SEAT at Spring Break 2014 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona
This was a banner year for the Lake Havasu Spring Break. The weather all week was sunny and except for a bit of wind, Saturday was a perfect day to party on the Colorado River. The party goes, and those there just to watch the partiers party, must have numbered in the thousands. It was a hoot!
Wanda and I met Don Cameron at the Space Age Lodge in Gila Bend Friday afternoon. Don rode in from Deming, New Mexico to join us for dinner at The Little Italy. This is where Prince Harry hung out one evening on his training stint in California and Arizona. The Pizza he had that evening is now called The Prince Harry Meat Special. Dinner was excellent, the Italian beer was too.
Saturday we headed to Lake Havasu City taking Old Highway 80 out of Gila Bend. We even veered around the Freeway on Courthouse Road to Harquahala Valley Road then onto Salome Road. Years past you could always expect a few dead cattle along the side of Salome Road. Not so much anymore. Either the cattle are gone or the truckers have wiped them out.
After we gassed up in Parker we crossed the Colorado River and took Parker Dam Road on the California side of the border. Itís been a few years since weíve ridden over Parker Dam. The most notable difference we saw were the wild burros. There were whole herds of them with warning signs along the road. Shades of Oatman.
Our hotel at Lake Havasu City was the Island Inn Hotel on the island formed by the inlet under the London Bridge. It is within easy walking distance to the Brewery and the river beach where the party was happening. We walked down both sides of the inlet enjoying the show all the boats and college kids were putting on. We werenít the oldest folks there by a long shot. Spring Break isnít just for kids!
Dinner Saturday night was at the Barley Bros Brewery right at the foot of the London Bridge. The service was first class, the food terrific and the brew most excellent. We even enjoyed a decadent brownie desert that was scrumptious! An excellent night!
Sunday morning Don left early and headed north to take I-40 toward Flagstaff then down towards Silver City and home in Deming. Wanda and I left about 30 minutes later and pretty much followed the same route we took coming to Lake Havasu, only doing it all in one day.
We did 460 miles home Sunday. The old K1200RS brick took the trip in stride, averaging just a smidgen under 40 mph. She turned over 70,000 miles on the way home. Great ride. These overnighters are just too good. Donít miss the next one!
Deryle & Wanda Mehrten