2008 Honda XR650L
Wow this turned out to be a great ride. I want to thank Scott and Tom for getting me off my duff to get out on this adventure. Our inmates for this trip were Tom, from Prescott, who is riding a Honda XR650L, Bill on a Honda 650 XRR, Kim who is riding a Kawasaki 250, Scott on a Yamaha 250WRX, and myself on a Honda XR650L. All of us are moderate to excellent riders (2 of us, Tom and I, raced AMA District 37 desert series), the youngest is pushing 56 (Scott), & Tom broke 70 some time back.
I rode from Orange County, CA, yes on the XRL, to Vidal Junction, CA where I was to meet Tom and continue off road as much as possible to Prescott, AZ. My ride started early at 4:30 AM and headed over the mountains on Ortega Highway between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore. It was a cold foggy ride over Ortega with visibility probably at about 50 feet at times. Soaking wet I arrived in Elsinore and stopped at the first place I could get something to eat and go inside to get warm, OH BOY Mac D’s. After breakfast it was still foggy as I followed 2 lane roads to Beaumont where I had to jump on Interstate 10 and slab it till I reached 2 lane Highway 62 thru Joshua Tree 25 miles later.
It had been a long time since my son, Shaun, and I were able to go on an adventure together. He had moved up to Portland, Oregon and his work schedule did not let him get down here to SoCal very often. So we made a plan when he did come down to take at least a day ride together. I had taken him out to Calico Ghost Town in my 4×4 to visit the town and surrounding area when he young so I planned a loop route from the Calico Ghost Town area east of Barstow, CA for our motorcycles that would visit several mining sites around the ghost town and visit the crash site of 2 military aircraft in the 60’s.
We left before sunrise for the 2-½ hour drive to our starting point located on Mule Canyon Road. We got there as the sun was breaking over the mountains and started to unload. Shaun would be riding my licensed Honda XR600R and I would be on my licensed race bike a Husqvarna 250.
Me on my Honda
Now for an adventure that is totally different. This 2-day trek was completed in October 2008.
We started this adventure at a friend’s house in Silver Lakes, CA and ride to Laughlin, NV on the Mojave Trail and then end back in Silver Lakes the next day after an overnight in Laughlin.