Unfortunately, I missed the biscuits and gravy in the breakfast nook. That was unfortunate because I would really have liked them. We hauled all the gear down the flight of stairs we should not have had to go up in the first place and left the Super 8 Barstow in our rear view mirror. After a quick stop at Circle K, we hit I-15 South at 8:00 sharp.
We left I-15 in Victorville and headed due west on California 18 to California 138 (aka the Pearblossom Highway). The desert here was littered with Joshua Trees.
We stopped a the McDonald's in Littlerock where Sandy got a smoothie and I talked to a New York Harley rider on his way to the west coast. I noticed him because he was wearing a 2017 Americade shirt. On the way out, we saw a sign for Texas style BBQ. It would have been nice later in the day.
We got on California 14 South and followed it to I-5 just south of Santa Clarita. There were reports yesterday that the road was closed here due to a grass fire caused by a vehicle wreck.We saw lots of evidence of a substantial burn. At one point, we saw two California Highway Patrol officers helping a lady change a tire.
We reached I-5 and had to go back north a short ways. This was supposedly better than crossing Santa Clarita at street level with the local traffic. On I-5, there was a short traffic slowdown due to road work, but we were soon in the clear.
At Castaic Junction, we left I-5 and headed due west again. California 126 went through Fillmore and on the the Pacific Ocean at Ventura. I wondered why there would be alligator lizards in the air? We got our first sight of the ocean at 11:30 AM shortly after we turned onto Highway 101 North (the Ventura Freeway).
Traffic was light but steady as we drove north on Highway 101.
We continued past Santa Barbara. We could have left the coat here and wound our way up Highway 154 past Cachuma Lake to Solvang. Instead, we opted to stay on Highway 101 all the way to Buellton and then cut back. It was longer but an easier drive with the trailers. The only odd part was that we were held up by two works trucks with orange flashing lights that drove side by side at 20 MPH for a few miles. Soon they moved and we had a straight shot into Solvang.
Sherm stopped for gas in Buellton while we went on the to Solvang Inn and Cottages, parking on the back street. Ray and Sue were already there, as was Penmaker. Sherm and I unloaded the Wings. Ray's Voyager trike had just dropped an exhaust pipe and he didn't have the special screws to put it back together, so he loaded it into his trailer.
It took a few trips to get all the gear out of the car and trailer and moved to the room. It was a warm afternoon and I was perspiring heavily by the time I got done.
Cranky arrived with his new (to him) Kawasaki Voyager XII. Penmaker was on a 650 V-Strom. Phil pulled on a very pretty red Indian and VSP arrived in his white Camry. He was going to ride but the temperatures in the interior were to oppressive.
We wondered about supper and finally went next door to The Big Bopper. Sandy had chicken strips while I had a tri-tip sandwich. Tri-tip is a Santa Maria specialty, a key part of Santa Maria stye BBQ.
After we ate, we socialized in the parking lot for a while but adjourned to our rooms not long after sundown. I worked on photos and stories but we all were in bed early.
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