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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.
You recognize Joel, Jim and Cathy I believe. Next year you should be seeing all of us in Colorado...
+1! I can't wait to go to CO
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wow, you cheated! no luggage and panniers...hahaha.
we all like medusa's and no one got sick....
for sure we will be back there and in your neck of the woods.
hope others will find the route on the butler map.
thankk you all for reading and the comments.
nice pics duy!...
always good having you around.
i will post mine soon.
obligatory gas price pic
afternoon temp was cooler than the previous days
solo rider is still on track
always a few degrees cooler in the tunnel
a very familiar joint along the crest
i made it to McDs by 6:35 pm (not 6 pm as i planned); that's pat in front who just came from afghanistan.
andy and dave could not contain themselves admiring my 640
if it wasn't for the gsa, people would have thought that we're all going to the ktm rally....hahaha.
sorry, no pics at the bottom of cleghorn.....pretty sketchy...someone knew ersin was coming and dumped tons of sand there.
made it to near the top without crashing, but my shoes will need new soles....hahaha.
andy on his monster gsa
my kuya pat
soon, the night ride is officially on
ersin and i waiting for andy and dave
dave, andy and ersin
i was the only one riding a thumper
after cleghorn, we crossed hw138 to pilot truck trail. no more pictures since we need to get to camp before midnight.
we were starving, we made a quick stop at neo's (?); the pizza was awesome
we finally able to join the rest of the gang around 11:30, i think.
we were all tired, and went to bed, but one more shot before i put the camera to sleep
Joel honestly, you are the last person I would have thought would actually do secret rides. And rich, bailing on your own planned trip to Kennedy meadows because razr was going? Nice pics glad it was fun.
You are incorrect, Sean. Razr and I get along just fine. Read my post about school, the internet, and cell service needed for a conference call for that saturday, and every saturday thru sept. 8th.
I was trying to maintain tradition and not skip a year. My son was still expecting to go camping so I slapped together a local big bear ride where cell service is just about everywhere. BTW, I had 4G internet several miles east of camp and was able to complete my conference call.
Anyways, the KM ride looks like it was fun, as always. Wish I was there, but priorities come first.
See post #114 over on the KM thread:
No hard feelings. Just something I feel should be adressed. It's just lame that big rides need to be hidden because of what a few post on these boards. I was under the impression that most of the bullshit ends when people gather for a ride and meet in person, shake hands and shoot the shit and actually ride.Regardless of what gets typed up sometimes. FYI, ride Sunday, meet 15 and 138. 2 dr650s so far.
Sean, glad you mention it. Many know that for the last 5 years I care about people and in building a community. Always putting the time, effort and resources organizing rides, painstakingly taking pictures, and writing ride reports. I do it for one reason only - to motivate people to come out and ride, with the hope that we could build a community.
Time has changed. The West Regional, particularly the LA/OC, has transitioned to a new kind of environment; a few call it freedom, free to say anything to anyone with contempt, no accountability or responsibility. As long it doesn't cross the line from getting booted down to the basement - it is perfectly tolerable.
Right now, it is not a place I want to hang out anymore, though I missed many of you guys. I'll continue to stop by and see what's going on.
Yes it's true, I made a new bed....was forced to since the few continue to puke, pee and shit on my old one.....hahaha. And contrary to what others say, it is not by invitation only; more than half of the names I see, I don't even know them.
I do not want to make further comments, other than this forum will remain dear to me; I started here, put in my fair share, and will continue to participate in all healthy endeavors.
Me too, I missed riding with you, nevertheless, I still value those times you took care of me.
See you later and ride safe!
sounds like having 2 personalites; once 1 got abusive, don't worry i will bring the good one when i show up on the ride.
hehe, i can't even keep up with my one and only.
It was an other great Big Bear ride. Close to home, great weather, better trails and best people around.
Here is my RR:
Night Riders met at McDonald's, 138 & 15. We were 7 in total but Dave and Andy rode Gleghorn to 138 and left early to go back home. Cleghorn was in it's worst shape since I first rode it almost 2 years ago. Very very sandy especially going up from 15.
Here is Joel with his new LED's. These LED's are a must for night rides.
Dave following Andy on Cleghorn climb.
Jon has same LED's on his SE. They do help a lot.
As I said earlier, my point & shoot camera doesn't work well at night. Sorry for the low quality pictures.
Here is an other one of Dave and Andy. Andy's GSA had plenty of light as well. :shock:
We had dinner at Neo's Pizza House in Running Springs. Great pizza. I'll definitely go back.
We made it to the camp around 10:30pm. Rich had the fire going and had a cooler full of beer, hot dogs, etc. We had some chit chat around the camp fire and went to bed after midnight. Weather was perfect. I didn't even put on my fleece nor rainfly for the tent.
Saturday morning we were up by 8 and ready to ride by 9am. By this time Eric and Duy were already at the camp and ready to roll
Duy and his Barbie
As we were pulling out of the camp, Rich and his son Rick were playing games.
Group shot in Big Bear. Notice Tom's salute.
We were done with north of lake and cross the town to the south side, back of Big Bear. We were following Joel's tracks and we all know what happens when we do that, right... We get lost.... :lol:
After couple detours and some exploration we made it to Azteca for lunch. But we were way ahead of schedule. We were supposed to be there at 1:00pm but we made it by 11:30am. Jon was hungry, that's why. :lol:
About an hour later street riders showed up. Caty, Jim, Chris, his friend (sorry cant recall the name) and Rich with his son.
Thanks Rich for organizing this ride for us.
More to come...
After the long lunch, Joel took short cut to the nearest gas station, about 20 miles. :lol:
Finally we are there
I think I'v never seen Eric sitting on that bike. He is always on pegs, on and off the road. :lol:
Then we finally came to the fun part of the ride, water crossing.
Joel was first:
Duy made a huge splash. WOW...
Eric kept it easy
Back and forth
Here is a cheater, going right, to shallow, where is the fun in that???
We were back in camp way before sunset and had time to relax and socialize.
Rich's Jeep is badass
What to do what to doooo
Nope, Bill doesn't drink
San Diego crew. I have to say, they are a bunch of super fun, easy going, full of "accent" people. I feel at home... :lol: They had an open buffet for Saturday night. And yes, they did have a microwave...
Average age of riders here are 65, can you believe that??? :shock:
I wish I can ride half of these guys when I get to that age... :roll:
We went to bed early on Saturday night, around 10pm. Other big bikers were already headed home by then.
Sunday morning Bill and Duy left early. San Diego crew went for an other ride while I, Rich and Joel got ready to head back home.
On our way back home Joel and I rode through Hesparia.
Hoping to go through Sito's wash (or it's detour) we were stopped by a construction zone on Ranchero Road. And took a lengthy detour on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. So were never be able to go through wash. We made it to Summit Inn for lunch though.
While I was listening to load music and drinking water with one hand, on one of the turns on sandy Hesparia backroads, my front end washed out and I went down on my right side. Couldn't walk step away from the bike this time and hit my elbow on the ground. Got a deep cut.
Thank God Joel was fully prepared as usual and did the first aid on the spot. Just an other reason to feel safe while riding with Joel...
Lesson learned, ATGATT is a must and never loose concentration while riding...
Almost all my little tip overs are due to my right wrist turning too much to slide on corners. Sometimes I cant hold the bike up and it does a 180 while I simply walk away with out even touching the ground. But sometimes front end washes out and this is the dangerous one. Especially going down hill with some speed. I can't walk away and go down with the bike. Nothing serious as long as I have my upper body armor, especially elbows.
So I will have my armor at WMRS.
This concludes my RR. Hope you enjoyed it as well as the ride.
Thanks again for reading and riding with us.
As usual more pictures of this trip is on my SmugMug.
first thing first, walked over to the other side of the road and said hello to the sd boys
serge's bike took a day off
the ride started with burnouts and these 2 didn't leave much for riding
my montana gps died again, so i asked ersin to lead......the kid was fast (we'll find out later we were early for lunch...huh)
the rider used to be known as t-d-bowl; he too was fast and i the poor noobie fought for my life to stay with the group
jon on his adventurized se950
the riding was actually pretty good, the road wasn't in bad shape and we only saw a few peeps
evidence of a forest fire here many years ago, but those rock formation made it interesting enough
we found ed here at this section and we adopted him for a few miles until he hooked up again with the sd gang
as usual, duy is on the attack mode
though they lack in color coordination, still i wish i had some time and rode with the san diegans; they are a happy bunch
hit the pavement to get over to the other side of the lake
you just want me to post yours.....ok, good enough for 2nd place...
Nice photos guys, looks like one hell of a ride! Would have loved to made this one.
the man in the middle finished 4th at the elsinore grand prix which was featured "on any sunday" starring steve mcqueen
Nice splashes guys. Is that green valley lake road/ crab flats?
Yeah. I had heard that it was empty so I made a similar splash through it the first time and got sopping wet.