Yesterday was the planned motorcycle ride to Big Bear City and Big Bear Lake - at 7,000 feet elevation, located north of the San Bernardino National Forest.
|A break in the cool, high elevation reaches on our way to Big Bear.|
|Strip mining is evident high up in the mountains.|
The motorcyclists I rode with are not bloggers nor camera buffs. As a result, I could not take the many photos I hoped for to show off this stunningly beautiful area. Jeanette and I will take another ride up there and we'll report on our findings in a future blog.
We did stop for lunch at a restaurant and only minutes after eating and returning to our motorcycles, I felt the ill effects of a gurgling stomach. I feared that I had been food poisoned. Well.....I had been!
We made a quick return ride (couple of hours) south of Big Bear, through twisty turns and steep drops in elevation to arrive in the city of Redlands, CA. Back on I-10, we followed the crazy traffic at speeds of 140 km/hr (80 mph) through Beaumont, Banning and back into the Palm Springs country. I could not get back to our site soon enough. I was not feeling well.....!
Back home, the proof was clear. I faced several hours of running to the bathroom....and dealing with dripping sweats and freezing too. By 6:00 pm - the bad food eradicated - I was able to return to a normal body temperature and get some sleep. I feel fine today! What an awful ending to what started out as a really good day.
|Our route to Palm Desert along 1000 Palms Drive|
|Riding along Bob Hope Drive - southbound.|
|Cousin Madeleine excited to greet us.|
|The grounds at her townhome off El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert.|
|Jeanette is admiring the flowers at pool side in this resort.|
|Our spot for lunch - Back Street Bistro on El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert.|
|A parting photo before taking our leave back for Desert Hot Springs.|
We also look forward to our son Deni, wife Courtney and baby Owen who will arrive in Palm Springs late this afternoon.
Thanks for dropping by.