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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!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pre-Ride with Mt. Baldy SCRC

I meet John (Cuyo) at Green River Parkway off the 91 freeway Wednesday 02/23/2011 at 9 AM on the dot. We ride together to Tom's Farms at Temescal Canyon Rd. were we meet up with the SCRC group. The rider's on this outing are CSI-Jim our Ride Captain, another Jim, Tim, John R. (Cuyo), Dave, John-EZCruzer and Diesel. Hopefully in the pictures I get the right names on the right person. (We can only hope).
 We arrive at the gas station to meet up with the other members of SCRC, Mt. Baldy chapter.

This is ONE STEEP HILL!  The first time I did this hill on Clinton Keith it really freaked me out, on today's ride it just seemed to zip by us. Notice the compass wheel in each can use it to scan around and see more of the road, both ways.

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Today's ride was the result of an invitation by John (Cuyo) of Royal Star Venture fame from other week-day rides.  It's a rare opportunity to go on a Pre-ride for the Mt. Baldy Chapter of SCRC led by CSI-Jim.  I don't get to go on STAR pre-rides as I am never invited, so this is a great way to meet new riders and join in on their exploration of the route for their next chapter ride.  My past experience with another SCRC group was less than spectacular, so it was a real revelation and a joy to meet and ride with this group.  Ride leadership and group dynamics were both excellent. 

This is the route we took as a group starting in the Arco gas station at Tom's Farm and ending at Ruby's Diner in San Juan Capistrano, where we part company with the group and three of us, John (Cuyo), John (EZCruzer) and me (Richard) heading straight up the 5 Freeway back to home, while the rest stay on 74- The Ortega Highway back to the 15 and home...

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A major portion of the ride is on De Luz Murrieta Road through the back country below the Rancho Santa Rosa historic area and Plateau.  This is a typical road view along the way.

View Larger Map    We encounter 4 or 5 stream crossings including one that splashed my right foot with a gush of boot filling water.  These photos taken in drier times by Google Street View.

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 Rest stop at an Arco station. STAR would never stop at an ARCO...heaven forbid!  (you know I'll hear about this comment!)
A tool kit comes in handy with a mirror problem.

 Lunch at Ruby's Diner San Juan Capistrano and the last stop with the group.  These photos provided by John (Cuyo).

If you know where they serve good Pot Roast, John wants to hear about it.

Total trip for me was about 150 miles. 


Carolyn said...

Sounded like a great time. Sorry that I missed it!!! Carolyn

Carolyn said...

Sounds like it was a FUN ride. Sorry that I missed it! Carolyn

Unknown said...

This was a rare mid week ride for me & a great group of riders.

It was good to meet you Richard, I hope to share a road with you again soon.

2nd Officer SCRC Mt. Baldy