Sunday, November 18, 2007

2007 Nov 18 - David J's Ride

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This Ride was just two weeks after my off-road fiasco:
Don "vsp"'s off road adventure

We meet a bit late at the new McDonalds in Livermore at Vasco Road. It was very foggy this morning. We did manage to start the Ride just before 11:00 AM


Redbeard is acting up as the rest of the crew poses for this photo. We start out the day with 10 riders and 10 bikes. Eight of them are actually Vulcans.


Jazzhound was waiting for some friends who never made it so you can see him riding in on Vasco Road at the far left of this photo.

We ride from Livermore over the Old Altamont Pass Road. That used to be US Highway 50 in the Korean War days. We then head over Midway Road past the Altamont Speedway over to Patterson Pass Road. Patterson Pass is a twisty little one lane road that lies between Tracy and Livermore.

A couple of photos from Cranky of Patterson Pass Road taken earlier this year.


Now we take a break at the Chevron Station just east of the Livermore Harley dealership. Now Roy C. is doing his dance as Ron F. fills up his bike. Roy had to leave the Ride at this point because of an old shoulder injury.

Ron, Jazzhound and a new member, Steve P. from Livermore.

David J, KC, Cranky and Redbeard at the Chevron Station break.

We back track Patterson Pass Road to the Crossroad since Cranky has never ridden that road and he requested it at the break.

Here are a couple of photos along Crossroad.


The next two photos are along Corral Hollow Road after the steep descent.


We ride around the south end of Tracy and head into the farmlands and orchards.

After some really back roads that meander very near I-5 we criss cross the Delta Mendota Canal about 8 times before winding up in Modesto at Doc's BBQ.




This is for Sherm. The brisket sandwich. Unfortunately this shot is of a half eaten brisket sandwich.

And Jazzhound goes all the way and has a brisket dinner. Yams and greens as sides and a corn bread muffin.
Others had the pulled pork, a hot link, and chicken.

Real smoked bbq.



After lunch {a late lunch we finish about 2:30 PM} we have three groups leaving Modesto. Ron and his buddy Toby head north on Hwy 99. Cranky leads Jazzhound, Steve P, Redbeard and KC to I-580. All but Jazzhound then are taking Corral Hollow Road over to Livermore then over to Highway 84 to head back to Fremont/San Jose/Sunnyvale. I lead David J on the back roads to I-5. I wave good bye as I get to my March Lane exit and David heads back to Woodland.

The weather was cool and sunny for the Ride. We had to go through various amounts of fog to get to the starting point. But the visibility was at least a 1/4 of a mile so it was not nearly as bad as the zero visibility fog days here in Central California.

Who is ready for our POLAR BEAR RIDE?

Todays Riders:
Don I. ......................Stockton..............#5569
David J. ..................Woodland..........#13157
Jazzhound ..............Berkeley.............#15466
Roy C. .....................Castro Valley....#16477 had to drop out
Cranky ....................San Jose.............#16804
Redbeard ................Fremont............#18179
Ron F. .....................Citrus Heights...#21318
Toby H. ..................Elk Grove........... Ron's guest
KC ...........................Sunnyvale...........#23847
Steve P. ...................Livermore..........#25371

fin

2 comments:

Steve said...

Hey guys, had a blast! Look forward to next time. thanks a bunch!

Ron said...

Great bunch of riders! Thanks guys, and thank you Don & Cranky. Good fun