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May 11, 2014 - Winnamucca to Ridgecrest

Happy Mother's Day ! Today's travel took us from the cold of yesterday to warmer climes. Temp in Winnamucca this morning was in the low 30s and we pulled into Ridgecrest this evening at about 79 degrees. The riders have thawed out and are putting away the electric warmed clothing in exchange for lighter gear. We had sunny skies all day and a great tailwind so all in all it was a good day. I took no photos today but will tomorrow when we reach Rancho Cucamonga and registration. It will be a much shorter day as we have only 150 miles or so....

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May 2, 2014 - Ridgecrest, CA home of China Lake Naval Station

Left Oakhurst, CA to head for Ridgecrest, CA as a start point to Death Valley. Highway driving down to Oildale, near Bakersfield where we picked up Rt 178 across the mountains to Ridgecrest. That took us through Kern Canyon and on up to Isabella Lake which is way below the level it should be at due to all the drought in the southwest. Campers were set up down at the shoreline where they would have been under water if normal. We then went over Walker Pass before heading down to the valley where Ridgecrest and Naval Air Weapons Station China...

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2014 Southwest Trip

Jul 27, 2013 - Midway Cafe

I don't have a picture for you, but I highly recommend the Midway Cafe in Ridgecrest, CA, for breakfast. It's a mom and pop cafe where the waitress calls you "honey" and the food was excellent! There were a whole three parking spaces out front if that tells you anything of the size of the restaurant. Inside you could sit at the counter or at one of about 4 or 5 booths. I would definitely go there again. (Hover over and click Midway Cafe for more information.)

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Mar 26, 2013 - mojave dessert

We drove from Tulare in the valley to Bakersfield. Stopped in at Buck Owens Resto Bar around 11Am. Restaurant not open but they let us walk around inside unaccompanied. It's like a museum to the late country singer. life size statues of his friends in the lobby. Elvis, hank Williams.Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, were all there for the moment. Large place seating over 600. Many big names still do concerts there. Hundreds of photos of country singers , movie stars and politicians . Great Bar. We then headed east and north...

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May 5, 2012 - Ridgecrest, California

5/5 – 5/6 Our next stop was in 146 miles at a Wal-Mart in Ridgecrest, California (I-10, I-215, I-15, US395). Along the way we met David and Dianne in Boron, California at a restaurant that was recommend to us by a fellow we met in 2003. Well it was certainly worth the stop, we had a 4 star lunch at Domingo’s Mexican Restaurant (27075 Twenty Mule Team Rd. 760-762-6266) which included great enchiladas, chili rellenos and David said the fajitas were quite good. David and Dianne will be travelling with us for most of the month. While in...

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Jul 12, 2011 - One Month till

One Month till I leave...Phew, the wait is almost over and I really don't know what this jittery nervous scared and excited feeling would be called, everything scrambled together. So, I haven't been sleeping very well for the past month. It seems to me that my sleeping problem creeping back into my daily routine again. In the past month, I always go to sleep around 4-5 AM, and wake up around 8.30ish with Jayden. NOT healthy and definitely not recommended. I think this last month before my departure to Nepal, I need to get back to my...

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Nepal

Jun 14, 2011 - Getting anxious

yes yes, I know...I don't leave until August but why does it feel it's so soon. I wish I could have one extra month before I leave. 2 months seem too soon for me, I have not prepared myself physically for this journey. Yesterday, I was going to ride my bike to work, but then the wind was pretty gnarly so I decided not to but I am determined to ride my bike to work today. I kinda gave up on hiking around ridgecrest. First of all, I am damn scared of snakes and from what I have heard that the snakes are out for this season, I really don't...

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Nepal

Jun 3, 2011 - some left early...

I hung out with a couple of my bestfriends tonight. They are leaving to Europe for a couple of weeks. I'm happy and excited for them. I wish I could go backpacking around Europe like them, but I know for sure I don't have the mentality to do so. I'm somewhat a rigid when it comes to travelling without any schedules, thats why volunteering is better for me. With volunteer, I have set schedule but yet I have the weekends to explore the country. Btw, I'm still trying to find a few more people to go with me to Tibet, from what I have heard, you...

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Jun 3, 2011 - Slowly getting my stuff together

Yesterday I went to a local sporting goods store and got myself a pair of cargo pants. I figure, hiking pants are much much better to bring than jeans. I read in many websites that in August it's still the monsoon season for Nepal. Jeans would get heavy if it gets wet and harder to dry when I wash em. I still need to get a sleeping bag, not an expensive one, just a decent and not overpriced sleeping bag. I went to Big 5 for sleeping bag but all they got are heavy and bulky ones. I saw this sleeping bag in amazon.com for only about $45ish...

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Feb 7, 2011 - The Tire Man

Today we went to visit the Tire Man to have some stems for the inside rear tires on the motorhome replaced. He business is located in Ridgecrest, CA and China Lake. This area is known as the high desert. I could understand since we had to climb and descend over 4,000 feet. While there we bought a new battery for the jeep, since it got pretty worn while being towed in Alaska. Tom replaced it himself.

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Oct 17, 2010 - Ridgecrest, California

We woke up this morning to wet roads. Apparently it had rained sometime during the night. Our bikes were parked under a carport in the little motel we stayed at, so they were nice and dry. We packed up and hit the road. We had to find a Starbucks first thing, cause the “little motel” we stayed at, although it was nice and clean, and had a carport for our bikes, did NOT have internet service. Damn! We checked out the weather forecast, and it was pretty tough to find a place where it wasn’t going to rain for 3 days. Well, we decided to head...

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Apr 17, 2010 - An exceptional ride through Death Valley

Saturday, April 17, a trip through Death Valley National Park. Sunny with wakeup temperature of 74 and Death Valley, at 190 feet below sea level, high of 94. Well, we made it through Death Valley and are here to tell about it. But first, I must say that it was tough getting out of Las Vegas. The problem was we kept driving on their circ highway and could not find the exit for the route I needed to take to Death Valley. Finally, after a good half hour of going back and forth, we found the exit for the route we wanted. Now we were off to...

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