Taking ALL into consideration, mostly distance and weather, I have choose to ride up the west coast, as far as I can, hoping to reach the destination of Eugene Oregon, and while there, revisiting someone very special to me and Chopper. A woman who we make a special visit to here in San Diego, New Years Day, 2013, where she and her husband were critically injured in a hit and run accident while vacationing in Mexico. But, left in comas, head traumas, amputation… ect. If Chopper can make it that far, it would be like a reunion. If Chopper is not able to ride 300 miles in a day on the Harley, he will not be “pushed” to do so, and we will ride at HIS comfort level. With this being said, this is a “trial run” for us, and I considered the fact that if we had to shorten the ride, and IF we headed east, we may not make it out of the desert areas, and most of the ride would be just open land, and that is not what this ride is about. We want to meet and visit AS MANY people in need, and Chopper’s fans as we possibly can. So again, with ALL things taken into consideration, we feel this would be best for our FIRST ride….. and we WILL have more rides to come, and we WILL head east!!
Below is the map of where we will be starting and our hopes for our destination. I will post a map later of the route we will be heading back to San Diego on.
NOTE: We will only ride as far as Chopper is comfortable… so route / distance is subject to change
Cities we will be traveling through:
1. Leaving San Diego, Sunday evening May 3rd approx. 5:30pm and heading up to Glendale, CA. Traveling up the 15 freeway through Temecula / Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Corona, Diamond Bar / Pomona, Pasadena and then into Glendale for the night.
2. Monday morning we will visit a few people in nursing homes / hospitals in Simi Valley, CA, then up the 5 freeway through Santa Clarita, North on the 99 freeway through Bakersfield, Fresno and Modesto. We will be staying Monday night somewhere between Fresno and Modesto, all depending on how Chopper is doing on the Harley.
3. Tuesday we head to Sacramento! I will post more as we get closed to Tuesday…. so keep checking out blog and facebook posts.
(below) Visiting Michelle for the first time, 1-1-2013 in San Diego, UCSD.