packed up with the sign "Arctic Circle or Bust"
1 Sunday June 6, 1999
6th PM I left Teramar for Las Cruces. I wanted to get an early start next
morning from there. I was very excited and full of anticipation.
Overnight at Las Cruces, N.M.
2 Monday June 7
Beautiful day with the sun peeking over the Organ Mountains as I rode out
of Las Cruces at 6:30 AM.
run to Willcox, Arizona where I refueled. Traffic on I-10 was light and it was
moving fast. Lots of wide open spaces here in the New Mexico desert. The
elevation creeps up from El Paso (3400 ft) to the Continental Divide (4585 ft)
- flat and mostly mesquite, sagebrush, and prairie grass with mountains
in the distance to the north and south. Into Arizona I went through Texas Canyon
where large rounded boulders sit next to and on top of each other - a welcome
change of scenery. Then the terrain becomes rolling hills for a while.
to Gila Bend - lots of traffic w/trucks of all kinds loaded w/plastic tubing
wound on giant reels; equipment of various kinds; tankers; box trailers; stone
blocks for buildings on flatbed trailers; steel rebar; and other cargo including
small trucks, 6-to-a-trailer. Many large and small RVís with most of them
trailing a car or SUV. Ate lunch in Gila Bend and rode straight thru to Yuma,
arriving 2:00 PM. YEEHAWW! Iím on my way! Overnight at Yuma, Arizona
3 Tuesday June 8
is Jimís 67th Birthday - Happy Birthday, Jim. (Heís in Kansas).
beautiful morning. I waited until it was warm enough to ride without my jacket -
I departed Yuma about 9 AM. Rode thru El Centro, Brawley, Salton City,
Coachella, Indio, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Banning, San Bernardino, Palmdale,
Lancaster, Tehachapi, and into Bakersfield.
constantly changing scenery was very interesting. From the mesquite,
tumbleweeds, and sagebrush of the Eastern Calif. desert; to sand dunes of the
Imperial Desert Recreation Area; to the Salton Sea 235 ft. below sea level, with
rich farmland under irrigation nearby; to citrus groves, date palm groves, grape
vineyards, alfalfa fields, etc. I saw big corporate farms around El Centro and
Indio. The pass on I-8 had severe gusty winds today. I slowed down to be safe
and still I was buffeted around. The winds continued to Bakersfield. I was weary
and ready to get off the bike at 5:00 PM when I arrived at Motel Six.
Overnight at Bakersfield, CA
California hills and oak trees
4 Wednesday June 9
I came very close to running out of fuel on Hwy 58 from Bakersfield to Santa
Margherita. I got to S.M. and there was no gas! So I went south 8 miles on Hwy
101 to San Luis Obispo. What a relief to have a full tank of fuel. I donít
want to do that again!
ride on Hwy 58 was ideal with lots of twisties and rolling hills, and a lovely
sunshine day. I was reminded of the beautiful Calif. countryside that I have
loved for decades - especially the oak trees dotting the hillsides with the
golden grass background. I love to look at it! I took a photo of a windmill with
cattle around it, then a few miles later saw another better setting but I
didnít stop. I need to stop for these ďphoto-op momentsĒ or I may regret
it (later). I stopped for lunch in a Mexican store in Gonzales (So. of Salinas)
- had a delicious burrito, California style - filled with rice, beans, and meat.
(canít get that in El Paso.) Then I rode on to Fremont, checked into Motel
Six, and shared dinner with Fran Rushing, my first Professor at SJSU. I enjoyed
catching up on life events with her.
5 Thursday June 10 - overnight at Fremont/San Jose Motel Six
6 Friday June 11 - overnight at Fremont/San Jose Motel Six
7 Saturday June 12 - overnight at Fremont/San Jose Motel Six
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