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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!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Better than any ride at Disneyland

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This ride takes us from Best Buy lot in Orange up to Sunland off the 210 Freeway then on Big Tujunga Road into Angeles National Forest and on to Wrightwood for lunch.  We had about 22-24 motorcycles and a number of passengers as well.  A bit of moisture fell on us in the parking lot and we ran into sprinkles on a couple occasions along the way but nothing of any concern.   In the forest we did have to contend with sand, gravel and mud in a number of places where it washed onto the road from the rains.  There were rocks and pine cones further on as we went up in elevation as well to watch out for.

I was pleased with how I managed the motorcycle in the turns except for a couple places where I did fall behind a bit on some tight curves, but never really held anyone up and rapidly caught up with the rider in front within a half mile to a mile or so.  Miles on the trip meter reads 210 and on the map it says 201.

Two special guests were on this ride, our past President and first lady Jerry and Patty Gehrls visiting from Tennessee and riding on a loaner Goldwing from one of the other members...Scott.  I won a raffle prize and promptly gave it to a lady rider- Lynne.  It was a pink jacket of some sort, size large and no one in my family wears pink, not even me.

Now about the Disneyland part.  If you think of a fast ride at Disneyland, and in your mind take away the track or rails it runs on, while sitting on a motorcycle, then have the skills to ride it and make it go where the road leads you, is sort of what I was thinking about.  On our new motorcycle version of a Disney ride we still have food stands and refreshment stops, tight turns, hills, thrills, speed, curves and excitement, but no screaming, no belts holding you on and no kids.  That's what this is all about!

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