We started the day with Sunday brunch with the Hoogerbeetzen. Considering that I will be on the road for the next two-and-a-half months and Tim adores them, it was well worth the time to make sure we had brunch with them today. Unfortunately, this led to us not departing until after noon. (In the picture above, its Tim Jones, Tim Evans, myself on the RT and Edwin)
Tim has applied his keen intellect to the process of avoiding Los Angeles at all costs, so he’s developed a circuitous around it. To be specific, he’s plotted a course from 101 to 156, but instead of going do I-5, he takes it to 99, then takes 58 through Tehachapi and Barstow, before coming down the 15.
It kinda works.
It does indeed avoid LA at all costs, but a motorcycle trip of 400 miles is a hard day. 500 miles is a really hard day. Anything over 500 is downright painful, and this detour is well over 550! And since we got such a late start, it wasn’t like we could take many breaks.
This does show something interesting though. We stopped three times today, and each and every time I was approached by another biker interested in my R1200RT and what I was doing with it. All three guys were really friendly, genuinely interested in the bike, and insanely jealous that I am about to go on such an amazing trip!
Looks like I made it. After almost 600 miles in one day, I’m delighted that I won’t be riding on Monday. Tuesday, the adventure begins!