September 05, 2011 GMT

Wednesday 24.8
Started early in thick fog leaving the coast towards Bakersfield. 10 minutes into the drive and we are in the sun and itís starting to warm up very fast. It a great road through the hills and the oilfields into a small mining town where we stop at the local diner for lunch. Penny Bar is the name of the diner and that is because the bar, floor, walls, pool table, and absolutely everything is covered with 1cent pieces there must be tens of thousandís glued to everything you can think of. By the time we hit Bakersfield its really hot 40+. Straight to Action Cycles where we ordered a new set of tyres (again) and then to the motel and itís lovely pool for a cool down.
Thursday 25.8
Early start to beat the heat. Of to Las Vegas today. Great drive out into the desert until about 10 am itís very pleasant but then it gets instant HOTÖ.we have to stop a few times to poor water all over us to keep it bearable and not to pass out from the heat. F... itís hot. The casinos start probably 100 kmís before Vegas just so you can get into the mood. We finally get into town and go straight to the hotel, book in and stand under the cold shower trying to get the body temperature down. By the way itís 44C outside and with all the gear on and sitting in traffic itís really not pleasant.
Friday 26 Ė Tuesday 30.8
Las VegasÖÖ in and out of town checking it all out. Some of the Casinos are out of this world and others are just oversized RSLís but it never stops it is really something else. Went to see Le Reve a spectacular show at the Wynnís Casino and boarded a plane to fly out to and over the Grand Canyon. WOW
Wednesday 31.8
4am start to get back to the coast. Went around the outskirts of LA crossing the mountains to get to the coast. Shortly before reaching Dana Point we met up with a group of Harley riders who invited us for lunch. After lunch we continued along the coast to Carlsbad where we found a little motel directly across the beach.
Thursday 1.9
Just a short drive along the coast down to San Diego where we have to get a few things done so we are ready to cross the border into Mexico tomorrow.

Posted by Mark Allenspach at September 05, 2011 04:33 AM GMT
 
 

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