- 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.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tehachapi 03-07 Plus other pics
Here we are meeting for Chapter 230's Saturday morning pre-ride briefing and general meeting. Today is also my birthday, how about that? About 28 or so riders. I'm wearing Tourmaster overpants, jacket and a rain jacket over that in anticipation of the 40 deg. weather in the mountains...
Here's our new chapter 230 banner.
This is Ken, he rides a V-Star 1300. I test rode his V-Star and was impressed.
Some sort of religious service I think. This is our first stop at the Shell Station on Angeles Crest Hwy. There are three groups, I'm in group 3.
Taking a break for a few minutes before heading into the mountains. This would be a piece of cake compared to the return route.
This custom Harley was actually in another group but a beauty nevertheless. We had a Beautiful Custom Green and white Harley Road King in the group but I missed taking a picture.
The ride to Tehachapi will take us up the 57 fwy to the 210 and then Angeles Crest Highway over to the 14 Antelope Valley freeway. From there we head up to Highway 58 and then on to the town of Tehachapi, north of Lancaster. The ride through Angeles crest is a bit demanding but I did quite well I think, keeping up with Terry, our ride captain. I fell behind on a couple turns but overall was very impressed with that part of the ride.
About 145 miles later we arrive in Tehachapi and head for a diner for lunch.
Gregg and Ken on the left, Jim on the right.
Good food and fun bunch of people. Our route home is the same road we took a year ago on the same ride.
Through Little Tujunga Canyon road I definitely take it easy and slow the group down a bit. While I hate to be the guy holding everything up, I also had no major problem on the way back, but was wrung out on arriving back at the Block of Orange about 5:45 pm. Total miles 317, and everyone made it back safe with only Dave suffering a dead battery. When he turned off the stereo radio, along with the light and sound show and the high intensity heater then he had enough electricity to charge the battery.
THURSDAY BIKE NIGHT 03/05 WITH YAMAHA GROUP AND JOE DAGLEY
The week before the Tehachapi ride, Ken and I took a trip up to California City and Mojave following the same route BACK through Angeles Crest as the group did going up, if that makes sense. That's Ken at our gas stop in California City, a real hub of activity.
Over 15,500 miles on the odometer, and I put on all of it except for the first 1,800 miles. No new chrome added.