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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!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ventura Harbor Fish Market-lunch

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Three motorcyclists with a combined lifetime total of 216 years of life experience and well over 60 years or more of motorcycle experience decide that Ventura Harbor has a good fish restaurant.  Actually, Bob-"Concho", came up with the idea and location for this mid week ride for food.  Everybody contributed to some aspect of the ride, as John R. "Cuyo" came up with the idea to go counter-clockwise and ride up on the 210 and 5 Freeway to Hwy 126 through Fillmore and Santa Paula to the Ventura Harbor and then after lunch, ride back on Hwy 1 through Malibu to Santa Monica and home.  I furnished Google Maps.  The idea was that it would be cooler on the coast for the ride back and it all worked.

This is our second midweek ride for the same three guys, all about the same age and the same attitude about riding, safety and having a good time.  If you are reading this and want to join us on a weekday ride let me know so I can put you on our notification list.  Requirements for membership are rather...Oh wait there is only one requirement.  Ride a motorcycle and show up for the ride.  Or is that two requirements?

We stop in the town of Fillmore just for a quick break, took the picture above, and then on to Santa Paula to see about a motorcycle museum.
  Did not locate the museum, but we did find a unique statue of a couple motorcycle riders and rode through old downtown Santa Paula.  From Santa Paula it's just 22 miles and we are at the Ventura Harbor and the Fish Market and restaurant. 
I forgot to get a picture of the Fish and Chips so I went and asked a couple if I could take a picture of their lunch.  They also ordered the onion rings.

 I ordered a seafood salad and got a nicely done salad with lots of various sea food on it.  My two partners decided to go big time and ordered a BOWL of chowder (not the cup) AND an order of Fish sticks and fries.  They could have ordered just one and split it and had more than enough.  All I can say is I hope they get on a treadmill or something to work that off.  Some harbor scenes.
The return ride is pleasant with a couple stops for pictures and a rest stop in a shopping center near Pepperdine University.  This is a big rock on Hwy 1 and a quick photo opportunity....
Time for a break so we stop at a small shopping center across from Pepperdine University and take a few pictures along with an encounter with a pet Bearded Dragon Lizard.
  But wait, it gets interesting a little later on.  John and I stick together on the 10 Fwy heading east, but Concho-Bob takes the 405 Fwy south towards his home in Buena Park.

The 10 Freeway as you can imagine is solid metal for miles ahead of us from Hwy 1 in Santa Monica.  After several miles we decide to split lanes and off we go with John in the lead.  It's great having him up front as he is very knowledgable and experienced.  If traffic is stopped or barely moving we cut between the cars otherwise we fall in with traffic as it picks up along the way.  I think on this one ride I passed between more cars than on all the other times I cut through traffic.  It really made the difference between sweltering in the heat or moving through the air and piling up miles.   We make it to the 57 Freeway where John peels off and I continue on to Orange County in order to get ready for our STAR Flag night in the City of Orange.  About 240 miles for the entire day.  Average fuel usage on this trip was about 42 miles per gallon.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Phillippes, Glendora Mountain Road and back...

Today, Saturday June 26, 2010 Wayne and I meet at Denny's Parking lot in Brea FLAG 'A'.  It's 8 AM and we head out to famous Phillippes on Alameda in downtown LA, FLAG 'B' on the map.  I have breakfast and he has the famous beef dip sandwich.  I'm not sure it's worth the ride into L.A. especially for breakfast.  It's always enjoyable going on a ride with Wayne and adventure is usually just around the corner somewhere. Ok, follow along the FLAGS on the map.  Leaving Phillippes, I was able to figure out on my phone where the on ramp to the Pasadena -110 Fwy was, but actually finding it was a bit of a challenge and involved our first U-turn and go back to finally get the right on-ramp.
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We ride up the Pasadena Freeway to the 210 at FLAG 'C' heading east to Hwy 39 in Azusa at FLAG 'D' on into Azusa Canyon, where we turn at FLAG 'E' at the East Fork turn-off. 

There's lots of water in the reservoirs along 39.   We fly past FLAG 'F' heading towards the turn to Glendora Mountain Road and on to FLAG 'G' for a quick stop.  At this stop we can turn left toward Mt. Baldy on what is basically a lane and 1/2 road with no center line, or we can continue on GMR down to Glendora itself.  we take the road to the right and Glendora.
After leaving the rest stop at FLAG 'G' we pass a group of sport bike riders that left before us and I see that one rider was off the road and into the dirt. His buddies are there so we do not stop. Did not look too bad but Wayne did not notice there was a crash involved. Further on down we pass some bike riders on the side and it looked like one of them had gone into the dirt as well and was fixing his tire or wheel.

 This is not a road to lose concentration on by any means.  Wayne was setting the pace and it was steady, conservative and I could keep up.  It is definitely curvy and tight in a number of spots.  As we drop into Glendora at a stop sign a large group of cruiser motorcycles starts heading up the road.  A number of sport bike riders flying around the curves passed us going up as we were heading down hill.
If you look further on the route line to FLAGS 'H-J-K' that is where I lost Wayne.  We got on the 210 Freeway thinking the 57 South was to the east...WRONG.  So I signaled what I thought meant "U-Turn" and got off the freeway at the next exit and then re-enter west bound, but Wayne decided I did not know what I was doing and kept going east on the 210.   I was right but no idea where Wayne went.  He eventually figured it out and headed home as well.   According to Google Maps it's about a 115 mile trip altogether.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

WEEK DAY RIDERS-New group, New Ride

Our regular Week Day Riders group that had been meeting for local rides on Wednesdays was shaken a bit when our esteemed leader Rick Sherril decided to up and move to Phoenix.  He's probably happy in Arizona now that he can carry a gun on rides if he gets a permit, but that's another story.  Today, June 16 after checking around found two riders I had met from another group called Southern Cruisers Riding Club.  These two are both in my age category and both are careful mature riders.  Not to imply that STAR members are not, but just that their riding style fits mine quite well.  Other regulars from WDR's were busy, working or otherwise committed elsewhere.

I met Bob (Concho) at the Denny's messed up parking lot on Imperial this morning at 8:45 AM and at 9:00 AM we took off to meet up with John R. (Cuyo) at his home off the 57 Fwy and Temple Ave.  On arriving at his home and after looking around I did not take any pictures and Glad I did not.  His home is spectacular and has just about every entertainment amenity you could ask for including a 43 foot pool + spa and a connecting large rock waterfall, along with a 3 car garage that opens in front and also has a full size single car door in the back for drive through.  On the other side of the house is a large drive way area for an RV or maybe a large fire truck.  If my wife saw pictures of this place I would not hear the end of it..."Why didn't we get a house like that"  I am just one winning Mega lottery ticket away from a house like his.  I think he stocks the water fall with salmon, but not sure about that.

OK back to the ride.  After meeting his lovely wife Hortensia and a tour of the back yard, John comes up with a ride plan that he is familiar with, taking us up the 15 Fwy to Hwy 138 turn-off past Silverwood Lake and on to Lake Gregory, Arrowhead and then Big Bear.  Lots of curves, twists and loop-de-loops.  Sounds like a plan and off we go with John (Cuyo) on his Yamaha Royal Star Venture 4 cylinder 1300, Bob-(Concho) on his Honda ST1100 Sport Touring and me on the Road Star Silverado 1670 cc.

As we proceed up the 57 to the 210 and then on to the 15 north to the 138 turn-off, I can tell this is going to be a pleasant ride.  John is a very careful, accomplished veteran of group riding and even when we get to the twisting part I am able to keep up with him as leader, fairly well actually.  Bob, bringing up the rear on the ST1100 is another veteran of group riding and as tailgunner handles that spot like a pro.

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It started out this morning as fairly cool but even up in the mountains with the sun shining it's getting warm.  We stop at Lake Gregory and I remove the liner from my Tourmaster Sabre Jacket but it's going to get warmer later and this is not a lite jacket by any means.

Bikes parked at the edge of Lake Gregory

On the Left-John's Royal Star-1300, middle- Road Star 1670, and to the right is Bob's Honda ST1100 (photo-John)
 We ride around the entire Lake Gregory and then head for Lake Arrowhead on Hwy 189.  There is no straight stretch of road in here at all.  Arriving at Lake Arrowhead we barely find a couple spots to park in the Lake Village parking area, once more reinforcing the notion that almost no one in Southern California works.

We leave Lake Arrowhead and head for Big Bear.  Traffic gets a bit heavier and the road a bit curvier on Rim of the World Highway.
This Google Earth photo shows the bridge over the dam before the construction.  They are building a new bridge or widening the road not sure.
As we arrive at the dam holding back the water of Big Bear Lake, which is full by the way, there is a lot of construction but after a short wait proceed to our late lunch destination, the Grizzly Manor Cafe on Big Bear Blvd.  I did not stop and take pictures of the Lake.  John Stopped a couple times for pictures but I just passed the opportunity. 
Aerial View from Google Earth-Big Bear Lake.

 This is my third visit, but John and Bob's first...and probably only visit.  John had asked for a medium rare burger and got a well done one, as did Bob.  They were not impressed, and frankly after this last burger we can look for another place to stop in Big Bear next time for me as well.

Back on the road on Hwy 38 toward Redlands and now it's getting warmer but I still wear the Tourmaster and once down the hill through all the tight up and down hill turns we stop at the A & W Root Beer place in Mentone before heading to the 10 Freeway and then the 57 Freeway to home.  I was tired due to the temps I think and came home forgetting all about it being Wednesday and Flag Night in the City of Orange.  In my delusional state thought for sure it was Tuesday instead.  There you have it, a fun relaxing ride in the mountains.  Arrived back at about 5:15 PM.  Total miles on this trip around 220. THIS PUT THE NEW ROAD STAR OVER 7,000 MILES SINCE FEBRUARY!