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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!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Mt. Helix-the circle tour



On the way to our Chapter 230 ride to Mt. Helix near La Mesa meeting, I decided to stop at Denny’s for breakfast and just as I finished in walks Johney after spotting my motorcycle in the parking lot.  I would have called him but it was more of a spur of the moment thing anyway.  As I arrived at the Best Buy parking lot on Chapman a good size group was already gathering, this will be another Chapter 230 popular ride event.  Are the attendee numbers growing or has it always been like this.  Seems to me it is growing.  We have new members and several guests riding with us today and it will take 3 groups to handle it all.





     What’s the one thing that will create more excitement at a motorcycle meeting than a new motorcycle?  How about two new motorcycles? It’s raining Victory motorcycles and there is evidence of a serious infection of SMAS or Sudden Motorcycle Acquisition Syndrome, the most highly contagious type of purchase fever known to riders of all types.  We knew about the new copper/brown Victory Vision that Barb and Rick just bought after visiting a dealer “just to look” Hah, right, that lasted probably a few minutes and then wham they were infected.  The Vision is a rather large motorcycle with all the good amenities, but it fits Rick very well.  And as they say, but wait there more…in rides Mark P. on his new Victory Cross Country in bright beautiful blue, another gorgeous machine with ABS, cruise, 6 speeds, built in radio and lots of comfort.  I am resisting the urge to go off on Yamaha and ask the rhetorical question-Where is Yamaha/star motorcycles in all this?  Why are no new motorcycles being bought with a Yamaha nameplate?  The questions are many, answers are few.  A big congratulations and all the best to our newest victims of SMAS, and remember if a rash breaks out there are some medications that will help with that.





 
The meeting proceeds as usual and then it is time to mount the mighty mechanical steeds  and head down the ribbon of concrete on our ride to destiny or at least Mt. Helix and lunch at Chili’s.  The route takes us on Wild Cat Canyon and its twisty curves and hills past other roads that just whizzed by without recognition.  This route does live up to the motto: “The ride is the Destination” since our intended target will be just a brief glance and then it will be gone.  Along the way we pass through the Barona Indian Reservation and the Barona Casino, it is quite a big place but hidden away off main roads.  I really need to look into how I can convert to becoming an American Indian to get in on all the loot that is spread around among tribe members.  As we head towards La Mesa off I-8 we stop for gas at a Shell station.  Prices here and elsewhere are now $3.99 –or more- for regular way up from just 2 or 3 weeks ago.  Also it seemed to me the engine is running rough or something and even William on his Honda mentions similar problems with a possible link to the gas used.   I am not a fan of Shell but it may just be California gasoline in general.  After refueling the main event lies just a few steep miles ahead.  As we arrive at the summit of Mt. Helix the view is amazing, the only problem there is no place to park so we stop for a few seconds to take it in and then wind our way back to the bottom and head to our lunch destination.
















I must say that with advance notice Chili’s did a great job in handling about 30 patrons arriving all at once and lunch is a very pleasant experience sitting with Chuck, Patty, Ken I., and Linda, Chuck’s passenger for today and neighbor.  It is becoming apparent that this group from STAR is getting to know me far more than I ever have let others get to know me, except for the fact that all is meant in fun and great friendship, it is like being with family that you never argue with or have problems about. I can’t imagine a better bunch of folks to be around.   I know the feeling of acceptance has changed me more than I would have ever imagined and all for the better I’m sure.





Lunch finished, time to return to base or in this case El Torito on Ball Rd. so off we go.  Only the gathering of dark grey clouds put a chill in the ride back  At the meeting wrap-up we induct two new members into the fold, Pat K., Paul M. from Garden Grove and Gary W. from Lake Elsinore.



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