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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Chapter 415 IRONAZZ RIDE to Fillmore

The IRONAZZ Ride on Saturday 5/17 was in two parts, the first segment was from Pacific MotorSports in Harbor city, the regular meeting place, heading to Victorville, then on the Pearblossom Highway to Palmdale, past Lancaster, jumping on the 14 Freeway north, over to the 5 Fwy at Gorman then south to 126 and on to a park in Fillmore. Number of miles on the first segment was about 254, and the second segment was to be about 200+. I just did the first half so it was a Half Azzed Ride instead of the full IRON AZZ ride, even so my total miles with the return trip added up to nearly 400 miles. 11 Motorcycles left the gate on PCH at 7 am and headed out to the 210 and on to the 15 Freeway towards our first gas stop at Highway 138 and the 15 Fwy.
This is Don from Chapter 230, but he rides with 415 as well.

Ride briefing by President Bill.
Notice the t-shirts, I would have been a lot cooler if I wore that.

Even I'm in there somewhere...That's me in the group photo wearing the jacket!
It was starting to warm up as we left and I had taken the liner out of the FirstGear Mesh jacket in anticipation the the hotter ride ahead. Other riders were just wearing a shirt/T-shirt and no gear, I was definitely the geared up rider on this trip and I did get a few looks as in, what the heck is he wearing that heavy jacket for?
This is a wedding photo for this couple, (the chapter Vice president and the lady I don't have names for). They were married by the gas station attendant, so the marriage is good for the duration of the ride only. Well that may not be accurate, but could happen.

The ride itself was just a matter of motoring on as there were no real challenges or winding roads to deal with, just lots of miles at a steady pace and some scenery along the way. The heat did start to build as the minutes ticked by, with the final temps on my little gauge reading 108 deg. as we headed down to Fillmore!

We arrived at the park and were greeted by music and registration and food, all good. Eventually there were over 100 motorcycles and riders plus passengers.
Wayne from Chapter 230 showed up and was there when we arrived, he took a short cut.

After the food and buying a hat and drinking lots of water, the group saddled up and headed back.
That's me holding a donut.
These 4 intrepid riders are heading out to complete the extra 200+ miles

Where was all the excitement on the trip you ask? When I left the group on the 210 Freeway and headed back towards the 57, traffic bogged down as I passed the 605 turn-off and with temps still over 100, I fell in behind another rider splitting the lane in the diamond-lane. CRAZY RIDING, GOING IN-BETWEEN THE CARS. Came on a fender bender in lanes and then it slowed down again as I passed a silver Honda Goldwing laying on it's side off the road on the embankment. CHP was there and it looked like a truck/motorcycle encounter but no rider was visible from the far left lane as I went by. After that it was crank the throttle and head home, great ride.

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