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Joshua Tree National Park Nov 2011

 
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Steven B
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject: Joshua Tree National Park Nov 2011 Reply with quote

Donna & I did another overnight-er, riding to Joshua Tree N.P. near Twenty Nine Palms, CA. We left early Wednesday morning, temp was about 42, so we layered on our cold weather gear and left about 6:15am.

The route



Getting the tires checked



First stop after getting through the morning rush hour, was for gas in Henderson - the Stratosphere in the background, nice sunny day even though it was a little cool



South on HWY93



Then west on I 40 for a few miles



From all my years living in Wyoming - I forgot not to pass right next to a cattle truck, got splattered by some cattle dung! Remember to move as far left as possible!!

Took old Route 66 to Amboy, stopped in Essex, CA. to get this



An old eatery, long since gone - the Roadrunner restaurant, on the way to Amboy



Coming into Amboy, CA.



We stopped at Roy's, the sign said cafe, but all they had were snacks - the kitchen wasn't open, which was too bad, had an old style counter, we had planned on eating there



We did get gas though, one pump was working. Donna enjoyed a muffin



While we were there a group of 15 Harleys pulled up. They were all from Poland, touring the west. They loved the RT 66 sign painted on the road, parked one of their bikes near it and started taking pictures. It was fun to watch, as there was other traffic coming, several times they moved the bike off the road and then back on it when the traffic cleared. I went out and took a group shot for them and visited with them. They were having a great time doing this, thankfully no one got run over



South on Amboy Rd. heading to Joshua, CA.



We stopped and finally had breakfast in Twenty Nine Palms, then onto the Park.



Lots of Joshua trees





Temperature must have dropped about 10 degrees while riding through the Park, but warmed up once we dropped into the Turkey Flats, Pinto mountain in the background



We had planned on making it to the Cottonwood visitor center, but it was getting late and we didn't want to be riding after dark, so we headed back. Gets dark now at 5pm.

Lots of Cholla cactus in one area



Out of the Park, heading into Twenty Nine Palms, CA.



More luxury accommodations in Twenty Nine Palms



A Pizza Hut was right next to our motel, so we had dinner there

No, she didn't eat the whole pizza



I helped eat some with my chicken wings



We had to ride to an AM/PM store the next morning, no coffee pot in the room at Motel 6. Beautiful sunrise to watch



Good breakfast at the Carousel cafe, still a bit cool though



We had to ride back out to the Park entrance to get the required photo.



While I was getting set up to take the picture, a guy came running back from the entrance, he was from England wanted to take our picture - said he was from the "London Times" and was touring the U.S. and getting shots of America for an article. Donna ( always the skeptic) asked for his ID. He did have a press pass, so we gave him our names - so we might make the "Times" article. I'll post something if we make the cut...

We took the same route back to Amboy, had to get a better pic of the sign at Roy's





The new owner has dreams of restoring the old motel & cafe, hope he is successful - really enjoy traveling on RT 66 and seeing our history in these old places. There was a concrete block in the old parking area, don't know the origin, but it had 1917 on it, so had to get a pic



We took a different route back from Amboy to Vegas, wanted to go through the Mojave National Preserve, heading north on Kelbaker RD. I 40 in the foreground



getting setup



To get the required photo



Didn't think I had the right settings - snapped one of me walking back - yep, amateur hour photographer. You can tell Donna is getting a kick out of this



Big sand dunes on the way to Kelso, but we couldn't get closer, the road to them was loose dirt & gravel - not for this "K" driver



Coming into Kelso



The Park Service has renovated the old train depot, we enjoyed some of the exhibits and had lunch at an old style counter cafe







A fascinating look into the past - this was the jail cell that was used to hold people arrested in Kelso - mostly drunks - according to the exhibit sign, usually kept overnight, then released. Donna didn't stay in it long..It was kept outside, a tin shack was built to cover it from the elements - no ACLU back then





More Joshua trees on the way north on Kelso Cima RD.



I missed my turn and ended up back on I 15, I wanted to take the Morning Star Mine RD. and come out on the road to Nipton. We will take that route next time



Primm, NV. off in the distance



Back into Vegas, north on I 15



We timed our arrival back in Vegas to avoid rush hour, but still caught some of it, north on HWY 95



Home again, must be time for a cold "adult" beverage



We will have to go back into the Mojave Preserve, didn't have enough time to see all the old history. Total miles for this trip - 515
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drmalacarne
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As always, great ride report!
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed it Steve. Looked like the trip was a lot of fun.
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