I won’t ever do this again.

PSWA Sign

I attended the Public Safety Writers Association Annual Conference this week at the Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas. The conference was a smashing success and I will be back next year.

What is it that I won’t ever do again?

I rode my Ultra Classic Harley Davidson from Carson City to Las Vegas. The two-day ride wasn’t bad. The weather was hot, hovering around 100º to 102º.

Las Vegas to home is another matter. I left at 1:00 p.m. and rode 302 miles. The Amber Alert signs warned of heavy traffic to California and major delays. They weren’t kidding.

Eleven miles outside Primm I-15 traffic stopped dead. I split lanes to Primm. It took 35 minutes. If I hadn’t, I’d probably still be there. I ‘forgot’ that Nevada frowns on motorcyclists who enjoy this time saver. I got honked at a few times by folks riding in air-conditioned cages.

Ten miles east of Baker, California I realized that it was hotter than anything I had ever experienced. Temperatures in the low hundreds are uncomfortable, this was painful.

I stopped in Baker for fuel and to hydrate. Asking folks in their air-conditioned cages the temperature, provided a consensus of 112º. The highest I’ve ever ridden in. After downing two Gatorades in four swallows, I got on the Ultra. My dark glasses burnt my nose, the grips stung my hands, but the kicker was my seat. I stood up on the floor board and dropped onto the HOT black leather. Not only did I burn my thighs, I scorched everything in between. Ouch.

Weather.com lists the high as 110º.

I’m spending the night at Motel 6, Button Willow. I will be up at dawn with the goal of being home before the sun has a chance cook me again.

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4 responses to “I won’t ever do this again.

  1. Sgt. JAK

    God speed Buddy…Been there, done that…Jim Bob

  2. Pam Ford

    And WHY didn’t you call me?????????? Pam

  3. We go over to Primm once in a while which is about an hour and a half drive for us, going from AZ, into NV and then CA in that timeframe. Here in Kingman our norm for this time of year is 98-105 so we stay in the house or car a lot utilizing the a/c. Glad you’re enjoying your rides and I read ’em all. Take care and be careful. Stew Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:04:01 +0000 To: pncstew@hotmail.com

  4. When it’s that hot, there’s something to be said for air-conditioned cages.

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