Gone Bush

June 14, 2017

So the day finally arrived and I loaded Fred up and got going. Thank god for the Garmin GPS and the helmet blue tooth. I think I would still be on one of the freeways going around in circles otherwise. The freeway is about 7 lanes wide and the amount of traffic flowing is incredible. I decided that I wanted to get off the highway so I went via a smallish town called Barstow that is part of Route 66. I had read that they had a Route 66 museum.

Would have been even better if the Museum had been open! Only open on Fridays and the weekend.

However not all a loss as I called in and had a chat to the California Highway Patrol that had an office in Town.
I was able to swap a patch over. Now I am not a collector by any stretch but its a pretty cool patch to have.

From Barstow I then rode up to Baker and then headed onto the Kelso Visitor Centre. Just after you leave Baker you enter the Mojave National Park and start really to get out in John Wayne country. So I get to the visitor centre and its an old Railway station that has been converted into a Park Ranger headquarters that has displays etc. For the life of me I can’t work out why they had a Sapol office display there?

From the centre I then road 30klm before going on the dirt for another 30klms where I pulled up at the Hole in the Wall campground. I enjoyed the dirt riding as the bike was all over the place like on marbles – mostly due to me being too stuffed to let some pressure out! 450klm on Fred for my first day riding is my excuse.

Absolutely by myself – with my very own long drop toilet. Anyway out comes the NASA designed space age tent that I can park my motorbike in if I want to. Now most people would think that before I went on a holiday like this I would have put it up etc. Fk that, that’s for pussies. No instructions but managed after a while. I would have recorded it on my Gopro but I think I only have 8hrs max recording time.

Had a great sleep and got up early. I was packing up when a guy pulled up in his monster truck and 60ft long mountain goat caravan. He was interested in what I was doing and made the comment, “The way you are going about that you must have done it a thousand times” My ego stopped me from telling the truth and simply smiled in acknowledgement – as if I was a 53yr old boy scout that was born in a tent. The worst bloody thing was that when I was stuffing the tent back into its bag I discovered that the instructions were on a large patch sewn inside. &*%$#@*

Off I went and went thru some magnificent country to get back on Highway 15 to Las Vegas.

I had a fun moment when I was riding next to this massive freight train. I stood up on the pegs and gave the driver a big wave – he responded by blasting the whistle (such a boy I know).

Just after you enter into Nevada there is a massive Hotel/Motel – I decided to stop there and have bacon and eggs in the 60’s style diner. They also had a movie vehicle display that included 4 cars from Fast Furious 7, the Deloran from back to the future and these 2;

The batmobile was from the 1960’s and the other was from Grease.

So after breakfast I refueled Fred and made my way to where I am staying now in Las Vegas. Today’s ride was a bloody magnificent 160klms.


  1. Comment by Chris Cowper

    Chris Cowper Reply June 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Fcuking bastard !!!!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Says the man that was in Russia whilst I was going to work!

  2. Comment by Nikko

    Nikko Reply June 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    God I wish I was you…. enjoy it mate.. sounds soooo great!!!!!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 14, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      What 53yrs old with no hair?

  3. Comment by Phil

    Phil Reply June 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Haha. Definitely SAPOL. No one at the desk.
    Love reading your adventure and you did a far better job at that tent than me. I would have been camping under the stars with the tent as a blanket.
    Don’t loose all your money in Vegas mate.

  4. Comment by Mick the Uncle

    Mick the Uncle Reply June 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I reckon that was my old office. I wondered where it went……. Looks like you’ve been blessed with good weather too while enjoying your trip and scenery.

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      In the mid 40’s at Vegas

  5. Comment by Darren Fechner

    Darren Fechner Reply June 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Howdy uncle fkr sounds like you’re having a ball keep up the good work Lesley and I will be in Freeport Maine on 3rd and 4th of August yell out if you’re up that way

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Doubt it mate that I am going to get that far east.

  6. Comment by Vanessa Wilson

    Vanessa Wilson Reply June 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm


  7. Comment by Nathan

    Nathan Reply June 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Keep enjoying it mate, it looks fantastic.

  8. Comment by Mick B

    Mick B Reply June 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Hey Noel. How about relaxing a bit!! Looks like the adventure really has begun. Nice job with the tent. See you in a couple of months.

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Your head will spin when you get to Vegas….

  9. Comment by Peter Bikic

    Peter Bikic Reply June 15, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Do they have Barncor at Barstow

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      If not they should have

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