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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 11 AND 12

03 ottobre 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 11: Santa Cruz, CA to Ridgecrest, CA
Day 12: Ridgecrest, CA to Las Vegas, NV

Santa Cruz, famous for the eponymous skateboard and bicycle brand, had some of the counter-culture vibe I was craving. I met a photographer friend who used to live near the town and was back visiting relatives and we visited a bar full of roller derby girls. One day wasn’t enough, but waking to a shroud of Pacific fog made leaving town that little bit easier. I rode another 200 miles on the legendary, but busy Pacific Coast Highway before turning inland for a thrash into the baked interior of California.

We were supposed to be camping in Yosemite National Park but an outbreak of a killer virus had been traced to lodges in the camp, so we detoured to a night in the unmemorable town of Ridgecrest and an Italian meal no Italian person would recognise.

Death Valley was on many riders must see list. It’s another desert with another opportunistic gift shop in the middle of a great big nowhere. The Yamaha’s temperature gauge reached 40˚C at Badwater, the lowest point in the USA, 282ft (85.5m) below sea level. I’m glad I took the liner out of my Gator Evo jacket.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 11: Santa Cruz, CA to Ridgecrest, CA
Day 12: Ridgecrest, CA to Las Vegas, NV

Santa Cruz, famous for the eponymous skateboard and bicycle brand, had some of the counter-culture vibe I was craving. I met a photographer friend who used to live near the town and was back visiting relatives and we visited a bar full of roller derby girls. One day wasn’t enough, but waking to a shroud of Pacific fog made leaving town that little bit easier. I rode another 200 miles on the legendary, but busy Pacific Coast Highway before turning inland for a thrash into the baked interior of California.

We were supposed to be camping in Yosemite National Park but an outbreak of a killer virus had been traced to lodges in the camp, so we detoured to a night in the unmemorable town of Ridgecrest and an Italian meal no Italian person would recognise.

Death Valley was on many riders must see list. It’s another desert with another opportunistic gift shop in the middle of a great big nowhere. The Yamaha’s temperature gauge reached 40˚C at Badwater, the lowest point in the USA, 282ft (85.5m) below sea level. I’m glad I took the liner out of my Gator Evo jacket.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

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