2017 Summer Second Ride, Day 71, Sep 18, Mon

Planned Route

Redding, CA * Hawthorne, NV

Planned Stops

Reno NV Harley Davidson

Ride Conditions

As we started today’s ride with a warm 68 degrees, skies were cloudy. We didn’t layer up this morning because of the warm temps. We have heard about a storm that’s coming, and we were hoping that we will be able to stay in front of it. But today I’m wondering. After riding out of the mountains we had wind the rest of the day. It was a strong and gusty wind.

Leaving Redding

Our motel was located close to the CA-44 E. So, getting out of town was an easy ride. About 40 miles east of Redding we start getting into the Lassen National Forest. We weren’t thinking about getting into some mountains. So we stopped and we put on some of our warm riding gear.  We started climbing and the temperature started dropping. We pulled into a rest stop and we put on some more clothes.

We crossed two summits, one was almost 6,000 ft. and the second was about 5,000 ft. elevations. It was some great scenery and being warmer, we could enjoy it even more.

We came across a small heard of antelope that Minnie got some pictures of. I had to turn around and come back, so she could get her pictures. I shut off the engine, so the trike wasn’t vibrating, and she can get a better picture. They just stayed there while she was taking pictures. But when I restarted the engine they started running.

Shoe Tree

We are riding along in the desert with nothing around, but a tree along the roadside. As we are riding by I thought, that tree looks funny. I realized that the tree was full of shoes. I asked Minnie if she saw the shoes in the tree, she said that she had not. So, I turned around so she could see it and take a picture of it. We Googled it and you can find out more about it here.  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/29064


There seemed to be lots of bodies of water but not much boat traffic, from what I could see. Minnie Googled a couple of the lakes. They seem to be endorheic basin which is a closed drainage basin. Find out more about endorheic basin here

Reno, NV

We had planned  to stop at the Harley-Davidson Dealership for Minnie’s poker chip but the GPS on the trike took us in circles. Minnie did get a phone number for them but they were closed today. So, I decided to get her poker chip at the dealership in Henderson.

Hawthorne, NV

There is not much but desert to see after leaving the mountains east of Redding, CA. The roads are good and the speed limit is 70 mph in places. So, you can ride thru the desert faster.

What we didn’t know about Hawthorne, NV, is that they have an Army depot here. From a distance, coming into town, you see a lot of buildings. And we were wondering what all those buildings, out in the desert, are for. Then we saw a sign stating the Hawthorne Army Depot main gate one mile ahead. Hawthorne Army Depot is the “Worlds Largest Ammo Depot”. You can find our more about the depot here.

Where We stopped for the Night

We are staying at the Travelodge at the El Capitan Casino in Hawthorne, NV. It’s an older motel. Rooms are large and clean. Internet has worked fine. They have a continental breakfast but they also give you a $2.00 off on a breakfast in the casino across the street. They advertise a special steak and egg breakfast for $6.99.

I do recommend the Travel Lodge at El Capitan in Hawthorne, NV as a great place to stay,

Route and mileage

Today’s Miles 341, Trip Mileage Totals 12360, Daily Average 174

Today’s Map


These are pictures of leaving Redding, CA and thru the mountains east of Redding.

These are pictures of the high desert after the mountains and the shoe tree.


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