Arizona or bust!
Well, if mother nature won't allow us to go to one place, we'll go to
another place that is allowed. Mammoth went bust but that
doesn't mean we can't do one last big ride for 2007. The gang
thought of taking flight to Eureka (Northern California), but that is a
bust too. Too much rain and too far to drive in the rain.
Some of you out there might be manly enough to do it. I can
probably do it, but it will take longer than the four days I
have. Fortunately, we did manage to come up with a route that
will satisfy our wanderlust. Arizona.
It's a desert. There should be minimal rain and snow right?
Hopefully right. The key place for me to visit, because I've
to visit it, is Meteor Crater. Being an Astronomy, Cosmology fan,
I have always been interested in meteor impacts on the Earth.
I've seen the crater plenty of times on TV but now I get to see in real
life. How cools is that?
The initial routes plotted for Arizona was quite aggressive but we soon
trimmed it down to a more leisurely pace. What the heck, it's a
vacation so we should take it easy and ride wherever. Now it's
just a matter of who is going to bail out because of what reason.
October 16, 2007]
It's been a while since we've done a long trip so I'm finding myself at
a lost as to where all my equipment is. Where are the batteries
for the camcorders? Where are the batteries for the D30?
It's a big mess. I had to think all the way back to the Death
Valley ride to figure out what I did with all this equipment.
Wait a minute. All the way back to March? What
happened? How come we're only having two big trips this
year? That's not right. Then I'm reminded why this year is
so slim on the big trips. surprise family addition. That
will get you every time. At the same time, the ever flow of
minutes, hours, days, and month is going by so fast that it's easy to
lose track of the situation.
That's OK. Next year hopes to be a better year for big
trips. I know of three trips already: Central Coast, Mammoth (a
bust for this year), and the Grand Canyon (this includes a night a lake
Powell). That's three big ones, but that's next year so who cares
for now. Right now I'm getting things ready for the trip coming
up this weekend.
The only thing in flux at this point is the route. What are we
to do? I strip some miles off and Minh piles the miles
back on. What's going on here? Minh is such a road
animal. Russ and I both swear that he needs to compete in the
Ironbutt just to satisfy his thirst for the yummy tarmac. No
really, Minh isn't that tarmac obsessed, but he is definitely the road
animal in our group. As mentioned in another report, Minh is
easily 10 years older than some of us. As yet he's the one that
has the most "Get up and go". Hm, perhaps the youngens aren't
built so strong these days.
At least we narrowed the route to the below image.
October 18, 2007]
Tonight is the last night for packing things up. I had put on my
panniers last night and driven to work with the entire setup to ensure
the bike is happy with almost everything loaded up. This also
gave me the opportunity to make sure my tires are inflated properly and
the pre-load is set correctly. Yup, the bike was smooth as silk
on the way to work. In Russell's words, I had the "entire
flotilla" of luggage on the bike. As if I didn't have enough to
worry about already, I managed to picked up a screw somewhere along the
way to work. If it hadn't been for Russell's need to check out
something on his R1, I would have been greeted with an extremely flat
tire when it was time to go home. I sware the Conti RoadAttack is
a nail and screw magnet. Fortunately for me, the tire wasn't
completely deflated so no damage could have been done from the weight
of the bike. Once again, as if it's an initiation to have new
RoadAttack tires, I plugged the tire and pumped it up. Just like
the previous time it took me an entire 2 minutes to plug it and 30
minutes to pump it up to 38 PSI. I have to get an electric
pump. Either that or a bigger hand pump. In the end
everything is fine and I'm set for the trip tomorrow.
October 23, 2007]
It wasn't a bust! In fact, the trip was a lot of fun. We
didn't take all of the routes intended and detoured a lot. What
can you say, it's a vacation after all. Changes are suppose to
Day 1 - The mother road
Day 2 - Is it Yosemite or is it Sedona?
Day 3 - Should we pray to the wind god?
Day 4 - Firestorms at home
Written on: October 10, 2007
Last modified: October 23, 2007