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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-09-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 933
Posted By optopilot
Thanks Gary. I spoke with Gail this afternoon and...

Thanks Gary. I spoke with Gail this afternoon and he said the same the thing. The last bit to the top is two track. I shouldn't have any problem with the top heavy but lovable beast! Gail, I'm...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-08-2013, 05:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 933
Posted By optopilot
Sunday's Ride

Gail, I'm planning on coming up 49 from Fresno on the Tiger 955 rolling on Anakee 2's. I'm assuming the offroad is fire/forest service roads. If trails are involved, I'll take the DRZ. Is the "tree"...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-23-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Thanks JP, I'm looking forward to some good eats...

Thanks JP, I'm looking forward to some good eats and meeting some new folks of the dirty 2 wheeled variety.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-23-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Hi JP, It's been a while since I rode with any of...

Hi JP, It's been a while since I rode with any of you guys much less get together. I'd like to join you at BC's tonight.

Thanks, optopilot
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-07-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Sunday Ride

Thanks FiveO! Maybe Monti is runnin' slow this morning due to the excellent ride yesterday.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-06-2013, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Big Bike friendly @ Tamarack on Sunday?

Monte, I'm in for Sunday! I'll be on Tiger 955 with Anakee 2s. If this is going to be a bit more dirt oriented, I'll be on my trusted DRZ. If you want, I can meet you down in the flatlands.
Forum: Beasts 05-29-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 727
Views: 106,182
Posted By optopilot
New Tiger owner here!

Hello All,

I've been following the beasts for some time now. I was wanting a non-abs Tiger 800 XC. It is such a sweet ride! But, I couldn't justify the cost. I picked up a nearly pristine 05 Tiger...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-24-2013, 08:04 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
This is the most balanced road bike I have ever...

This is the most balanced road bike I have ever ridden. Once rolling it is effortless and easy or if you want to get on it, she really wails. I had ridden and wanted a Tiger 800 XC that was...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-24-2013, 04:52 AM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
I hate to admit it; I've been a lurker for a long time.

Hi Guys,

I had to get on as I haven't been posting; but lurking. I've been following the activities all along. I've missed you guys! I see a lot of new members brought into the fold. I haven't...
Forum: Day Trippin' 03-28-2013, 09:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,065
Posted By optopilot
The other Locals:

Watch where you step. Elk poop oder lingers for weeks!
Forum: Equipment 10-30-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By optopilot
For those of you who wear glasses!

Always take your helmet in when you pick out your eyewear. I am in the optical business and an avid dual sport rider.

Make sure the glasses can be slipped on/in when the helmet is worn. Make sure...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-30-2012, 09:15 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
I do miss the Mojave Preserve!

Those were great times guys! The beauty of Afton Canyon, the dunes, the full throttle runs, the food, most of all the fellowship! While I've been to the Mojave several time since, nothing compares to...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-27-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Yo! optopilot here and still alive!

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

I've been lurking all this time. I've missed you guys. I see new names have been added to the ragtag bunch. Between work(65 to 70 hrs/week)...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-04-2009, 06:49 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Optopilot will be delayed on Friday 3/24. Duty calls!

Hi guys. I won't be able to get away until Friday night at best. I am hosting a conference for some of my peers on Friday. There is a slight chance I'll get stuck on Saturday. I'll know next week. I...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-08-2009, 06:02 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
There is a time. Ecclesiastes chapter 3.

There is a time for everything. Events in our lives shape and mold us into our own unique person. Last night, my mother in law went home to rest with the Lord. This morning my 4 month old...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-05-2009, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-05-2009, 05:57 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Hi Guys! I haven't forgotten. Just a little busy!

I've been a little?! busy with work and we have some serious family health problems right now. (Not me.) Although ribs are still tender! I should know more about my schedule next week. The 5th wheel...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-24-2009, 09:25 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
MMMM! That sourdough bread bowl of clam chowder looks good!

Rob; you should post that over here! We will talk later this week and with a little input from the guys and gal lets plan the next trip to Pozo! Steve.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-24-2009, 09:12 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Optopilot likes copious amounts of food and drink. Thus no nocturnal riding.

Actually; I was probably in the sack by 21:00. We did have a great visit around the campfire though. Special K told of her homeland and experiences in Alaska and all of us "older" guys talked about...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-22-2009, 10:41 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
I'm happy; a little sore and tired!

What more could anyone want! We had a great time with fantastic people. This was a great venue for winter, spring or fall. The food was great the people even better. No major mechanical mishaps....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-20-2009, 05:27 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
5:20 am and my 1st cup of coffee. Headed for desert today.

I will miss the beautiful coastal mountains and the sea breeze this weekend. I do find the desert beautiful this time of year though. DSRider and I will pin down the date for the next Pozo run next...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-20-2009, 05:11 AM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Somehow I just knew Montebank was goin' to ramble on!

I slept very well Thankyou! We'll see you guys in a couple of hours. HST you're comin'? Allright! I bought the merlot! Steve.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-19-2009, 10:49 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
It's 10:45 and I've just finished my chicken pot pie!

But can I go to sleep? It will be hard. Stevele and I have nearly all the food etc packed. The excitement is building; 7AM will come fast! Steve.:D
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-17-2009, 10:13 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Stevele; Snugglin' is for the woman only! OK dogs too!

Besides; don't ask me how I know; but you snore! I'm happy to bring the big tent if necessary. It will handle 1 queen and 2 single air mattresses or more if smaller mattresses and bags. Otherwise; I...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-17-2009, 09:22 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Chip. Linkup probably Friday AM. Thursday PM food & etc.

My bike and I thank you for the ride. I'm going to take the Weber etc. over Thursday evening. I'll take the bike Friday morn. I assume you have a suitable tent. If not; I have a large 3 room tent. Is...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-17-2009, 08:41 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Chip; can you take my DRZ? I'll ride with SteveLe.

I'll ride with stevele and will bring extra drinking water, washing water and my weber kettle and charcoal for the filets! I will also bring the merlot! If we camp somewhere near the Wilson's group...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-17-2009, 08:29 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Optopilot pulled the plug on the coast. Goin' to the desert!

I'm in for the desert! I talked to Stevele today and I plan on being at his place to buy the eats on Thursday night; although a little late. Steve.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-17-2009, 08:15 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
I don't want to "rain" on anyone's parade; but

I called Santa Lucia FS this morning and they said the FS roads/trails are closed. They would probably be closed through the weekend. I cancelled my reservations at my RV park and am going to the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-17-2009, 06:26 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Optopilot needs to know today if any takers for Pozo.

It appears most if not all of the folks are going to the desert. I will call Santa Lucia FS today to check conditions. I need to know today if anyone is wanting to go. If not I will cancel my...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-17-2009, 06:17 AM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Optopilot may need or share a ride to the desert.

It appears I may be going to the desert. I will be calling the Santa Lucia FS today to find out conditions. It seems everyone is going to Spangler. If no takers for the coast; I will cancel park...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-15-2009, 04:43 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Optopilot is riding Pozo or desert 2/20,2/21,2/22.

Weather and participants will determine the Pozo trip. It sounds like no one is interested in going to the coast. Are there any takers? If not, I'll cancel the park reservation. As far as the desert;...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-15-2009, 12:32 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Good weather is in the works! I hope!

I'm still watching the weather. I haven't pulled the plug on this trip yet. Yes, the 5th wheel is still ontrack for Friday. Is anyone is still interested in going! I will call Tuesday and get the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-13-2009, 06:57 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
I was hoping to ride my bike; not paddle my kayak!

I have to admit it is looking pretty bleak for Pozo. The desert is starting to look better. We just need to setup on high ground. I'm still watching the weather though. I will be calling the FS on...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-12-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
I am still waiting on ShazamDRZ to ante up and go!

I still have a place in my vehicle for a rider and bike. I have been holding out for Jeff. JEFF. WHERE ARE YOU? If I don't get a reply soon I will have to offer it up to someone else. Buy the way; as...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-12-2009, 09:30 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Mudpig; Are you living up to your namesake? Go to Pozo!

Sorry. I don't even know you. But with a handle like that I'd think you would jump at the chance to go to Pozo! Keep the faith! Steve.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-12-2009, 06:21 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Enough is enough!

2 days is enough. Steve.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-12-2009, 06:05 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
not to worry!

Optopilot can cancel the reservation without penalty if cancelled with enough notice. Contingency plans may include the desert; weather permitting. If not; we can always make Pozo next month. Steve.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-09-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13,886
Views: 1,065,711
Posted By optopilot
Please see the Pozo thread for some good news.

For those with inquiring minds; please check the Pozo thread for the status of the ride on 2/20, 2/21 & 2/22. It is good news indeed! Steve.:clap
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-09-2009, 09:51 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Good news from points southwest!

I talked to the USFS Santa Lucia District office and the lady said that the weather(rain) is the factor in closing the FS roads and trails. The webpage that is displayed is not not exactly correct....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-09-2009, 05:16 AM
Replies: 344
Views: 14,159
Posted By optopilot
Have USFS contact #. Will call today,

I have the name and the phone number of who to call at the USFS Santa Lucia District HQ. I will call today although it may be a holiday. If so, I will call tomorrow. Steve.
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