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Have you ever had the fever to hit the road but have little time? That's what I was faced with when I decided to ride with my riding bro KrazzyGG on the first part of his three week vacation tour. The way I look at it is any ride is better than no ride even if it's a short one. I love to ride and, man, did we have a ride.

We live near Houston, Texas, so the plan was to ride to Poway California in two days covering a little over 1500 miles. It's really a shame that the first day's planned ride covered eight hundred miles and didn't even take us out of Texas. LOL. But we planned our little ride and waited with great anticipation for the day to arrive for departure.

I am one who always gets excited about traveling on my bike, so much that I have a hard time falling asleep the night before because of the excitement. And as usual I tossed and turned but finally faded off into never never land. The only problem was getting moving after the alarm clock went off. So, I was running a little late to meet KrazzyGG at the rendezvous point. Little did I know that crazy KrazzyGG had a Highway patrolman friend waiting to escort us out of town. So I kind of messed that up because he had to start his patrol, but the thought was cool and I'm still not sure if he was supposed to be escorting us or running us out of town. LOL

To say the least me and GG do get excited about riding together. We could hardly keep from busting out in a smile and a nod when we would do a side by side at a signal light. But we were soon on the interstate kicked back in our cruising position, exhaust rumbling, sun shinning, and dew rags flapping in the wind. We couldn't have asked for better weather, especially after the week of rain that we had just had. Everything had come together nicely, on our way and rolling in fifthgear.

Most of the ride heading towards El Paso was uneventful, making few stops, little traffic, and putting serious miles on in a hurry. We did hit about fifty miles of rain just before we reached El Paso though. It wasn't enough to ruin our day but enough to take the shine out of the chrome. We entered El Paso sometime just before eight PM and decided that we would look for Barnett Harley Davidson. We passed it thinking it was on our side of the freeway and had to do a U'ie. By the time we got there they were closed. I guess they knew that I wasn't carrying any serious chrome money. LOL

With the weather looking good, we decided to go to the local car wash and get some of the nasty road dirt off of our bikes. I am usually very careful about where I spray the water but I went kinda crazy and must have gotten some water in my driving light connectors because the left one didn't work. Then, it came on and the right one didn't work. Then neither worked and haven't worked since. It's not the fuse so I'll have to do some trouble shooting. They ought to hang the guy that installed them....hey wait a minute, it was me! LOL

We loaded up the next morning bright and early and headed for a gas station. I remember thinking how chilly the air was that morning. When we had gased up I put my leather jacket on. KrazzyGG decided he would do without one. Well, about ten miles down the road he pulled over. I said "what's the problem?" He said "I'm putting my fu**ing jacket on" just laughing the whole time. Actually because of the partly cloudy skies it was cool enough to wear them until about 11:30 when we took them off. I guess it was 10:30 New Mexico time.

The day went on and the temperature was rising. I was expecting quite a bit of heat in the desert but it was getting hot...real hot. We both had cool collars which I think are fantastic in the dry heat. We filled our water bottles with ice water at every gas stop and really made it fairly well until the last few hours. I started getting a little over heated and found it harder to leave the cool shade of the gas stations. But we trudged on drinking plenty of water. It was amazing how the temperature changed so dramatically when descending down the hills just before our destination. I went from scorching hot to thinking about putting my jacket on. WOW! I felt so good in that cool air that I throttled up in the twisty hills and left GG in the rear view about the size of a pin head. I think I found paradise!!!!!

We rolled in to Debra's house(KrazzyGG's girlfriend) late that afternoon looking like we were Laurence of Arabia. Debra is one fine lady and I can't say enough about her hospitality. I think GG has got a winner with this woman. We were tired, dirty and HUNGRY. We hadn't eaten all day, the heat just didn't let our appetites let us know any better. But we made up for it when we ordered pizza. Debra said it would be faster if she went and got it so she took off and had it back to us in ten minutes. I commented to GG on how cool it was for her to do that . He had already jokingly told me that I could boss her around too! LOL. She is a real sweetheart for sure.

The next morning we headed for San Diego Harley Davidson to meet PasadenaJim and Huckelberry1. We saw their bikes as we pulled up and went in to meet them. They are two fine people that I am so glad that I had the chance to meet. We drank a little syrup...I mean coffee while we waited for their other friends to show up. Lisa(huckelberry1) was such a pleasure to be around and Jim is as cool as they come. I think Lisa was a little taken by the Texas vocabulary of KrazzyGG. And she would just laugh with us when we would say something that was definately Texas slang. She said "They really are saying 'ya'll' and they mean it" LOL. Yep, we were!

After the rest of the friends arrived we decided to go have a late breakfast nearby. We laughed and joked, ate and had a great time. When the waitress came with the five separate checks, I told her to hand them to the guy on the other end...which was KrazzyGG. LOL. I was laughing so hard as he fanned the checks out like playing cards and then started reaching for his wallet. Of course we didn't let him pay for them all but it was a real sight to see his expression!!!!!!!!!!! And he would have payed for all of them too! He's a cool guy!

We decided to go to a craft fair spot about an hour away, drink some beer and listen to the bands. Two in our group were leaving us heading another direction down the road. With Jim towards the lead he gave the signal to turn off the freeway but it was the wrong exit and immediately gave the signal to stay on. Well, it was too late for Lisa who had turned off heading down the exit ramp. I really hated to see her get separtated by herself so I turned off to catch her when I got to the exit. I at first thought that we could do a turn around but it just branched off into yet to another freeway system. We finally got turned around and pulled over to discuss our options. We laughed at both of us not knowing what freeway we needed to take and I told her that I wasn't worried because I had until Friday to find out where I was. LOL. We headed in a direction that was towards the original and after a few minutes we saw the rest of the group on the side of the road. Man, was that a surprise!!! We did make it to the craft fair without any problems and had an enjoyable day. I think Lisa was surprised that I didn't want her to ride alone but my focus is on the women riders and I know how it would be for her to be separated from the group, alone like that. I like women who ride and I like doing my part to assure that they enjoy it too.

All good things must come to an end and the next day I decided to head back to Texas. I enjoyed my stay and didn't get to see everything that I wanted to see in San Diego for sure, but that just gives me an excuse to return some day. I departed that morning finding it much cooler most of the way through Arizona but a rain storm blew through so I stopped at Benson, Arizona for the night. I went the next day to Del Rio taking a little change of scenery route. Stayed the night and made it to Houston the next day.

I have to say that you meet some fine people and see some interesting sites on short rides like this one. If you feel that you don't have much time to make longer journeys....just go for the fast short one. A fast long distance trip is better than none. To me it is definately worth it!
 

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Thanks for the post. I'll be right out there with you come September, riding on any trip (long or short) I get a chance for. I've met some pretty cool people. I take trips on my metric and still stay in contact with people I've met out there on the road. It turned out that one of the guys wound up being a real good friend. He lives in Alabama. In September I'll be riding my Harley -- he told me, "it's about time ya ole lizzard".
 

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Thanks for the adventure, FifthGear. Glad you made it home safely. It was great meeting you, KrazyGG and Deb. We look forward to riding with all of you again. You made some friends here in So Cal.

Your story should be an inspiration for others who are planning a trip.

A rider can definitely meet some good people out there on the road.

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Boneyard01 said:
great story fifth wish i could have made the trip ,glad you made it home in one piece.see you at work next week.
Hey Boneyard, I heard i missed two calls from KrazzyGG checking to see if I survived the dersert heat on the way back. I did, but looking pretty crisp! LOL. Got a new webcam, check me out hiding those racoon eyes . LOL
 

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I finally heard from KrazzyGG last night on his road adventure . I talked to him for 30 minutes about some of the things that he has seen and places that he has been. There is no doubt that he and Debra are having the time of their lives. There was excitement in his voice just like it would be in mine if I were there. He has traveled up the west coast highway to Washington, over to Sturgis and down through Yellowstone and now in Grande Junction Colorado. They hope to leave in the morning and arrive in Las Vegas for a rest stop. I won't steal his thunder on the details of the trip but he has experienced good weather and beautiful scenery in his travels. He mentioned how great it was meeting Jim and Lisa and like me, realizes what a great group of people we were with in San Diego. He has had no problems and will be back here before long with tales from the road and pictures from his journey.

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Fifth, thanks for the update. Sounds like they're having a great trip! I'd say we all owe a big thanks to DP for bringing us all together. This forum has helped make some great friends for all of us.
 

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hey 5th thanks for the update on GG and Debra. Can't wait till they get back to hear the wonderful stories, of there trip. Thanks for the filling in of there trip so far.

have a great day

jb
 

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Heard form KrazzyGG last night. He made 750 miles yesterday and is in El Paso Texas. He is leaving in the morning early and should be back to Alvin Texas this evening. In a day or two he'll have some pictures and the trip story to share.
 
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