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Old 12-16-2003, 11:04 PM   #16
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3-D map of Sutter Creek Road on up to Volcano

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Old 12-16-2003, 11:10 PM   #18
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Volcano, population 101, as the sign says is a tiny little gold rush town. They say it was names Volcano, because they found gold in a mountainous basin or bowl, thusly the name Volcano. It's also near the Cha Se Indian Grinding Rocks SHP. Still working on the webpage for the park.

There an old hotel here, that is like the primary business in the entire town. You can walk the main street in like 2 minutes. Just up the hill on Rams Horn Grade is Daffadil Hill, a popular springtime destination- several hundred thousand daffodils in bloom . Very cool.

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Old 12-16-2003, 11:12 PM   #19
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Ran back to Sutter Creek to meet a riding buddy, jawed a bit, then backtracked over to Willow Creek Road Short but thrilling ride!

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Old 12-16-2003, 11:18 PM   #20
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Then over to ride two of the foothills "Holy Grail Triad" - Sutter Ione Road .

Here I was moving along so fast, I was starting to pull the front wheel off the ground on the Hayabusa at 50-60 mph coming out of the turns!

Didn't stop, was uh, moving along a little to, uh, briskly.

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Old 12-16-2003, 11:23 PM   #21
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Then skip south to ride Stony Creek Road . Another amazing foothill ride. Not a single car!

We headed up Highway 88 - Carson Pass which has these wild high speed curves, left-right-left, with a view off to the southeast- you can see for miles. Although once we got up to about 4000 feet, there was snow everywhere, had to plug in the electric vest!

In Pioneer along Hwy 88. My buddy Tim, has a sweet spankin' new FJR.

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Old 12-16-2003, 11:27 PM   #22
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Lunch at the only Japanese restaurant in the county. Delicious.

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Old 12-16-2003, 11:31 PM   #23
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Cool pics and good report. Is traction a problem when it's this cold?
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Headed home on Omo Ranch Road. At the summit of Omo Ranch and Hwy 88, at about 4400 feet, had really slow going. Had to steer around all the snow, both feet down in some places, don't reccomend it. But no slips.

Sunset on Omo Ranch Road- You can see the entire Central Valley from this ridge line0 incredible views! I believe that little pointy thing on the horizon line is Mt. Diablo . You can see clear across to the Bay Area!! Overall, a truly great ride. The 'busa is quite a machine. What you don't see is I also shot 3 rolls of film in the first 90 miles too!

Well, boys and girls, thanks for letting me share my birthday story. Only comes once a year you know.

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Cool pics and good report. Is traction a problem when it's this cold?
Actually no. Was really going slow though in the morning when it's that cold. I stick to the lower evavations in the morning. But by afternoon, it was up to like 50 at 1600 feet plus the sun is out. I'm running a brand new 010 on the front, and this baby is soft. Worked well.

Above 3500 feet their sanding the roads so that just sucks for motorcyclists. Gotta be careful on that. My partner on Hwy 88 was going so fast, just scrappin' the pegs on the FJR all the way around the curves! Some high speed stuff up there around Pine Grove through Pioneer.
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When you stop at small towns and at nearly deserted areas, how do the locals treat you being that you arrived on a sportsbike?
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nice pics tim, happy birthday. rolls of film? did you not get a digital camera?
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Volcano, population 101, as the sign says is a tiny little gold rush town. They say it was names Volcano, because they found gold in a mountainous basin or bowl, thusly the name Volcano. It's also near the Cha Se Indian Grinding Rocks SHP. Still working on the webpage for the park.

There an old hotel here, that is like the primary business in the entire town. You can walk the main street in like 2 minutes. Just up the hill on Rams Horn Grade is Daffadil Hill, a popular springtime destination- several hundred thousand daffodils in bloom . Very cool.

That's a cool shot!!~!!!!!!!
They even struck out the 180 in the sign and made 101. Wonder what happened to those unlucky79 people???
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Old 12-17-2003, 07:18 AM   #29
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When you stop at small towns and at nearly deserted areas, how do the locals treat you being that you arrived on a sportsbike?
It's always been my experience that people are intensely friendly and interested in you, the smaller the town the more interested they are. Think of it this way, in the bay area, bikes are common place, but out in the hills they're move of a rarity, especially in the middle of winter! Normally, on some deserted road, if I so much as pull to the side of the road- which I do alot when I'm shooting so many pictures. Often times the first local that comes by will stop to see if I'm okay. Which happened as I was taking that sunset pic on Omo Ranch Rd.
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nice pics tim, happy birthday. rolls of film? did you not get a digital camera?
Yep, after much debate (not really, I've been admiring Andy's pics over at SBR so much lately), bought a Canon G5. It's $700 at Best Buy, but only paid $518 from Beach Camera.com.

It's got a zillion buttons, takes 3 minute movies (time to set up the sporbikecam), and I can buy a wide angle lens for it for those panoramics. Gotta figure out that 'stitch' feature too.
Still have to get my 3 rolls of normal print film developed too!
Yep, also shoot normal 35mm stuff too at the same time with a Minolta STsi.

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