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  1. Been thinking about doing this for a while...the one year anniversary seems fitting. Back story: Ed (ecn) was one of the hardcore NorCal VFRD riders - he joined pretty much every ride we ever did in the last 5 years. Dude rode like a demon rain or shine, camped like a boss, and had a cracking sense of humor at brisket stops. A genuinely nice guy who seemed to spend every moment on his 5th gen. On July 3rd, 2016 Ed was leading a small group of riders through a construction zone and was hit head-on by an SUV. He survived, but eventually succumbed to his injuries in December 2016. The full story can be found here: I (and many of you I'm sure) have been affected by Ed's accident and passing - personally I've been riding much less, and being more cautious when I do. But let's be honest - that's not what Ed would want. He'd want us all out there shredding in the mountains, making dick jokes, eating BBQ and doing what the NorCal VFRD crew does. So let's do just that in his honor. I'm thinking a "Sierras Greatest Hits" ride - overnighter if people are up for it - Quincy, Gold Lake, Feather River Highway, Wentworth/Icehouse, 108, Monitor...I see you salivating already. Something like this: Day 1 (overnighter): https://goo.gl/maps/ymxwQ31VGuQ2 Day 2 (overnighter): https://goo.gl/maps/9TKr4cU9PMC2 Or single day if your nagging wife won't let you leave for two whole days: http://mapq.st/2shVpAk Please chime in if you're interested in the 22nd (or 23rd as an alternate), and add a note if you're up for an overnighter. We'll sort the final plan based on that. Looking forward to seeing all you hooligans again. IN: BrianF (overnighter) St. Stephen (overnighter, turning 27) RC1237V (overnighter) crazybrother (birthday boy) RichVee4 (Interceptor) Monicai3 (Triumphant) tc339 (overnighter) bayarearider (sort-of overnighter) MAYBE: Duc2V4 (has a job) OUT: jeffyjeff (continentally incongruous) jlpvfr (celebratorily indisposed)
  2. near Joshua Tree NM

    From the album my trips

    I spied this interesting rock formation along Cal-247 just north of Joshua Tree, California in 1994.

    © Lorne Black

  3. Hwy46, California

    From the album my trips

    Heading inland from Cambria, California on Cal-46 in 1994.

    © Lorne Black

  4. It's time again. For the 4th straight year, I'll attempt to corral many of the usual VFRD suspects for a weekend. Bring your radiator guards and eggs. Dates were set after asking last year's participants - so if you don't like them you should've gone last year! Work commitments will require this to be 2 1/2 days for me - ride down afternoon of 9/9, then this: 9/10: https://goo.gl/maps/t6qJDUnorCS2 HOTEL: Kernville Inn, Kernville, CA (as of 8/24 they're full - book Kern Inn, Kernville as alternative) 9/11: https://goo.gl/maps/czqeY59KeL42 HOTEL: Shaver Lake Village Hotel, Shaver Lake, CA If you're in SoCal please chime in - we'll give some consideration to making it a basecamp ride rather than point-to-point if there are a lot of you. Thoughts? Objections? IN: Brian F (NorCal) St. Stephen (NorCal) tc339 (NorCal) RichVee4 (Nevada)(partial) MonicaVee4 (Nevada)(partial) RC1237V (NorCal) crazybro (NorCal) SFdownhill (SoCal) PURPLE HEART: ecn (NorCal) Motivation:
  5. Please take a moment to support California Assembly Bill 51, Lane Splitting: Educational Guidelines https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/write-a-letter?9&engagementId=217793
  6. Unless we get hit with a random blizzard, it looks like 108, 88, 4, 89 and 50 will all be open on June's first weekend. Obviously I want to get up there, shred some tarmac and enjoy some vistas. Anyone want in? I may do this as an overnighter, but will depend on the level of interest. Status of my favorites (Wentworth, Mosquito) will also be a big factor. Saturday or Sunday both work for me. As a day ride, probably something like this: https://goo.gl/maps/aVB4BrBSqGE2 FINAL INFO FROM BELOW: Meeting point is Starbucks in Manteca: 1451 Hulsey Way. KSU at 9am! Final route is: https://goo.gl/maps/XW4eaucztWq Plan is, as always, to have lunch at Mountain View BBQ in Coleville. Based on the route it might be a late lunch - bring some snacks. IN: BrianF ecn tjclyde St. Stephen RC1237V tc339 bayarearider (with new shoes) crazybro (ate bad Taco Bell) Motivation:
  7. PacificCoastHwy-1994.jpg

    From the album my trips

    Southbound on PCH, looking towards Point Sur. This after the last 2-smoke Grand prix at Laguna Seca in Sept. '94.

    © Lorne Black

  8. DfB05300 Hdr Sm

    From the album 2014 California

    © Lorne Black

  9. Alrighty boys and girls, time to make this baby official. After some discussion with last year's attendees, we chose August 29th and 30th as the dates for the 2nd Annual Golden/Silver State Ride. Please check in and let me know if those dates work for you. In order to "meet in the middle," I propose a basecamp in Three Rivers (https://goo.gl/maps/HgN2y). It's roughly equidistant from LA, SF, and Reno. Routes for day rides aren't difficult to come by - plenty of good roads in that area. https://goo.gl/maps/LPSYN https://goo.gl/maps/GlR2d Sleeping-wise, there's a Comfort Inn in Three Rivers ($139/night) or camping at Horse Creek on Lake Kaweah. Due to my work schedule, I'll probably have to show up on Friday night, ride Saturday and Sunday, then slog home Sunday night. Depending on the response from the SoCal contingent, I have some point-to-point ride options in my back pocket as well. If you like scenery, twisty roads, good people, beer, and shenanigans, chime in. UPDATE: Given a light response from the SoCal contingent, we've gone point-to-point. Meeting location is Kernville, CA on the night of 8/28. Saturday 8/29 -- https://goo.gl/maps/aoYkz Sunday 8/30 -- https://goo.gl/maps/UnuIE IN: BrianF (NorCal) St. Stephen (NorCal) tc339 (NorCal) Duc2V4 (SoCal) JMS (Fresno) JMS Friend (Fresno) RC1237V (NorCal) MaxSwell? (Minnesota (!)) <--------- A for effort crazybrother (NorCal) <------ wants to stay employed RichVee4 (Reno) <------ smoked out RichVee4 Monica (Reno) <------ non-smoking dadofseven (Reno) <------- Serving our country TJ (NorCal) <------- Not cool enough
  10. Alrighty misfits and malcontents - it's time to plan ahead for once. Last year we (and by "we" I mean people other than me who weren't injured in dirtbike crashes) got the Golden State Gathering off the ground in earnest. This time I'd like to give people plenty of time to think ahead. After a discussion with those who actually made it in 2014, we chose the 29th and 30th of August as the dates - PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP IF THOSE DATES DON'T WORK FOR YOU. If enough people can't make it we'll try to find alternatives. The other vote you get is how the gathering is run: either point-to-point with an overnight stop, or basecamp with loop rides each day. For example: Point-to-point (meeting in Kernville): Day 1 https://goo.gl/maps/0Gx0S, Day 2 https://goo.gl/maps/Bry0H Basecamp: Day 1 https://goo.gl/maps/gRNyZ Day 2 https://goo.gl/maps/PBxyN Obviously these are not final, but just to give you an idea. I personally am much more fond of the point-to-point option, but I know it makes it tough on the SoCal guys. Thoughts? Opinions? Objections? Feedback ready go. In (NorCal): BrianF ecn CrazyBro St. Stephen TJ tc339 In (SoCal): duc2V4 In (Nevada): RichVee4
  11. When life throws you a curveball, leave the stadium. Though you probably won’t find that on a motivational poster, sometimes a getaway is all you need. This time I'm armed with the trio of my VFR1200, my usual orange tent (sans its notoriously leaky rain fly), and a DSLR that still won’t autofocus. I ran away for the holiday, so for a few moments you can run away too -- hopefully on company time. As is now the custom, all captions/descriptions limited to 140 characters or less, Twitter-style, since modern attention spans are oh look, something shiny! Let’s roll.
  12. OK folks, we're off again on our fourth annual VFRD (unsanctioned) event. Myself, Squamishvfr, V-fore, and an un-associated gsxr rider will be travelling as follows. Overview of departure Start with Aug 31 route below https://goo.gl/maps/pp9xQ Overview of return https://goo.gl/maps/UdD63 DAILY ROUTE SHEETS Aug 30 - Get to Marysville Aug 31 - Marysville to Troutdale, OR 7h8m 298M https://goo.gl/maps/OPBR0 NF-25 Sep 1 - Troutdale to Steamboat Inn, OR 8h4m 279M https://goo.gl/maps/MurMJ 224 & 46 NF-11 Quartzville Sharpscreek Sep 2 - Steamboat Inn to Susanville, NV 8h20m 416M https://goo.gl/maps/KIhi6 Craterlake Subwaycave Sep 3 - Susanville to Yosimite NP 5h55m 300M https://goo.gl/maps/j0WxQ Sep 4 - Yosimite to Quincy, CA 6h58m 305M https://goo.gl/maps/HIkxo (Could stay in Reno instead) Sep 5 - Quincy to Crescent City, CA 7h49m 397M https://goo.gl/maps/n13Fq or https://goo.gl/maps/eDTy7 or possibly https://goo.gl/maps/8kuOB Sep 6 - Crescent City to Tillamook, OR 7h16m 363M https://goo.gl/maps/B2wCl Sep 7 - Tillamook to Marysville(/Victoria) 5h09m 281M https://goo.gl/maps/WNAHX Any and all are welcome to join us for part or all of the trip. Or just chime in with suggestions, all are welcome. Cheers, BC
  13. Part 1: Instead of yet another boring summer trek to the races at Laguna Seca, three non-VFR friends joined me for a two week gallivant around California this spring. Dave and Bart on DL650s, Tony on his ZRX1200, and me on my ’09 VTec. First step is a ferry trip to Port Angeles, Wa. Washington & Oregon may have their charms, but to me they just get in the way. Thus, I-5 all the way to California. The previous two days’ cool overcast became light rain and fog at Mt Shasta, with temps barely above freezing for the next 40 miles. Who knew that vented boots let in cold air ;-P Thankfully, my Gerbing electric jacket and heated grips saved the day. That and a great breakfast at JJ’s Cafe in Old Station. The skies cleared on the way to Susanville and on to Reno, and stayed that way till we left California more than a week later. On Day 4 we finally found an entertaining road, Ca 89 over 8,900’ Monitor Pass, which is more open and flowing than many mountain passes. Markleeville, about 5 miles north, is a convenient spot to wet your whistle should you feel the need, then a short riverside run past campers and fly fishers gets you to the junction. From pine forest to sage desert in 18 miles, ending at US 395. Despite being a major 4-lane highway(at times) US 395 is actually pretty entertaining. Temperatures are moderate even in summer, due to the high elevation. Take 5 at Conway Summit for the fantastic view of Mono Lake and the town of Lee Vining. From there, Tioga Pass leads into Yosemite NP once it opens for the season. Further south, the valley towns of Bridgeport and Bishop, where we overnighted, are both worth a visit. More to come… Edit: forgot one photo - LB
  14. 32 - Scotty's Castle, Death Valley

    From the album 2014 California

    © Lorne Black

  15. 31 - Scotty's Castle, Death Valley

    From the album 2014 California

    © Lorne Black

  16. 71 - Bodega Bay, Cal

    From the album 2014 California

    © Lorne Black

  17. 72 - Bodega Bay, Cal

    From the album 2014 California

    © Lorne Black

  18. 67 - Bixby Bridge on the PCH

    From the album 2014 California

    © Lorne Black

  19. 65 - near Lucia on the PCH

    From the album 2014 California

    © Lorne Black

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