Rediscovering America by Motorcycle
April – May, 2011
In his everlasting pursuit of adventure, medical research, business development, climate studies, and other interesting subjects, Ed Foreman and a group of distinguished business leaders and medical specialists, took off on a cross-country motorcycle tour, with ten bikes, through five western states, which included the following highlights.
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Leaving Dallas, the group traveled across Texas through Midland, Odessa, Pecos, Van Horn, and El Paso. Ed left two days earlier, traveling through Jacksboro, Seymour, Crowell, Plainview, and Muleshoe, Texas, into New Mexico through Portales, Roswell, and Ruidoso. They met in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where they enjoyed lunch, a tour and briefing by retired Navy Captain Tom Hutchinson and his wife Jerean, owners of the magnificent, historic LaPosta, a picturesque stagecoach stop and restaurant on the Plaza in Old Mesilla, near Las Cruces. From there they headed west on I-10 through Deming and Lordsburg, then south on old Highway 80 through Douglas, Arizona, and the historic mining town of Bisbee, with an overnight stop at Tombstone. Arizona…where they witnessed and re-enacted the historic shootout at the OK Corral.
They continued through Tucson and across Arizona’s Saguaro National Park, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Sells, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, Gila Bend, the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range tour and briefing, through Yuma and El Centro along the Mexican border through Pine Valley and the majestic mountains of southern California with an overnight stay in Julian, California, Continuing on the back roads through the mountains of Southern California, they toured various Indian Reservations, Warner Hot Springs, Bernadino National Forest, Idyllwild, Hement, Yucaipa, and an overnight stop at Big Bear Lake. From there they wound down the mountains to Barstow, Ridgecrest, and Trona, with observations and review of the China Lake Naval Weapons Center, and then across the desert badlands into Death Valley along primitive roads through Wildrose Canyon, Emigrant Canyon Road, and Stovepipe Wells to spend the night at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley. From Furnace Creek to Twenty Mule Team Canyon, the Amargosa Opera House at Death Valley Junction, the infamous town of Phrump, Nevada, and across the mountains into Las Vegas, Nevada. While in Nevada, they met with local dignitaries, et al, enjoyed the cultural atmosphere, arts, etc., the night life of Las Vegas, toured Hoover Dam, and traversed the magnificent new bridge over the Colorado River, then on through the various mountain ranges to Kingman, Williams, and overnight at the comfortable golf course home of Dave Sciotto in Flagstaff, Arizona. A fun experience was singing Standing on the Corner at the historic museum in the colorful town of Winslow, Arizona.
They journeyed on through the Petrified Forest National Park and Eagar, Arizona, into New Mexico, enjoying Navajo tacos, green chili and beans at Quemado, New Mexico, and continued through Pie Town and Socorro, New Mexico, near the Trinity Site and through the White Sands Missile Range, to Carrizozo, Capitan, and Hondo…and visited space aliens and a hot air balloon festival where they overnighted in Roswell, New Mexico, Next day, they visited the Bottomless Lakes State Park, Tatum, New Mexico, and on to Plains, Texas, Brownfield, Post, and Haskell, and back to Dallas.
The group traversed 3,600 miles in two weeks, enjoying a low temperature of 37Â° at Big Bear Lake, a mid-range temperature of 97Â° in Death Valley, with the high temperature of 103Â° in Haskell, Texas. It was an exciting, educational, and fun motorcycle tour of the Old West, with sufficient time to appreciate and reflect on the goood things of life and the FREEDOM we enjoy. Along with professional photographer Paul Skipworth, they took many great photos and shared terrific memories. The adventurous riders included Ed Foreman, Paul Skipworth, Jim Neubauer, Dick Lindberg, Tom Parker, Paul Wood, Dick Quisenberry, Tom McNeely, Dave Sciotto and Jim Rice. A more complete, detailed, scientific report is being prepared for historical review, publication, and distribution.