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Norther Rider: Laughlin Revisited
Posted by: admin on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 10:15 AM

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Laughlin is the flip side of the coin as compared to Laconia. Where the colors are welcome in Laconia the o­nly color coordinated at the Laughlin Bike Week were the local law agencies. Huss (Photo-Hog) had flown in early to Las Vegas and was met by Jay Smith whom he met last year in Sturgis. Jay had graciously offered a 2002 Low Rider for a week to explore Nevada, Arizona and California.Last trip our photo hog rode across a couple snow covered mountain passes to reach Laughlin,so the idea of skipping the chilling part and getting right to the warm weather riding sounded great. Arriving a week early gave our northern rider time to tour a chunk of Arizona and Nevada. Here they partied till the sun came up in exotic locales like the Cottontail Ranch.Two years ago Huss barely missed getting locked down in the notorious “crime scene” at Harrah’s. Unlucky guests and patrons were sequestered for 12 hours while the mayhem was investigated. From the great numbers of officers posted o­n every street corner, it was clear they were keeping a tight rein o­n the bikers this year. In fact, there were such great numbers of COPS, that it was detrimental to the overall enjoyment of the local sights. Is there peace in the valley, you know it, but at what expense.Arriving in Laughlin o­n Thursday night, they found the atmosphere so restricting that they returned to Las Vegas the same night and decided to ride to the coast instead of returning to Laughlin. Huss tells us that stretch after stretch of motorcycle heaven can be found along the California coastline,but be prepared for expensive meals and such. In our writers opinion, still a better value than gambling in the desert.

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