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North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 8th 2011

I was up around 5:30 a..m. again and worked on my travel blog at the kitchen bar while Steve whipped up breakfast. We rolled out about 10:30 for an 11 o'clock rehearsal on the other side of town. Steve took his newly refurbished Fender Jazz Bass and seems to have fallen in love with it all over again. Not bad for an instrument he's had since high school. It was fun hearing live jazz again, even if a lot of it was in fits and starts since they were rehearsing specific passages in some songs. We stopped by BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas on the way home. I had hoped to score a shop t-shirt, but they were low on inventory and out of my size. The expect to restock in a week or two, so ... read more
BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 7th 2011

My body is still on Arkansas time, so I woke up about 5:30 a.m. That's a good thing because it gave me enough alone time to blog and surf without ignoring my hosts. After everyone got up and had breakfast, Steve and I played a game of Flickin' Chicken with Lisa in the back yard. The game involves throwing a red frisbee thing, then tossing rubber chickens until your chicken lands and sticks on the frisbee. It's scored like nine holes of golf. Lisa beat us both by one chicken toss. We set off about 11 a.m. with nothing firm on our agenda other than to rendezvous with a friend of Lisa's at the Red Rocks Cinema at 2 p.m. to see Cars 2. I wanted to see the pawn shop in Pawn Stars, so we ... read more
Freaking out at the top of the tower
Steve and his refurbished bass
Lisa sportin' earrings

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 6th 2011

I left the house about 8:30 a.m., dropped some mail off at the post office, got $100 from an ATM, and drove the del Sol to the Memphis Airport where I parked in a lot and got to the terminal about FOUR FREAKING HOURS early. I got through the TSA screening without being groped and spent the time reading Colby Buzzell's Lost in America. We finally got off the ground about 30 minutes late, but landed in Las Vegas on time. Steve and Lisa were there to meet me at baggage carousel #7. We dined at a deluxe burger place and hung out at Steve's house. We stopped at a liquor store on the way home and Steve put some money into a poker machine, winning $270. Ahh, Las Vegas.... read more

North America » United States » Arkansas July 28th 2010

I’m stopped for lunch at the Subway in Vilonia, Ark. and listening to the recitation of health violations at an employees’ meeting. There were a lot of them, but nothing lethal. They’re on probation for three months. I decided to stop here for lunch because I was overtaking a small thunderstorm and figured it was a convenient way to let the storm get out of my path. Plus, now that I have the netbook fired up, I can see the Weather Channel radar and know when it’s safe to go. I spent a pleasant evening and night last night at the home of Sue Crumbo, a lifelong friend and high school classmate from Delphi, Ind. at her home in Edmond, just north of Oklahoma City. She and her boyfriend Guy feted me grandly with a huge ... read more
Susan's dog Bear

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Edmond July 27th 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - So why the hell am I blogging and having a second cup of coffee in my motel room instead of riding? I am on the west side of Albuquerque, which means I have to ride through an unfamiliar city during morning rush hour with the blinding light of the rising sun in my eyes. I can only control one of those variables, so I’m waiting for the sun to get a little higher in the sky. I have about 550 miles to ride today – from here to the home of lifelong friend Sue Crumbo in Edmond, Okla. It involves about 9 hours of riding time, plus maybe two hours off the bike for gas and food, plus an hour lost to a time change, so I expect to get there around sundown. ... read more
A guy and his dog
In the Texas panhandle

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - I was on the road about 5 a.m. today, keen to gain altitude into Arizona before the heat of the day. It was about 92 when I left Steve and Nicky’s house in Vegas and that was the hottest temperature I experienced all day. I actually felt a few sprinkles as I rode through the pre-dawn darkness in Las Vegas. My new starter button refused to work for the first several presses this morning, giving rise to feelings of despair. It finally fired and continued to fire on the first press the rest of the day, but it’s alarming to say the least, since I spent almost $500 to replace one that was doing the same thing. The audio extension cord I use to connect my in-ear monitors with the GPS broke and ... read more
At Petrified Forest National Park

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 25th 2010

Steve gave me the grand tour of Las Vegas and Red Rocks Canyon today. We stopped at the Bellagio to check out the Fontana Showroom where he used to play and to catch the fountain show.... read more
At Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon
Bellagio fountains

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 25th 2010

LAS VEGAS – I rolled out of the motel parking lot a little after 7 a.m. in gray chilly weather, but was soon in bright sunlight as I rode east and up the mountainside toward U.S. 101. I gassed on the east side of Paso Robles, but forgot to get the receipt and record my mileage, so I have to reconstruct it for my travel log. I remember the gas was $3.29/gallon and I was able to get the mileage reading since I reset my trip meter at every fill-up. Now all I have to do is wait for the charge to clear on my online bank site and I can calculate the amount of gas. I stopped to shed my windstopper pullover somewhere between Paso Robles and I-5, paused at the Lost Hills exit for ... read more
Lisa and Steve at the Fremont Street Experience
The water tower at Tehachapi, Calif.

North America » United States » California » San Simeon July 23rd 2010

MONTEREY, Calif. - It’s 8:30 a.m. and I’ve been up since 6, but I’m not heading down the coast for a few hours. Why? Because of the Marine Layer. That’s ocean fog to everyone who lives more than 50 miles inland. It shrouds the coast much of the day this time of year. If I want to ride in sunshine, I have to wait for it to burn off and that may not happen until noon in some places. The first time I visited the Big Sur coast, back in July, 1986, I rode up from Burbank on a Sunday morning. I made the whole ride without seeing the sun. The road blew my mind anyway. When I came back a day or two later, I was absolutely enchanted. And I still am. So I’m sitting ... read more
The king-hell temple bell at the Phoenix
Temple bell markdown
The Big Creek Bridge

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 22nd 2010

MONTEREY, Calif. – I’m back to one of my favorite places in the whole world – the Monterey Peninsula and the PCH south. It was reasonably warm when I left Redding this morning and I realized I needed to get to the coast before it got insanely hot in the Central Valley. Gassing on the south side of Redding, I confirmed what I had suspected, since my left in-ear monitor worked fine yesterday. The problem is in the right-angle connector between my extension wire and the GPS unit. That’s a huge relief since I initially worried that I was doomed to ride the rest of the way home with only the right speaker functioning. Garmin routed me around the east and south side of the San Francisco Bay area, which involved several miles on I-680. I ... read more
Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe
Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe
Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe

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