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Old 06-25-2004, 10:04 PM   #1
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Smile Pashnit's Guided Tour of Central California

We had our Guided Tour based out of Saratoga the other weekend, This is Friday morning when Andy (fearless leader of SBR) rode along with us. Also joining us from SBR was George (Redman) & Ragu (TrplTrpl) and also Darryl too. Shot a couple pictures (about 300) so here's a little bedtime reading.

I got to Saratoga pretty early, about 6:45 AM, so I figured I'd get some riding in before the group got there, left my house at 4 am! :eek Rode 180 miles to meet everyone.

So ran up 9 to get some shots, which was a bit difficult since it was very busy, lotsa traffic.

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Meeting in Saratoga... 14 Bikes!! And what an eclectic mix of bikes and people! (in no particular order)

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TrplTrpl, the artist formerly known as Rags who just came for the morning.



Andy, who never stopped smiling, helped with the photography and rode to Santa Cruz with us. Andy is also the fearless leader of the South Bay Riders Message Board

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Welcome to Pashnit Motorcycle Tours in California!!!

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Thus far, I've been unable to stereotype the type of rider that does this sort of thing. Riders have come from all walks of life, all experience levels, and ages from 24 to 58.

While the previous tour had some newbie riders just getting started, this tour had some very experienced riders who came to ride! That feeling of child-like glee though has been the same throughout!

Darryl & myself. Poor Darryl has tried to go on the last two rides and both times had something come up at the last minute and wasn't able to ride the weekend. Was pleasantly surprised to have him along for this morning ride. George's (Redman) beautiful XX in the background.

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Bill & his wife Mieko. Bill heads a small software company (gaming I think) and they used to live in Japan for quite a few years. They've traveled extensively and even done quite a long ride across the United States on the LT.

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The owner of that nifty GTS1000- Bob rode all the way down from Oregon and covered 2100 miles by the time he got back home.

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Ken had used the motorcycle tour as part of a larger journey he was on- using his bike to transport him to his next job site. He would travel 3100 miles total. This weekend was just a part of his trip. He'd also just recently done a Saddlesore 1000 and had the 'IronButt' License Plate frame on the back of his LT.

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Jim, who had ridden up from San Diego. We'll also be riding with Jim in August since he signed on for both- see you then Jim!!

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Shawn, who had just bought this Concours for $1500 two weeks ago. Shawn also buys and sells bikes as a hobby. Finds 'em, parts them out on Ebay, that sort of thing. Got something you want to get rid of, he might be interested. Shawn'll also signed up to go on the next tour also!

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Dusty & his new FJR who rode with us for the day and hosted our Barbecue. Dusty works for a graphic design firm, and is also an avid painter. Huge paintings adorn the walls of his place.

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Somehow, Ed escaped my camera lens. However he had such a beautiful bike, couldn't help but take a few. Ed rode up from LA and has helped out with several webpages, writing text and shooting pictures for the pashnit.com site. Highway 190 is one of them.



Ed is a Tow Boat Captain (yes, you read that correctly) and has 4 boats that operate out on the ocean in various capacities.

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After the safety brief, we started riding twisties 30 seconds later (literally!!! ) Up Hwy 9 into the Santa Cruz Mountains turning onto Hwy 236. Now this is a fun road, mega-twisty, and much of it no center line. Several of the tour participants had never seen redwoods before. The locals all take it for granted, but they are always impressive!

Andy and I really took off when we hit Hwy 236. I guess you could say it was a little like dancing, just with motorcycles. That was a spirited ride shall we say. Andy shooting pics, and I shooting video.

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