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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, June 22, 2011

Angeles Crest Highway -Weekday Ride.

Finally get a chance for a week day ride.  It has been quite a while with all the medical, dental and crazy ride to Flagstaff events since the end of April, John (Cuyo) and I arrange for a trip up into Angeles Forest and Highway 2-Angeles Crest Highway.  This was one of if not the very first Chapter 230 rides I went on and good grief was I bad back then.  It's going to be warm so I prepare with extra water, my Kool Vest and mesh jacket.

Our route will first take us to the Pepper Tree Cafe in San Dimas where John raves about the steak and eggs breakfast for $7.50 and it turns out he is right on with his recommendation.  He really knows his favorite eating spots. 

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After breakfast it's on to Angeles Crest Highway turn-off (FLAG "C") from the 210 where we will head into the mountains on the very recently reopened Angeles Crest Highway after having been closed due to a couple washout from all the rain we had a while ago.

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We head up into the forest and from this point on until we hit the I-15 (Flag "F") it's all squiggly lines with lots of twists, turns and sharp curves, but very little traffic which makes for a nice ride.  Our first big stop at the turn off for Mt. Wilson is where I realize I forgot my camera, so all the pics are from my I-Phone.  Even John forgot to charge his camera battery.

 Looking out toward the Pacific Ocean, lots of haze

Going up to Mt. Wilson is really quite the twisting road but it just zipped by and we were up there in no time.  When we dropped back to Highway 2 we turn right towards Newcomb Ranch the only watering hole and food stop on the entire road and then past that to Wrightwood and back home.
 A quick photo opportunity before Newcomb's

Stopping at Newcomb's I water down the Kool Vest as I anticipate it will be much warmer when we head down from Wrightwood, which turns out to be correct.  The vest really helps keep body temperature down to a more reasonable level in the 95 deg. plus heat. 

 Our last photo stop before we hit Wrightwood where we do a quick pit stop and then it's non-stop back home.
 After leaving Newcomb's the road continues it's very twisting path but we get an added attraction and challenge due to lots of rocks, pebbles to small boulders laying out in the road.  It makes for some careful riding I can tell you.  John called it the Rocky Road Tour.  I doubt the sport bike riders will be out on this road in force over the weekend with all those hazards in their path.

Actual mileage was about 190 miles and I came back rather wrung out.  I need to build stamina back after taking it easy the past two months.

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