In October 2014, I found a Honda 599 for sale on eBay in St. George Utah. The description was very promising
Beautiful Hornet 599. 14,800 miles, no dents, good paint, plenty of miles left on the tires. Everything works and is ready to ride. Mostly all stock with bar end mirrors and integrated rear turn signals. This is a fun bike to ride and easy to handle. If you like neat bikes and don't want to ride what everyone else does than this is the bike for you. Clean and clear California Title in hand. Call or text with any questions 435-669-9857Turns out the "Clean and clear California Title" wasn't exactly correct. The guy selling the bike (Maxx AKA Jaime) apparently had bought it in California, never transferred the title, moved to Utah, rode it about 750 miles, then let the bike sit for a couple of years before selling it to me. I found out when I tried registering the bike in California on my way back home. The seller posed as the previous owner (Nathan) when selling the bike to me. It took about 3 months to get the paperwork sorted out. All's well that ends well :-)
After signing paperwork and putting air in the tires, I was headed back home.
The first 100 miles or so was like this.
I stopped for gas in Las Vegas, then again near the fameous "Area 51" Alien Center truck stop.
After climbing out of Death Valley in the dark up the wonderful Highway 190, I stopped for the night at El Rancho Motel in Bishop California.