Bike Trips

2016 – Rise Above Fest 

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We attended the Rise Above Fest in Bangor and we decided to make it into a bike weekend as well.

The Rise Above Fest

Acadia National Park
Boothbay Harbor 


Day 6 – Grand Canyon to Holbrook

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Today was a Grand Day! We started our day at Pine Country Diner for great breakfast. Then off to post office to mail some of our extras back home. Space is tight on the bikes! Then on the road to the Grand Canyon. This was a huge bucket list item for many of us and it exceeded our expectations! I hope some of pictures will do it justice. I really hope everyone reading this has seen it or will see it some day. Then we grabbed a quick sandwich on the way out of town. Drew and Cathy headed back to Vegas as they needed to head back home. We will miss them and the chase car! Back on the road to Winslow Arizona. I bet you can guess what we did there! Super fun stop. We got to our hotel in Holbrook Arizona after dark but it was another great day on the road. Total miles traveled is 270 for today.

Day 5 – Vegas to Williams, AZ

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We got an early start today and stopped off at the famous Welcome to Vegas sign for a photo.  As Mike and I are getting off the bike a group of Asian tourists approach and say “nice bike, we take picture?”  So we are like sure we will move our stuff out of the way. As we do this all the women in the group start taking their picture with Mike and hopping on our bike and posing for pictures. It was hysterical!  See attached photos.  After we composed ourselves we took our photos and headed towards Arizona. Riding through the mountains the views are amazing and at one point today I said to Mike it’s hard to take it all in but I’m doing my best. Then we rode into Oatman Arizona and it was the best little town ever! There are wild mules that roam the streets there and it’s set up like an old western town. We watched a dueling gun fight show.  After Oatman, we headed to Kingman, then on to Williams Arizona where we are stopped for the night. By the way the wind is INTENSE out here! Sunny but windy. Life isn’t all fun and games on the road we can only pack so much on the bikes so it’s laundry night. We drove about 295 miles today.

Las Vegas – The Asian Invasion

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Day 4 – Big Bear to Vegas

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Today was a day of extremes. We started off at the top of Big Bear Lake and it was 48 degrees. Within 20 miles it was warm enough to take off one layer. It got very warm thereafter. We rode through Death Valley on the way to Las Vegas. Chris’ bike developed a small oil leak that needed to be checked so we went to the HD dealer in Henderson.  After about an hour, they thought they fixed the issue and we should be good for rest of the trip. It now was about 4pm so we bee-lined it to the Hoover Dam and it was so jaw dropping large. Truly something to see in person. Now back towards Vegas and stopped at Pawn Stars. So fun since I literally think I’ve watched every episode. It was getting late and we were on the highway headed to hotel when we ran Dan out of gas. So sorry Dan! We booked it to the nearest gas station and turned around and got back to him just as AAA was giving him some gas. We got to hotel late, tired and very hungry. It’s all good now though we are drinking while waiting for food. No good trip doesn’t have lots of good stories.
We did about 290 miles  – I shouldn’t drink and post – lol

Day 3 – LA to Big Bear

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Sunday Funday!  We left Camarillo bright and early and continued south down the PCH. Again, beyond beautiful views. We stopped at Santa Monica Pier. This is the official end of Route 66 but for us it’s the start. The other end is in Chicago.  Beautiful beaches all the way down the PCH!  After doing the touristy stop we headed towards LA and drove through Malibu.  We drove through Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive and saw lots of cool cars and stores.  We stopped at Mann’s Chinese Theater and Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was very sunny and warm in LA. We tried to go to Griffith’s Observatory but it was so super busy we could only drive through. We did catch a few views. Next we headed for the mountains and our destination for the day Big Bear Lake. Elevation over 7100 feet. Super awesome views but also super cold. It got as low as 46 on the way to motel. The boys thought it would be a scenic ride but didn’t consider the temperature at such a high altitude.  We are all sitting by heater right now.  We did about 190 miles.

Day 2 – PCH to LA

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We started off day with a nice breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen next to our hotel in Monterey.  Once we got our fill, we were off to Cannery Row for a pit stop at the HD store. Following the necessary t-shirt stop, we took the most beautiful ride down PCH. What a gorgeous ride; being able to ride the coast with most amazing views.  We stopped at Hearst Castle but the place was busy and due to tour times and miles still to go we had to skip it. We had a good lunch nearby at Sebastian’s. Back on the highway and got to Camarillo around 6:30. Another beautiful weather day.  We traveled approximately 280 miles today.