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Old 09-01-2007, 08:41 PM   #1
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Top Secret Central Coast Ride Pics, 9/1/07

At 8am this morning, a select group of riders met at a strategic location for the purpose of having an awesome, fun, safe, and otherwise pimptastic day of riding. They were selected for their various useful skills.

Ziad: Sarcasm and nunchucks.
Ethan: Tire-sliding.
The Grinch: Sense of direction.
Alicia: Riding a bike with a painfully small tank.
Brandon: More powerful than a locomotive
Miran: Riding much slower and at lesser lean angles than everyone else for hours at a time.



So, the route was basically a 300+ mile loop, depending on your starting point (More for Ziad from SF, less for me from SJ, etc). From Hollister, we took 25 South to 198, then turned West via Jolon Rd to Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, drove through that to Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. N-F Rd put us on Hwy 1 20 miles south of Big Sur. We headed North from there, stopping by Seaside before going our separate ways somewhere around Santa Cruz.

I left the house around 8 and came back around 8 as well, but not all of that was riding, so if you've got a big tank and have a big breakfast at home, you could probably knock this whole route out in a couple hours. You really can't rush Hwy 1 much due to tourist traffic and what not. Even cops had trouble getting past these rolling roadblocks.

Road quality was hit-and-miss. 25 was ok, but there were several stretches that had some gravel issues. Despite that, it was good because the gravel was mostly in the middle, so you just put your path of travel on either side (auto wheel tracks) and you're good. The military base had great pavement but you can't fuck around and speed or they'll straight tank you in the face.
Nacimiento-Ferguson was awesome for its goaty factor. There were several corners that looked like a giant truck carrying gravel tipped over and tossed its cargo onto the road. The weather was ridiculously hot. Once we got far enough down Nacimiento-Ferguson, the ocean air hit us, and it cooled down probably 15-20 degrees. Highway 1 was fine, but riding on it made me wish I had cannons mounted on my bike so I can blast tourists out of the way.

Anyway, here's pics

A couple of the bikes congregating


Ethan, his KLR, and 2-D navigation





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Old 09-01-2007, 08:53 PM   #2
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Uhmeebuh sends his regards


Stopped to call Alicia and see how many hours she's behind schedule


I don't know what the topic of convo was, but check out that elk!
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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9 miles after lunch, my BMW passed a milestone

BTW, that speedometer lies by about 10mph

Nacimiento-Ferguson


It's not the only Ferguson I've been looking forward to riding


One wide lane


And then there it was: the ocean
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:58 PM   #4
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Awesome cliffs with pretty much a straight drop


It's not a very fast road, but still rewarding


Two Vampires blockin' the lane like they don't give a fffffff


And of course, Big Sur scenery to die for



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Old 09-01-2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:40 PM   #6
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Pfft - I don't have any useful skills?!?

25 was as expected (typically fun) but I really enjoyed Nacimiento-Fergie -- but only because of the bike. I would have hated that road on my Futura...

Nice ride and a GREAT way to break the new bike in. Hit 650 miles on my way home (a far cry from the 50k Miran hit) but I can now start to open her up a bit more

I'm really stoked about this bike - it did everything I needed it to and made me feel like Rossi all day.

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Old 09-01-2007, 09:50 PM   #7
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Pfft - I don't have any useful skills?!?

I'm really stoked about this bike - it did everything I needed it to and made me feel like Rossi all day.
Sorry about that, I got distracted Fixed it for ya

As for your bike, you looked so comfortable on it. I would know, because I was stuck looking at your high-mount tail pipes all day I don't know if you could find a better fit if you tried.
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Lesson #1: Don't borrow a jerry can without a cap.


Grabbing a smoke by the propane filler.


Coming down Nacimiento-Fergeson:


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Jon and Miran:
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And my official ride report:

Ethan and I left San Francisco shortly after 7am. Just so we wouldn't be lonely, we stopped at this "Snellbuxlolol" place and picked up a couple of typical San Jose squid jackoffs.

When Miran was done scalding the inside of his giant head with $4 coffee, we hit the road to stop in Hollister and meet up with some outlaw motorcycle gang members.

We stopped at the Chevron on 25 and 4th Street and, after a brief break, realized that there was no Chevron on 25 at 4th Street, so we made a phone call and continued on down the road until we found an actual Chevron.

There we met the gang members, one of whom was smoking next to the giant propane tank while the other one was attempting to close a gas can with an earplug. A new gas can was finally purchased, and we got back on the road.

After we all broke in our new pucks on 25, we shot up to the Wildhorse Cafe so Jon could get a $30 hamburger, Alicia could get some French Toast Pancakes, and I could order a Pepsi and a Root Beer and a Pepsi.

We finished our meals and got some gas, then we fueled up our motorcycles. We rode a little farther up 101 to Jolon Road (Pronounced "Ho Loan", it's an old Mexican word for "money borrowed to hire a prostitute").

We finally got to the gate of Fort Hunter-Liggett, where we stopped for some shade and a body cavity search. The guards looked over my paperwork and thought about sending me off to Guantanamo, but decided to let me into the base instead because it's actually hotter and less pleasant than Camp X-Ray.

Jon led us on a fantastic 40.00 mph tour of the base facilities, then we decided to head back to Nacimiento-Fergeson and actually continue on our ride. At the next junction, Alicia opted to break off on her own solo ride, so we said our goodbyes and agreed to meet back up later in the day. About 100 feet later, we met back up with Alicia and continued on to the coast.

Nacimiento-Fergeson was goaty hell as expected but, once we got over the hill, the scenery and the cool ocean air was fucking awesome. In retribution for dusting them with high speed bursts down 25, the supermotos and dual sport fucking pwn3d us sportbike fags on this road. The three of us stopped in the shade to discuss "dick friction" while the other three railed down the hill.

We eventually got back on and cruised down to Highway 1, where we passed a bunch of cars doing 20 mph to stop in Lucia for some pie and flies, and so that all those cars could pass us back.

After another brief break in Seaside, we parted ways with the outlaw motorcycle gang members so they could go look at kittens, and Miran and the Big Red Monkey broke off to go OWN 17.

Ethan and I stopped in Santa Cruz to get some some beef sticks and gas, and then we fueled up our motorcycles. After a low-speed limp back up to SF to get the last few more miles out of Ethan's shredded chain, I got home around 9:30, ordered a pizza, and slept like a god damned log.

Fin.

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@ Wacky's ride report. The funny part is that all of that was 100% true, especially the gas
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