- 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.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Cabrillo National Monument -Chapter ride
Early morning and it's not as cold as it was supposed to be. Temperature reading was 50 deg. but much better than the predicted 45 deg. Arriving at our regular ride meeting place at Best Buy on Chapman the crowd starts to gather. We wind up with a substantial group of 28 motorcycles, and more than 28 riders including passengers.
I was showing off the beautiful picture book Daughter-in-law Staci made that absolutely knocked me over when I received it as a surprise holiday Present. Below is Gregg going over the pictures.
The meeting is extra long due to a required reading of the Chapter charter, signing the required waivers plus updating insurance and membership records, an annual event. Once that is finished everyone prepares to get underway for a chilly ride down the 5 Freeway to Point Loma off Rosecrans Blvd and the 5 in picturesque San Diego.
We arrive at Cabrillo Park: I'm in group one led by Terry our President, with Vicki and Stacey right behind him. Ken I. is wingman with his grandson as passenger.
After taking some of the pictures above, I saddle up and head back to the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Cemetery that we passed on the way in. I know John (Cuyo) had wanted to come down here to visit, but he did not make this ride, too bad, would have enjoyed it. It's a minute back down the road, plus I have a Senior pass to get back into Cabrillo National Park.
Our next stop is lunch and a bit of a surprise. I have not been through this area off Rosecrans for quite a while and as we pulled into the parking lot for our lunch stop what do I see...
Lunch went relatively smoothly for a large group and then it's a gas stop at a Chevron (Naturally, for some reason) and then a straight shot up the 5 back to where we started in Orange.
Arriving at the Mall parking lot for a ride wrap up we vote in a new member Todd, and as custom, the ladies all gather around to help him win a sympathy vote to become a member. Usually on your own, a guy just gets no respect, but the lady riders all help out.
A relatively new rider...Stacey on her Victory Vegas. Mostly had been a passenger until now. Did a first class job from what I could tell.