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

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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.

Route 66 – West Coast Baby!

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May 19, 2016 – June 5, 2016

 

This trip was years in the making.  Anyone who loves cars or motorcycles or loves travel history knows that Route 66 is a part of Americana.

Our trip started with shipping our bikes to San Francisco.   We chose San Francisco because we wanted to ride the Pacific Coast Highway down to Los Angeles.

 

Big Bear!

Las Vegas and Hoover Dam

Oatman, AZ

Grand Canyon

4 Corners Park

Day 1 – San Francisco

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recap: The boys went and got the bikes which were shipped to Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson.  They survived the trip but had a few dings and scuff marks.  We paid extra for shipping insurance, so it’s all good.  When the boys returned to the hotel, we packed the bikes and hit the road.  First stop, Pier 39 and to see the sea lions! They were very entertaining!  We had lunch at Boudin’s, on the waterfront, where they make sourdough bread fresh in front of you.  Excellent lunch!   After lunch we stopped at Fisherman’s Pier and then we rode the bikes down Lombard Street. OMG!   Onto to the Golden Gate Bridge. We rode it twice. Then hit road to Monterey for the night!  The Pacific Coast Highway is so amazing.  It was sunny but cool and very very very windy!  It was a sight seeing day and an easy 150 miles.