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Old 08-19-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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593 miles, 16 hours, and 16 riders… Why?
Because we can, and it’s fun


Gsxrgirrl at the gas station at 6:15 am… Filled our tanks and made our way for the Chevron station in Cordelia. This would be the first of many stations we saw that day
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At the Chevron in Cordelia, we met up with Anton, Andy, Kurt, Ian , George and Raoul. George rode up from Cupertino – quite a hike (at the end of the day, he had close to 700 miles). Smiling faces…


Andy’s Tiger… Nice headlights :boobies
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The Monster’s limited bladder was always a concern to Anton. The first question Anton asked me at every stop, every time, was “Where is the next gas?” Get yer Busa fixed already. You are killing me
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After a quick round of greeting, off we went like a herd of turtles at 7:15. Our next stop was Willows on I-5, 99 miles away. This stretch was uneventful, although we did run into a few miles of lane closure in Vacaville before the 505 switch. A quick work of lane-splitting and we were gone. Once on 505, the non-existent traffic demanded little of my attention, so I sat back and enjoyed the early morning light doing its magic on the golden fields and hills. I kept the throttle pretty steady between 75 and 80 mph, and made sure there was always a faster vehicle ahead of the group. That paid off huge on I-5, our rabbit got nailed by the friendly neighborhood CHP somewhere north of Williams.

We pulled into Willows at 8:49, 4 minutes behind schedule, and were greeted by the Santa Rosa gang and two riders from Sacramento. It was a great turn out – 16 riders.

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A few of the riders from Santa Rosa…


Andy… Must had been talking about some road, some where
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Ned, Dan, and Chris...
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After 20 minutes, we took off for Red Bluff. 40 miles later, topped off and ready for Hwy 36:

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140 miles of twisty… One turn after another… Even though Caltrans had begun the work of realigning that small roller-coaster section, it is still a great road. That section was in dirt and gravel when we went through it. Nothing difficult to navigate around. Less than a mile down the road, we saw pavement and countless turns and sweepers. By this time, we had broken up into smaller packs of 3 to 4 riders each to enjoy the road however we would like. Watch out for deer, they were still out at 10 in the morning.

Sorry, I took no pics of the road itself. I was a little busy having fun. A few of us made a water stop at the Wildwood general store:
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Zeus, surprisingly comfy thus far…


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After 80 miles of fun, the packs regrouped at the Burger Bar in Mad River:


The food was good, but the wait wasn’t. Since we were ahead of the schedule at this point, the mood was fairly relaxed. People mingled and talked out different things, bikes, and laptimes Sir Ian, always a great face to capture:
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Different kinds of fun…


Andy decided to continue on a different road – Alderpoint, instead of lunch. We had plans to meet up with him in Leggett, but never saw again for the rest of the trip. Sorry, Andy. We kept a lookout for you, but you were probably too far ahead of us by that point. After we had our fills of milk shakes, burgers and fries, we continued on 36. We had another 40 miles until 101. A few riders pulled off in Dinsmore for gas. The rest, again, fell into different packs. More turns… Ha!

Due to an earlier miscommunication, the packs ended up at two different gas locations along 101. However, we were able to re-group and continue down 101 together. This section of the 101 would be great for 120+ around bends, if we didn’t have so many CHP’s staked out along-side it. There wasn’t much to pay attention to… Just prayed that we weren’t going too fast for whoever was behind the radar gun.

Since half of the riders had to be somewhere else in the evening, and would be skipping the Leggett-1-128 stretch… We pulled over at an AM/PM mart just 12 miles north of Leggett to sort out who was going with whom. After a short water break and a group picture, we broke up into two groups and went our separate ways. Kurt, Sunseerie and I had a reason for the Leggett-1-128 stretch… I’ll come back to that. Anyhow, the remaining 7 eventually got on our bikes and made our way toward the Leggett turnoff.

At the turnoff, we found Chris waiting for us… Apparently, he changed his mind about going home on 101 It was about 3:30 by this point. It was also apparent that we had all woken up from the greasy lunch earlier. Yeeeeeehawww! After passing a few slow-moving cars, the road was open for the most part. Turn after turn of pristine pavement and nicely rounded corners… Heaven!

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We made a stop at the first pull-out that overlooks the Pacific on Hwy 1. We had a reason to be here… A few of us were struck hard by the loss of a true motorcyclist from our moto community just a few days ago. We thought this would have been a great place to say goodbye to a friend and mentor. Kurt had taken the time and brought each of us a small stone, tied off with a golden thread, to keep in our jacket pocket… as a reminder of our friend and to mark the occasion.



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Continuing on… We made another gas stop in Willits. Some water, another layer, and a quick change of the face shield, we headed for 128. It was pushing past 5:30, and we had hopes of making Cloverdale by 7. The short 20 miles to the beginning of 128 was a true test of patience. Tourons completed faded from their day in the sun, crawling down the road at snail pace. It seemed to be years before we turned onto 128.

128… I’ll only say this… When the is away, the mice play. The setting sun was to our back. The temperature was just right, slightly on the cool side. The few cars on the road by then were easy to pass. And the turns were juicy. I think we made Cloverdale in record time. Kurt, Jim and Drew splitted off, while the remaining five enjoyed a nice dinner at:


Let me tell you. It’s a great place worthy of a meal stop. I very much enjoyed my salad, steak, pasta, and iced tea. I earned it. We all earned this meal. We had been on the road for 12 to 13 hours by then.

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After we were fat and happy, we got on our way home. Chris left first, but was later seen arguing with a local constable concerning the legality of creative lane-sharing. George decided to head back to Cupertino via 280, but accompanied us to 101 just north of Petaluma. From there, Raoul, Sunseerie and I took 116-Lakeville-37 to get back to East Bay.

For a good 10-15 minutes on Lakeville Rd., there wasn’t much light but the stars and the crescent moon. Reflecting back on the day… I couldn’t help but smile, and remembering all the moments. What a great day. This is what it’s all about. Go where your heart fancies… Meet friends along the way… Share the fun.

Here is to you, Craig… Team Butt Abuse:


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Old 08-19-2007, 02:03 PM   #15
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Niiiiiice! Except for that long stretch of 5 and 505, but what can you do..
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