Ridin The “T” and the “Ok”: Trip East 1970


 The Summer time Of 1970

  Faculty was virtually out now and Richard and I had been planning a cross nation journey
along with two of our mates from down the road Pat and her sister Cathy . The
ladies from Ohio. Sean was additionally going to trip with us for a part of the best way on his 650
Triumph along with his girlfriend. Richard had this little sports activities automotive,a Fiat and the women had been
going to take activates the again of the bike, my little 1965 Yamaha YDS3, and the
automotive . George determined to fly house and we shipped our stuff together with most of our
grass upfront. Our time in LA was coming to an finish and one other cross nation
motorbike journey was about to start. It was early June and we might be heading out
mid June the day after courses finished.
   As we had been getting near our departure date Richard and I constructed a pair secret
compartments within the body of his Fiat to cover our dope in. Could not cross the nation
with out one thing to smoke we thought and what if we acquired hassled by the cops.
So, we made these two compartments out of metallic electrical junction containers and
sprayed some undercoat on them and threw dust throughout them earlier than the stuff dried
and also you could not inform they had been there. We had sufficient room for about 4 oz of pot
which was far more than we would have liked.Received the bike working effectively, Tuned all of it up and
fixed all of the small issues that had been left over from it being run over and now we
had been prepared.
   Sean could not depart after we had been so we made plans to fulfill him in Colorado
again at Peacefull Valley. The time had finally come and we had been off. We headed up
the coast to Monterey as our first cease. After spending the evening there we headed
inland  in direction of Yosemite the place we wished to spend a pair days having some
enjoyable.
   Camped exterior Yosemite on the Merced River. It was a pleasant quiet place and we
might simply go into the Nationwide Park for day journeys and do what we wished.We went
mountain climbing truly extra like scrambling up these rock slides the place the flood
waters had washed away the hills. It was good,We acquired again into the woods away
from all of the vacationers and simply loved ourselves every day.
  The third day we had been there we determined it was time to go out and hit
the street early afternoon heading east over the mountains into Nevada
and getting on US rt
6 . We wished to again street it to Colorado and actually see the west so that is what we
did. Rode all afternoon and into the evening means out into nowhere once I hit reserve
on my gasoline. My bike will go about 20 miles on reserve so we began searching for gasoline.
   Driving and driving into the evening beginning to suppose I am fucked after we see a light-weight
forward. I am working on fumes now as we pull into this closed gasoline station with a
home hooked up in the course of nowhere. We get out and begin strolling in direction of the
home when unexpectedly these two cowboys with shot weapons pointed at us say
maintain it proper there! We clarify our state of affairs to them at gun level and so they reluctantly
give us gasoline for the bike and automotive.I believe we purchased 10 {dollars} value however I threw them
a 20 and we acquired the hell out of there. Rode down the street about one other 30 miles
and located an unattended Nationwide Forest campsite and made camp for the evening
below the celebs.It was an unbelievable evening,no moon and so many stars that it was
gentle sufficient to forged a shadow. I had by no means seen a sky like that earlier than and I simply lay
there it as I fell asleep.
   Subsequent morning we hit the street and are actually cruising. I am going about 80 mph
when this cop passes us going within the different course. He waves to us and retains on
going! I did not notice it then however there was no velocity restrict on that street again then.
About 10 miles previous there I noticed an indication after we rode through a city that learn resume
affordable velocity. The nation facet was actually lovely and we simply rode and
checked issues out all day lengthy. I might get means forward of Richard after which we would pull
over and let then catch up.We did this about as soon as each hour. This labored for us
‘trigger Richard was at all times stopping to take footage and me being on a 2 stroke
motorbike wanted to actually rip to maintain the motor from getting fouled plugs.We
discovered a spot in japanese Nevada to camp and relaxed because the day ended.
   We woke as much as a heat sunny morning and headed out early. At the moment we wished to
recover from to japanese Utah or western Colorado. It was actually heat and good driving as
we wandered eastward and the nation was lovely. We stayed on US 6 as we
headed east stopping for lunch someplace close to the center of Utah after which the
street headed south east. It was actual good nation and as normal I used to be means out in entrance
of Richard blasting down the street.
     It was mid afternoon after we pulled over to let Richard and Cathy catch as much as
us.We had been ready and ready. Waited about 45 minutes and determined we would
backtrack and examine to see that they had been alright . We rode for about quarter-hour
after we noticed them on the facet of the street with this black mid 50’s Buick stopped
with them. We pull in and get off the bike to be welcomed purchase this drunk cowboy
and our companions broke down with a blown motor.
   We begin speaking about what we’ll do when this man begins getting abusive
and calling us “hop heads” and  pulls out a 357 magnum. He is slugging down
gulps of Segrams and we’re one another wandering how we’re going to
get away from this man. Right here we’re on this abandoned stretch of street out in butt fuck
nowhere Utah with this drunk cowboy holding us at gun level however he hasn’t actually
pointed it at us but he is simply abusive verbally at this level.
   This scene was taking part in out very slowly and about 10 minutes into it he reaches
into the automotive and pulls out a shot gun. He arms me the 357 and factors the rifle at
me and says are you able to shoot boy? So I take a look at him and say certain I understand how
to shoot and he tells me to “shoot that log boy” so I do and hit it. He
takes again the weapon
and places the shot gun again within the entrance seat of the automotive. Subsequent factor I see is that this gun
about 6 inches away from my face. At this level I am pondering I am a useless man and a
very unusual calm came visiting me as I am  telling him ” you do not wish to try this” He factors the gun at my 3 mates and
says “you , you, and also you within the automotive” and with that he jumps within the drivers seat and
takes off with Richard and the 2 sisters.
  I am freaking out now! I hop on my bike and tear after them however he is gaining on me
and I am unable to sustain.I unfastened sight of them . From what I discovered afterwards they had been
all screaming as he was going about 100 mph down the street. He clipped a guard
rail ,then sideswiped a tractor trailer earlier than turning off on to a mud street. I noticed the
truck on the facet of the street as the driving force was getting out ,did not
cease. Then I see this mud cloud up this dust street and I simply knew
that is them. I begin racing up this street
and now I’ve the benefit. He is going gradual now and I am catching them.  He
will get to this open spot and stops as I arrive proper behind him and so they all get out.
   Richard provides me this seem like he is pondering we’re goners and I begin speaking
saying that we’ll go get a mechanic to assist us with the automotive and seize Pat
and get her on the bike with me. We are actually sitting on the working bike and this
drunken idiot is ranting about how we’re hop heads and I am happening about how
we’ll be proper again as quickly as we get somebody to assist with the automotive like there may be
nothing happening out of the strange right here.Even Richard did not know I used to be
bullshitting at this level I actually sounded honest and we took off with him capturing
into the air yelling.
   We flew down the dust street and I remembered seeing a truck weigh station about
5 miles again after we first rotated searching for them so we headed for
that.Pull in and Pat is completely hysterical at this level crying and screaming “he is
going to kill my sister” again and again whereas I am telling this cop there this story about
how this man has my mates.
   At first the cop would not consider me and is form of skeptical however then the trucker that
this drunk idiot hit  pulls in and tells the cop his story of getting sideswiped  by this
black Buick and the cop modifications his tune. He picks up the cellphone and requires assist
and about 10 minutes later there are about 10 or so cowboys with rifles 
They know the man because it seems and so they name as much as get some horses
‘trigger additionally they know his daddy owns half the county and by now he is means
off within the hills. They had been proper. Once we acquired again to the spot the place
we final noticed Richard and Cathy they had been gone! The cops all get on horses
and trip off leaving Pat and I sitting there alone with the first cop in
his police automotive.
   Day was evening as Pat and I sat behind this police automotive , her crying and
me and this cop making an attempt to calm her. This went on for no less than 4 or 5 hours once they
finaly got here again with Cathy and Richard . The drunk was in handcuffs and so they
separated the 4 of us and took our statements.
   Again on the police station in Worth Utah we’re taken apart by the unique cop
who tells us the story about this man. He is a neighborhood drunk and his father owns an enormous
sheep ranch or one thing and the perfect factor for us to do is simply transfer on and never
press fees ‘trigger he’ll purchase his son out of this. The man was politically related
and there was no means his son was going to go to jail over this so simply
depart within the morning .We’ll maintain him lengthy sufficient so that you can get your automotive
towed and get out of
city. Then he tells us he’ll assist us and takes us out to the automotive and again to my bike
on the weigh station, follows us again into city and helps us get a motel room. He
turned out to be a very nice man. Seems his spouse was pregnant and about to
give start any time now and right here he was serving to us.
  Subsequent morning early we hear a knock on the door and it is the cop. He is off obligation now
and he got here by to assist us once more.He took us out to Richards automotive so we might get
some belongings . Pat and I had determined to go forward and look forward to Richard and
Cathy in Colorado ‘trigger it was going to be per week earlier than the automotive was fixed. We
made our plans as to the place to fulfill, acquired our stuff and hit the street leaving Richard
and Cathy with the automotive and the cop.
   Later that day Richard went again out to the automotive with the cop and a tow truck to
have the automotive towed 75 miles to Salt Lake Metropolis the place there was a Fiat seller. When
they arrive on the automotive the windshield is smashed ,the wires are ripped
out and all our stuff that was nonetheless within the automotive was gone. I’d find
this out per week later once I
obtained a Telegram like we had planed telling me once they can be arriving in
Nederlands  Colorado. The ordeal was over now. The automotive was all fixed and so they
can be right here in 2 days! We had been completely satisfied !!!
   It was unusual leaving Richard and Cathy behind however we had been all good with it and
we actually had no different alternative. Cash was a difficulty and I actually could not do a motel
in Salt Lake Metropolis apart from ,at that time I wished out of Utah and by no means
wished to see the place once more. We packed up the bike and mentioned our good
byes and hit the street late within the morning.
     Touring east on US 6 nonetheless my bike wasn’t working very effectively. The charging
system had began to fail and we had been now working on the battery. We pulled right into a
gasoline station and had the battery charged up and headed again out doing this two
instances that day till finaly simply west of Grand Junction Colorado the bike began to
run on one cylinder and I pulled over. We had been out in the course of nowhere caught
on the facet of the street when this man in a decide up comes alongside.
   Right here we’re on the facet of the street now fooling with my bike with this man making an attempt
to get it going.He tells us he lives up the street along with his spouse and if we are able to get the
bike to his place we are able to fix it. I give it one final kick and it begins so he and Pat get in
his truck and comply with me up the street.He passes me and turns into this driveway nonetheless
means out in the course of nowhere and I comply with and we’re there. He hits the horn and
his spouse comes out.They’re of their late 20’s perhaps 30 on the oldest and really
pleasant .She says hiya and he explains to her how we’ll fix my bike and
she insists we eat dinner with them first. Very nice individuals! We had this good meal
after which he and I went out into his store and there may be his bike ,it figures I believe to
myself and we begin to work. Did not take lengthy to find the issue and it was minor.
The generator brushes had worn out previous their service restrict and weren’t making
contact with the armature within the generator.
   We took the brushes out and he informed me there was no Yamaha store anyplace in
the world so we would should make our personal out of those Harley brushes he had. Now
the Harley brushes are means larger in width however about the identical size so mainly
what we would have liked to do was file the graphite down till they might fit within the holder of
the generator the place they sit. This complete job took lower than an hour and I
was fixed! The bike was charging and we had been again in enterprise. He
instructed we give the
battery a cost and so they invited us to spend the evening whereas the battery was being
gradual charged. After what we had simply been through it was so good to fulfill good individuals
once more and all of us smoked some grass and had a number of beers . We informed them our story
of horror from the day earlier than and so they set us up with a mattress and we slept like
infants. Humorous how life can change from one excessive to the opposite identical to that!
   Subsequent morning after a extremely good breakfast we hit the street.I attempted to pay him for his
assist and the components however he would not hear it and smiling informed us to get going . What
fine individuals these had been I used to be pondering as I pulled out of the dust driveway and again
onto Rt 6.
   Now we had been in Colorado and heading into the rockies.We left US6 and took
some again roads and navigated over to Nederlands and again to Peaceable Valley
the place I had been final summer time and we might be assembly Richard and Cathy. We
acquired there within the late afternoon and weren’t there 5 minutes once I hear this voice
calling my title! It is Sean!!! He had left LA sooner than he anticipated and was
truly in entrance of us the entire journey! We fooled round in California going up the
coast and staying in Yosemite whereas he simply went straight for Colorado. It was good
to be with mates and all of us acquired excessive as we cooked some dinner on the fire.

  Subsequent afternoon I began making my each day journey into city to the Western Union office
to see if there was a telegram from Richard & Cathy. On the third day it was there
and it defined how all our stuff was stolen and the automotive had been wrecked by this
asshole however all was fixed now and they might be in Colorado in 2 days. Issues
had been finaly understanding and we would quickly be again collectively once more.
Cathy and Richard arrived as deliberate and I met them in Nederlands.We drove out
to Peaceable Valley and arrange camp.Sean was there and so they had been glad to see
some individuals they knew. The following day I might inform there was one thing fallacious. We
had been arguing and the 2 ladies appeared pissed off at me greater than Richard and
wished to only go house.It sucked and the following day somebody drove them to Denver
and so they acquired on a aircraft to house. That was the final time we ever noticed or heard from
them. I typically marvel about them and look on line now and again for them however
by no means appear to find them.
    Richard and I had been having fun with hanging out within the woods with our mates and issues
had been okay.We determined to go to Boulder and look to see if we might find another person
to come back alongside to assist him with the gasoline. We met this lady who wanted a trip to New
York and all appeared to get alongside okay so the three of us determined to journey collectively and
we had been again on the street after per week of relaxation and leisure within the mountains.
Sean wished to journey throughout Canada so he went north and we set out for
Nebraska.
  That first day again on the street would develop into one ,if not the, longest someday
trip I ever did in my whole 48 years of driving a motorbike.We went from about 25
miles west of Boulder Colorado all the best way to Lincoln Nebraska ! Rattling my ears
had been ringing and my eyes had been burning crimson !  It was a protracted day however there is not
something there however cornfields anyway so we figured we would simply get through it after which
relax some for the remainder of the trip.
  The trip through Iowa was good ,not almost as boring as through Nebraska and we took
some again roads . Whereas driving down this one street we noticed all this pot
rising alongside the facet of the street so we slammed on the brakes and simply
began filing this
canvas bag we had full with the stuff. We packed it in tight and had a number of lbs . We
took off out of there earlier than anybody got here alongside and had been again on our means down
the street. That night we discovered this dust street into some woods.We rode down it a
methods and noticed it was abandoned so we camped there and tried a few of this facet of
the street pot. What shit these things was! it took about 3 joints every to get a buzz however
hey, the worth was proper.
  The following couple days had been form of boring There wasn’t a lot to see and we simply
drove and slept our means through Illinois and Indiana . We had been attending to the east now
and our journey can be ending quickly. It was form of a down however we wished to get to
New York after which determine what to do subsequent.
   Driving through Ohio it was cloudy and as we neared Cleveland it began to
rain.Really it poured and I used to be soaked to the bone in lower than two minutes so we
simply stored on driving. It acquired worse and worse till I could not go on so we took a motel
room simply east of Cleveland and known as it a day. Dried out our stuff and went out for
some dinner and went to sleep.
   The morning got here and as I opened up the shades I might see it was lovely
exterior . We acquired prepared and hit the street mid morning. We had been going to get into
New York State at this time and would solely have another day on the street after that.
   Rode through about 50 miles of PA after which we hit NY. I do not suppose we had been in New
York greater than quarter-hour when the State Police pull us over.
     We had been playing around with the police for about 10 minutes when he begins to
nostril round within the automotive.Richard and I take a look at one another and each begin pondering we
are fucked if this man finds that canvas bag filled with pot within the trunk so Richard pulls
out a street map and spreads it out on the trunk of the automotive.We’re it and
ask the cop the right way to get to this small city that I knew was means the fuck out within the
center of nowhere and possibly not on this map.He is there wanting on the map with
us and telling us the place he thinks this place is when he will get a radio name and offers
us again our paperwork and leaves. Whew! that was shut we each mentioned and began
laughing as we began to go away . Rode about one other 150 miles that day on again
roads through upstate NY and camped.We had been in putting distance of the town now and
virtually house.
   Received a flat in my rear tire as we had been getting gasoline. Fortunate for me we had been at a gasoline
station. I pulled the wheel off, dismounted the tire and the man put a patch on the
tube.Put all of it again collectively and 5 bucks later we had been again on the street. By now it
was mid morning and we had been heading down RT 17 getting near the New York
State Thruway. Possibly 10 minutes later we’re on the thruway and headed for the
Tappan Zee Bridge  .
   Made all of it the best way over the bridge and to the toll cubicles when this cop walks over
and tells us to tug over. Right here we go once more we’re pondering and he begins in with the
normal crap. Paperwork examine and just like the day earlier than he is nosing across the automotive. It
was simply dumb luck however he opened up the trunk seemed in however did not open the canvas
bag closed the trunk and informed us to drive rigorously and left. We dodged one other
bust! Continued on our means into the town the place we dropped off the lady that we took
on in Boulder and headed to Lengthy Island. The cross nation journey was over.
  Now at my mother and father home they allow us to keep the evening however informed me that
when Richard left I needed to depart as effectively until I shaved ,acquired a hair reduce
,a job ,and completely gave up
my hippie life-style. Properly there was no means I used to be doing that shit so after two days
when Richard left to enter the town and keep along with his cousin I used to be homeless and
dwelling within the woods down by the seaside.
   I’d solely reside within the woods for two nights because it turned out. Subsequent day I used to be over at
George’s home selecting up my pot that we had shipped there when a mutual pal
neither of had seen in a 12 months stopped by.All of us acquired excessive and I used to be telling him how I
was dwelling down within the woods by the seaside . He informed me he had these mates who
had been searching for somebody to crew on their boat and I ought to speak to them.He informed
me he’d speak to them and get again. Subsequent day he brings me down and all of us smoke
some grass.That they had fixed up this previous wood cabin cruiser inbuilt 1929 and
wanted assist maintaining it going .They wished to finish getting it painted and head up
to Marthas Vinyard in a pair weeks . So, I began dwelling aboard and portray and
partying .We stayed on the city dock at evening and went out into the bay and
dropped anchor in the course of the days whereas they went to work and I painted. Some days I
stayed ashore and rode my bike round life was good .