This gave me the best feeling this morning.
|through the peep hole, Beast is in his spot.|
Turn on the shower and ... it the lever to turn on the shower head is busted. CRAP. oh well, sink wash it is. I'm travelling, i don't care if i stink. hah.
I got my morning americano at Starbucks, and bumped into Don and Mark.(forgive me if i got the names wrong, bad memory! send me an email!) Nice guys, work in telecom as well. Don's a geek like i am :) You wouldn't know it but Yuma has a population of 193,000. wow. i thought it was more like 20,000. haha... Yuma is surrounded by bases and proving grounds. Look at a map sometime. see the greyed out area? Military. lots around here.
Before i forget, i did eat after posting my blog. I wasn't really hungry, but knew i had to eat. I went for a walk and next door to the motel was a jack in the box. in i went.
I wanted to get a lot of miles in today, but had two stops to make before i did so.
First stop was only a few blocks away to my surprise.
|A muffler man!|
|some sort of fog or something. maybe due to all the water they are spraying? it was a neat site. Oh, and this area smelled great. Further along i smelled some herb farms (thyme and coriander i think)|
The second, another oddity. heh.
|what's this you say?|
|a tiny church!|
|if you think the desert scenery is boring, it isn't. it's pretty awesome actually.|
|I call this pose "determination"|
|my first big cactus! At the rest stop before the Sonoran national monument.|
I was starting to get really hungry, and really low on fuel. I stopped into a town called Gila Bend. Did some shopping for some things, and looked around for a family style restaurant. I hate chains.
Found this place:
|The Space age restaurant. attached to a best western i believe, but i used to be The Space Age Lodge and Restaurant. Neato, established in 1963. renovated in 1996, burned in 1998 and remodeled again. Neato.|
I guess I've been missing veggies in my diet, so i went to work.
I started off with this:
|a mostly caesar salad. nom nom nom.|
|Garden salad with almost everything,. I love beets and baby corn. nom nom nom|
this was then delivered to me
|BLT on sourdough|
|two pasta, one potato and the best strawberries I've ever had.|
I walked outside and checked the bike over, specifically the back tire to see how much life it has left. I really should do more checks on the bike (all motorcyclists should do this each and every time they get on it). I'm glad i did, because it looks like i ran over something.
|I call this pose "Stoic"|
|the long road is long|
|San Simeon enjoying the ride and the view|
|seems this cactus was going to jump on the bike and go for a ride. heh.|
|me in full ATGATT... in the desert. also proof that i didn't hire a stunt double.|
One thing to note, it seemed dead today. Most shops closed, etc. Then i remembered it's Columbus day. DAMMIT!.
I did manage to find a starbucks and found two possible places. Scratch that, one is closed on mondays (and holidays) I headed to the other.
Only to find the store doesn't exist. dammit.
I saw a guy on a 1984 bmw r75. Nice bike in nice shape. I asked him if there were any shops nearby, and he said there is one about a block away! Another biker (hd ultra) admired my bike at this time too. Odd how i get approached all the time with people saying that they ride and they like my bike and the way i outfitted it. Beast is happy. heh. makes me think i did the right choice. (although i'd change the sprockets to go highway gearing) The BMW owner (Ron Mario) said that if i'm ever in town again, we should go for a ride. If i am, i'll take him up on it. Nice fellows.
I headed to the motorcycle shop and they tried to help me out, but my tires are oddball sized. at 90/90-21 front and 130/80-17 rear... they are oddball. The kenda's i have on now are 90/100-21 and 130/90-17 rear.
Oh well, i made a choice. Stay and wait for a tire to be shipped which would take about 3 days, or press on.
Press on i did. If it pops, so be it... this is supposed to be an adventure, right?
going through Tucson, i noticed a boneyard.
neato. was on both sides of me, but hard to take pictures in all that traffic. love boneyards.
EAST! to more desert. stunning scenery. If you haven't been to Arizona, i suggest you go. Quite a diverse landscape.
I was on the interstate, and there's not much else to do except take pictures and listen to music. It's not like i can fix myself a snack, have a smoke or a drink, etc...
Good thing i have a strong forearm... all that practice you see.
I found this interesting... Let's just say i started looking where i was walking more.
I do not fear riding in the dark. i love it, but i do not like risking my life because some moron didn't see me. oh well, i was going to watch the sun set, and deal with riding in the dark.
|M-O-O-N, That spells Sunset!|
|M-O-O-N! that spells Moon!|
|the sunset was quite a thing of beauty.|
|speeding along at the speed of ...|
|...82 mph. I hit 6666 miles on this trip. lol.|
I saw a sign for the usual chain of motels in Lordsburg and figured there would be an alternative near. Which i found, called the Holiday Motel. A single story old style motor inn. It also has a pool and restaurant.
Smoking room, Wifi, and for $40 it's a pretty good deal, considering the shower works... and i does, i checked. Now if only they had shampoo!! damn you. good thing i come prepared (which i took from the other motels)
I kept seeing signs all around town and on the interstate for this restaurant called Kranberry. I didn't have to look far. I headed into the center of town, all the while looking for a place to eat. There isn't much here, and wouldn't you know it, Kranberry is in the center of town and open.
I spotted a State trooper SUV outside, and there were a lot of people there. Good sign.
There were at least 2 troopers and another guy with police on his back. he was the cheif or something running the show as i overheard his conversation on his two way. (kind of hard to not overhear)
I got the Steak sandwich with a side of slaw.
The song of the day today was Tom Petty's I won't back down