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Voyages on Two Wheels – Arizona September 2011 – Day 3 – Heading Back to Las Vegas

So we’ve covered my journey voyage from Las Vegas to Prescott, AZ and my day trip to Jerome and the Prescott Town Square.  Sadly, all good things must come to an end and I had to head back home on Monday.  I’d planned to take off sometime around 0900 or 1000, but that didn’t happen.  I finally managed to get back on the road sometime around 1230 which probably doesn’t surprise anyone who knows me :whistle:

5 September 2011 - Ready to hit the road for home :)

5 September 2011 - Ready to hit the road for home :)

Mom got this picture for me as I was about to take off :wink:  She also made sure to get a few pics with her cell phone so she could share them with friends :cool:  You might have noticed that I swapped my face shield over from smoke to clear.  I did that because the skies weren’t exactly blue and sunny with warm breezes :deal:

5 September 2011 - Panorama - I wonder if I'll get to ride through that...

5 September 2011 - Panorama - I wonder if I'll get to ride through that...

5 September 2011 - Panorama - Hmm... Looks like the road goes straight into that storm

5 September 2011 - Panorama - Hmm... Looks like the road goes straight into that storm

 I checked the weather radar before I left my family’s place, but I couldn’t tell where these storms would actually be when I got a ways north of Prescott.  Just so you know, these are both different thunderstorms.

I don’t mind rain, even when it’s cold and the raindrops sting like stones being kicked up.  What I’m not all that thrilled about is lightning :shock:  Motorcyclists are more exposed to many different dangers compared to travelers in cars.  There’s pavement, other cars, and of course weather.  If it’s hot, we sweat.  If it rains, we get wet.  If it’s windy, you can be sure we notice it :wink:  Lightning in close proximity is about the only thing I worry about on the bike when it comes to weather.

5 September 2011 - I think we can agree that it got just a bit humid on my trip home

5 September 2011 - I think we can agree that it got just a bit humid on my trip home

 In case you’re wondering, yes, I managed to ride through both of these storms and another one on top of them :thumb:  There was plenty of rain, but thankfully it wasn’t too heavy most of the time.  Yes, the rain can sting a bit when it hits, but that was mostly on my legs where I only had my fatigue pants for protection.  The helmet, jacket, and gloves protected me from everything but getting a bit cold :)  I am currently looking into getting some better rain gear and I will pack the rain liner for my jacket next time :wink:

5 September 2011 - The weather finally broke for me on Route 66 west of Seligman

5 September 2011 - The weather finally broke for me on Route 66 west of Seligman

 I usually don’t mind rain all that much and I’m OK being cold for a while.  Still, that blue sky and the promise of warm sunshine was welcome as I rode west on Route 66 north of Seligman :cool:

5 September 2011 - Truxton Station is an old time gas station on Route 66

5 September 2011 - Truxton Station is an old time gas station on Route 66

 Unlike the Hackberry General Store, Truxton Station is still a working gas station :)  I stopped because I’d been drinking the same amount of fluids as I had on the way down, but the weather wasn’t nearly as warm if you get my drift :P  It’s nice to see some part of the past that’s still around :D

5 September 2011 - Bikers from Germany at the Hackberry General Store

5 September 2011 - Bikers from Germany at the Hackberry General Store

5 September 2011 - Shafts of light playing on the mountain near Hoover Dam

5 September 2011 - Shafts of light playing on the mountain near Hoover Dam

5 September 2011 - Panorama - Shafts of light playing on the mountain near Hoover Dam

5 September 2011 - Panorama - Shafts of light playing on the mountain near Hoover Dam

 Rain clouds appeared in my path once again as I headed north from Kingman towards Las Vegas, but they’d moved on by the time I got to the border.  These pics were taken just south of Hoover Dam and the bypass bridge where I thought the sky was truly beautiful :)

5 September 2011 - Sun setting during my approach to Las Vegas

5 September 2011 - Sun setting during my approach to Las Vegas

 The sun was finally setting as I approached Las Vegas after passing through Boulder City.  The extra red you see in the sky is from a layer of smoke from brush fires in California being carried east on the prevailing winds.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that and my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the fires.

5 September 2011 - Safely back home after a tiring but very rewarding weekend

5 September 2011 - Safely back home after a tiring but very rewarding weekend

I finally made it back home after stopping by the gas station sometime around 1830 with the last light of the day fading in the west.  Th bike’s still dirty from riding in the rain and I’ll have to deal with that heat shield on the lower exhaust pipe that came loose, but it was well worth it.  700 or so miles under the wheels later and I can’t wait to do another trip like it again :thumb:

That’s all for now, but I hope everyone has a great week :mrgreen:

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