Travels with my Harley

and other two-wheeled machines


Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles CA to San Diego to Monterey CA

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 – Distance travelled 647 miles I am one of those people that really need a “purpose” to motivate them, so I suppose it was quite handy that my new goal in life was to ride to San Diego in order to see some trees that were not there. Or maybe to not […]

Monterey CA to San Francisco to Los Angeles CA

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006 – Distance travelled 586 miles I love musical references and, weirdly, a lot of the ones contained in these notes are from songs by “The Eagles“. However, to break that mould, according to the singer Albert Hammond, “It never rains in Southern California” and, although I had been told that was not […]

Los Angeles CA to Bakersfield to Death Valley to Shoshone CA

Thursday, May 11th, 2006 – Distance Travelled 447 miles For the first time on my trip, I woke up in a place I had woken up in before. Two days, even if not exactly wasted, had not got me very far. I could, at least, add a “side trip” to San Francisco as a footnote in […]

Shoshone CA to Hoover Dam to Las Vegas NV

Friday, May 12th, 2006 – Distance Travelled 238 miles When I woke up in the morning, my head felt thick and horrible and my tongue felt like sand. I did not think could remember being more thirsty, but then I remembered a time in North Africa – but it was probably close. I guessed I must […]

Las Vegas NV to Tuba City AZ

Saturday, May 13th, 2006 – Distance travelled 674 miles As I had gone to bed early, I woke up extra early and, to borrow a phrase, I was “Leaving Las Vegas” before seven in the morning. The City Center Motel did offer complementary coffee, but it would, in all honesty been better in the Harley’s oil […]

Tuba City AZ to Moriarty NM

Sunday, May 14th, 2006 – Distance Travelled 516 Miles I woke up feeling quite refreshed and wandered the few yards back to the Hogan Family Restaurant for a hearty breakfast of bacon (which I always find very hard to resist), eggs “over easy” (which means fried hard) and hash browns. Even the coffee was good. I […]

Moriarty NM to Elk City OK

Monday, May 15th, 2006 – Distance Travelled 446 miles Unusually, I slept a bit late and I woke up feeling very lethargic. I had eaten way too much the night before and I felt slow and bloated. Breakfast felt unthinkable. I could quite easily have gone back to sleep, conceptually at least, it was not going […]

Elk City OK to Memphis TN

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006 – Distance Travelled 631 miles I woke very early. The sun was not even up, but I got up anyway as I felt pretty restless. As I dressed, I realised that although not exactly tight, my biking trousers did seem to be fitting a little closely. It was clear I was eating […]

Memphis TN to Muscle Shoals AL

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 – Distance Travelled 214 miles As I quite deliberately drove to Memphis to see Graceland, I suppose it would be unfair to say that, by the evening, I felt I had more or less wasted the entire day. I did not go because I am a huge fan of Elvis, I went […]

Muscle Shoals AL to Cleveland TN

Thursday, May 18th, 2006 – Distance Travelled 266 Miles. The following morning I woke up just as dawn was thinking about breaking. It was still a little blustery, but at least it was dry. Still on my “health kick” and mindful of the previous evening’s “Hush Puppies” and Pecan pie, I thought I might try and […]


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