BMW R1150GSAnza-Borrego CA desert
March 2000

A nice motorcicle one day trip to the bigest desert park in California.

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Living home in our K12LT BMWWe left home at 6:30AM. The sun already rises and was about 45F. We start the trip with our leather jackets and jeans AND a warm over-paints. We went east on I-10, then south on CA243. I nice mountain ride. After 1 hour riding we have to stop to put on our electrical vest because the temperature was around 30F, and a lot of snow was on the side of the road. Now I thanks for my heated grips and electrical vest. The high point was about 6200feet and was pretty cool there. After that we start going down and the temperature going up.
Sunsire at homeSaimos de casa as 6:30 da manha, com jaqueta de couro, calca jeans e uma calca que vai em cima da jeans, para maior protecao do frio. Estava em torno de 8C, mas agradavel. O sol tinha acabado de sair e estava esquentando o dia. Porem quando chegamos nas monhanhas, apos 1 hora de viagem, tivemos que parar para colocar os coletes eletricos, pois a temperatura baixou para -2C, com neve na beira da estrada. Estavamos a 2.100metros de altura, e muito frio especialmente em cima da moto. Nessas horas que dou valor aa manopla aquecida...
Warner SpringsAt 9:00AM we are at Warner Springs. A small city, next to the lake Henshaw, on CA-79. I put gas (expensive), and we had a break fast. Nice guys from an ambulance were there I took this picture from they car.

Golf courseOn the back of the gas station you can see a beautiful golf club. At that time, 9:00AM, already a lot of people were there, playing golf.
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As 9:00 horas paramos em Warm Springs. Tomamos cafe da manha, e comecamos a ir tirando as roupas quentes. O dia ia ser bem quente dali para frente. Uma cidade perdida no mapa, com um belo campo de golfe, e que ja tinha um monte de gente nessa hora da minha.
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The road was almost empty. We crossed with only few cars.

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Entramos no parte de Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Dois corvos ficarm nos acompanhando quase a viagem toda dentro do parque (mais de uma hora), e ate tirei uma foto deles (o ponto preto no ceu, a direita). Sera que eles estavam esperando a gente morrer???
Anza-borrgoNow we are in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The only company was 2 birds flying with us during more than 1 hour. I try to get both on the picture above. Can you see?? It was interesting. Are they waiting for us to die??? Anza-Borrego is 1000 square miles of desert in the biggest State Park in the contiguous United States. An extension of Mexico's Sonora Desert, it was named after Juan Bautista de Anza, who first pioneered a route through these inhospitable surroundings in 1774. Borrego is the Spanish word for sheep, and the rare desert bighorn sheep can still be seen in some of the more remote areas of the park. The landscape is stark, but during the spring Anza-Borrego burst into bloom as colorful wildflowers carpet the desert floor. Special wildflower maps can be picked up at the Visitor Center at Borrego Palm Canyon, 3 miles west of Borrego Springs.
 
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Anza-borrgoThe highest point in the desert. Here we took our vest off (it was not on the electrical anymore), and ride only with the leather jacket and the over-paints. The temperature was going up to 75F.
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Cnayonsmotorcycle ride anza borego

Vistas dos canyons que tem no parque. He muito impressionate.

Deser viewsSome nice views of the canyons on Anza-Borrego. It was pretty nice.
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Salton SeaThis is the Salton Sea. One of the most surreal places in California is the tow of Salton City. On the shores of the Salton Sea. Planned as the next Palm Springs, it never attracted the number expected, so its' carefully laid-out streets lead nowhere and there are more vacant lots than houses, giving the town a strange, deserted look. The 35-mile-long Salton Sea, one of the biggest salt-water lakes in the world, appeared by accident in 1905. Canals directing waters from the Colorado River to the Imperial Valley breached their banks during an exceptionally severe winter. Billions of gallons of water flooded into this once dry desert, and were trapped 235 feed (72m) below sea level, with no natural outlet. The sea has become increasingly saline over the years, and is now more salty than the Pacific Ocean - but it still manages to support fish and other wildlife. It is an important winter recreation area for sports such as fishing, boating and water-skiing.
BMW K1200 LTA cidade de Salton City era para ser uma nova Palm Springs, porem não deu certo... As ruas estao vazias, sem casas, so os lotes demarcados. He uma visao bem interessante. O lago ao lado da cidade foi formado em 1905, quando uma barragem de agua arrebentou e formou esse lago. Era antes um deserto a 72metros abaixo do nivel do mar, e agora agua não tem para onde sair. Milhares de litros de agua vazaram para esse imenso lago (55 quilometros de estencao, pois uns 15 de largura.). Com o passar do tempo, a agua aqui ficou salgada, e agora he mais salgada que o oceano pacifico, mas ainda existe vida dentro dela (peixes e plantas). Muito usado no inverno (por que no verao não da, he muito quente), para esportes aquaticos.
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Stop to go to the bathroom. at $.25cents to open the bathroom door.
Aqui voce paga .25 centavos para entrar no banheiro... Ate que estava limpo.
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IndioNow we are arriving in Indio. Early this century, sophisticated irrigation systems transformed this arid desert into a major agricultural center producing grapefruit, cotton, alfalfa, vegetables and dates. Indio is surrounded by palm trees and is the self-proclaimed "Date Capital of the World". All the way along Highway 111, orderly rows of date palms alternate with roadside stands, often with elaborate Moorish facades, selling date products. The big event of the year in Indio is the National Date Festival, held in mid-February every year.
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Palm SpringsNow we are entering the rich part of the desert. Millions dollars houses, expensive stores and restaurants of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs. In Palm Desert you can see 1200-acre wildlife and Botanical Park features rare plants and animals from deserts around the world. In Rancho Mirage you will see the Betty Ford Clinic. The country's most well known drug treatment clinic. But don't' thing you will see any artist around here. They have a heavy security and you cannot go close to the clinic.
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palm springsAs ricas ruas de Palm Desert, Palm Springs e Rancho Mirage mostran a opulencia da California. No meio do deserto, voce entra em uma loja e pode comprar vestido de 10.000 dolares, pianos brancos, de cauda, por apenas $50.000 dolares, e ate uma casa de alguns milhoes de dolares... No meio do nada. Muitos artistas vivem aqui, e inclusive tem uma clinica de recuperacao de viciados em drogas (Betty Ford Clinic) onde os artistas de hollywood vem para se tratar.
O final do dia foi em Hot Springs, nas picinas de agua quente natural que existem la. Foi otimo depois de uma dia inteiro na moto (mais de 300 milhas (480 quilometros), em 8 horas de viagem).

Informacoes:
Ray and Carol's MotelSalton City

Salton City Spa and RV Park
Vacation Inn Palm Desert
Palm Desert Lodge & Resort
Billys Philly Chesse Steaks Restaurant

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Visit my next trip to Anza Borrego, January 2004