Travel to Needles
It is a little known fact that Beas has been paroled from an institution due to a miraculous cure of paranoia. His release to Amputees Across America was based on his continued progress of trusting his fellow man and realizing that no one is really out to get him. It is with deep regret that we report a slight regression in his progress. It seems that when he walked in front of Cliff's car, Cliff inadvertently ran Beas down.
It was truly happenstance that Beas was behind Joe's truck when Joe decided to pull forward, and inadvertently ran Beas down... again. With a quick consult with Dr Cliff, it was decided that Beas bears close watching as he is exhibiting similar characteristics of "suicide by cop" behavior, only in this case it is an instance of suicide by truck. We will continue to monitor his progress.
In keeping with the idea that the inmates have the keys to the asylum, Abel is demonstrating his desert ski technique for which he believes he was awarded a medal in the last summer Olympics.
It is our great pleasure to introduce our wonderful support driver who is also Cliff's better half. An honor graduate of Sam's Commercial Driving License course, Annie is eminently qualified to understudy the superb driving skills exhibited by Joe. As soon as Annie completes massage school, laundry school, and groupie etiquette school, she will be fully qualified to perform the duties of support driver.
Joe is released from the confines of the truck due to his good behavior and is allowed to ride with the group.
Today is the day that we travel historic Route 66 from Barstow to Amboy. Due to confusion as to the correct side of the road to ride, Abel mistakenly reads the road sign as etuoR 99. Beas is seen keeping behind Abel and Cliff and is heard muttering to himself that oncoming traffic seems to be traveling from a head-on direction. Abel says not to worry as we are just having a little race. Cliff just smiles.
Surviving the wrong side of the road race, Joe and Abel introduce Beas to train racing, the object of which is to beat the train to the train crossing.
Joe is seen here on the other side of the tracks wondering where Beas and Abel have gone.
With a slight adjustment to his medication, Beas and the other riders continue on to Amboy.
Joe with his bubble machine, enjoys the sunshine and the freedom of the road.
But all good things must end so that others may ride.
Revenge is sweet as Beas drives behind the other riders with a gleam in his eye.
Abel, Annie, and Cliff grind out the miles enjoying the hills.
Across the Mojave. Abel demonstrates his great acumen and biological knowledge of road kill, while Cliff and Annie raise a finger in the air and salute Joe.
Taking a little roadside break, Annie and Abel survey the scene while Cliff is, well sort of, marking his territory.
We take a moment to stop at the spot of our fallen comrade of 2006, the very spot where AJ crashed and burned. Skin remnants, an empty Coors can, and a pink helmet are all that remain. With great reverence, a dried bouquet of desert sagebrush is laid upon the site. Pig is nowhere to be seen.
Arriving in Amboy.
The digs of Charles Manson.
And so we complete another day of riding the road to Needles. Tomorrow it is on to Henderson, NV.