It was a long ride so the report
will be long as well.
Day 1 for me was Thursday the
Michael K from AZ and Gary from NM
met me at my house around 11:30am. We left at 12:30 for the ride to
Castaic to stay the night. I gave them the tour of our local
mountains along Angeles Crest Hwy and Big Tujunga rd. It was quite
nice in the upper elevations at around 80 degrees. With a couple of
stops along the way we got into Castaic around 5:30. We checked into
the Roadway Inn and had a meal at Mike's diner across the street.
Oneway Wayne from Vegas rode out to meet up with us at the motel. He
got in around 8:00pm and we had a great visit until we turned in
Day 2, the ride to Red Bluff.
Up at 7:00am for the
continental breakfast and kickstands up at 8:00. We gassed up
and hit the 5 fwy north to the 99. We did make a slight detour to my
friend Terry's house for a break and drink. We stayed about an hour
and a half and made our way back to the 99 hwy. It was a long and
warm ride with a few stops for gas and bite to eat along the way.
Wayne left us in Sacramento to go visit an old friend. It was great
to see him and ride with him if only for a short time. It was around
6:30 when we arrived in Red Bluff. There was already a few Valks
there already. Dick and Margo invited us all over to his house for a
nice BBQ. He grilled some steaks, potatoes, beans and veggies for us
all and boy was it good eaten. Then it was back to the rooms for
some much needed rest.
Day 3, The ride to Lassen and
It was up a 7:00am again for
breakfast and kickstands up at 8:30. 11 bikes showed up for the days
ride and the weather was perfect.
Dick quests on this ride were
as follows, BigMac, John G, Glenn, Chuck, Larry,Kelly, Brad, Michael K,
Gary, Bill. I wish I could remember where they all came from but
alas I can't. Dick and Margo then lead the way to Lassen National
Park. He took us down some fantastic roads. One stop was by these
wall made just from the local rock of the area. He called them
Chinese wall as they were first built by Chinese emigrants years
ago. The current owner of the land is now building more of these
walls around his property and will be more than 30 miles worth by
the time he is done. He uses the walls for cattle corrals.
Once again it was off to
Lassen and to check out the park. The park was beautiful and we all
split up a bit to take our time and see the sites. We did have a
problem with one of our riders though. Chuck somehow got his signals
crossed and went ahead of us thinking he needed to catch up with us.
He didn't know that we were all checking out the sites and we're to
meet at the end of the park road. He never did find us and if you
read this Chuck I'm sorry for the confusion. We were running late so
the lunch location was closed that we had planned on. No big deal
though we just made our way along and had lunch at a Black Bear
restaurant in Mount Shasta. After lunch is was more riding on
beautiful roads to Klamath Falls OR. We stopped at this great view
of Mt Shasta and took some pics.
We got in around 6:00 and
got our rooms. Since we all had a late lunch some of us just when
and got some nice cobbler at the local diner. 4 of the riders only
had a day and made there way home. I'm glad they could join us if
only for the day. It was great to meet and ride with them.
Day 4 Crater Lake
Once again it was an early start
after the continental breakfast. George from Klamath Falls joined us
for this days ride. He lead us for a nice tour out of the city and
up around Klamath Lake.
Dick took the lead from here for
the ride up to Crater Lake. Once again great weather and roads and
we were all having a good time. As we were about to enter the park I
noticed my kickstand was not going up all the way. I held the bike
while John G took a look for me. I seems the bolt that holds the
kickstand spring was bent and about to fall off. I remember that I
hit a rock along Angeles Crest Hwy and I think that's what caused
the damage. So in the parking lot of the information center and with
the help of John and the others I replaced the bolt with a spare I
had with me. It didn't take to long so if was off again to Crater
Lake. Once we arrived we decided to have lunch at the Crater Lake
Village. The lunch was very nice and of course the view was
After lunch we all decided to take
our time and ride around the lake. So we broke off into smaller
groups and agreed to meet back at the village at a pre determined
time. Once we done with our ride around the lake it was now time to
head to Ashland OR. Brad told us about some great places to stop
along the Rouge River so we did!
Got into Ashland just about
dark and checked into the rooms. George had left us as we got out of
the park and it was nice to meet and ride with him as well.
Day 5 Ashland back to Red Bluff.
Dick got us going around 8:00am
for the final loop back to Red Bluff. This loop was a beautiful ride
thru the Trinity Alps. We traveled thru some great canyon and
mountain roads and followed some great rivers. Weaverville was out
stop for lunch and Dick had this nice sandwich shop in mind for us.
Great food and the gal was really funny. As you can see Michael K
was enjoying himself.
Dick took us on hwy 36 back into
Red Bluff. This is one of the most fun roads I've ever been on. And
it has a lot of hills and curves.
We got back to Red Bluff and
while some went to their rooms, Brad, Gary and I went over to Dicks
out to due a petcock repair on Brads bike. I use the opportunity to
do my laundry and take a shower.
Anyway that's about it or at least
all I can remember at this time. Special thanks to Dick and Margo
for their hospitality and all the hard work they put into making
this ride happen. This is one of the top 5 I have been on with the
VRCC and will remember always.
I'll post more pictures as they