Day Nine and Ten: San Diego

September 5th-6th Miles 0 It was time to take some time to recover as well as take advantage of the time to catch up on some things: laundry, exercise, emails, and phone calls. I had to make sure everything was arranged for me for when I got to Portland. So first thing was to call the Portland Harley dealership and make an appointment to get my bike serviced (I’ll have done about 5000+ miles by that point) and also to see if I could store the bike there for the month I was gone. They said it wouldn’t be a problem at most a small fee. Next was my ride to the trailhead from Portland. A couple days earlier, I got a call from my friend “Barrel Roll” (his trail name), one of the friends I’d be meeting to hike with, and he said he found someone in Portland who
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Day Eight: random road in Texas to San Diego

September 4th Miles 2585-3560 So today my dyna wide glide, Eowyn, and I completed our very first Iron Butt. For those who don’t know, an iron butt does not have to do with what could happen to you if camp overnight at a truck stop. Rather it’s when you ride 1000 miles in one day. Granted, I didn’t exactly get to 1000 miles but I figured it was close enough and wasn’t worth riding around the block several hundred times just to get it exactly right. So today, starting at about 7am and finishing around 10:30pm, through 4 states, a couple mountain ranges, and crossing a 300 mile long desert with temperatures reaching around 110 degrees, I completed my first iron butt to get to San Diego. When I woke up at dawn, I found that my foot and thigh were actually much more sore then when I went to
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San Diego

August 26-29 Miles 0 Time to take a few days to relax before heading back homeward. There was actually a lot to do though, things to take care of before I was ready to put another 3000 miles on the bike. If you look back through the previous entries of the trip you’ll see that I added pictures, maps, and streamlined things a bit. I also had to do laundry and groceries for the way back. One of the more important things I had to do was take care of the bike and make sure it was alright. Since randy from mile high harley suggested I have my back tire tread looked at, I brought the bike by the dealership in San diego. Turned out my tread was very low but the dealership was charging upwards of 200 for the tire and replacement and I also needed my oil changed.
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Las Vegas, NV-San Diego, CA (Day 9)

August 25th Miles 2574-2920 Pretty long day today, but we were out pretty early, around 9:30. It was still hot though, very hot. I decided just to ride with a long sleeve, long underwear top to keep some of the air off of me rather than the black leather jacket (in retrospect that was pretty lucky cause the jacket would be awful in the traffic we’d later get caught in). I had the bandanna wrapped around my neck again, but without the jacket i started to lose it and ended up having to hold it in my hand for about 20 miles. The riding was still pretty tiring and slow going, I made sure to stop every 60 miles and rehydrate myself. Luckily no problems with my health or the bike today, but on top of the heat there was a lot of wind and I was getting thrown all
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