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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!

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)
ALL OF THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY SUSAN PALAORO=She does a fabulous job.

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.

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