Mmmm'K, so this whole trip was ill-conceived and cursed from the start. Half the team couldn't make it so it was just up to me and VetteBoy to carry out the mission.
Our goal: To make it down to the Dec. 1, 2006 Track Day at the "Streets of Willow" track next to the Willow Springs raceway (near Lancaster, California).
When we planned everything all the way back in November, we did not expect so much snow days before our departure. It was a serious party-pooper.
Originally, VetteBoy was going to drive one of his many cars and trailer his and my bike all the way down to California. I didn't have the time to drive the whole way, so I booked a flight. I was gonna meet him down there.
The first little snag came when it became almost impossible to get my bike over to his house. VetteBoy was leaving Wed, Nov 29th and was going to drive for 24 hours straight with the help of "Trucker's Choice" pep pills.
I was trying to load the bike onto the back of my truck on Sunday night. However all the snow falling made my wooden ramp a little slick. The ice and snow on the ground did not make it any easier. It does not help that the bed of my truck is fairly high up.
I finally gave up and decided to rent a low uhaul trailer on Wednesday morning. I was able to load the bike up and take it to his house, however by the time we had everything strapped down, my front fork seal decided to spring a serious leak. I'm sure the cold and the ratchet straps I was using had nothing to do with it. There was no way they'd let me on the track with that bike, so the bike had to go back. I made a last-minute executive decision to rent a bike down there.
Fernando from Sportbikerentals.com hooked me up with a sweet 2006 CBR 600RR. They were great - more on them later.
Anyways, take the bike back to my house, wasted the entire day. To boot, it was snowing all the time. Vetteboy was delayed because of all of this hassle, which meant he'd have to up his pep pills dosage. Little did we know at the time the crappy conditions that the I-5 interstate in North Washington was at.
Anyways, here some pics of my bike and truck from Wednesday morning...trying to get the ol' gixxer to VetteBoy's house.