Little Ale’Inn and the Black mailbox

After our ghost town adventure in Ballarat, we began our grand detour and made our way to Rachel, Nevada. We arrived at the Little Ale’Inn later that afternoon, with no further delays or road closures. The Little Ale’Inn  offers free tent camping on their property as well as several RV hook ups and a few mobile guest trailers that they rent out daily. This was my third time camping there whilst road tripping. I had the pleasure of chatting with an old timer Marine who had a Pharaoh’s horses tattoo he had gotten from Singapore Slim in Anchorage, Alaska  in 1961.

We witnessed no UFO activity coming from the base while camping that night 😦 . The following morning, we packed up camp, had a good breakfast at the Inn, then headed 20 miles further down Route 375 to the Black mailbox.

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The Pharaohs Horses by Singapore Slim, Anchorage Alaska, 1961

The Pharaohs Horses by Singapore Slim, Anchorage Alaska, 1961

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The Black mailbox

The Black mailbox

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California

My last blog post left me in Las Vegas, waiting for my friend, Sammy, to arrive. The following day he and I headed out to San Diego, by way of the Mojave National Preserve. We were going to San Diego to visit a tattoo shop, Tahiti Felix’s Master Tattoo, owned and operated by my friend, Gil. Unfortunately, the ride from Vegas took longer than expected and we didn’t arrive until late in the evening. The shop was closing, but we were able to get a quick tour and chat with Gil for a few.

From the shop, we rode south to Imperial Beach and grabbed a hotel for the night. The next day we took a quick buzz past the Mexican/US border, then headed north. Our destination was Rachel, Nevada, by way of Death Valley. Our plan was to ride to Death Valley and camp, then make it to The Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel the day after. The Little A’Le’Inn is in the movie “Paul“. It’s on the outskirts of the Nellis Air Force Range (commonly known as Area 51) on route 375, the Extraterrestrial Highway. It’s a nice little place with friendly people and free camping, which I discovered on last year’s road trip.

We were about 20 miles or so from Death Valley when the road we were on suddenly closed, apparently due to being washed away in a storm. This being the only road, our next course of action was to take a 150 mile detour, going back the way we came, then up and around the China Lake Naval Station. Since it was already dusk when we came across the barrier, our escape plan had to wait until the following day… and in true horror-movie fashion, there was nowhere to camp but the nearby ghost town of Ballarat. It was super creepy and a lot of fun and totally made our forthcoming detour worth it…. Sammy was scared shitless.

Sammy

Sammy

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Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve

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Roys on old route 66

Roys on old route 66

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old US route 66 is now county road 66

old US route 66 is now county road 66 IMG_4817

Sunset near San Diego
Sunset near San Diego

US/Mexico border

US/Mexico border

Death Valley

Death Valley

Death Valley

Death Valley

Road Closed :(

Road Closed 😦

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what's left of the Ballarat post office, which was closed in 1917

what’s left of the Ballarat post office, which was closed in 1917

Abandoned Winnie

Abandoned Winnie

killed this Camel spider making a b-line for my tent. fucker was fast!

killed this Camel spider making a b-line for my tent. fucker was fast!

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Sunset in Ballarat, CA

Sunset over Ballarat, CA

Sunset in Ballarat, CA



Camping at Ballarat really peaked my interest in ghost towns. Do you have any recommendations for my next road trip?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section!

Next stop – Crater Lake, Oregon…….and beyond

Okay, moving onward. It’s still September.  After I left Portland, I made my way down to Crater Lake, also in Oregon. I had to meet my buddy in Las Vegas in a few days and had some time to kill, and whats better to kill time than riding to a big crater filled with water. Actually, it was pretty amazing. From there, I rode down into California and over into Nevada.  Enjoy!

Random bar bathroom in Portland

Random bar bathroom in Portland

Mt Hood

Mt Hood

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

Chiloquin, Oregon

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Motel I stayed at in Carson City, Nevada

Motel I stayed at in Carson City, Nevada

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Nevada

Nevada

gas stop in middle of nowhere, Nevada

gas stop in middle of nowhere, Nevada

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just goes to show ya, even in the middle of nowhere, you can't escape road construction traffic

just goes to show ya, even in the middle of nowhere, you can’t escape road construction traffic

my motel in Las Vegas.....swanky

my motel in Las Vegas…..swanky

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cool tattoo shop signage on the Vegas strip. Too bad it was vacant

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my super awesome motel tv, circa 1978 perhaps?

my super awesome motel tv, circa 1978 perhaps?

Mt Hood, Oregon

After I fixed my bike, which was an ignition solenoid problem, I was back on my way to Portland. I arrived at my buddy Jason’s place without further mechanical incident. Jason owns and operates Freaks and Geeks Tattoo in Portland. He was hosting a shop camping trip to Mt Hood for 3 days, for staff and friends, and I was lucky enough to be invited. It was a real good time. IMG_4652 IMG_4710 IMG_4655 IMG_4657 IMG_4711 IMG_4714 IMG_4715 IMG_4716 IMG_4664 IMG_4717 IMG_4718 IMG_4675 IMG_4677 IMG_4722 IMG_4687 IMG_4723 IMG_4690 IMG_4724 IMG_4697 IMG_4703 IMG_4704 IMG_4728 IMG_4707 IMG_4708 IMG_4709

Back on the road!

As promised, I’m back with more road trip goodness. The following pics were taken in September, on the road from Red Deer to Portland, Oregon. Enjoy!

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Stopped at this diner in Washington. Neat place, good burger.

Stopped at this diner in Washington. Neat place, good burger.

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Damn good burger!

Damn good burger!

roadside in Oregon

roadside in Oregon

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Roadside sunset, about an hour from Portland. Funny story; when I pulled over to take this pic, I couldn't get my bike started afterwards and was stuck there on the side of the road for an hour and a half......ha

Roadside sunset, about an hour from Portland. Funny story; when I pulled over to take this pic, I couldn’t get my bike started afterwards and was stuck there on the side of the road for an hour and a half……ha

 

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year, folks! I’m back, after a long blogging hiatus. I have a lot of photos to share. My last post was while I was at Classic Tattoo in Red Deer, Alberta. I have since continued my ride around the US and am once again back home in sunny Florida. I have tons of photos, so I’m going to break them up into several posts. I’m thinking of doing one per day…..or per week, heheh. I’m going to start off this post with the rest of my Stay in Red Deer. Thanks for your patience and enjoy!

Some black and grey flowers, done at Classic Tattoo in Red Deer.

Some black and grey flowers, done at Classic Tattoo in Red Deer.

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some cover up action

some cover up action

My campsite during my 2 week stay in the Deer

My campsite during my 2 week stay in the Deer

I like fire.

I like fire.

Time for some new rubber, i think

Time for some new rubber, i think

Pappa got some new shoes!

Pappa got a new pair’o shoes!

Morning coffee

Morning coffee

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More stuff from Saskatoon

Here’s some more pics of my stay in Saskatoon. Enjoy!

Panthagon

Panthagon

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He wanted to get a tattoo, but had no money. His friends said they would pay for one, but he had to get whatever they picked.....which was all of their names, hahaha

He wanted to get a tattoo, but had no money. His friends said they would pay for one, but he had to get whatever they picked…..which was all of their names, hahaha

My girlfriend flew up to Saskatoon from Florida for my birthday :)

My Babycakes flew up to Saskatoon from Florida for my birthday 🙂

On our way to the casino!

On our way to the casino!

out for an afternoon ride

out for an afternoon ride

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finished up some flash

finished up some flash

On the road to Kelowna for the Okanagan Tattoo show

On the road to Kelowna for the Okanagan Tattoo show

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Cruisin to the show

Cruisin to the show

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9/11 tribute piece

9/11 tribute piece

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Sunrise, on the Road back to Saskatoon

Sunrise, on the Road back to Saskatoon

Dragon chest panel/ half sleeve finished

Dragon chest panel/ half sleeve finished

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A kick ass game of darts

A kick ass game of darts

and built this little dandy

and built this little dandy

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Frisco to Reno

I am really waaaay behind on my blogging, sorry about that. Anyway, here’s some video and pics on my way to Reno, Nevada from San Fran with my buddy, Jason Sweet, owner of Freaks and Geeks Tattoo in Portland, OR. Enjoy!

 

 

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Campsite setup, time for a beverage

Campsite setup, time for a beverage

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Jason and myself

Jason and myself

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Jason, posing

Jason, posing

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

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My shady ass motel in Reno

My shady ass motel in Reno

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Triumph Tattoo, Reno, Nevada

Triumph Tattoo, Reno, Nevada

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Steveston, BC!

My next stop was a guest spot at Steveston Tattoo co with my good bro, Ryan Halter, in Steveston, BC. Part of my visit was to get another session on my back piece done, that Ryan started last year. It was a fun week of tattoos and riding. Enjoy! Next stop- Freaks and Geeks Tattoo, Portland Oregon!

On the road from Salmon Arm to Steveston

On the road from Salmon Arm to Steveston

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Mr Halter gettin busy on me.

Mr Halter gettin busy on me.

One more session to go :)

One more session to go 🙂

Ryan, getting his bike ready for a rip.

Ryan, getting his bike ready for a rip.

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madman

madman

Cohen, going for a ride

Cohen, going for a ride

this was a real bummer

this was a real bummer

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The harbor in Steveston, down the street from the shop

The harbor in Steveston, down the street from the shop

Did this on a friend of mine while I was there

Did this on a friend of mine while I was there

Another one I did

Another one I did