With Bridgeport in my Rearview I head toward San Andreas via some nice Twisty Seirra Mtn roads on rt 108 going over Sonora Pass at 9628ft. This is just North of Yosemite National Park..... FUN!
I pass some Forest Service workers? on horseback...
Nope they're Soldiers from the U.S. Marines Mountain Warfare Training Center located right here.
More meadows before entering the Toiyabe National Forest...
As I near the Summit... what do I see???
Two Maidens, one in her nightgown playing in the snow... I turn back... inquire... intoduce myself... then ride on, thinking this is a nice waaay to start my day.
A nice sharp right hander at the end of this straight... followed by a whole valley of turns.
As I descend back onto the valley floor and before Sonora, I stop in Mi-Wuk Village at the Pine Cone for some coffee and a snack. I'm initially thinking I'm on a Reservation, but the name is maybe just from the past. Cool guys and a girl working here and more good conversation follows.....
I must have snapped this thinking of the river I grew up on...?
Then across New Melones Lake near Angels Camp (not a bad place to hang out eh). On that bridge below is where I passes a string of 6 bikes doing their thing... which is moving a bit slower than me, when i'm doing my thing.
The rich fertile soil of the Sacremento Valley near Lodi...
Vineyards near Napa...
The beautiful courtyard in Sonoma...
As I ride through... I pass two hot springs (should have stopped!!! ) and the Jack London Museum. More back twisties as I try to take the most remote back roads ( as much as North central Cali will allow) over to Sabastopol.
Then I pop into the Funk and Flash where Jess works... it's a cool little shop fer suuure. I didn't have too much of an idea what it would be like sooo I just kinda soak it in.
Accidently stopped the first vid short so here's the rest...
I'm here just before she closes up shop, so I wait a bit and we go across the street for dinner. Then a couple drinks and time to catch up on things since last summer..... She tells me she has some Maori dance classes down near the bay in Concord, sooo we'll take a road trip down that way tomorrow.
Not to be confused with Maouri people
For the Māori people of the Cook Islands, see Cook Islanders
(Māori pronunciation: [ˈmaːɔɾi]
, English: /ˈmaʊəri/
are the indigenous Polynesian people
of New Zealand
. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia
, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300 CE.
Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture that became known as the "Māori", with their own language, a rich mythology, distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups, based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced, and later a prominent warrior culture
The arrival of Europeans to New Zealand starting from the 17th century brought enormous change to the Māori way of life. Māori people gradually adopted many aspects of Western society and culture. Initial relations between Māori and Europeans were largely amicable, and with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi
in 1840 the two cultures coexisted as part of a new British colony. Rising tensions over disputed land sales led to conflict in the 1860s. Social upheaval, decades of conflict and epidemics of introduced disease took a devastating toll on the Māori population, which went into a dramatic decline. But by the start of the 20th century the Māori population had begun to recover, and efforts were made to increase their standing in wider New Zealand society. Traditional Māori culture has enjoyed a revival, and a protest movement
emerged in the 1960s advocating Māori issues.
In the 2006 census, there were an estimated 620,000 Māori in New Zealand, making up roughly 15% of the national population. They are the second-largest ethnic group in New Zealand, after European New Zealanders ("Pākehā
"). In addition there are over 120,000 Māori living in Australia. The Māori language
(known as Te Reo Māori
) is spoken to some extent by about a quarter of all Māori, and 4% of the total population, although many New Zealanders regularly use Māori words and expressions, such as "kia ora
", in normal speech. Māori are active in all spheres of New Zealand culture and society, with independent representation in areas such as media, politics and sport.
Disproportionate numbers of Māori face significant economic and social obstacles, with lower life expectancies and incomes compared with other New Zealand ethnic groups, in addition to higher levels of crime, health problems and educational under-achievement. Socioeconomic initiatives have been implemented aimed at closing the gap between Māori and other New Zealanders. Political redress for historical grievances is also ongoing.