Saturday, January 29, 2011

Santa Rosa

"Wanted" poster. This is an official park picture. :-)

Was this in another life?

Counted 14 wild turkeys on this side of the road near My Brother-in-Laws house in Santa Rosa, CA. They flew across the road, and joined more on the other side. Very large birds!

My Mother-in-Law, Pauline Wells. 100 years, 2 months. She walks, talks, and eats well. :-) A pretty tough lady. Can you even imagine the changes she's seen in the World since she was born in 1910?

Saturday breakfast place. The Valley Cafe in a strip mall. The food was good and plenty.

Met Howard Sublow (nitelite) in the Black Bear Diner in Rohnert Park. His son, Brian showed up soon after we got there. Sure was nice to see them! Howard is about ready to get around this small chicken fry, it came with 3 large slices of toast as well. A California snack.

Brian came in on Howard's old Nomad. A chilly, rainy day, but when you're young and tough, you don't mind a little bad weather. This is a GREAT father and son team!

Howard left in the Jeep, and Brian is ready to hit the freeway back to Petaluma. He has the "tunes" going wide open on the bike :-) Maybe it will help keep him warm.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

John and Tracy visit, etc.

On the way to Santa Rosa, we made a quick gas stop in Pear blossom, California. This is inside a Chevron Gas Station. Pay Toilets! What is This world coming to???!!!
The 2000 TW200 (T-Dub) is all adjusted and detailed and ready to sell! It's a perfect bike, but I don't need it.

El Zarape. My favorite Mexican restaurant on this side of the border. Tracy and John from Phoenix rode it, Jim and Katie came too.

John (aka Pug, Snickers & Slick) and Jim (Wrong Turn) are checking out.

A painting inside the restaurant. The place is clean and bright.

Pat saying good-bys. She has things to do at home so won't ride with us today.

Redd and Tracy (American Honey) face off on Gila Street. Gunfight at high noon!

Tracy won the battle, she's getting ready to go to prison.

The grounds at Yuma Territorial Prison. This is exactly were the Gila and Colorado use to join, and the site of Yuma Crossing. The white building in the background is in California, and the site of old Fort Yuma.

This is the actual chair and mirror that the prisoners had their pictures taken when they were admitted. The mirror give them a profile, and saves film for 2 pictures. This guy is trying to look BAD. Nice try, Slick. :-)

Innocent? Maybe not!

Since the City Historical Society took over the Prison last year, they have made many changes. Some nice, some were better the old way when the State Parks ran it.

This is an actual photograph of the prison back in the early 1900's. Taken from the California side of the River. You can see where the Gila flows into the Colorado just North East of the Prison.

Katie is in jail for taking too many pictures! It was nice they let her keep her camera. She got out early on good behavior for being the Prison photographer.

The 3:10 Leaving Yuma. This was taken from the Prison Wall.

When Audie Murphy made a movie inside the prison (one of many movies made here), they lowered a few of the doors so when he used them he wouldn't look so short (true story)

John tries to "sneer", but doesn't do too well :-)

Tracy didn't like being in the Dark Cell, but didn't mind this one too bad. These were homes for the homeless during the depression, and even later. The prison was also use at the Yuma High School for 4 or 5 years. The school is still called "The Criminals" or just "Crims"

It probably got pretty warm inside these small cells when the temps were above 120 degrees!

Wiliedog! Didn't know you worked here!

Windy day. The Ocean to Ocean bridge was completed in 1915, linking the Atlantic to the Pacific by highway. That's California on the other end of the Bridge, we're standing in Arizona. The Colorado River flows under it.

Date Grove at Sun Gardens, in Bard, CA.

Jim and Kate try some samples. Tracy is "carb free", so she passes on the dates as well as the Date shakes we had.
Two "delicate flowers"

Isn't that sweeeeeet! :-)

A ride in the desert.
Yeah, right. We have a picture of John riding this on last March when he was here for the Lettuce ride. He didn't have the energy to jump up on it today.

Kawasaki parking only! Jim at the window at Stone Cabin order up some burgers.
12" burgers that weigh 5 pounds when served. Almost 3 pounds of meat, 18 slices of 3 kinds of cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, black olives, and all the other condiments you can think of. They sell for $15 and makes a good meal for 4 people.
Do I see 5 buns here?

Randy, the burgerman and owner of the gift shop and cafe here, has been coming down from Everett, Washington for 6 years now during the Winter. There is nothing here during the summer.
Jim won the drawing for a free ticket!


Katie models a Pink Boa. Pink IS her color! (yeah, right:-) The "sit down" place to eat here.

There were about 10 bikes here when we rode up. I think it was a chapter for the CMA. They were just leaving. We had our burgers, then John and Tracy saddled up and headed up to Quartzsite and on home to Phoenix.
John had a plain Cheese burger, without everything....
This was my Southwest burger. Grilled onions, Pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, 1/3 pound meat, mayo and salsa. It's a very tasty treat! Tracy had a Buffalo burger, but I didn't get a picture. Jim & Katie got their's to go, and I took one home to Pat.

We were all vroc riders, but Jim was the only one wearing a patch.
We got home around 6 PM. Katie discovered two of her new flowers in bloom!
Another pretty flower at the Ayers house. We had a GREAT day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mid January!

Lynda Vista Motorcycle gang :-) Redd and Jim's TW's, Sherm's TW, XT, and Burgman. We spend a couple days detailing bikes so we can take them out and get them dirty again. Well, maybe "wrong turn" didn't detail his. He belongs to the Skid school of detailing. But, his Vulcan is spotless.

Miss KT, on our porch. She's ready to jump on the Kaw with Wrong Turn.

Friday, 21 January. They are heading out enroute Tucson, going the "The Theater". (Big, Bad, Bikers)

Paradise gets better every day!

This is I-8, over the Colorado river. Late at night a day or two after Christmas 2010. Picture taken by Katie Acree. She's using it for one of her College Class photos. Seems to be an EXCELLENT picture! I took some the same time, same place...and wouldn't post them here :-)

Jim (Wrong Turn) is taking a picture for our photo class.

This was a wide angle shot I took. Exciting, huh,...........

We went to Logan's Road House for dinner, it was very good!

Frank and Nina Johnson. Visitors from East Texas (that's in the USA)

Nina, Frank, Pat and I. This is a fun place.

Frank & Nina Johnson. Friends we used to work for. They are visiting us from East Texas. Here, we're in Mexico. We bought prescription medicine, and ate fish tacos and fresh Tamales.

Hot today. We're waiting in line to get out of Mexico. It took 2.5 hours to get through the US Border Patrol inspection station at the Port of Entry.

Bling! There are a few vendors working the exit line.

You could probably get this nice travel trailer pretty cheap. It would look good in some of the "upscale" parks in Yuma!

Step right up! We'll make you a new you! :-)

Nice lawn and garden items.

Hang them birds out to dry!