Yep. Snow in SoCal.
I flew in to San Francisco last week and rented an FJR1300 from Thunder Road Rentals. $1000 for a week with unlimited miles, not too bad.
Rode south to Santa Barbara and then east to Las Vegas. So far so good with great, warm weather and nothing but blue skies.
We stayed in Las Vegas for three days at a beautiful 3,000sf lux suite on the Strip and waited for a huge thunderstorm to pass. On day 3 of languishing in Vegas we made our way to Death Valley and beyond, hoping to make it as far as Bakersfield but winds picked up to 35MPH in the desert and the sun was setting, so we hunkered down in Ridgecrest, near China Lake (Navy town).
This morning we set out in the frigid cold. Temps were hovering around freezing or slightly below. A massive cold front had moved in. The snow level was low on the surrounding mountains. We tried to make the pass on HWY 58 but the snow started to come down and before we knew it, there was snow on the ground and the bike was sliding around underneath us. Since the highway was divided, I had to ride about 2 miles on the hard shoulder in to oncoming traffic.
So we decided to ride south on the 14. Black clouds loomed in front of us and we were praying for rain and not more snow. About 20 miles south of Mojave it started to snow hard. So hard that snow instantly coated my visor and I had no visibility at all. So we turned around and headed back to Mojave, where we're stuck now. At least we have a warm hotel room and remarkably, it's sunny in Mojave while the snow surrounds all of our passes to the south and west.
All we have to do is drop down in elevation to the Bakersfield area if we want to proceed, which is only 45 minutes if the snow is plowed on the 58 by tomorrow.
Who'd a thunk we'd get snowed in, touring in Southern California, even in Feb.