There are side benefits to being on lockdown in Kali, like no cars on the road! Who can say they had the whole Santa Barbara pier to themselves? Yesterday was a good ride. (Turn up the volume)
I rode my “new” 1991 BMW R100RT to Death Valley for the annual Airhead Beemers Club rally. It was another perfect-weather weekend this year. The bike ran perfectly! I met up with some fellow South Coasters and we camped for 3 great days of riding.
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We went camping with the South Coasters up in Big Bear. Temperatures ran from freezing in Big Bear to over 100 in Joshua Tree National Park. We had a great time!
Lisa and I rode the RT to Ensenada, Mexico for 4 days. The weather was perfect, in the 70s. (90s at home) We stayed at a local’s AirBnB house, ate yummy seafood, and had some real adventures.
On the way to the rally we stayed at a friend’s B&B in Tennessee for a few days. Billy’s Lake House is of course on the lake and a very relaxing B&B. We’ll be back!
Once in the Smokies it rained daily, so we skipped the tent camping and stayed in these “motorcycle friendly” cabins. It was perfect. They even had boot and glove dryers.
No ride back east is complete without riding the infamous Tail of the Dragon. It’s mostly hype, but we had to get our photos and T-shirt.
Over 6,000 riders this year! And a shoppers paradise with all the motorcycle vendors worth a damn there and giving rally discounts. Great music (close to Nashville), good food, and best of all – no rain all 3 days!
The South Coasters took a day off from the rally and rode to Nashville to stroll the raucous streets and listen to some music. It was a hoot.