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post #1 of 7 Old 03-14-2018, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Escaping the dreariness

The weather in LA is sucky so I am taking a short tour through western AZ and the CA high desert.

Monday was a quick ride to Yuma through familiar territory. Down I5 past Camp Pendleton and onto 76 through Julian, past Ocatillo to the Salton Sea. I8 to Yuma; all done before with nothing more exciting than an over-exuberant GS rider poking my abs in Julian and a pleasant conversation with a Scottish ex-pat who rides DR (Say, that’s a KLR, right? Heavy bastard, yes?).

Yesterday was up 95 to Quartzite then I10 to find 95 again. Heavy traffic there, with many trucks an 5th wheel turtles. Mostly cruising at 65, but frequent blast at 90 to execute passing maneuvers. Most required waiting my turn as two to three cars would need to pass the turtle and, with a lot of oncoming, might require a 10 minute wait for a safe opportunity for a turn.

The only sight-seeing stop was at the Poston Internment Monument and a visit to what remains of the camp. It was the largest, I believe, while some 17,000 of the total 120,000 being held there.

Today I’ll be visiting the railroad station here in Needles, then heading out 40, wending my way to Amboy to visit Roy’s, Newberry Springs and the Bagdad Cafe, railroad station in Barstow, the Integratron in Landers, then dropping in to Yucca Valley.
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Did a little research on Poston:

Del Webb (of, "Sun City" retirement communities fame) was building contractor for construction of "Internment Center" housing there.

The site is on the Colorado River Indian Reservation property; the tribal leaders objected to locating the concentration camp on their reservation, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the War Relocation Board built it anyway.

The 17,000 inmate population provided "volunteer" labor to bring electricity to the reservation, and to build infrastructure including irrigation canals. For the first time, the reservation had infrastructure for electric power and running water; plus productive irrigated agricultural fields.

After the war, Hopi and Navaho Indians were relocated to Poston (adding to the population of tribe(s) already there).

The reservation population ultimately profited (e.g., agricultural fields, etc.) from the incarceration of Japanese origin/relationship internees, 1942-45.

Fascinating; let's see some PICTURES!
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With only an i-phone available, I can’t upload pictures until I get home. I can’t figure out how to reduce them to 488K or less.

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I managed to upload photos to Flickr but can’t figure out how to generate a url from the I-phone. Pictures will have to wait.

Yesterday’s ride was pleasant but quite windy. Rode the National Trails Highway paralleling I40. No traffic and much more pleasant.

Winds at 30-35mph going through Lucerne Valley area. Hit the head of a sandstorm; it was only for a quarter mile or so. From a distance the tail looked like something from the movie ‘The Mummy’.

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Well looky there, one of my almost neighbors was there!

Only 140 miles between my house and theirs in "Casper, WY".

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