The usual Best Buy parking lot meet and greet took until after 8 AM when we did get the meeting going, had the raffle and then election and finally time to ride. I was in Group Two with Ed as Road Captain and our new president-elect.
A group of tourists, probably Chinese, certainly Asian were all looking at the motorcycles and also the pins on our vests and somehow I got in the middle of several when they started taking turns getting a photo with me and a motorcycle and then just with me. By Monday I should be an internet sensation on some Chinese tourist website as I had probably 20 or more photos taken posing with various members of the tour group. No idea what they were saying but we all had a good time. If we had arrived in any type of automobile I seriously doubt we would have had any sort of attention at all. If it wasn’t my striking good looks with that vest and pins I have no idea what it could have been. (right!).
Our destination is the Bernardo Winery near Rancho Bernardo, in north San Diego area off the 15 Fwy. It is the oldest operating winery in California. In 1889 5 Sicilian immigrants decided to start a winery on this spot and eventually around 1927 it was purchased by the Rizzo family and it is still owned by the third generation of the family. Look it up at www.bernardowinery.com. An interesting side note, STAR does not allow riders to have an alcoholic drink while on a ride, so the wine tasting was primarily for passengers, (did I spot a rider taking a sip of some white wine).
The ride planners found another hidden gem for us to visit here at the winery. We probably stayed a little longer than we should have, partly so I could get a group photo but it was worth it. I count 29 total riders and passengers.
If you would like a printed copy of this photo, drop a note with $6 and I'll send an 8x 10 print cropped to take out the date stamp, and I can even take out the text as well.
At this point Ride Captain Ed asks if I would like to join him as wingman or co-ride leader. Wow, that was very nice of him and I move up to his right on the road.
This blog is my own personal ride report and is not part of Chapter 230 or STAR and is not intended as such. There is no connection implied or other wise.