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  Ride Recaps


   February Chapter Ride - Lilac/Fallbrook/DeLuz

Could not have asked for a better day for a ride.  The weather was great right from the start.  It was a little chilly on the ride down to Mission, but nothing but clear and sunny skies.  I arrived at Mission to an eager group ready for the chapter’s favorite ride through Fallbrook/DeLuz.  This is the ride, every year, where we have the best turnout.  Returning from a few years away from the Chapter was Greg Tomchick – welcome back Greg! 

As it was only the second ride of the year, we still had a few ride waivers to process and then there was the new Goldwing on the floor that everyone had to ohh and ahh over.  After coffee and donuts, raffle tickets, and good mornings, we all headed upstairs for the chapter meeting.  Aside from the usual business I have to thank Mike Fry for his awesome presentation on lane changes and hand signals – along with some great visual aids! It seemed to have sunk in too, very obvious while we were on the road during the day.  

Once the business was concluded, we all headed out to the bikes and saddled up.  We would be two groups with myself and Don Carter leading.  Thanks to Don for the great route!  A nice variation on our usual route with the addition of Lilac Canyon.  

We headed out down the 5 freeway to our first stop at the rest stop down by Camp Pendleton.   The rest stop was busy this morning – we were parked right next to a tour bus from South America.  They were very nice though – not as pushy as some of the groups – a lot of pictures though lol  I wonder how many travel photo albums we are in over the years. 

After the quick stop, we headed back out and down the 5 into Solana Beach, exiting at Lomas Santa Fe.  It was great to be off of the freeway and into some nice winding roads.  We headed inland through Rancho Santa Fe, down Del Dios Highway, past Lake Hodges, and out through San Pasqual Valley.  We seriously could not have asked for a better day to be out riding. 

We dropped down into Valley Center and our lunch stop at Fat Ivor’s Rib Rack.  This place is great!  The service was awesome and the food was even better.  I didn’t hear anyone complain about what they ordered – ribs, BBQ Pork and Beef sandwiches, burgers, it all looked really good.  The room got really quiet once the food came lol.  After lunch everyone rode across the street for gas, then back to line up for the second half of our ride. 

We headed out, continuing through Valley Center, then over through Fallbrook and into De Luz.  Lots of great twisties.  We really got into a great rhythm and it was amazing.  Eventually we dropped down into Murrieta and then onto Grand and around Lake Elsinore.  Our final set of twisties was Ortega Highway.  The Ortega dropped us back onto the 5 north and back up to Mission Motorsports.  What a great ride.

We arrived at Mission just in time for hot dogs and cold drinks!  What a great day!  Thanks again to Don Carter for a great route.  Next Month, Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego – see you there!

    January Chapter Ride - Orange Empire Train Museum

As always, our first chapter ride and meeting of the year is crazy; with new ride waivers, new officers, and of course the charter reading. I was ready for all of it. The weather was beautiful and cool - its going to be a great day.

Everyone was great and arrived with their waivers pre-filled and it was easy for us to get through the process of checking and signing off on them. Thanks to Mike and Leslie Regnor (our new Sergeant-at-Arms) for helping get those waivers processed.

After some catching up and socializing, we moved everyone up to the conference room for the meeting. There were rockers to be presented for outgoing and incoming officers and leads.

The following Officers and Leads were announced:

Ed Palaoro - President
Mike Fry- Vice President
Mike and Leslie Regnor - Sergeant-At-Arms
Susan Palaoro - Secretary/Web Master
Ken Indorf - Treasurer
Greg Schedcik- Vet Representative
Scott Hamilton - Ride Crew Lead
Linda Montgomery - Raffle Coordinator
Richard Von Luft - Bike Night Coordinator

There was the usual info on upcoming events and information. Then we settled in for the reading of the charter. Thanks to those who volunteered to read the pages and help us get through. Once the charter was read we were all downstairs to head out. We would be two groups of 19 riders with myself and Scott leading.

We headed out down the 5 to the Ortega Highway and out over the mountains. We lucked out with very little traffic so we were able to hold a nice steady pace. We dropped down into Lake Elsinore and around the lake and out to Perris. A couple of rights and lefts and we were at the train museum.

Now I have never been here and if you haven't you should. This place has over 200 trains either fully restored or in the restoration process. They are grouped by size and type. You could spend hours and hours here and not see everything. Mike Fry and I were lucky to be looking at the large steam engine when the guy who was working on the engine needed a socket and asked us to assist. So cool to watch this guy perform a tune-up on this great engine.

After a couple of hours we headed back to the bikes and saddled up to head out to lunch. We retraced our path back to the 74 and back towards Elsinore. We originally planned to have lunch at Chili's but changed to Archibald's after our pre-ride. On the pre-ride we got there too early and lucky for us ended up at the Archibald's. This place is amazing. Best food ever and great service. Once we had all finished lunch, we jumped back on the bikes and back over the Ortega Highway to the 5 and back up to Mission. Mission had hot dogs and cold drinks ready for us - thanks Mission!!!

A little bit of business and I called the ride. And that’s a great way to start off a new year! Keep an eye out for our new ride schedule due out after January 13th. See you in February!





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