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Old 03-22-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
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Sport Touring ride/camping trip (March 19-21)

Thanks to the Organizers, route planners Hyperlite and Rocketbunny for putting together a great adventure. It surely will be a memorable ride for some time.

A concensus and planning the ride done on Sport Touring forum on BARF.
http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...threadid=57572

The Group ride annoucement and final details hammered out on Group Rides forum.
http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...threadid=59942

In hind sight the entire package has potential of being a great ride for large number of riders. I hope the relatively small number who showed doesn't discourage planning future camping trips of this type. It was perfectly taylored for many riders. Hyperlite and Rocketbunny are experienced ride planners for such large group rides.

My take of the overall plan as it turned out. Take liesurely ride south using secondary roads (Hwy 25). Enjoy the scenery at moderate pace. Stops for stretching, gas and lunch, with some sightseeing.
A map of the routes

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Old 03-22-2004, 11:51 PM   #2
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Meeting at SnellBux in San Jose. Got there 30 minutes early. Lefty was waiting was heading in for some coffee. I waited outside with the bikes. Looking at the tie downs, checking the bike over once more. I spot a shinny nail head in middle of the rear tire. Went inside saying to Lefty I gotta get this fixed before we leave. Rode bike over to nearby gas station. Lefty parked in high visible spot to get attention of others when they arrived.
Got the tire patched, took some time waiting at a Auto parts store to buy a straight edge razor. Put us behind schedual an hour. One thing that patch lasted all the way there and back and is still holding

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Old 03-22-2004, 11:53 PM   #3
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Hyperlite, Lefty and Johnny Depp. Feels good to get this show on the road

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Old 03-22-2004, 11:54 PM   #4
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Packing skills, theres a F4i underneath all that

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Old 03-22-2004, 11:58 PM   #5
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Uvas rode heading south. Heh it's safe to wipe the camera out at these speeds

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:01 AM   #6
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RocketBunny is sweeping. I'm taking picture using right hand. Everytime take a picture the bike drops speed quickly no hand on throttle. Rocketbunny gotta be wondering WTH
Lake off of Uvas rd.

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:02 AM   #7
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Heh now RocketBunny is ahead of me
We're catching Hwy 101 south.

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:06 AM   #8
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There's a trick in keeping those tubless tire plugs in place. After their in place, put a little dust on the patch to nullify the sticky patch. It prevents the patch from sticking to road and pulling itself out. On road to Gilroy, saw some nice dusty parts on the shoulder of road. So I go off the road and get dusted up. RocketBunny is sweeping again. Heh WTF is going on This must of been last straw, cause I was last rider for rest of the day

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:08 AM   #9
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Made it to Hwy 25 south of Hollister. Lefty waiting on the light.

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:11 AM   #10
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Rolling hills within a wide valley. Grape vineyards are just getting those little leaves.

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:12 AM   #11
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Starting over a ridge, RocketBunny ahead. Trees and brush are greener then green, beautiful.

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Old 03-23-2004, 12:16 AM   #12
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Entire length of Hwy 25 is on and very close to San Andreas Fault line. Was on the alert of signs of fault movement. It might look something like the road wiggle ahead. Took allot of pictures, for the ride and also to maul over to closely check for these signs.
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Interesting ridges, errosion exposed sandstone rocks.

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Break time, this is furthest point one can ride if the had coffee in San Jose

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Prarie Rd one laner for many miles into San Miguel.

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