Halfway House Café in Canyon Country, California

Halfway House Café is located on Sierra Highway in Canyon Country halfway between Los Angeles and Palmdale. In 1906, this location was a trading post before operating as a restaurant in 1931. This restaurant has been in numerous commercials, television shows and movies. The restaurant is open every day from 6:00am to 3:00pm and only closes for special filming requests. Parking is available in front and behind the restaurant.

We were genuinely greeted by staff the moment we walked inside.  Each table inside the restaurant has the Halfway House Café logo in the center with advertisements from various companies outlining the edges.

We were seated at a comfortable table for four.
The menu includes a list of commercials, television shows and movies filmed at the Halfway House Café and there is a television inside the restaurant with recorded clippings for guest to watch while enjoying a meal.

We enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate with whipped topping and apple pie à la mode.

The staff are friendly and down to earth. One of the waitresses made homemade fudge and shared samples with us. It was delicious!

Inside the ladies restroom are two toilets with no dividing wall for privacy and one sink. There is a toilet paper dispenser on the wall and the other is between the toilets.

There are pictures with uplifting and comical affirmations including a great quote by Lucille Ball “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.”

Overall the restaurant is a great place to visit if you want to enjoy vintage history.

 

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS AND PASSENGERS TAKE CARE OF YOUR EARS SO YOU CAN HEAR

Let’s take a moment of silence to address the responsibility of maintaining a rider fit lifestyle in a world with wind noise, loud pipes, loud music and headphones while riding a motorcycle with no hearing protection in the inner ear.

If you lose your hearing, you can’t get it back.

I made an appointment with an Audiologist to check my hearing after riding motorcycles cross country for more than ten years. The Audiologist conducted a few tests inside a soundproof room. The first test was an Otoscopy to check for ear wax and blockages and the final test was the Audiometry where I had to push a button when I hear sound through earphones.

Luckily for me my hearing is within the normal range.

Wind noise from turbulence is the primary causes of irreversible damage resulting in hearing loss when hearing protection is not worn inside the ears. Wind noise take the reins over the sound of loud pipes and loud music with or without a helmet. Hearing loss from noise may occur with one time exposure from an intense sound such as an explosion or from an activity such as motorcycle riding over a long period of time.

Turbulence is the primary source of the wind moving around your body or into your helmet at high speeds. The faster you ride the more severe the sound of wind noise due to turbulence.

Hearing protection such as earplugs or earmolds can suppress sound when worn during motorcycle rides.

There is not a 100% guarantee hearing protection will prevent hearing loss.

Some options available to reduce wind noise while riding a motorcycle are earplugs, earmolds, head/face mask to cover ears, windshield and specialized helmets.

The least expensive option to reduce wind noise are disposable earplugs available for purchase over the counter. It is important to adhere to state laws regarding earplugs http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws-Database. For example, in the state of California motorcycle riders wearing earplugs must be able to hear a siren or horn from an emergency vehicle or horn from another motor vehicle.

Earmolds are professionally designed to the impression inside your ear and ear canal.

Head/Face mask to cover ears with ear plugs or ear molds may provide additional protection.

Windshields may block wind depending on the size and height of the shield and rider.

A few helmet manufacturers such as Shuberth, Shoei, Shark, HJC and Arai design aerodynamic quiet helmets with a snug fit to address turbulence and to reduce the chances of wind flowing through vents, visors, around the neck and under the chin.

Ride smart and protect your hearing.

TAIL OF THE DRAGON

The Tail of the Dragon was on my Biker Bucket List since 2005. On Monday, June 27, 2016, I finally build up the courage to slay the Dragon’s 318 curves in 11 miles on the 2016 Indian Roadmaster Motorcycle. 

I had a difficult time falling asleep the night before. I spent most of my time reading news articles on the internet and watching videos trying to prepare myself mentally because I do not like riding through the mountains on roads with twists and turns and the spontaneous reaction of my heart to switchback and hairpin turns and yellow warning signs changing speed limits and pictures of wild animals.

I wake up early ready to conquer my fear of the unknown and to ignore the rumors and myths about the Tail of the Dragon. I stop by the Tree of Shame refusing to leave any motorcycle parts behind with my signature claiming no gain with lots of pain.

I pick up a Dragon Tail Sword to strike before I get on the bike.

The starting point of the Tail of the Dragon is at the Deal Gap Motorcycle Resort in Robbinsville, North Carolina and ends in Tennessee on U.S. Route 129.

I’m so glad I had my sister Porsche Taylor with me to provide positive words of encouragement to accomplish this intimidating goal since she knows I’m not a fan of twisty roads with blind spots.

If the Tail of the Dragon is on your biker bucket list, ride your ride and keep your eyes focused on the road.

I LEFT MY COWBOY BOOTS IN A SHOE TREE ON THE LONLIEST HIGHWAY IN AMERICA!!!!

I remember like it was yesterday riding an Indian Roadmaster down U.S. Highway 50 through Nevada as the tail gunner for a pack of female motorcycle riders for the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride.

I notice a shoe tree to my right while riding west on U.S. Highway 50 on our way to grab a delicious burger at Old Middlegate Station.  The station served as a Pony Express stop in 1860-1861.  The restaurant is a few miles up the road from the shoe tree.

I inform Gin Sheer, Robin Rimsky and a few other female motorcycle riders during lunch I’ve been riding cross country with an old pair of cowboy boots in my saddle bag that I’d like to toss on a the tree since Indian Motorcycles gave me a brand new pair of Redwing Boots to wear as a sponsored motorcycle rider.

We ride our motorcycles back to the shoe tree after lunch so I can toss my cowboy boots in the tree.

Cowboy boots don’t have shoe strings so Lisa Jackson gives me a zip tie to attach the boots together by the pull straps.

I toss my old raggedy Cowboy boots in the shoe tree on the first try!

Mission accomplished…now I ride home to California with a lighter load.

 

 

WATCH OUT FOR WILD HORSES WHILE RIDING YOUR IRON HORSES IN THE WEST

I noticed on my 18th cross country motorcycle ride an increase of wild horses roaming the open roads and bringing traffic to a complete stop.

A few wild horses crossed my path while riding my motorcycle at a slow speed on twisting roads through the mountains in Carson City, Nevada.

I was able to capture a picture of a couple of wild horses grazing the grass near a Chevron gas station.

Wild horses are protected by Federal law via the Bureau of Land Management and roam free in the western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Nevada is home to 60% of the wild horses in the United States of America

The Bureau of Land Management provides holding facilities to remove excess wild horses to protect rangeland from over-grazing, which is shared with private livestock.

Cattle Ranchers complain the Bureau of Land Management is not managing wild horses because they have increased 150% over the appropriate management level with a growing population of approximately 20% each year.

The Bureau of Land Management reports a decrease of wild horse adoption from 9,000 per year to less than 3,000 per year.  The holding facilities are getting over crowded.  The cost to maintain 50,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities is more than $43 million per year.

Wild horses can live 25 years or more in captivity.

Please ride your motorcycles with caution in the wind so the wild horses can run unbridled and live free!

Million Dollar Highway

In Colorado between Silverton and Ouray U.S. ROUTE 550 is known as the MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY and ONE OF THE DANGEROUS ROADS IN THE WORLD.

I’ll never forget riding a motorcycle on U.S. Route 550 early in the morning through drizzling and sprinkling rain soaking a narrow road with switchbacks and steep hills at high elevation with no guardrails. It was the first time I had three deer to run cross my path while riding a motorcycle and the first time I witnessed deer climb up a steep vertical mountain wall like a mountain goat.

If you decide to ride your motorcycle on U.S. Route 550, keep your eyes on the road, respect the speed limit and stop in Ouray to soak in the Hot Springs!

WINTERIZE YOUR MOTORCYCLE RIDE!

Motorcycles were made to ride in cold weather!

Motorcycle maintenance is essential to assist with avoiding mechanical issues and unforeseen misfortunes. Your motorcycle like your body requires investment of tender loving care to give you satisfactory performance to live for the ride during the winter just like you do in the summer.  The motorcycle manual provides the prescription for motorcycle maintenance by the mileage on the odometer.  It is crucial not to abuse your machine between service appointments and make a habit to inspect your motorcycle before you ride.

Make sure the rubber on your tire can grip the pavement at lower temperatures and if you plan to ride in the snow, on ice or mud consider tires with studs. Check your tires to ensure the pressure inflation is accurate, there is no exposure of wire or metal coming out of the rubber, there are no nails, screws or hole punctures and flat spots because cold tires limit traction.

Check your motorcycle owner’s manual to see if you can use thinner oil during the winter months to improve performance and if you can use antifreeze in the radiator if your motorcycle is liquid cooled. have a water cooled.

You may consider adding a few accessories to your motorcycle such as windshield, hand guards, fairing and lower leg fairings to assist with blocking wind.

Make sure you know how much wattage your motorcycle alternator can handle before you hook up high watt items such as heated motorcycle gear to include vests, jacket liners, pants, gloves, insoles and socks to avoid burns so you can enjoy a warm luxury ride.

The goal is to keep your body warm and prevent heat from escaping from your head, feet and hands. Don’t layer too much to restrict body movement for operating your motorcycle safely. Start with a base layer to cover your body that also absorbs moisture to maintain body temperature throughout the ride. If you do not have a full body suit, be sure to check your motorcycle riding gear for air gaps by making sure you tuck your shirt inside your pants, wear wool socks, wear a neck collar, wear a half mask over your face inside your helmet not only to keep your face warm, but to prevent fogging up your face shield if it’s not fog free for safe visibility and wear gauntlet gloves under the jacket sleeve. Choose a fleece mid layer for warmth and an outer layer that is wind proof.

If you start shaking uncontrollably while riding your motorcycle because you are cold, find a place immediately to run hot water over your hands, sit inside and enjoy a hot cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate to warm your body.

Roadside motorcycle service comes with restrictions such as limited number of service calls for mechanical breakdowns within a certain time for battery, fuel, keys, flat tire, etc. Towing services are usually for mechanical issues only. For example, if you call to request a tow truck because you are not able to ride your motorcycle through a flooded intersection to get to the gas station for fuel after a rain storm, the company may not provide tow service because there is nothing wrong with your motorcycle.

You are at a greater risk of laying your motorcycle down during the winter because of wild animals and road conditions such as ice, cracks, gravel and salt. Check your motorcycle insurance policy to make sure you have protection in the event of an accident during off season months marked for winter storage or temporary lay-up, which suspends coverage to events related to a collision and your liability.

Plan a safe motorcycle ride, watch the weather forecasts and remember you have nothing to prove.

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE – MY FIRST SPONSOR AS A MOTORCYCLE RIDER

I’m HUMBLED and HONORED to have AMERICA’S FIRST MOTORCYCLE COMPANY – INDIAN MOTORCYCLE to SPONSOR ME for my 9TH ROUND TRIP CROSS COUNTRY MOTORCYCLE RIDE for a total of 18!!!!

I DECIDED 15 YEARS AGO TO RIDE MY MOTORCYCLE 18 TIMES CROSS COUNTRY because my Road Shero BESSIE STRINGFIELD rode her motorcycle EIGHT (8) TIMES solo across the United States of America during the 1930s and 1940s.

My goal was to ride an Indian Motorcycle to break BESSIE’S record because her FIRST MOTORCYCLE WAS A 1928 INDIAN SCOUT prior to owning 27 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Bessie’s motorcycle riding routes were not documented unlike the first woman to ride cross country in 1915 Effie Hotchkiss (round trip) and the Van Buren Sisters Adeline and Augusta in 1916 (one way), which is my reason for counting round trips.

I’m forever grateful and thankful for INDIAN MOTORCYCLE making MY DREAM COME TRUE by allowing me the opportunity to ride cross country on the 2016 INDIAN ROADMASTER.