Today was an interesting and hard day, mostly because of the heat. I also forgot to start the Relive app to record when we first left Ontario so I started it at the first fuel stop.
So, we left Ontario around 07:45. It was quite an experience because of the number of bikes. All three routes were starting from Ontario so they had all of us staged by route. The amount of police presence to cordon off the on ramps and escort us was pretty cool. This was commute time so I expect a lot of people were pissed off to be blocked from the lanes while their trying to go to work but luckily it’s only once a year. This escorting continued at many of the stops or places we traveled through. Lunch was at Blythe California and they directed us through town where all the streets were blocked and we’re going through the red lights towards the fair grounds where we had a good lunch that was donated by local companies and folks doing other fund raising activities including desert of Girl Scout cookies! Awesome lunch, pulled pork sandwiches. The whole experience was actually pretty cool. They had everything ready with good food and the picnic tables were covered with large paper sheets where the kids decorated the tables with drawings of different things. Going thorough town, it was like a parade with most of the residents out there waving and honking horns. So many of the bridges/overpasses we went under had people up there waving at us with American flags. There was one where a fire truck was up there with a huge flag hanging from the extended ladder. Really nice stuff. After that, we went on through the dessert to end up at Chandler AZ where a local Harley Davidson dealer put out a spread for dinner. Again, all donated. Another interesting process was the fuel stops. They lined us up to go two deep on each side of the pumps with multiple islands of pumps and two deep at each pump. When the bike closest was fill up, the handle was handed to the outside biker and he started pumping while the inside biker drove to the staging area. The first two stops were donated fuel from LifeStyleCycles. Awesome. Once out of CA, the prices dropped quite a bit. Tomorrow I’ll try to get pics of the prices but in the low to mid $3.00. And, we didn’t have the extra rubber “fume capture” thing to manually pull back on so you could pump past where the pump simply stops at. It’s a California thing… I also need to state the heat was real high. I recently bought a camelpak and I’m glad I did. That made it possible to keep drinking with the helmet on while driving. I had it attached to my bags with the tube you suck out of hanging towards the front – worked well. There were times I was getting light headed and started wondering if I should “tap out” which let me pull out and stop but not able to join my platoon until the next fuel stop. But, I made it along with everyone else. Once at the Harley dealer in Chandler, one person ended up going to the hospital due to heat stroke.
Tomorrow were leaving Chandler at 07:00 so time for the rack.
Remember, this Relive was started at Coachella, not Ontario. Too many things were going on to remember to start the app.
A Pano of the parking lot with all three routes
Presenting the color guard prior to leaving
Some of the Southern Route at the first fuel and hydration stop. This is where I started the Relive App.
Lunch from Blythe, CA and great supportive people
Another fuel stop
The Harley Dealer and dinner to be served soon.