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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.
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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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.