Posted by: harleyhawk43 | January 3, 2016

Winding up 2015 and starting the New Year


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Well  here we are on January 3, still in Tucson but beginning to pack up to move to the Yuma area. New Year’s Eve, believe it or not, we went to bed early after a delicious meal (T-Bone steak, baked beans and asparagus).

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We were excited to have my motorcycle back, all repaired after the 11/22 collision and to have a nice weather forecast (high around 65 and total sunshine). Our ride would be from Tucson to Tombstone via Route 10 west to 83 south to 82 east, through Sonoita. Everything was going fine until we stopped at the intersection of 83 and 82. As we pulled up to the stop sign, I could hear a loud rattling sound. We pulled right over and soon discovered that one side of the newly installed front fender had a loose nut. In a few more miles we may have lost the nut totally. Red Fox whipped out her handy dandy Harley Tool Kit and we found that a 7/16 wrench would do the trick. Soon we were back on course for Tombstone but I was seriously disappointed that the repair shop had not fastened the fender properly.

One of Karen’s friends had told us to go to Big Nose Kate’s in Tombstone for lunch. We did, along with our two friends, Ray and Carolyn, and had an absolute blast. The restaurant/bar couldn’t be any more Western as you will see in the attached pictures. One of their specialties is dressing diners up in cowboy gear and taking their pictures. The host, Steve, who is originally from the Bronx was one of the most hospitable tavern owners we had ever encountered. He began by treating each of us to a jigger of Rocking Rye, a delicious whiskey that immediately warms one’s bones. The lunch just got better and better after that, as we munched on Pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye.

Along with all this, we also had a very good piano man entertaining us with western songs. At one point we got up and had a dance to Ghost Riders in the Sky. A fabulous time on a New Year’s Day to remember

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The ride out and back was beautiful and we took many video clips besides the fender repair one. Here are a couple. When you are riding out here, you get a tremendous feeling of what it must have been like in the 1800s.

That’s all for now folks. Next time we post we will be at Imperial Dam on the California/Arizona border, between Yuma and Quartzsite.

 


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