TOMORROW IS THE APRIL 12TH “OATMAN ARIZONA” MOTORCYCLE RIDE STARTING AT BMW MOTORCYCLES OF LAS VEGAS – WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?
This is the first shop ride for 2014 and it will be my first time leading a ride with these guys. It is exciting to know there will be an opportunity to meet a new group of people that just “like to ride” and “have fun”.The weather is going to be outrageously nice and the destination close enough to provide a decent length and the twisty-windy’s into and out of Oatman will make it a joy. There should be enough stops to keep everyone comfortable and a good opportunity to absorb the beauty of the desert. Hopefully, the flowers of the Arizona desert are beginning to bloom; however, it usually happens following the first good Spring rain.
IT IS ALWAYS INTERESTING TRYING TO ANTICIPATE THE EXPECTATIONS OF A NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE.
Riders usually desire the same things: mileage, views, curves, bathrooms, food, beverage and camaraderie. Tomorrow, we will know if these assumptions prove to be true. It’s purely a street ride so there should be a good turnout. It will be wonderful to have female riders attend and two-ups with passengers. We will see. The original plan was to go to Death Valley; however, the weather is now approaching, in excess, of 100 degrees. Therefore, we have determined that might not be conducive to a good time. Hence, the change to the cooler climate found in northern Arizona.
In anticipation of providing the right kind of experience, last Saturday, I rode the back dirt-roads into Death Valley solo on my GS and the temps were about 80 degrees. The best thing to share is represented by the following picture:
A single Chinese visitor (the tall guy in the blue shirt) asked me, in very broken English, if he could have a picture taken with the motorcycle so I said – Certainly, yes. Well to my surprise, he motioned over an entire buss load of about 50 Chinese visitors and I spend about a half hour putting one after another on the machine for pictures. Then it was time for small group pictures. Finally, it was time for a big group picture and they took off. I stood there enjoying the experience and laughing the entire time.
It was a WHOOT!
Again, to my surprise , the folks in the picture returned with a gift, something that is normally done in the Chinese culture. Since I gave the gift of the GS photo opportunity they, in turn, gave me a Chinese Paper Cut. It was presented as though I was Royalty with a great deal of respect in a very ceremonious way. I took the gift and we all exchanged bows and good old fashioned American handshakes. It was very cool.
The magic of motorcycling in Death Valley is so very unique.
After tomorrows “Oatman Experience” I will let you know how it went and, while I am a it, I will be sure to give everyone a bad time that did not make it.