Posted by: harleyhawk43 | February 6, 2017

Motorcycle Ride to Yuma and Julian

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This past week we finally got a stretch of good riding weather and headed out from Newport Beach CA bound for the Yuma AZ area. We had told our friends at our former winter campground, Imperial Dam, that we would be out for a visit. We had opted for a luxury campground this winter, as a treat, but missed our friends and wanted to see them. It’s almost a 300 mile ride each way, so we had to be rested and prepared. We left on Tuesday morning and returned Saturday afternoon. Both bikes were in good shape and ready to go after the usual tire pressure and oil level checks.


We left at 9 a.m. Pacific Time and landed at Imperial Dam around 4 p.m. Arizona Time (lost an hour). We were booked into the Winnebago Hilton, a modest trailer in the Imperial Dam Campground and soon met up with our friends, Captain Canada and Debbie Dewdrops. While we were there we would do a couple of hikes, play dominoes and enjoy several cookouts. Then, on Saturday, we would meet up with another friend, Preacherman, and a group of local riders, for the ride back, via Ocotillo, Pine Valley and Julian.

(Here are some hiking shots and a cookout shot)

(Here we have the Winnebago Hilton where we stayed for the four nights we were there)


(Getting ready to depart on Saturday)


(Meeting up with the Preacherman motorcycle gang)

(Off to Pine Valley and Julian, via I-8 and route 79)

(Lunch at Buffalo Bill’s in Julian CA)


(In this picture we have,not in order, Red Fox, Doug, Henc, Hawk 2, Hawk 1, Preacherman, Tinkerbell, Linda Waigirl Hawaii, Randy, Trevor and one I can’t remember)

Believe it or not, we had two Hawk’s on the ride, yours truly and the fellow closest to us on the left. He is 80, so for a change I was not the oldest. Preacherman is in the denim vest with the cap on. He conducts a Christian ministry in the desert, near the campground. After lunch and the usual hugs, we split from the group and followed route 78 back to Oceanside and then route 5 to Pacific Coast Highway to Newport Beach.

(Some views as we left Julian. The truck scared me because he was coming on fast and seemed like he was going to come over into my lane.)

We finally got home late Saturday afternoon, unpacked and collapsed on the couch with an adult beverage. We had to rest up for the big game the next day!

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