100CCC SS5K B2B
Milwaukee to Denver to San Diego
Even though I didn't want to push it I would need to get to San Diego in 2 days. Luckily this would give me a chance to visit with friends in Denver and spend the evening with them. It's never long enough time to get to visit with them but I always enjoy getting out to their home and seeing them. That's the great thing about LD riding. It really opens up your weekends to more possibilities. Denver in 14-16 hours is a very do-able ride with all interstate and 65, 65, 70, 75, 75 speed limits across, WI, IL, IA, NE, and CO.
The weather was fine out to Colorado and I made it there in decent time. But that's where the adventure would start. I was looking at leaving Denver at 4:00am to head over the Rockies and into Utah. Even though I new I would be running in desert heat on the CCC I packed my Gerbing and I'm glad I did. The temperature in the mountains dropped to 25 degrees and the roads were wet. Luckily there was no ice so I'm assuming they sprayed the roads with calcium sulfide liquid or at least that's what I kept telling myself. The ride through the mountains was unnerving but I made it safely out of there and headed into the heat of Utah.
I met up with Mike on a V-Strom and since there was not many places to stop for gas we both pulled off at the exit for gas. He was on vacation and working his way home to California the super long way and having a great time. I wish I could have visited longer but I needed to make San Diego by evening if I was going to get some decent sleep. It was hot that day but I loved the rock formations of Utah. It was one of the few states I had not toured through and I enjoyed it immensely. I came across some brush fires that threatened some homes though. You could see the smoke for miles but it looked like the firefighters were starting to get it under control.
Nevada would throw 100+ degree heat on me for several hours and boy you could feel it but I made sure to stay hydrated and focus on getting across the desert and into California. It was a tough ride but I new I would be doing more desert on the return leg of the 100CCC so I told myself to get use to it. I managed to get across the state and into California.
California meant rush hour traffic and traffic jams. It would also give me the opportunity to lane split. I waited until I saw a motorcycle cop working his way through traffic and then jumped in behind him. The ST isn't a narrow bike but the mirrors do stick out to the width of the bike so I was cautious as I worked my way through. I was able to get out in front of the stalled traffic and make time down to San Diego. I got to the hotel on Hotel Circle and waited for Charlie to arrive so we could check into the hotel. I made a trip to the drug store for some supplies and when I returned Charlie was there. We shared traffic stories and then headed to the room to go over the plans.
We doubled checked our ride, set up witnesses, and then went to bed.
Chapter 4: Day 1 (100CCC): San Diego, CA to Kerrville, TX