Hooray!! It’s time for a trip to Kernville for some camping and fun.
Last year’s trip was the first big trip I took on my new motorcycle. I loaded up my bike with my camping gear and off I went…50 miles into that trip… I turned my first 500 miles.
Soooo… this year I did the same… I loaded up my bike with my camping gear and off I went. This year though I feel better about riding this bike… More confident.
In order to not have to take extra vacation days… I went to work and once again rode up by myself. Everyone else left at around 10:00am. Kernville is about a 4-5 hour drive/ride.
I just wanted to get on the road! I couldn’t wait!! FINALLY! It was 3:00pm… I got to head out. It took me longer to get out of the office than I wanted. 😦 I ended up leaving later then 3:00pm. Once on the highway, I checked the clock on the bike… 4:52pm… quick calculation in my head told me I could be there around 9-9:30pm… with no issues. Oh well… once again I won’t get to see Lake Isabella in the daylight!
It was a simple plan… 15 North to 395 North and then some back roads (the 14 and the 178) and I am there!
Other than traffic there is absolutely nothing to report so….
Sunset on my way to Kernville.
Jump ahead to Johannesburg… on the 395…. it’s now 8:00pm. Got off the bike for some water and to stretch a little. Checked my phone… Holy smokes! There is a text that my friends JUST arrived at the campgrounds… they left at 10:00am! Either they left real late or something went wrong. After a few more texts, I told them I would see them in an hour.
Turns out the chase truck broke down about an hour into their ride. Apparently, they were stuck in Temecula for a few hours before they were able to continue on with their trip. (Had I left on time, I would have caught up with them or beat them to the campground!)
9:10pm… Pulled into the Frandy Campground. Four hours and fifteen minutes only two stops… Pretty good time considering… due to the two lane roads once you are off Highway 15… Google Maps estimated five hours… about 300 miles from work.
Wow… The number of people and campsites doubled this year! The majority of us camped. However, there were some people who stayed in local hotels. Kernville is about the size of a postage stamp. So, getting around is on foot unless you are going sightseeing.
After I parked the bike, I had my first Captain of the evening. Hooray!!
Last year’s camping trip involved me getting pretty sick and being stuck in my tent all of Saturday. I believe it was from the pizza that we had delivered the night before. So, this year I was very wary when I heard pizza had been ordered again. I stuck to the cheese pizza and only had two pieces.
Then I put up my tent. This task was WAY MORE FUN last year….when one of the guys thought I was “messin” with his tent. Seriously!
Well… The rest of the nite was spent around the campfire with the younger half of our group drinking Captain and talking about randomly goofy things. The question of the evening…. “What would Jesus doodle?”. Yep… you had to be there.
I think I crawled into my tent around 1am-ish??
Frandy Campground: www.frandy.net