Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 May 14 - Test Ride

2011 May 14 - Test Ride - Berryessa-Knoxville Road

I was going to do a Test Ride of Berryessa-Knoxville Road this week to check on the condition of the road and also the level of the water of the 10 water crossings.

The road surface was actually as good as it gets. The pot holes were filled. The road is never going to be smooth but it was in excellent condition (for that road). The first two water crossings were dry. The water was several feet below the crossing. The third had the most water. Two more had some water and two others had such little water that we treated it like a puddle on a normal roadway. So there were 5 totally dry crossings.

But we found out that Pleasant Valley Road will be closed on May 21, 2011 - our Ride date because of the following.

Vacaville Sunrise Rotary’s 3rd Annual ‘Fun Run’

Help support our sponsor, Vacaville Sunrise Rotary, in their 3rd Annual Fun Run to be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011!


Dixon Carl's Junior.
Ted, Wayne and Phil

At the Turtle Rock Cafe and Bar we pick up Daryl from Santa Rosa.
Daryl's Thunderbird

Inside the Turtle Rock. Photo by Wayne.

Photo by Wayne

Photo by Wayne

From the turtle Rock we immediately make the right turn onto Berryessa-Knoxville Road. The first part is very good road. Then after we get north of the Pope Valley Road turn off the road continues to deteriorate. Eventually we lose the yellow dividing line and reach the water crossings.

I am really disappointed in the first two water crossings - NO water.

The third crossing was the deepest maybe four inches or so.

Then the fourth crossing I decide to stop for a photo op.

That is Daryl with his iPhone videoing in the photo

But we have a couple of iPhones along.
These are my edits of Daryl's videos. We had already crossed it. But Ted and Wayne volunteer to ride back through the water and cross it again.

The first video is Ted.

Heeerrreee's Wayne!!!

We have our mandatory rest stop at the entrance to the closed Homestake gold mine.
All three photos by Ted.

Then we ride down Morgan Valley Road into Lower Lake then head north to Clearlake and the Main Street Bar and Grill for lunch. It is now past 2:00 PM and everyone is starving.
Main Street B and G overflow parking lot - photo by Daryl

Main Street Bar and Grill overflow parking lot - photo by Daryl

All of the burgers are 1/2 pound. Unless you are a Senior, then you get 1/3 pound.
The Ortega Burger. Bacon, cheddar cheese and an Ortega pepper

Daryl's adulterated Ortega Burger smothered in ketchup

Phil's Club House

Wayne's Teriyaki Burger smothered in mushrooms

The lady at the next table took this group photo.

Ending up with a few photos of the guys eating.

And the last photo is the best of the bunch. Really attacking that burger!!!!

Daryl splits off as the rest of us head to Hwy 20. At Hwy 16 Ted splits off.
We end the Ride at the Cache Creek Casino gas station. From there Phil and Wayne split off of Hwy 16 toward Dunnigan and I-5 while I continue my back roads back home.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

May 21, 2011 Ride - Lake Berryessa Ride

May 21, 2011 Ride - Lake Berryessa Ride

Route Changed on April 24, 2011 since Jess and Phil wanted to have Lunch at Buster's BBQ, an okay BBQ joint. Lunch will not be until about 2:00PM, so have breakfast or grab a breakfast at the Start Point, Carl's Junior.

Start: Carl's Junior near I-80 in Dixon.

Lunch: Buster's BBQ in Calistoga Click for Info

End: Soda Canyon Store just north of Napa

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July 16, 2011 - Ride to the Coast

July 16, 2011 Ride

Start: Jelly Belly in Fairfield.

Lunch: Dinucci's in Valley Ford Click for Info

End: Chocolate Cow in Sonoma

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Polar Bear Ride Winter 2010-2011

Polar Bear Ride 2010-2011 Winter
NorCal Triumph Riders and Friends

Okay. It is time for the Annual Winter Polar Bear Ride (PBR). I have mapped a route that starts at the McDonalds at Flag City (where Hwy 12 intersects with I-5 west of Lodi). From there we take back roads and city streets and a few miles on I-5 to get to a Valero Station on Hwy 4.

Patterson Pass Road

From there we take farm roads to the Altamont. We cross the Altamont using Patterson Pass Road. Take a break at an abandoned gas station in Livermore. Then we head over Tesla Road/Corral Hollow Road into Tracy and Shorter's BBQ for lunch.

Shorter's BBQ Web Site

Yelp Reviews of Shorter's BBQ

Shorter's Tri-Tip Sandwich with a side of green beans

Shorter's Pulled Pork Sandwich

Shorter's Rib Dinner with coleslaw and black eyed peas

After lunch is an optional back road Ride to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Outlet in Lathrop where the Ride ends.

Yelp Reviews of Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet

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Don Inamasu


Monday, May 24, 2010

July 17, 2010 Marin/Sonoma County Ride

July 17, 2010 - Don's Hwy 1, Marin/Sonoma County Ride
Lunch at Negris' in Occidental

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This is the Bierkan-Manjo Ride since James "Bierkan" Vierkant VROC #2023 from Iowa will be in Sacramento and Dave "Manjo" Manjarrez VROC #1111 from Massachusetts will be in Sunnyvale. Both will be at this Ride along with Manjo's wife Lil Doc.

It is also a combined VROC - NorCal Triumph Riders and Friends Ride.

Meet at the Jelly Belly Factory, 1 Jelly Bean Lane, Fairfield, CA.
Kick Stands Up at 10:00 AM. No gas at the Factory so gas up before arriving.

First stop is a Gas Stop in Novato about 42 miles from the start.
Second stop is at the Marin French Cheese Factory.
Third stop is at the Wild Flour Bread to buy goodies.
Fourth stop is in Occidental at Negri's for Lunch.
Over Coleman Valley Road then travel to Bodega Bay.
Then over to the Chocolate Cow in Sonoma for dessert {Gas Stop in Sonoma}.
There is an optional additional leg, which is through Napa to Hwy 121 to Winters.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Possible Ride Routes

Carmel Valley Road to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to Big Sur with late lunch at Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing

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Palomares Rd, Mines Rd, Del Puerto Canyon Rd and Corral Hollow Rd. with Lunch at Shorter's BBQ in Tracy

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Ripon to Hawg Dawgs in Valley Springs for lunch then end at Beto's in Linden

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McDonalds in Stockton for a triple run over the Altamont. Then to The Carvery at Harry's Hofbrau in Brentwood for lunch.

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Stockton to Diamond Springs to Fiddletown and Marlene & Glen's Diner.

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Lake Berryessa Ride from Dixon to the Sonoma Cheese Factory for lunch and the Chocolate Cow for ice cream. Ride Cantelowe Road around Lake Berryessa then Oakville-Trinity Road to Sonoma.

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Hwy 25 to Carmel Valley Road to Phil's Fish Market for Real Late Lunch

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The Al the Wop's Ride - It is a figure 8 through Rio Vista. Can ride Montezuma Hills first, then to Al the Wop's {point B}

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Near Jackson to Pollack Pines - Mormon Emigrant Trail to Hwy 88 to Hwy 26 to Good Friends Chinese Buffet in Valley Springs

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Marin County Ride with lunch at the Marin French Cheese Factory - Point C

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Calaveras Road to Palomares Road to Oakland Hills to Dead Fish Restaurant.
Then Oakland Hills to Nations Burgers in Orinda as end.

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Walnut Creek to top of Mt Diablo to Gombei Japanese Restaurant in San Jose via Calaveras Road

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