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Carl's Article about the HIGHWAY 50 RIDE - June 2011

 

  It was 6:30 AM on my official Medicare Birthday. The night before had been a great celebration. A number of friends and family had helped me celebrate my 65th birthday. My old friend brought his band and played music from the 70's and 80's. They were fantastic, and got the people on the dance floor. My head wasn't feeling all that great, but I was on the 395 headed to Carson City, NV to start a ride across the Heartland of America on HWY 50. I was riding from Carson City Nevada to Ocean City in Maryland. I had been told that this stretch from Carson City to the 15 in Utah had been dubbed the "Loneliest Hwy". I decided to do it solo and I sure am so glad I did. There had been more rain in this season than they had had in the last 20 years, and two week before there was a snow storm that whitened all of the mountain tops. This ended up being one of the two most beautiful days of the ride. Nothing but beauty and color all around me.

At the end of the day I met up with Al, who was doing the ride with me, and Russ who was tagging along until St Louis and them he was head to New York to visit family.

The Day started off with the 200 miles on the 70 to Grand Junction, CO. Then the 50 goes South through the CO mountains. We went over the Monarch Pass, reaching 11,300 feet. There were snow capped mountains and streams. We stopped 570 miles down the road in La Junta CO.

The next day we made it across Kansas, enough said about that, and stayed just this side of Kansas City.

Then we rode across Missouri and Illinois and spent the night in Seymour, Indiana.

Our last full day of riding took us through Ohio into West Virginia and then Virginia. Boy, talk about some beautiful country. I guess Saturday is "Garage Sale Day". We saw them every other block. Everyone was manning the stations, but there were no customers. By 4 in the afternoon I had probably seen 75 sale locations.

These states had tornadoes hitting then days before our arrival and as I rounded one corner, I saw a couple of houses that had been torn down. The house next door was just fine. It is so strange to see how that works.

We spend the night in Winchester, VA. The next morning we only had 150 miles to our base station in Bowie DC. But our first stop was to see the Vietnam Veterans Wall. Al is a Vietnam vet and he had never seen the wall. He looked up the names of a couple of buddies that didn't make it back.

Rosa and I have been watching a show called Dinner, Drive-in's and Dives. I was on a mission to hit a few of the places that had been featured on the show. Before even going to our hotel, we rode directly to the Broadway Dinner in Baltimore MD, where I was set on trying the Broadway Festival featured on the show. I told our waitress that I had just driven 3,000 miles across America to have this dish. I could tell by the look on her face that I was in for a disappointment. She broke into a smile and said, "I know someone in the kitchen." It seems that it is a diner dish, not lunch.

The bread was like none I have had before and the Crab Tomato Brisk was fantastic. The main course was as advertised. After lunch, the waitress told us that the owner wanted to meet us. So we met him and took pictures. I couldn't believe the hospitality and how good the food was. What a great start.

The next morning we rode 150 miles to Ocean City and the Atlantic Ocean. Our trip was complete. We had another fantastic meal on the water. As we pulled out, I took a picture of the sign that said, Sacramento CA, 3073 miles.

The next day we took a bus tour of DC. That is the way to see it. The narration puts all of what you see into perspective and gives you great history. We ate at another DDD restaurant. We had Soul Food. The place only had 5 chairs in it. Oh my God, the food was awesome. I will not be able to eat peach cobbler any where else again. My stomach heard so bad.

The next day was our last. We had one more DDD meal for lunch and then we dropped off our bikes at a Harley dealer where they were shipped home. We caught our flight and were home in no time.

We covered about 550 miles per day. What we didn't count on was that HWY 50 is like ride Pacific Coast HWY. Speeds were 25, up to 35, then 45 then back to 35. It made for long days, 10 to 12 hours a day in the saddle every day. But if you want to see America, this is the way to do it.

I made it to four DDD restaurants. I have continued to ride to other locations in California that have been featured on the show. I have now visited 10 of them.

 

sincerely, Carl

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      all images are copyright by Carl Weitzel 2011