Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gettin' Our Kicks: Chapter 10 - Day Four Oxnard to Barstow

June 8, 2015

Today we meet up with our friend Jim Foreman to ride The Angeles Crest Highway (ACH) – CA 2.

We had met Jim in Germany through some other mutual friends when we did a four-day tour in the Czech Republic. Jim was a lot of fun on the tour and we planned to meet in Calif. for a ride over the ACH. Actually Jim had suggested this and we are very happy that he did.

We met at a Shell Gas Station just before 11:00. After gassing up and a little discussion about the ride we jumped on the ACH. The fun starts immediately and continues through the Angeles National Forest.

Judith and Dennis' arrival at the designated meeting point in La Canada Flintridge
Picture credit - Jim Foeman
Judith and Jim - getting ready to go up the ACH
The weather was beautiful and the traffic was very light. The road has views galore, great turns, rhythm, surface and grip. What more could you want.
We stopped for lunch at Newcomb’s Ranch for lunch – a nice Southern Calif. bike destination, al la The Rock Shop.
Newcomb's Ranch
Picture credit - Jim Foeman

After lunch we continued on ACH and then connected to CA 138 past Silverwood Lake and then to CA 18 - The Rim of the World, with stops at Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. 

Lake Arrowhead
Picture credit - Jim Foeman

At The Ridge of the World
Picture credit - Jim Foeman
View from The Ridge of the World

We continued around Big Bear on CA 18 to Lucerne Valley and then pretty much a straight shot into Barstow.
A short break before the final 30 miles to Barstow
Picture credit - Jim Foeman
Our Route with Jim

Jim was recruiting a new rider

The entire day was full of splendid views and great roads.

Jim spent the night on Barstow with us. The next morning, after breakfast he headed back home in Orange County and we hopped on old Route 66 heading east.

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