You can go to Idyllwild via two options. From Banning off the 10 Fwy or from Hemet off Highway 74 (Palms to Pines Road). We took the Palms to Pines route but went way down the 5 Freeway to Highway 76, past Pala Casino, past Mt. Palomar and past Warner Springs to turn up Route 371 to the 74 and then on 243 up to Idyllwild, CA. Weather was cooler in the low 60's but never got below about 57 as we headed down to Banning on the way back.
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Everything proceeds as usual with our 8 AM meeting (greeting, catching up on news etc.) in the Best Buy parking lot. One Birthday to celebrate and it was Carol W....HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
We line up and I'm in group 2 with Scott and Marie as lead motorcycle. Terry led Group 1 and I could have been happy with either choice as both are very competent leaders on the road. Total of around 20 motorcycles, with 5 count-em 5 Honda Gold-wings, these are becoming very popular among STAR members. My Road Star along with Johney's are the only two of that model on this ride. All goes well and we stop at the Pala Casino gas station. I rate the pumps there as the WORST. Most are out of order, and mine does not take a credit card, price of $3.11/gal. is not cheap by any stretch.
We regroup and head out. Lake Henshaw a small wet spot at the base of Mt. Palomar is some 30 miles away and we stop for a potty break. Here is where the calamity hits. Scott and Chuck are lead motorcycles and Lynne is to my left, we are second in line. For some reason, as we pull into and across the rather steeply sloping parking lot, Lynne turns to the right crossing in front of me. I slow down keeping in mind the slope and suddenly right in front of me, Lynne begins to fall over and winds up hitting the pavement and rolling away from the fallen motorcycle. Good Grief, how did that happen? Obviously she did not take into consideration the slope and stopped at a bad angle with no place to anchor her footing. I park and ran over and asked if she was OK and got a big "NO". At that moment I realized I should have asked something less irritating to her such as...Did you notice how low the water in the lake was, or what do you think of the pavement condition, anything but are you OK?
A slightly broken left rear turn signal seems to be the only damage and Bob Barbano and a couple other riders quickly tape and tie it back into place, and it works too. A bit delayed but no damage to Lynne either other than her counting this as the 9th drop. I suggest we post a sign somewhere indicating how many days since the last drop. She is a trooper and on the rest of the trip including the downhill ride to Banning handles her Yamaha with the great skills she usually has.
Arriving in Idyllwild it is no cooler than on the rest of the ride and Johney and I head for the Red Kettle for lunch, no one joins us and they head elsewhere. Overview of Town Center, difficult to see but Red Kettle Restaurant and parking spot are tagged. Double click to expand.
There are 15 pictures of the ride. No on board pictures.
The whole ride for the day is 290 miles and I am back but very tired and wondering if the new motorcycle is more tiring for some reason. Maybe a bit rougher riding or it vibrates more than the 2006 did but I am wrung out at the end of these long rides.