I’m going to miss Bonnie Springs. Located in Red Rock Canyon, Bonnie Springs Ranch was originally established in 1843 as a watering stopover for wagon trains going to California on the Old Spanish Trail. It was sold and purchased by the Levinsons in the 1950s, and was developed and opened to tourists in the ’60s and ’70s. By 2018, the Ranch was largely set up to mimic a late-1800s mining town, and included a restaurant, train, Old Nevada town area, wax museum, petting zoo, horseback riding, and mock gunfights complete with the Sheriff slinging a six-shooter. The restaurant had some really good food, and was a great old-timey atmosphere. It was always busy on the weekends. Some 150,000+ people visited this place annually.
Mt. Charleston is the place to be in the middle of the summer. The roads across the mountain reach above 8000ft, so it’s typically around 20 degrees cooler up there than down in the Las Vegas valley. It’s a great break from the heat, and it’s a fun ride. (more…)
Red Rock Canyon is a place I know well. I’ve been here many, many times, and it’s fun every time. This is probably the closest ride around Las Vegas, and it’s a great one-way 13-mile loop. It’s real scenic, the roads are usually very clean and good, there are some nice curves inside the loop, and it’s a great place for people to learn and get the hang of some turns. (more…)
YouTube is an awesome place to learn from. In recent years there has been a lot of great content created there, with some real smart people jumping into the site. There are a lot of things that can’t be conveyed well in any format other than video. You have to be careful though, as anyone can put things on the internet; as always, it’s best not to follow and take advice from only one place. Subscribe to these dudes below, check back every couple days and learn some new stuff. (more…)
I’m going to start writing a few articles/posts to try to help people that are just coming into motorcycling. I think there’s a lot of questions that new folks have, and some of those answers are not easy to find. These are only going to be my opinion of course, but there’s a lot of things around bikes that are simply that. Most of this won’t be stuff that’s new to anyone that’s been on two wheels for a while, but hopefully it will save new guys some time, money, or accidents.