May 18,19,20 2012
Friday, Saturday and
So.Cal. Valks Ride To
What a wonderful weekend. 8 bikes
with 9 bodies made it a great ride. 5 bikes met up at the Chevron
station for the ride to North Las Vegas. The weather was calm and
cool until we got to the Nevada border. Then is got a little breezy,
but nothing we couldn't handle. Flybynite rode up with us but had to
turn around after visiting his uncle. Nice to have him along even if
it was for just the half day. After a nice lunch it was time to make
our way to Hurricane Ut. It was warm but not bad. We got in around
3:30 to check in at the Rodeway Inn. For dinner we all went across
the street to Subway and brought them back to the rooms and hung out
in front. Beautiful evening to spend outside and enjoy our sandwich
and each others company.
Saturday morning we all met for
breakfast at JB's diner. Kickstands were up around 8:45 for the 147
mile ride to the North Rim. Once again it was a beautiful clear and
cool morning for our ride into Zion. It was quite busy so we had to
wait a bit to get in. We were hoping to have the fellows who had
passes to get the others in but it was not to be. Some of the
advantages to being 62 I guess. It was a bit of slow going though
the park for a while but once we got out it was smooth going. All
the different landscapes made for a great ride. From beautiful rocks
to desert to forest made for a nice ride. We stopped at Jacob Lake
for gas and a break before entering the North Rim. The road to the
Rim was freshly paved and was great. We arrived at the Rim and spent
about an hour and a half checking out the sites and views. Wasn't as
crowded as the last time we were there so it was real nice. Then
it's back to Hurricane but not before we stopped again at Jacob Lake
for lunch. It was real nice although all I had was a milkshake. I
was still full from breakfast. I had John lead us out of the park
and back because I wanted to follow the group for a change. We made
it back with plenty of light left and it was cooling off nicely. We
all made our own plans for dinner as some of us were not as hungry
as others. The rest of the evening we spent talking and having a
good time in front of our rooms.
Sunday we all left at different
times with Elmer being the first and Wayne, MIke, Morgan and myself
leaving around 9:00am. I stayed at Wayne's house on Sunday and had a
nice visit with Teri and Wayne. The ride home on Monday was much
cooler with no traffic.
Thanks to all who took pictures
and Michael K for the cool slide show.
K's Slide Show.
John G's Pictures
Michael K's Youtube video.
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