My First lesson was 11/2004- took MSF beginner class in Fullerton and I'm ready to roll out for more miles, new adventures and to meet new friends ever since. . 2009 Yamaha Road Star Silverado "S", lots of chrome on handlebar controls and forks, now with 43,115 miles.
"The Ride is the destination"
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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.
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This is a huge ride and it needs a bigger map to show it all. Door to door over 440 miles on the trip meter, all on Saturday February 12, 2011. Before this ride started it was a choice between this ride or an alternate ride to San Diego to watch the historic air show with a huge fly over of hundreds of planes of all types from the air station on Coronado Island. Considering the possible crowds and heavy traffic I choose the Ventura trip.
Early Saturday morning 6:45 I arrive at our meeting place on Golden West and Garden Grove Blvd. across from the Harley dealer. This is Carolyn's choice, naturally-she rides a Harley Heritage Soft-tail. Finally after nearly leaving them behind Luis and Minita show up on their V-Star 1300 which is for sale by the way. We are hoping to arrive around 8:30 AM at the Ventura Chapter meeting place in Camarillo for ride briefing and meet and greet.
Surprise, we get there and they go for breakfast...what, breakfast, unheard of. STAR 230 has a meeting and off we go, there's is a more leisurely meeting combined with breakfast at the Marie Callendars.
Ride briefing commences after breakfast and we learn it's a 250 mile ride and there will be 20 motorcycles all in one group, again totally different from our own chapter protocol where we would have two groups for sure.
Amazingly even though the line stretches quite a ways back, it did work out rather well considering. So off we go heading up the 101 to the 154 which goes up past Lake Cachuma and past the turn-off to Solvang to the Foxen Canyon Rd. turn-off. The pace is spirited but reasonable and proceeds very well. The canyon is very scenic with lots of vineyards and wineries.
We pass the Fess Parker Ranch and several other very big home and winery estates. If you ever want to do a back country wine tasting tour this might be a great choice.
View Larger MapThis is the driveway to someone's home or estate on Foxen Canyon.
Off in the distance is where we came through
Our first gas stop is in Santa Maria back at the 101 Freeway. We are heading on toward a lunch stop in Los Alamos which is 15 miles down the freeway, and of course our route is about 30 miles through the back country near Vandenberg Air base.
Lunch stop at Charlies Hamburgers in Los Alamos.
I did not even want to touch that thing, really moldy.
This just has trouble written all over it. Carolyn trying out a Suzuki V-Strom.
We did not stay for lunch even though the hamburgers are supposed to be great, this is a very small hamburger stand and it would probably take well over an hour to get through it all. So we head out and stop back in Camarillo at Carl's for a quick bite and then home. One rider from the group joined up with us on the ride back as far as Hwy 126, with me leading this time. We are all glad we took this trip.