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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 09, 2010

STAR multi-chapter ride to Jalama Beach

A lot of flags on this trip map...

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A complicated route over 400 miles including a couple side trips and I'm tired.  This ride was really sort of a tune-up ride in advance of the upcoming Death Valley ride in November as I did this group ride last year as well.  I found that my skills have improved but still need some work on the really tight curvy and twisty mountain type roads.  The road to Jalama Beach is not one to go flying over and it does keep your attention.  My problem was that the four other riders in my group going back are all very good at handling these type roads.  On the other hand, some riders behind me as we left the beach, soon dropped way back and could not keep up with me, so I must be doing pretty good, considering.
Picture below, you can see in the background right, where the road continues into another curve.

Rough road for most of the 14 miles

Our initial group of riders met off the 405 Fwy on Bolsa Chica and included, Glen, Brian, Leroy, Gary, and me.  We met up with another batch of riders in Camarillo so now there were nine motorcycles.  The second group included Terry and Vicki-each riding their own,  Ed & Susan, Keith and Staci.

Check the map carefully to see the side trips we took on the way back.  We did not get Jalama famous hamburgers as it would take too long with that big crowd, but I did have a Carl's Jr. Famous Star burger, so it all came out even.

All the various STAR chapters met up at the Hwy. 101 and the 1 exit before heading up Hwy 1 toward Lompoc and the Jalama Beach turn-off. I got a chance to meet Teresea Duerksen of Visalia from the Beginner Bikers forum that I have been a member of since about 2005. Always a treat to meet one of the folks on that forum.
 I have about 3,220 posts on so far.



 That's me on the Silver Road Star taking that curve.

Several of these photos by Susan Palaoro
What someone my age is doing tearing around the countryside, over hills, around curves and cruising down the freeway at 85 miles per hour on just two wheels, is just plain nuts. My E-Mail signature- "When I'm riding my motorcycle, I'm glad to be alive! When I'm done riding, I'm glad to be alive!" really came to mind after I got home and realized the ride was over and I was home safe and another fun ride with some great friends was completed.

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