made a BIG mistake. Randy. Thanks for the memories, great shots. I do the Rt66 frequently in my travels to AZ. and folks from across the pond riding HDs are everywhere in that area and G.Canyon.Seems a Great America vacation for Euro Bikers, don't blame'em...Randy

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    Thanks for documenting and posting pics of your trip. Good stuff. I was Vegas last week and took a trip to Death Valley. Great sight seeing. Wish I had taken my RT, but it was not to be.

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    Ah, it's a tough life, isn't it?
    While the rest of us get to stay home and work.
    I have been out to most of those spots, more than once. It's a nice ride up 62 from the 10 for me to get out there. You might try that next time.
    And also, Providence Mountain, and Mitchell Caverns are right there, just east of Kelso.
    I think the caverns are closed. But if the reopen it, or if they do have it open, next time, try it.
    Good photos, and it looks like a good ride.
    dc

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    Enjoyed your post. I'm trailering my RT from NW WY to Vegas in Feb, mtg a guy with a GS stored in Phoenix, and touring western AZ & surrounding area for 4 days. I've heard Rt 66 is particularly scenic in western AZ. Looking forward to the winter break and doing some riding, but expect it will be cool even that far south in Feb. Any 'must see' suggestions appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipwalter View Post
    Enjoyed your post. I'm trailering my RT from NW WY to Vegas in Feb, mtg a guy with a GS stored in Phoenix, and touring western AZ & surrounding area for 4 days. I've heard Rt 66 is particularly scenic in western AZ. Looking forward to the winter break and doing some riding, but expect it will be cool even that far south in Feb. Any 'must see' suggestions appreciated.
    Chip

    We have riden on old RT 66 in AZ, from Ash Fork to Kingman



    There really ins't much to look at out there, it is DESERT ! We did stop and spent the night at the Grand Canyon caverns (hotel there), we did tour the caverns, which are worth seeing. I posted a ride report on another forum on a trip we took to Oatman, AZ. here is a link to that ride report ..

    http://www.motobrick.com/index.php?P...a4&topic=628.0

    RT 66 coming east out of Oatman is very windy & uphill, but the road surface is not in good condition - no maintenance in years, but it is worth the ride if you want to stay on RT 66.

    We lived in WY. for 15 years, in Evanston & Laramie - will be going through Meeteetse next summer on our way to Yellowstone.

    Hope this helps...

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