USA 4 Corners Tour Daily Trip Report - 8/04/05

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Richfield, UT
to Chula Vista, CA

646 miles / 9 hours, 54 minutes

Got off to an early start at 5:00 AM. After all, I needed to make up some of the miles from yesterday. The highway is clear and I make good time. Needed some gas so I stopped at a no-name kind of highway stop in southern western Utah. Uneventful, except for the infestation of green bugs & more green bugs at this particular gas station. Don't know what they were but I was glad to head on my way again. Next stop was for breakfast and directions to Cedar Breaks National Park. What a surprise of a place. First there is a 20 mile twisty road thru the mountains and along the pine trees, which is worth the trip just by itself. But then you walk to the visitor center and overlook and what a surprise. It is a fantastic view.

Headed out and got to Las Vegas at high noon. Temperature was 100 degrees outside. Next I passed thru the Mojave Desert about 2:00 PM where the temperature reached 108 degrees. One of my favorite tricks to avoid "Performance Awards" from the cops is to follow a rabbit (somebody who is faster than me. . . ) from a safe distance, and when he gets pulled over, then I slow down. This trick works really well, only when the traffic is thin. In heavy traffic, it is too hard to follow at the same pace, from a distance because you don't get the same gaps and breaks in traffic. Well today, I got to see my rabbit get a ticket, while I watched from a distance. Works like a charm. No radar detector needed.

Made it to Chula Vista, CA about 7:30 PM, which was later than I wanted, but that is just the way it goes sometimes. Went to dinner with my brother Ronnie, his lovely wife Reina, their daughter Heather & future husband Mark, after getting in a quick shower to wash away the sweat and grime from the days ride.

Cumulative motorcycle return waves today: 96
(Lots of bikes heading in opposite direction, towards Sturgis, helped boost my count)

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