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Saturday, May 14, 2011

200 plus miles yesterday

And it was for work...we needed something dropped on in Ventura County by a certain time. So I volunteered to ride from Irvine to Ventura, knowing it would mean leaving around the 8 am rush hour. I have not lane split in 6 years, so it was bound to be good.
Started out north on the 405, hit the car pool lane and enjoyed the morning ride. About the time I hit the LBC area, traffic started backing up. Took me a few miles to get used to moving 45-50mph in the car pool lane with stopped traffic next to me. Soon enough bikes were passing me on the white line as I was still moving with the flow. At the lax area it got bad and I decided to split the traffic. Took a few minutes to get used to sliding the big Kawasaki through the cars, but lane splitting came back to me...if the mirrors fit, the saddlebags will also. By the time I hit west la there was no more carpool lane and I was back to full blown splitting. Turns out A semi was stalled in the middle of the freeway causing the traffic. Crested the hill in the valley and hit 101...smooth rolling until thousand oaks where a car on it's roof was affecting traffic. Considerably. During that lane splitting session I saw not one, but two macerates, at least six porsches and a Ferrari on a flatbed for good measure...apparently there is still plenty of money in ca
Going home I went through downtown la....much more lane splitting. All told just over 200 miles and I loved every second of it

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Settled...sort of

Back in California since Friday night. We drove out, 1900 miles in each car, dogs with marcia...no issues. The house in WI is for sale and soon enough we will be Cali house shopping.
Rode my bike Sunday after helping the movers unload our stuff into the storage unit...no lane splitting yet...didn't have a need, but there is always this coming weekend.....