my trip to Cali/AZ and back to COLD Iowa...
well, we set off for California Jan. 5th from Iowa. 26 hours later.. we were in Fontana, CA. we didn't get very good fuel mileage to say the least.. 8-10mpg the whole way.. sad but when you weigh 9500lbs (weighed at a scale when we left).. it's expected.
went to Supercross in Anaheim and Phoenix.. rode 2 mx tracks in socal and also practiced roadracing at Fontana. mountain biked at McDowell park outside Fountain Hill, AZ for 2 days and much more. wanted to take the van off roading but didn't as the upgraded tires are just too big for the fenders so I need to do some trimming and with all the bikes that were packed in/on the van I didn't want them moving around a lot. all in all, we had 3 motorcycles (2 dirt and 1 street/race bike), 2 mountain bikes, generator, norcold fridge, 2 snowboards, all the gear to race/bike/board, ramp, spare tire, race tires, tool box and clothes... before we left I had another battery installed behind the drivers side between the frame and body with a Blue Sea charging relay which ran a 3500 watt inverter.. it worked great! we took 3 days to arrive back in Iowa with stops in Sante Fe, NM, Pagosa Springs, CO, Denver, CO and finally home...about 3500 total miles. with all the gear inside we weren't able to sleep inside the van but next time we will be "camping" in the van. Im going to get a 2 bike hauler instead of a single. all in all, a great trip that I won't forget.