After a year of staying at home, it’s been a relief to head out and see some of the world again.
I did a couple of trips in June to escape the heat in the valley. Drove up to Tehachapi to see if my spark ev would make it -it didn’t, had to get towed the last couple miles to the charger 😦 . Next I took a ride up Kern Canyon. There was a slight delay in the canyon(I178) due to construction but otherwise lots of easy riding through plenty of twisties- went to Kernville for lunch then on to Sequoia and the lovely cool trees. Saw the sad aftermath of the fires near Camp Nelson. Then returned to the insufferable heat in the valley.
Little did we know what the year had in store for us in February. We hadn’t seen social distancing and the pandemic was still just a mysterious illness that was affecting a few people. In our blissful ignorance we made our way to what would prove to be one of the last large events we would attend for quite some time.
The drive down to LA was uneventful and we even arrived early enough to get a great parking spot near the center of all the days events.
Since we were early we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at a small bakery in the square and I read up about how Dr Sun had gone to school in Honolulu and had been financially supported by many supporters of the revolution in Los Angeles.
With breakfast out of the way we walked along the shops checking out the things for sale and tried to scope out a good place to watch the parade.
Bruce with Bruce, and Lora in the background
We even got to watch some dragon dancers perform while we waited.
Eventually we picked a spot on the sidewalk and prepared to wait for the parade. LAPD kept the crowd entertained while we waited.
Eventually it was time for the parade!
My favorite part is the dragons.
Afterwards we were pretty hungry so we made our way over to Hong Kong BBQ which served up a delicious meal. It was a great trip and we decided to head home afterwards since we were all pretty tired.
The International Motorcycle show held in Long beach was a great opportunity for me to check out all sorts of bikes. I particularly enjoyed getting to ride a Zero electric motorcycle, trying out their wheelie sim, checking out the Energica electric motorcycle and riding the Harley live wire on the dynamo.There were also so great electric bicycles to check out and test ride so this was a full day of fun.
By the end of the day I was pretty tired and hungry so I made my way through the convention center and over to shoreline village where I had delicious craw-fish étouffée at Louisiana Charlies and admired the view of the harbor before heading home.
I rode my motorcycle to head out and escape the dust and heat of the valley. My first stop was near hungry Valley state recreation area to check out the wildflowers.
Next up was a brief stop at pyramid lake to enjoy the view.
Since it was such a nice day I decided to keep on riding and headed on to L.A.
I had been watching the tv show Bosch online and read some of the books as well, which mentioned the Angels flight funicular was running again. I had missed out on riding it years ago when I lived in Long Beach for awhile, so I decided to go check it out. I wasn’t able to park near the train as the Los Angeles Fire Department was involved in some sort of operations nearby. I found plenty of spots a few blocks away though and walked back.
The train cost a dollar to ride up the hill so I hopped onboard.
The view from on top was good and I walked around for a bit checking out the architecture of the nearby buildings.
Coming back down the hill I crossed the street and checked out the underground market.
I made my way back to where I parked the bike and rode on to another spot frequently mentioned in the Bosch stories- Echo park.
After dinner at a nearby taco truck, it was time to hit the road for the long ride home. Another great day out on the bike.
So It’s been about a year since I bought a City Slicker. (I know cause I just stuck the new registration sticker on it) I managed to hit over 3000 miles while riding on Saturday. In the last year I have added the rear rack, different mirrors and a new rear tire(something took a chunk out of the one it came with- roads around here are in pretty bad shape) and I added the controller upgrade. CSC replaced the charger for me when it died after about 6 months(hope the n
ew one lasts longer) Over all I’m really happy with it. Most days I drive about 20miles(9.6 to work and back) and I have enough charge to stop at the store or run to the bank etc. Today I deliberately went for a slow drive (kept it in eco mode) had lunch at Ethel’s Corral and did about 40miles before I got home(just in time it was starting to rain a little)