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Old 06-18-2008, 12:33 PM   #256
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As additional proof to how off the day was for me I only had my camera out twice.

This one from breakfast Saturday. Our server/group photog.



A penny for your thoughts Mario!

A few of the natives out for the afternoon.



FYI sunday was spent with cold packs wrapped to my legs or waiting for the cold pack to refreeze so they could be replied. The only bruise is on the right shoulder, maybe from busting one of the branches of the bush that caught me. Looking at Joel's pic of the corner it didn't look like I scrubbed off much speed before the launch point and I left a nice hole in the bush.

The 340+ mi. for the day was much longer and costlier than expected and I am convinced that the seat is a mid-evil torture device even with the sheep skin and foam wedgies.

At any rate lot of fun was had, mostly, and it was great meeting more of you FF's.
Joel, thanks for the photo documentary, good job. You get one of these just because.


Oh and there is still more that needs to be told like a GS in a truck parts missing from a GSA and there is more. Come on guys spill the beans, or I'll start telling the real story of how I was run off the road.


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Old 06-18-2008, 12:36 PM   #257
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My bud and I passed you guys going the other way on West Camino Cielo. I feel slightly better knowing that /7 ( edit : /6 ) has a high fender and GS forks. I saw it out of the corner of my eye, and though WTF? I used to ride an RS...

We were on a yellow DRZ and a Blue-red-white XL600.

Happy riding!

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Old 06-18-2008, 01:04 PM   #258
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After Cottonwood, we reached Bates

Hanging out at Bates




Dave (in his happier moments, you'll find out later), John, and Darren




Our un-official trail leader cuz Wally wasn't able to stay in front of him




The perfect bike for this ride, great on both pavement and dirt



Looking west, the next trail we have to take.....Sierra Madre


The gate to Sierra Madre




More of the Sierra Madre Rd



The view below from the road



Close up of the trail



Familiar sight, FFs waiting for me at the junction!




Me on a jackhammer!





More later this afternoon!
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:53 PM   #259
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Mike, can't you hold that camera a little higher! And a little ZOOM would have made a lot of FFs happy!

Anyway, good to hear you're ok!

The GS story is coming up soon!
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:02 PM   #260
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[quote=Treadless]As additional proof to how off the day was for me I only had my camera out twice.

This one from breakfast Saturday. Our server/group photog.



A penny for your thoughts Mario!

Thank goodness I didn't caught gaping. I did when the bacon arrived, however.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:51 PM   #261
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Now we're getting ready to roll, but where's W?





Didn't take long to get on the saddle and now blazin'


and farther away from me.....



How much nicer anyone will want?




The trail became easy so I was able to haul ass and caught up with W



Then it turned into rocks


Time for another break.



I have the impression that you can't buy a BMW without paying for the jacket first.




I remember Dave saying that school is out! Whadoyamin?





We found these guys at the bottom of the canyon and no smiles



If you haven't seen a "naked bike", now you do! And jugs hanging out




Air filter was clogged up, nope, not the culprit!



neither the carb and fuel




Thanks to Darren's quick reaction, this ATV would have ran on us! Or was it the cut-off sleeve and muscles did the talking!



The Mayor of Santa Cabeza finally found us after waiting and searching all over the place.



Dave found the problem and fixed it, but only after he completed the 90K mile service while we all awaited.






W......get help and might as well change your signature to "OAB"!

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/bladprb.html

PM me if you want to know what the TLA means!





This time, the Mayor took care of it



Dave is relieved, and Darren is joyful that he doesn't have to tow the bike back to the pavement. Me, I already removed my passenger pegs long time ago and turned my bike to a single seater.



We're moving again




Looks like an easy crossing.................





By the time I can get off and click the camera, W already picked up the 550# GSADV




The truth is



W was trying to convince me that BMW sells a quickly-detachable hid lamp



All of a sudden we were on a potato patch...as the locals call this section.



No more incident from hereon




Until I staged this one so that you blood thirsty FFs can enjoy seeing a bike taking a nap!



Actually, I was going around the corner hugging the mountain side and unaware there's a berm waiting. It swallowed me to the side and my right leg got pinned. Good thing the dirt was very soft and managed to pull my self out.




The Mayor in one of his few appearances



I think this is near the end of the trail




Then the "Disappearing Dvyking" all of a sudden showed up from nowhere


More report after dinner...
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:55 PM   #262
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The road to W. Camino Cielo is typical country



Soon we saw big properties



and a magnificent ranch




Just one of the many wineries in the area










Many of the guys were low in gas and found this station but was closed



Went to the next town and found gas. Six of us rode on to Refugio, while the 3 others had different plans.

We started here through this bridge


After the asphalt, we saw this sign and trying to say something. We don't need a road, we want dirt, so we went on.



Everything about Refugio and W. Camino was nice. I like this road. We met a hiker and a mountain biker, then rest of the way, just us. The whole place was ours that afternoon.





We went up in elevation quickly.

View of the Santa Ynez




Plenty of shades everywhere



I just noticed that John is riding a street bike




Once we got to the ridge, views galore





A stretch of asphalt remained intact



The Pacific Coast, hardly visible. I bet in a good day, this will be picture perfect



We're all happy to see dirt again




Interesting structure


Just one of the few challenges



I can see that the guys are fatigued, their salutes are not well coordinated



We're moving again, and this time I was able to get in front






It's downhill from here and heading towards HW154



The Pacific on the right and Lake Cachuma on the left



We completed W. Camino around 4PM and went to Cold Springs Tavern off HW154 for beer and lunch. Ojai is another 3 hours away.

Man the long ride didn't bother me, but this report is wearing me out.

Tomorrow, hopefully I will be done with the last installment.

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Old 06-19-2008, 08:47 AM   #263
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Awesome report Hang in their. I owe you a beer next time we meet. Dan
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:00 PM   #264
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The good thing about Cold Springs Tavern, if you ride your bike, you're there, motorcycle friendly. Those on cages have tough time finding parking and have to walk a little ways.



There's one section, only GSes are allowed to park



But bastards like us prefer to be in the woods




We had a late lunch at Cold Springs Tavern; very popular and crowded. It's a local landmark and a favorite joint by many. I've heard of this, but never had a chance. Glad W & W included this in our itenerary. There was a band playing and people were dancing; the place has a very festive atmoshere and lots of nice looking girls.










Although there is a dining area, many preferred to eat in the open.






There was a long line to get a sandwich ticket, but we didn't have to worry about that. The guy in the blue shirt took care of them tickets, as well as paid for them too, including beers.




Never try to pull a fast one on this guy!



The tri-tip sandwich is an excellent choice!



When I first met Wally a few months ago in Carrizo, he's very reserved. This ride, he opened up; he's really one great guy, truly cool, calm, and collective! I will ride with him any time, good company. But don't get fooled when he offers his guest room, he has a key to get in the middle of the night . Sorry dood I can't help it, jk!


So far, so good for the 5 of us. Glad we stopped, rested, and got the nutritions (beer) we needed.

We left the tavern around 5pm and we need 3 more hours to get to Ojai. Kind of sad, because our ride is nearing its end and we ran out of dirt. The next road is E. Camino, still a good ds ride, pot holes, eroded asphalts, twisty, nice view, etc. I was also looking forward to ride HW192 and HW150 which are both biker's preferred routes.

Some more later.....
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:30 PM   #265
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When I first met Wally a few months ago in Carrizo, he's very reserved. This ride, he opened up; he's really one great guy, truly cool, calm, and collective! I will ride with him any time, good company. But don't get fooled when he offers his guest room, he has a key to get in the middle of the night . Sorry dood I can't help it, jk!



Some more later.....



Joel how did you elected to do the whole ride report.

I was sure that there were other cameras on the ride.

I'm not so sure about Mr. Whirled myself.

And what's up with Windrat? Is he still alive? Did you guys do something nasty to him and scare him away?
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:38 PM   #266
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My bud and I passed you guys going the other way on West Camino Cielo. I feel slightly better knowing that /7 ( edit : /6 ) has a high fender and GS forks. I saw it out of the corner of my eye, and though WTF? I used to ride an RS...

We were on a yellow DRZ and a Blue-red-white XL600.

Happy riding!
I remember there were 2 of you. I was haulin and took the road to the left but you guys were pointing to go right. Not really lost, but you saved me some valuable time.

The Camino to me is one of the best dirt roads with spectacular views!

Thanks again!
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:43 PM   #267
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Joel how did you elected to do the whole ride report.

I was sure that there were other cameras on the ride.

I'm not so sure about Mr. Whirled myself.

And what's up with Windrat? Is he still alive? Did you guys do something nasty to him and scare him away?

Since I ride slow, I have to find a reason for them to wait for me. And if the FFs don't see a ride report, there won't be another ride with them for me!

Not sure what happened to Windrat, hasn't checked in, though I hope he made it home fine.
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:37 PM   #268
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End of E. Camino. Immediately after the guys saw me, they start to put on their prikin helmets and jackets! Cruel bastards didn't even give me the chance to get off my bike!





Check out XCRider's tires, almost gone! You can tell a good rider, he uses the entire thread.


This rear TKC was brand new a day before the ride. Jeff has an expensive hobby! Even the chicken strips are worn!





We stopped by Eatpasta's house but wasn't home



Almost 8pm when we got back to the same spot where we started.


Another reason to come back to Deer Lodge



Only "5 original riders" made it door to door.

This is just one of my favorite shots! Thanks to you all FFs.



And now the "Wan Salute", also my favorite photo



This is the most important and best of all



We didn't stick around too long cuz it's really getting dark, John and Darren still have to ride back to San Luis Obispo, Dave Dennis to Carrizo Plain, and me still 1 1/2 hour away from home. We part ways all smiling and in our minds a great weekend to remember for a long time.

Ojai in the dark


And I thought that was the last picture for that weekend, but no!

Along HW150, I saw W's jacket reflecting in the dark, and on the side of the road. Oh no trouble, Jeff had a flat tire !




Offered them help, but they waved me to go along. Jeebus, those BMW jackets can really save lives!



Next morning, I emailed Jeff and he told me that they made it to W's place less than an hour after I took off.



I hope you guys enjoy the report, and we expect on next year's "CEDRIC II" you'll be joining us.

I'm sincerly thankful to everyone and glad did this ride. Our fault and we apologize for planning it on Father's Day!

One last word....from GSWayne - "It's not the condition, but the decision"

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Old 06-19-2008, 07:09 PM   #269
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Joel that was excellent! Thank you.

I know that took hours to put together. I glad you don't have a life so you could take the time to do it.

Next time we meet you'll be drinking for free.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:36 PM   #270
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Good job, Joel

It was a pleasure to meet you and the other guys. I'm glad you got to ride some of the great roads this area has to offer. We don't have a lot, but the ones we have are pretty darn good.

p.s. I'm working on the house behind that white suburban
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