- 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.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Glendora Mtn. Rd.- Richard and BBO member
Glendora Mountain Rd w/Phendric and Rider66 Today Monday Oct. 3, 2011
One of the long time benefits of Beginner Bikers.Org (BBO) forum is being able to meet other riders of similar background or interest in motorcycles. So it was today in Azusa, CA where Phillip (Phendric) and Richard (Rider66) met for the first time for a ride up into the local mountains on Hwy 39.
I was not sure of Phillips ability due to his short time on two wheels, so thought this would be a better first go at mountain roads instead of Angeles Crest Hwy with all it's traffic. Turns out I had nothing to be concerned about. Phillip took the lead, and off he went, just zipping around the curves like an old hand at this. Maybe he really is a pro rider and just wanted to humor me(!).
The trip proceeds to our first stop some 13 miles up Hwy 39 past the turn off to East fork Rd for a short ride review.
We determine that our next goal is up, up Glendora Mountain Road to the top and then back down into Glendora. On the way to the turn off I pointed to the road where the GMR climbs up the steep side of the mountain, that got Phil's attention. Not a long ride but filled with any number of curves that can take you for a ride you don't want to have. I personally witnessed a motorcycle in the ditch due to a problem with countersteering on a previous ride. We trade off the lead and away we go.
This is a photo stop on the way down to Glendora. Phil takes a look at the I-Phone road map and tells me to take the lead from here.
Looking toward Glendora, great weather, beautiful day.
I was very impressed with Phil's riding skills being so new at it. With more practice will definitely be a seasoned rider in no time. Always plenty of things to watch out for when riding a motorcycle, but we had a fun and SAFE ride and a nice chance to get acquainted. Also notice the mesh jackets, two smart riders.