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Thought I'd start a thread where we can post up plans for rides and invites in Central and Northern CA.
Or post up pics and details of your last great ride.

I'd love to get a ride organized for Hwy 36, Red Bluff to Fortuna. Next summer that is, I don't see me trying it this late in the fall. Lol

This is my second long ride after finally getting my bike back on the road. Weather has been perfect the last two weekends.

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Damn, I just checked out the link you posted back in October, with the ride you went on. That's a decent one for sure! Did a 300 mile ride a couple years ago with some guys. Went over the Sonora Pass, down 49 through Angels Camp, and a bunch of other mining towns. I was whipped after that day! Strange thing, less than a week after we rode through there, Angels Camp area had a fire break out. Next ride we took was the Berryessa Romp. Week later or so, Berryessa was on fire! I know Berryessa seems to burn every year just about. It was a strange coincidence though!
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Weather forecast looks great for Napa Valley! 77-80 degrees and sunny. So how many down for this? Jon and friend, Russ maybe and me. 4 is good manageable group. That's the size of the old breakfast at Middletown crew I used to ride with.
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Here's the latest info I got from one of the Sunday group.
8:30 - Meet at Putah Creek Cafe - 1 Main St., Winters CA 95694 - for breakfast.
9:30 - Leave winters, head for Turtle Rock. I'm guessing that puts us at Turtle Rock around 10:15?
Stop for lunch in Calistoga.

From there, I don't really know the exact route, but the others are very familiar with this area. I've ridden all those roads a couple times, but don't remember them so well.
There will be 3 other riders in my party, Scott, Jerry, and Tim. They all ride CBR1000's. The other RC51 dropped out. I'm the lone RC51 this time. So I hope you guys can make it, lets represent the 'old school'.
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One loop I used to do to Calistoga, from Turtle Rock cafe follow 128 thru Sage Canyon to Lake Hennesey, right turn on Chiles Pope Valley Road to Pope Valley and take left fork up to Angwin (chevron station there) down to Napa Valley, right turn onto Silverado Trail to Calistoga. Can backtrack or continue to 29 over mountain to Middletown. Lunch possible here. Back towards Berryessa thru Butts Canyon, Pope Valley and end at Turtle Rock. There's a few other routes depending on what everyone is up for. I always keep location of gas stations in mind due to piggys thirst for chevron.
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One loop I used to do to Calistoga, from Turtle Rock cafe follow 128 thru Sage Canyon to Lake Hennesey, right turn on Chiles Pope Valley Road to Pope Valley and take left fork up to Angwin (chevron station there) down to Napa Valley, right turn onto Silverado Trail to Calistoga. Can backtrack or continue to 29 over mountain to Middletown. Lunch possible here. Back towards Berryessa thru Butts Canyon, Pope Valley and end at Turtle Rock. There's a few other routes depending on what everyone is up for. I always keep location of gas stations in mind due to piggys thirst for chevron.
Everyone of those roads rings a bell with me, been on them at some point. All of them are stellar as I recall.

A loop i did a couple years ago.
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Okay I'm in for the ride on Sunday. I sent you a PM Jondog.

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Great ride yesterday guys! It was great to finally meet 10thbikE, and Jondog9! Both of you guys have super clean RC's! Who'd of thought the group would turn out to be 11 bikes. Great group of super good people! I think my total trip length from my house, to the ride and back was 330, or 340 miles. Hips and butt cheeks were pretty sore when I got home last night, this morning it's my neck that feels the wrath. Lol! All in all it was an awesome day guys! We'll have to do it again, and see if we can get some more Forum members out there!
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Yessiree! Helluva day! I'll get some pics up this evening.
Amazingly we had a great group, which isn't always the case when you get 11 different bikes together.
10thbike, you were carrying some impressive speed in that last section of 128 before we hit winters. Same for Russ*Collins51, I just don't remember where it was.
We put on a lot of miles, went thru more than a few hundred turns, and got to run with some other cool bikes.
Great day, Thanks for coming out you guys.
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I was pretty determined to hang with that R1 and it was on a road I was familiar with. Quite a mix of bikes as you said, 2 CBR1000s, a Panigale V4S, Ducati 1200 super something or other, our 3 RC's, KTM790 a couple others. Ya know every bike there was no older than 6 years except ours. Graphic proof on the street its not the bike as much as the rider. All of them were good riders but that guy on the Panigale was definitely hating life on the bumpier roads. Good meeting John and Russ*Collins and comparing 3 generations of Satos! Nice bikes guys! Gotta do this again before the really hot days start.
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Maybe that CHP didn't give me a ticket cause he thought I got separated from the group & was trying to catch up. And there you all were watching. Whatever, I'll take it.
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