Future ride to shuttle landing outside of Bakersfield

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by mentALEXcersize, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Browsing the KGET website in Bakersfield, I ran across an article about
    people who flocked to watch the shuttle land in CA since the weather was bad
    in FL. Including, according to the article, a biker who rode his HD from
    the BA. Now, I really hate to follow in someones' footsteps, but that
    sounds like quality dang fun. Especially when you consider the roads around
    Lake Isabella. If anyone is interested, let's keep in touch and watch for
    future CA landings, not that I know how-to yet, and take a mosey down yonder
    if the op presents itself--I'll blow off work in a heartbeat for that.

    Later!
    Alex
     
    mentALEXcersize, Jun 24, 2007
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    muddy cat Guest

    That'd be a jolly good reason to call in sick.
     
    muddy cat, Jun 24, 2007
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  3. On Jun 24, 12:59?pm, "mentALEXcersize" <>
    wrote:
    If anyone is interested, let's keep in touch and watch for
    Watch http://www.edwards.af.mil for info about potential landing
    times.

    Next shuttle launch is in August. Edwards AFB used to require
    reservations for shuttle landing in the early 1980's when throngs of
    people flocked to Edwards.

    But no mention of reservations was made for this last landing.

    I was on Rocket Site road the the east side of Rogers dry lake at
    Edwards AFB exactly once, during the Cuban Missile Crisis in late
    1962.

    The Air Force showed us how to get to the US Borax mines in Boron.
    That's where we were supposed to shelter from the radioactive fallout
    if World War III started.

    Then we would emerge and carry the war to the Soviets...

    http://www.edwards.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123058084

    Any members of the public wishing to view the potential shuttle
    landing must do so from the Mercury Boulevard viewing area.
    driving northbound on 120th Street East and making a right-hand turn
    on Mercury Boulevard just before the South Gate checkpoint. From
    there, the viewing area is 12 miles down the road.
    Mercury Boulevard. Make a right on Mercury Boulevard and continue to
    the viewing area four miles down the road.

    The public will not be permitted to pass through any of the
    installation's gates for viewing the shuttle landing on base.
     
    Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad, Jun 24, 2007
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    barb Guest

    Especially for me...

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    barb, Jun 25, 2007
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  5. Yes, that's true. I was surprised that the AFFTC site announced the
    landing time a day in advance. I live 120 miles from Edwards and could
    easily get there via Tehachapi and come back through Lake Isabella,
    Kernville, Great Western Divide, etc.
     
    Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad, Jun 25, 2007
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    Rich Guest

    The last few landings that I recall, the plan was to land in Florida,
    and Edwards is their backup. Since all the takeoffs are from Canaveral,
    they have to haul the shuttle back from Edwards if they land there, so
    they try not to.

    You could get lucky, or you could just have a really nice ride.
     
    Rich, Jun 26, 2007
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