I’m approaching 95,000 miles, which is a lot for a Harley. I probably will surpass 100,000 miles on this trip. But the other day I ran into a guy with 138,000 miles on his bike. Today, I met a fellow who was celebrating 250,000 miles on his 1992 BMW. Someone always does more.
My son Colin is working tonight so I decided to not drive all the way to El Segundo and instead to stop somewhere not far away. I chose Barstow, and the Stardust Motel. I’ve always loved the song and lyrics to “Stardust” and they are eerily relevant to my soul on this trip.
“And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we’re apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by
Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song
Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love’s refrain.”
Checked in to the Stardust and talked with the kind, cheerful owner, Sunny Patel. Changed and rode through the gusting wind to the Pit Stop Bar and Grill. From the parking lot I noticed the bars on the windows. Always a good sign. Inside, concrete walls red, white and azure blue. Nascar and race car signs all over the place. Ceiling fans. 2 pool tables. Mismatched chairs at checkerboard Formica top tables. Cute waitress called Nikki served me a wonderful IPA. NBA basketball playoffs on, along with a LA Angels and White Sox game. Dark brown metal folding church chairs in the back near the band cave. Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl on the jukebox, followed by the unmistakable riff of Smoke on the Water.
Wind advisory again – 20-35mph. One more day and then all sorts of advisories will come into play.