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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!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Planned for November: DEATH VALLEY III

Another November and another trip to Death Valley is looming on the horizon.  This is with a number of STAR members and it is on for sure.  This time I mapped out a ride from Beatty, NV to Goldfield, NV an old picturesque mining town north of Beatty, returning via Scotty's Castle and stopping at the popular Dante's View and back to base in Beatty.  Should be about 900 miles by the time we get back home.  ZOOM IN FOR DETAILS.

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Poker Run for Orange Senior Center

Sunday-September 19, 2010 my first time riding in a poker Run for the Orange Senior Center fund raiser.  I stopped in a few days earlier to pay my entry fee and as I walk in they asked me if I was there for the lunch they serve to seniors in town.  NO, I'm here to register for the motorcycle Poker Run..."Oh, OK".  After all, I do qualify by age I imagine. That's me and the back of my vest.
Orange Chapter 230 meets at our Best Buy parking lot to ride over for the start of the Poker Run.  A Poker Run is basically riding a predetermined route with 3-4 stops and at each stop you pick a card and who ever has the best poker hand at the end wins a prize.  I never win but it's a nicely organized ride around the area and we stop at 3 places, Lifestyle Cycles, Cook's Corners, the Newport Lexus dealer then back to the Senior Center for lunch.  First time for me at the Lexus dealer and what a show room.  More like a museum or very elegant hotel lobby.  I recommend you buy a Lexus just to get to wander around the place.

Total ride is just over 115 miles and we go from very warm inland to cool coastline routes.
Registration at the Senior Center

Slide show with all the photos..."borrowed" from Susan Palaoro. with a special thank you for her effort in taking some great photos

Orange and Villa Park Flag Ceremony

On September 15, Wednesday we did our usual flag folding ceremony in Orange and then rode over in a group to Villa Park for a special flag ceremony to welcome a new Marine Recruit home from basic training.  His mother is a city council person in Villa Park and there has been some interest in having their own flag ceremony.  Turn out was good in Orange and even more folks showed up in Villa Park.  There are several groups represented including Patriot Guard Riders, STAR Chapter 230, members from Southern Cruisers and a few American Legion Riders.
Pictures below are at the villa Park Community Center and their small flag pole.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Chapter ride to Ventura Harbor

Flags flying at Pepperdine University in Remembrance of victims of 9-11

Our ride for September is on Saturday September 11, 2010 and certainly the events of 09-11-2001 are on our mind this morning.  This is our usual morning meeting with several in attendance that will not be on this ride.  They did not turn in their homework on time and do not have a note from a parent or spouse so they cannot go.  (Oh yeah, that is believable)

The ride up along the coast is uneventful but a bit on the cooler side so I wear my First Gear Mesh-Tex jacket with the liner.  There are 14 motorcycles in two groups of seven each.  I'm in group 1 with President Terry leading along with Ed Palaoro and Keith as tail gunners.   Ahead of me is Luis and Minita on their son Pedro's rather modified Stratoliner with the high handlebars and loud pipes and they are loud.

With Susan taking the pictures I have a rare opportunity to include some pictures of me on the road.  As a matter of fact this whole blog is nothing but ME ME ME.

We came to the Pepperdine University Campus and the huge display of flags.
We ate lunch in the same Seafood Market from the Week Day Riders trip up here about 2 months ago.  I told several of the group about the big fish and chips order you get and wound up with 8 of us heading over there.  I still ordered the same salad.  John R. and I had a big scoop of really good and cold ice cream with chocolate sauce or hot fudge in his case, and we find out it's Thrifty Ice Cream. We head back but it is a bit colder than expected so I add a fleece jacket.  It warmed up once we were heading toward Moorpark and at the first stop, time to take most of it off.

One really positive note, Tail Gunner Ed Palaoro riding behind me mentioned that I was doing a much better job of maintaining spacing and lane control.  I really felt I had been doing better and this was a welcome bit of confirmation. 

This is as close to the route we took as I can recall, it was a different route leaving the harbor than I was familiar with...

 Lot's more photos (185 of them), in web album, or just watch the slide show.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Breakfast at Molly Brown's

Labor Day 09/06-2010 Monday a morning ride to Molly Brown's in Victorville on Mojave Blvd.  I ordered the senior french toast, egg, with 2 slices of bacon and ate it instead of taking a picture.
Rode solo on the return trip and somehow managed to hit 100 mph!  Just briefly!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Trip to Bryce, Zion via St. George, UT

This is in the planning stage for October 8th to the 15th, 2010 and I'm hoping it will happen.  One day ride to St. George, UT about 377 miles, one day for Zion Park about 60 miles and one day to visit Bryce Canyon park about 130 miles one way.   Fourth day head home.

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Inferno Ride-was it hot!

Today we rode in temperature as high as 110 deg.

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This morning I get a call at 9:45 from Luis and Minita asking where is everybody.  I tell him another rider had a crown come loose from a tooth and had to bow out due to the dental problem.  I did not know they were going to show up, so when I got the call about the tooth problem I just figured we will do a ride some other day, and then Luis calls-he's there ready to ride, so off I go.  We decide for no particular reason I can recall, to head on the 60 Fwy to Banning and then up Hwy 243 to the mountain town of Idyllwild where it should be cooler, down through broiling Hemet, past baking Lake Elsinore to the Ortega (74) Hwy and then home-a little over 210 miles.  This is going to be a perfect day to test my new Kool Vest to help cope with high temps while on a motorcycle exposed to the elements.
When I ride through mountains I always feel I'm a bit too slow but this time I can say I did relatively adequate at least.  Yes, had to pull over a couple time to let other cars and motorcycles pass, but that's OK as there is always someone wanting to go faster, oh yes and the guys on bicycles but they were wearing Spandex, and then there was this lady in her electric mobility scooter getting passed us but other wise we were good.  There are no pictures of most of the ride as it was just too hot to worry about a camera.  Luis and his wife Minita as passenger, are great riding partners who never complain and are very enjoyable to meet with.  Luis has been riding probably just two years but can run circles around me on his V-Star 1300.

I can say the Kool Vest was a worthwhile investment as this is the second but more brutal test I have done using it in the 110 deg heat while on the road.  You have to soak it and then re-soak it after about an hour, but with the heat this high it needed water after about 50 minutes or less.  When we stopped in Hemet at the 215 Fwy it was rather dry and warm from the 50 minute ride.  Replenished the water and off we went heading for Lake Elsinore and the Ortega Highway.  The moisture retained in the vest creates a swamp cooler effect as the wind rushes past while moving and it certainly helps keep your body core temperature much lower than it would normally be in these higher heat levels.  Definitely can recommend for summer use.
It was here at this stop that Luis mentioned after watching me ahead of him, how I could refine my handling skill in the turns by leaning my body less while doing the normal counter-steering to let the motorcycle lean more and smooth out the turns.  So when I head into a sharp turn to the left for instance, I push down on the left grip, pull up on the right but maintain my body in a more upright position thus keeping my vision focused far out into the turn as it should.  I have improved a bit this past year but I think this will help take my handling skills on those mountain curves and twists up one level at least.

After getting back home it's off to Blake's BBQ for rib dinners courtesy of a special buy one get one free coupon.

By the way, a GPS would be nice to have.  I made one U-Turn due to a missed freeway ramp and one ooops where we had to move over to the right lane in a hurry to turn to the right in order to stay on 74 in Lake Elsinore.