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Old 10-23-2008, 07:11 AM   #1
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Northern California for 4 days..

Day 1

I've been trolling on this site for quite a while and soon enough, got the fever for some motobike adventures. I've read many adventures with envy on advrider.com and kept thinking "when is it going to be my chance?"

Well, I finally started to make plans.. I started asking questions here on the hows and whats and got some great info! I was looking through an issue of Roadrunner magazine an they had a report on a Northern California route that looked fun and fairly easy to do. I thought a trip close to home would be a great way to start. I've never been to some of these parts in Northern California, so I thought this was a win-win situation. There's only so much I can screw up.

I'd been meaning to take this trip for months.. But with work and other situations popping up, just coudn't get away! So finally, last Saturday looked like a go! No obligations holding me back. Two potential snags. I was coming off the flu and I had an event the night before which I had to do a speech. So I wouldn't have much time if any to pack. Oh well, I'll just get up early the next day...

I had a wicked headache the night where I did my speech and though "I'll leave when I leave".. Instead of leaving between 7am - 9am, I left at 11:45am! The good thing is that it only took me about 2.5 hours to pack and load the bike.



May I introduce you to Amanda. Yes, I name my bikes. I just thought it was fitting.


Her captain.





I promised a buddy that I would ride up to his place and help him fix his computer. I called him and told him that I would be up at his place at 2pm. Surely I can do 155 miles in two hours. Right?

Traffic was unusually light headin' down Highway 101 and Interstate 80. Weather was a little chilly.. But hey, with the light traffic, I'll deal with the chilliness. My Frank Thomas Aqua 2.0 jacket is doing a great job and it's one of the best $200 I've spent.

2 hours later, I still have about 40 miles to go. What??? I was moving at a pretty good clip and should be pulling up to my friend's place by now. I spotted this life-saver and decided to call my buddy while I'm at it.


$3 for two tacitos and a gatorade? I'm all over that!

Another hour... I finally get to my buddy's place. It was quite curvy going up Highway 16 to Jackson and took FOREVER! Sheesh. Oh well... I was feeling lousy last night so give me a break... But a sick day on the road is better than a healthy day in the office. No?

I meet my buddy and I get to work... After an hour, which is what I planned... It looks like it's going to take longer to finish this project than I thought. I wanted to get to West shore at Lake Tahoe to camp out. By 6pm, it looks like it's not going to happen. My buddy offers the spare bedroom.. I was a little upset I don't get to rough it... I really wanted to camp.. But then I thought "it's the journey, not the destination". I really wanted to hang out with my buddy and we were having a good time even though I was doing some computer work.. We take in Subway Sandwich and a movie and call it a night.

Total miles completed: 155.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:07 AM   #2
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I have that same issue of Road Runner and was thinking of doing some of those roads myself. Can't wait to see what happens next!
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Pictures are up now...

Okay, got some proper pictures up. More to follow!
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Old 10-25-2008, 03:50 AM   #5
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Wink Northern California for 4 days.. Day 2.

Slept like a baby! Don't know why, but I felt good waking up this morning. I woke up around 7:30am and chatted with my buddy Todd for a little before getting ready. Jackson County is beautiful country and I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance to see it. Here's me getting pumped up to start the day.

Early morning power-pump!

Darn it, I didn't leave until 9:30am! That's one thing I gotta change... I really want to be on the road no later than 9am.. It just feels like you waste so much of the day if I'm not out there earlier.

I'm headin' up Highway 88, then Highway 89 on the west side of Lake Tahoe, up Highway 431, Highway 395, across back to highway 89 and then cross over to Nevada City. I gotta make up some miles. That's the plan.

Highway 88 is a nice country route. Just real nice country scenery. I'm surprised how well the Katana is handling. A couple of years ago, I rode my '83 GS750 up here and she had major problems accelerating. The Katana, even with the luggage and 150cc less, barely notices the altitude. Nice! Amazing what a difference 16 years of technology can make. I'm concerned about tire pressure in the front. The ride just feels too smooth. Take the pressure.. Nope, pressure is where it should be. About 37psi. Dang, these Metzeler Roadtec Z6s are sweet! Folks, don't cheap out on tires... Totally worth it.

I make it up to Highway 89 in about an hour. It's a little chilly this morning, but the road is devoid of traffic. Lots of traffic in the opposite direction though. I guess I'm just lucky.

My buddy told me that it was a really dry year and that's why the deer was coming down into civilization. Seeing this lake really brought that home. God, it was depressing.

Echo Lake

But then I'm rewarded.

Highway 89 into Lake Tahoe

I cannot believe Lake Tahoe is not even in the 20 largest lakes in the world list. It's just as awe-inspriing as was seeing the Pacific Ocean the first time. I cannot emphasize how blue the lake is.. It's absolutely stunning.

Entering Highway 89, the road is lined with these beautiful trees... Later, I was told that they are Birch trees. Don't know. But they have white trunks and branches with these amazing bright, canary-yellow round leaves. Simply stunning! It's something you would see in some fantasy picture like Lord of the Rings or something.. Dang, I'm going too fast and the road just a little too narrow for me to turn around comfortably to take pictures of these trees. I'm still not 100% comfortable with all this gear on the bike. Though I'm impressed with how the bike is handling all this gear. I really only notice the weight in low-speed maneuvers. The Katana really is in its element. A real sport-touring machine. Hopefully, I'll get pictures of these trees later.

I had this really good, filling tea that my buddy made for breakfast. But now, I'm feeling hungry and feel I should get something a little more substancial in my stomach. I'm entering South Shore Lake Tahoe at about 11:15am. A good time to eat. I certainly don't want to stop at a franchise and try to find someplace unique to the town. I found this really interesting sports bar that's even open for breakfast! This I have to try out. I look at the menu and they have biscuits and gravy. Haven't had this in a long time so I give it a shot.


Brother's Bar & Grill - South Shore Lake Tahoe


Biscuits & Gravy with Spicy Italian Sausage

Dang! This was a great meal! Haven't had biscuits and gravy in a while, but it sure was tasty! Brother's Bar & Grill is definitely filled with locals. The staff is really nice too. Pricing is on the reasonable side and I love the decor... I think I fell in lust with the Budweiser Light girl in the poster on the ceiling. Yeah, I thought the ceiling was completely inadequate but taking a picture of the poster just seemed a bit too pervy. Sheesh, can't find the poster on the web either

As you see, got my PDA/Phone with me. Since I didn't bring a charger, I'm only turning it on at stops. Yeah, when you have your own business, you gotta keep in check with the world. eMail and voicemail. Nada. Nothing that needs my immediate attention. Small price to pay for the flexibility.


An hour later, Amanda is patiently waiting for me.

Lake Tahoe is fun and beautiful. Unfortunately, looks like the economy has hit this area hard. Many homes for sale. Many over-designed homes designed to say 'look how rich I am'. And there are just too many homes crammed into places. It's sad. Though there are only clusters of areas with this problem and not all of the lakeside looks this way. But the North/West side looks like it would be a blast to spend a 2 - 3 day weekend during the summer.

Leaving Highway 89 and getting onto 431 is a real treat. It's actually really pretty and you're going through some forest. It's a short ride till I get to Reno and get on Highway 395.

You feel like you're getting on the autobahn with Highway 395. It's fast and wide. Reno has changed since the last time I was here. It doesn't look like the trailer-trash brother of Vegas. It's bigger and cleaner than last time I was here. I should've checked out he main strip, but I'm just not interested. Next time. Maybe

Always consult more detailed maps for touring purposes.
This is what's stated in the RoadRunner map. I assumed that Highway 395 was to curve around to Highway 89. It didn't. It was actually Highway 70E and then Highway 49S. I ended going up Highway 395 much further. Initially, I'm a little upset that the RoadRunner map wasn't a little more detailed... I have a real map, so I'll make adjustments to my route. I'm okay with all this when I see a sign for 'Susanville' about 40 miles north when I figure out that I've gone too far. I have a dear friend named Susan and thought it would be funny to take pictures of the town when I get there. So I go the distance. Two warnings though:

1) Make sure you got plenty of gas when leaving Reno. Gas is sparse between Reno and Susanville. I was a half-gallon into reserve when a gas station did appear. And that station was busy I was starting to sweat it.

2) There is a WHOLE-LOT of nothing between Reno and Susanville. Really, nothing.

Highway 395 into Susanville

What was really cool though was about 3 miles I reached Susanville, the skies cleared up and it was perfectly sunny! It had been dreary and overcast most of Highway 395 past Reno and it was a real downer.

Entering Susanville.. This is where the fun starts!

Entering Susanville. An unexpected but worthwhile detour.

Like my friend, Susanville is a peach. Really, a diamond in the rough. It's a small town for sure, but there is a charm to it. I think this would be a great town to hang-out in for 2 - 3 days during the Christmas holidays.. Don't know why either. Well, there were quite a number of attractive women here too Seriously though, it's an awfully cute town. I think there's a casino here too...


It's cute how over-the-top patriotic small towns can be.


I'm not sure if this was an actual mall. Didn't see much. Also, there were 2 movie houses right next to the mall too.

Now I'm really starting to get worried. It's about 3pm and I don't have a campsite to stay at yet. I'm especially worried since I have never put up a tent and I don't want it to get dark when I make my first attempt. I decide to cross over on Highway 36W and then catch Highway 89S down to Quincy. There's got to be a campsite around there somewhere.

I'm zipping down Highway 36W when I reach Lake Almanor. From the east side, it's quite beautiful and definitely a tourist destination since I'm not the only one there. I have to stop and take a look around.

Lake Almanor Welcome Sign


Lake Almanor's View from the east side.

There's a camp ground! The 'Peninsula' area of the lake. I'm thinking of camping out here for the evening, but I don't have any food with me. Unfortunately, I ride for about 45 minutes when I find a gas station that I can buy food from. I'm thinking I don't want to go all the way back and that I still have an hour or two before it starts to get dark. So instead of going back, I reach Highway 89S and hope there is a campground on the west side of the lake. But there's always time for some more pictures.

A pretty cool shot of a train rail.


Why do people look at me when I pass them by?


My ex-girlfriend told me I look hot on my bike.

Okay, I'm flying down Highway 89 and there are no open campsites to be found and it's getting dark. I'm getting tired and I just want to crash. Hotel or campsite, I'll take whatever comes my way... By the way, people are speeding like crazy on this stretch of Highway 89. Crazy!

I roll into Quincy at about 5pm. Small town of about 5000 and I'm looking for someplace to stay. Nice town, but if I have to stay at a hotel, it might as well be something to remember.


Pine Hill Hotel. Why does it remind me of 'Back to the Future'?

Oh, this is why...


A totally eccentric hotel. But at the same time, it's cute and homey. Hmm, what does that say about me?







It's quite reasonable too.. Between $60 - $70. HBO, bathroom, microwave.. So I unload the bike and crash. I'm exhausted and can't wait to get some sleep.

Total Miles Today: 270.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:56 AM   #6
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Northern California for 4 days.. Day 3.

Slept like a baby.. Again! I don't know why really.. But when it came time to getting to bed.. I was out like a light. I was awakened by the traffic going by the hotel. I'm really surprised by the amount of traffic that early in the morning, in that area of the state. I kept thinking "where can they be going?" I can just think of Lake Tahoe, but that's still a good ride away.

Before I get started with the gist of the trip report for today... I wanted to talk a bit about the gear I have.. I think it's important as a mini-review of it...

1) Nelson Rigg Silver Streak Saddlebags. Apart from mounting them backwards for the first couple of days and no fault of the manufacturer, absolutely awesome! Super stable in the wind and take less than a minute to mount on the bike. They hold a good deal if you pack them right, have a great shape and best of all... Look PERFECT on my Katana!

2) Marsee Tank Bag. This has been one of my treasures.. I've had this bag for over 2 years and it never stops surprising me. I originally didn't want to take it because I wanted to go as minimal as possible on this trip. But I found the convenience of my map, camera and wallet in the front as well as the essentials in there to be quite handy. And since I don't have a bum-bag, it's a decent alternative. Easy to carry around with me. Super stable with the magnets even at 80mph. It expands from about 8 liters to about 30 when expanded. Amazing bag. Too bad Marsee doesn't sell it anymore.

3) Frank Thomas Aqua 2 Jacket. It's been a bit nippy in the mornings and late afternoons during this ride and my jacket has been doing a great job at keeping me toasty. I recently bought a Dainese textile jacket for my summer trips and I can appreciate how warm the Aqua jacket is. It's waterproof too. A bargain at $200.

4) Eddie Bauer Premium Jean. I don't have riding pants yet cause I just don't feel they are necessary for the rides I'm doing. I hope to get a pair in a month or two. However, these jeans are great for rides! They are soft on the inside while being fairly thick on the outside. They also do a fair job of keeping the cold out. They are holding up quite well.

Okay, onto the ride report....

Uuuugh! Didn't get out of the hotel until 9:30am. Which I guess is okay because of all the traffic beforehand. So I go into town for a quick breakfast. I scoped out a place across from the courthouse that looked pretty good.


Quincy Courthouse. Remember the white trees with bright yellow leaves I told you about?



Breakfast at the Courthouse Cafe

Again, a nice local crowd with a couple of 20'something ladies working the place. It's fairly empty and the locals are talking about the economy. Who isn't? The cafe is nice and again, reasonable pricing. I order the 1/2 order of Huevos Rancheros. PERFECT! I couldn't imagine how big the regular serving is..


A tasty 1/2 order of Huevos Rancheros at the Courthouse Cafe.


We start off with an easy, but fun ride on Quincy/La Porte Road on my way down to Marysville, then on Highway 20 East, onto Highway 80 East and then Highway 89 South to Tahoe.

Quincy/La Porte Road is a real treat. It's a great country backroad with NO traffic! Well, it is a late Monday morning


Quincy/La Porte Road


I had just passed a bunch of cows grazing in this pasture and one of them looked at me as if to say "who are you?". God, it was beautiful this morning.

Quincy/La Porte Road turns into an incredibly hilly and curvy road. I kept thinking that this road is Supersport heaven! But I'll tell you, this beauty will bite you if you're not concentrating... The views at the top are just amazing.


Quincy/La Porte Road


Trust me, I was extremely busy keeping my eyes on the road to take pictures... This one picture doesn't give this road justice. Totally fun and I'll have to revist in the future... On a Supersport!

I start going downhill and start running into the cutest towns. First is Strawberry Valley. It's an extremely small town with about 35 full-time residents according to the General store owner. I thought it would be a nice break to look around. I wish I took more pictures of the General store and surrounding areas.


Union Hotel. They were closed for a private party. I gotta check this out again!



I never get enough pictures with me in them!


This was a GREAT snack! $1.25 from the General store.


Strawberry Valley Wedding Chapel


Amanda patiently waiting for me across the General store in Strawberry Valley. With the saddlebags mounted correctly!



Who are they calling a hippie!


Okay, one more picture of me. Testing the 10-second delay feature on my camera. Mission accomplished!

So I take off a little further down the road and run into Woodleaf Towne. Seriously, this is a cute town.. But it looks like it was taken over by a bunch of rich people who didn't want outsiders... You couldn't park anywhere or walk anywhere without 'permission'. Screw you guys.. I WON'T be coming back.. But that's the point I guess...


Woodleaf Towne. Good riddance too.

Eventually, I get down to Marysville, which is a good place to get gas and take another break. Signage to get here is pretty bad, so consult your map. Regularly.... I got lost twice... But I start off on Highway 20 East for a speed run to Highway 89S where I should find my campsite. Highway 20 is a quite uneventful... Nice scenery. Oh wait... Grass Valley is STUNNING!!! It's actually a busy town... The colors of all the trees and landscaping... Again, someplace you think only existed in the movies. Sorry folks, I AM on the freeway afterall

I get into North Shore Lake Tahoe and originally, I wanted to go to Tahoe State Recreational Area. It's SO awesome! It's ON THE LAKE and about 5 minutes WALKING outside of town. PERFECT! But it's closed. How lame. The weather is still perfectly fine. Anyway, Sugar Pine is about 10 miles down the road and where I'll be staying. It's close to the lake anyways. North Shore is a good place to get something to eat. I went to the Mongolian Beef buffet that was in town... Had gas the rest of the night... Maybe not the right choice for me


Mongolian Beef in downtown North Shore Lake Tahoe.

Did I tell you I never put up a tent before? Hey, I figured "I'm a smart guy, how hard can it be?" But, it's 5pm and getting dark fast. I get into the campgrounds and there's probably about a dozen people there already. People look a little surprised a guy riding up on a motorcycle. Before I get social, I start immediately on the tent.

The couple two camp sites down are looking at me like "he's taking a long time to setup that tent". Still, I take my time and calmly read the instructions. Yeah, it took me 45 minutes to set it up!!! Not too shabby for my first time. Yeah, I'm a stud... Now, I go chatting with some of the other folks around me... The couple just a few feet away are from the eastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 30 minutes from where I live. Small world. But it shouldn't be surprising being Tahoe and all.


My first tent setup. Did I tell you I'm a stud?


Amanda will be standing guard for the night.


Getting ready for movie time. Bringing an iPod can really help kill some time!

I take off all the gear on the bike, put it in the tent and anything that might remotely attract a bear, I put in the steel locker on my site. You'd swear by the amount of Bear Danger signs they have listed everywhere, you'd think that someone was getting mauled every week. Sheesh!

Finally, I get to camp. Thank God I brought a blanket recommended by a friend. It got really cold, really fast here. Sleeping bag MAY had been enough, but the blanket helped I'm sure. But this is what I wanted all the time.. No hotel room, but straight up roughing it. Until tomorrow and the last leg of my trip.

Total miles: 230.
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Keep it coming. Love these back road trips. Susanville has great memories for me due to having to turn about and spend a night there due to a snow storm in the mountains west of there.
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Just looking at that breakfast makes me hungry!

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Great report so far.


I just took the 395 from SoCal all the way to Spokane, Wa, but when I got into Susanville to have lunch, I took the 139 to the 299 and met back up with the 395 to continue.
An interesting section of road, no traffic and some great views.
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More equipment updates...

I have one more day to post and will get to that soon enough.. But wanted to post some equipment evals before getting to Day 4 of my trip:

1) Shoei X11 Helmet. Yeah, we need to protect our noggin... But a well fitting helmet is just as awesome as a great shoes. It's so light and fits me like a glove. And the ventilation ACTUALLY works My previous helmet was a KBC and it was awfully heavy and the shell size was much bigger making anyone wearing it look like an alien. It put so much pressure on my forehead, that I actually got a blister! Aerodynamics REALLY REALLY work on this helmet. It totally rocks. It's unfortunate that at the time, only the X11 fit my head just right. But I found a cheaper alternative now: Scorpion EX-400. I'll get one of these as a spare.. But the X11 is my first love.

2) American Tourister carry-on. It's the big bag on the back that carried my sleeping bag, sleeping pad and tent. I see so many people with the bright-yellow REI duffel bag and I was going to go that route.. But not for $115 - $145! For a bag? I've my AT bag for years and haven't used it much. It's easily 2 - 3lbs heavier, but it worked just fine. And the hard plastic back assured me that my tent poles would not get bent. I may go for the REI bag IF REI is having a 50 - 75% off sale. That's the only way.

3) Canon Powershot SD600. This is a great little camera! It easily lasted 4-days with no fear of the low-battery warning coming on. No fuss whatsoever. However, it's horrible at taking pictures where there isn't much light. And I hate using the flash cause it doesn't reflect an accurate view of what I'm looking at. I'll probably sell a few things so I can get a newer camera. The good thing is that a vastly superior camera can be had for less than $300. And with the Holiday season coming up, deep discounts will be offered. For daytime use though, the SD600 is awesome for it's great pictures, ease of use and compactness.

Cool.. That's it!
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Northern California for 4 days.. Day 4.

Okay, my first night of solo camping was an interesting one.. Why don't they make sleeping pads wider for someone of my height? My bag is rated at 20C... Jesus, it must been close to 0 degrees and thank God I had a blanket! I woke up at least 3x during the night. Funny caused I dozed off watching 'Cars' on my iPod

But I woke up at 7:30am excited. My first night camping and even though it was quite cold, I was ready to take on the day!

Rick and his first camping morning!

I bought a UnderArmor long-sleeve shirt just in case it did get chilly out on the roadway. It REALLY helped this morning just getting around. These shirts increase blood-flow and warm you up without making you sweat. Very handy. Used my Jetboil Personal Cooking system to get some oatmeal into my tummy. Pretty easy to use though I had to play with the ignition part to get it burning. Once it was running, breakfast was ready in less than 5 minutes. The JPC is super-easy to clean and pack away. For $100, definitely a bargain for the solo camper.

I wanted to get on the road so I didn't spend much time hanging out. That is, until Doug, an RV camper, came by and started chatting it up with me. Darn, I wish I had a picture. He loved the look of my bike and was impressed with all the packing I had on it. I told him it was quite easy to ride with all the gear and I've been on the road for 3 days now. He and his wife had been all over the Americas in their RV. He's lovin' retirement! Funny thing was that he only lived about 10 miles away and wanted to stay in the campsite 'just because'. Okay dude Sheesh, we must've chatted for at least an hour. Nice guy and gave me what I later learned to be some ill-advised tips for travelling to Mexico.. Okay, his heart was in the right place.

I was thinking of giving Amanda a bath, bought I wanted to honor this fly's heroic effort of doing battle with an insurmountable foe.

So I'm zipping down Highway 89 and lovin' life and taking mental notes where I want to visit next time. Remember those trees I was telling you about? Well here they are when I was leaving Tahoe...

These trees lined part of Highway 89 entering Tahoe. It was completely surreal!

On my way home, I was debating whether I should take another day for the road... I was having so much fun and I didn't have any work related issues to attend to. BUT, I made some other promises and I had to be true to them... So no extra day on the road..

BUT, I was going to take a detour to Marin BMW. I love that shop and the people there are super cool. I hope to get a BMW K1200r sometime in 2009 and I love drool over it. This will add a couple of hours to my ride, but that's okay. BTW folks.. They got a bunch of R1200GSs, 2008 & 2009 so Really, it's raining GSs out there ;-)

I got home around 4:30pm. Tired but with the feeling of accomplishment. finally, I got to go on my trip and it was more than what I could've imagined! It was the unexpected and the challenges I had to face, the decisions I had to make, the people I met. Probably like my first love, this will probably be the ride I remember the most. Maybe

Total miles: 330 miles

What did I learn from this experience... What I can say is this: life is heightened on the road. Food taste better, everything smells better, I'm looking forward to the day. I feel so much more alive! I've been so jazzed about my trip, I'm obsessed about another trip I want make. But I'm going to publicly state a couple of things:

1) Arrogance. Yeah, I'm a smart guy... But it was lame not to test out the tent setup. I could've saved a ton of time by testing it. The instructions on the package are lame. Grommet? Taught? What the hell? I didn't know about the video on REI's website to setup the tent. I wish I knew about it. I tested the tent setup just a couple of days ago. Yes, it takes less than 5 minutes to setup the tent. And it's shape was better than when I set it up on my trip.

2) Route planning. I should've been a little more detailed oriented when it came to the route. Not too big a deal.. Getting lost a couple of times and stumbling onto the areas that I did is what really made the trip. But as a lady friend told me "Girls like a plan". Okay, if I go with someone, I'll be a little more detailed.

I'm hooked folks. I've been given a gift that will be with me for the rest of my life. Thanks all to you!
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Trip through the American Northwest - Maybe - 2010
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My First Big Mexican Ride - 2009
Northern California for 4 Days - 2008

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Old 11-01-2008, 07:36 AM   #15
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Motosaint...you have just scratched the surface. Let the adventures begin! Wait a second...me thinks they already have.
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