This past weekend I drove over the Tehachapis, turned right at Bakersfield and took a left at Visalia. This was a special one. A show for Our Centennial.
I hope all enjoy these few shots. I took many more that one can see at my blog, Old Retired Petty Officer. There is a link over on the right.
It’s funny how I’ve had some time to take pictures, but just not the time or energy to actually get them published. I guess that’s just life, but I wish I had some more time and a bit more energy. In any case, I’ve got two more posts nearly ready to go after this one
I’d gotten a bit of a case of cabin fever a week ago Sunday and thought I’d go for a short drive out to the beginning of the road to Mt. Charleston. By the time I got there, I figured I could make it out to Indian Springs. Once I made it to Indian Springs, I figured it wouldn’t be too much farther to Mercury, NV
Of course, I got a later start than planned (again) and another ride which started in daylight ended in darkness. I actually really enjoy evening and twilight on the motorcycle. It might not be the safest time to ride, but the scenery looks better in the twilight and the view from the bike is truly superb. The line between daylight and night on a celestial body is known as the terminator. We’re used to seeing it on the moon when it’s anywhere between new and full – it’s the line between light and dark. I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think about experiencing that zone between light and dark even though we do it twice a day.
Yeah, I’ll admit that part of the reason I didn’t want to turn back is that I wanted to see more of this sort of scenery
Another reason for continuing west was that I remembered passing an historical marker a while back when I rode around Mt. Charleston and through Pahrump. I passed it by back then in the interest of staying fast in the heat, but I’d wanted to return sometime. I have a sort of curiosity that way – I always want to read the markers if I have the time
Mercury, NV is the gateway to the Nevada Test Site where the U.S. Government used to test nuclear weapons. There’s an exit and a sign that informs travelers that there are no services such as gas stations and not much else from the highway. It’s also one of the ways into Area 51, but they still won’t let me use it
The sun continued to fall as did the temperature. I never noticed how nice it was to be warm in the evenings during summer. Funny how things keep changing and new insights are found in the most ordinary places.
If you look just above the guard rail in the center of this pic, you’ll see a small guard building. Anyone who remembers the anti-nuclear protests during the Cold War will remember when people came out here to be arrested in an attempt to prove their commitment to the cause. It really is quite a ways out in the middle of nowhere – click here for a map and then zoom out to see just how far out it is. Those protesters really had to be a bit
The sun finally dropped below the western horizon at about 1730 hours. It’s getting darker so much earlier these days. I wish I could get the long days of summer with the temperatures of fall, but I’ll take what I can get. If nothing else, I get to ride on the terminator without staying out too late
Have a great day, everyone
It’s been a while, but I’m still here
In the past few weeks I’ve been working, riding, and taking pictures to post but it’s been busy as well. I’ve got to get moving today to get things ready for some good times after work this week and a special event on Wednesday, so I’m going to keep the words to a minimum here, but I wanted to actually get this stuff posted. Hope you enjoy the pics
Ya know what really sucks? Fabulous riding weather like the two pics above show and not being able to go play in it It had cleared up by the time I got out of work, but it was nice to have some decent clouds in the sky for a change
This was a good day Yes, I wish I could’ve been down in Boulder City for the T-Storm (the radar returns showed purple areas ), but what’s a guy to do when the bills have to be paid
I had to swing by Sam’s Cycle Supply to set up my first oil change on my V-Star and saw this Honda Shadow. Yes, I would ride it in a heartbeat I don’t know if it’s a work in progress or if the owner is keeping it as is to ride as a rat bike, but I love it anyway
Yet another storm I get to watch from work but I don’t get to ride in. At least I can watch it
I was back down at Margaritaville for some dinner a couple weeks ago, but the ride and unexpected find were as good as the food
First there was the lightning and rain I could see over the south end of the Strip, but then there was that rainbow over the Wynn After I turned onto the Strip and down to the Mirage, I got to watch a wall of rain move toward me and we got some big drops out of it. Riding in the rain is always fun, but it’s also kind of funny to notice that most of the people out didn’t care that they had umbrellas
I didn’t know why the street back to the O’Shea’s was blocked and I had to take the back way through the Imperial Palace garage, but the car show was worth it Of course, the calypso mahi mahi with the mango salsa and island rice was well worth the trip as was the key lime pie
We had actual weather here on Friday and I was thrilled to get to ride in it again! I didn’t get to ride through too much of it, but there was a thunderstorm that passed a couple miles to the west of Red Rock Canyon that made the skies a bit more interesting than usual
And I did get video for a change I wish you could’ve heard the thunder, but the original audio was really bad. I salvaged the video by using YouTube’s audioswap feature and overlaying the best music I could find. At least this music is free to use and they won’t complain about copyright infringement like they have with many of the videos.
That’s it for now, but I promise you’ll see some neat stuff by next week
Have a great day everyone
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