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  President's Ride Recaps
 May Chapter Ride - Angeles Crest


Saturday, May 4, 2019 was a great day for a ride through the San Gabriel mountains along the Angeles Crest Highway.  The weather was warm when we left Mission Motorsports in Irvine, cooler in the mountains and warm again in Wrightwood.

Our meeting at Mission Motorsports started with a selection and vote on our Star 230 Orange County motto.  There were 72 entries submitted giving our members plenty of options to choose for the contest.  The final selection was made by the group which was submitted by Vice President Ken Indorf "Ride, Fun, Friends …Repeat".  Ken was awarded the $100.00 donated by Greg Schedcik and Paul McInerny which he immediately donated back to the chapter.  Thank you Ken!

Several Star 230 members are dealing with significant health challenges.  We are all wishing them well and hoping for a quick and complete recovery from their illnesses.
Two groups were formed, one led by Ken Indorf the other by Mike Fry.  Our route took us through Pasadena on the 210 freeway which lived up to its reputation for stop and go traffic caused this time by two big rigs colliding on the eastbound side of the freeway and a truck fire on the westbound side.  The ride up Angeles Crest Highway and across Angeles Forest Highway was twisty fun with light traffic.  The roads to Wrightwood were clear with little traffic and also a joy to ride on.  Grizzly Café in Wrightwood was set up and waiting for our arrival with outside seating in the warm sun.  The food and service was excellent.  A big thank you to the café for their cooperation and patience with our 30 minute delayed arrival.

After our last gas stop we headed south on the SR-15 to take Ortega Highway back to Mission Motorsports.  Due to the traffic delay on the 210 freeway and the anticipated back up on the I-15 south of the Riverside Freeway (which proved to be accurate)  we decided to end the ride at Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway.  Overall, the ride was wonderful with great friends, good weather and lots of curvy roads for our enjoyment.  Thank you to all who participated, especially the ride crew who made this another safe and successful Star 230 ride.
  April Chapter Ride - Oak Glen

It didn’t rain on today’s ride, in fact, the sun was out and the temperature warmed up nicely in the first hour of riding. Thirteen bikes with 14 riders departed our supporting dealership, Mission Motorsports at 9:10 AM with Ed P. as our Ride Captain and Mike F. and Al. P as Tail gunners. The ride south on Interstate 5 to Ortega Highway was uneventful and we exited the highway as a group.  It got a little interesting as we started over the hills toward Lake Elsinore. This 2 lane road does not have passing lanes long enough for the group to pass a slow or dangerous vehicle so we are forced to be observers of some pretty bad driving. Today was no exception. The car in front of Ed was just slow in the beginning and as the curves became sharper was observed to drift from the white line and into the opposing lane time after time. Not sure what he was on, but we just had to keep our distance and just follow till the road ended. Fortunately, the driver did not hit anything and made a right turn and we turned left.

Our first gas stop at the 15 freeway and CA-74 allowed some riders to remove a layer of clothes and purchase some very expensive gas ($3.79 / gallon). We continued North on I-215 to the Ramona Expressway / Cajalco Expressway exit.  We then passed Perris Reservoir and into the sweet smell of the dairy farms of the Moreno Valley. The turn onto Beaumont Avenue (CA-79) toward Beaumont was a pleasant change to well paved 4 lane road that started climbing toward the mountains. We finally got the intact group through the gauntlet of 7-10 intersection stop signs in Beaumont through Cherry Valley and hit some nice twisties before arriving at Apple Annies Restaurant in Oak Glen, CA around 11:45 AM. Parking this time was no problem at all as we all gut rock star spots (right in front of the restaurant).

The chef greeted us as we were being seated and announced that he had been preparing his Saturday Special, all you can eat spare ribs, since Thursday morning. They were fall off the bone tender and delicious! Everyone claimed they were totally full when we finally left at around 1 PM. No bikes received scratches or dents from the parking lot pavement this time as we had plenty of room to maneuver and navigate the very steep slopes and narrow lanes and no cars stopping in our path for no reason at all.

The ride down the hill the final gas stop was smooth and uneventful. The I-210 however, proved to be a challenge to our slow riding skills as the traffic was backed up for 3 miles for no observable reason. Once past the mess, we proceeded to the CA-71, Carbon Canyon Road and eventually to I-5 for the return to Mission Motorsports at about 3:20 PM with most of the members we started out with. A total of 5 riders left the group before we arrived back at Mission Motorsports. Ed said he now knows what Don C. feels like when his riders disappear on the way home. With no additional Chapter 230 business to address, your V.P. called the ride when we arrived safely and together.
   Chapter Overnighter - Pasa Robles

Our ride to Paso Robles was a great adventure.  We all (5 of us) met at the Starbucks in Orange for KSU at 7:30am. Although it was Friday, the traffic on the 405 was light with few slowdowns.  The ride up the coast through Malibu was also pleasant with light traffic.  We continued up the 101 freeway taking the cutoff through Lake Cachuma on the 154.  The lake was blue and full and beautiful with green hills everywhere.  Back on the 101 we continued to Nipomo where we made a interesting stop at the Loofa Farm.  Upon arrival we were given a brief tour of the green houses where we learned all about how Loofa are grown on vines.  There are a lot of interesting oddities about Loofa that we were told about.  Ken Indorf was particularly interested in why the Loofa were randomly different.

After the Loofa farm we stopped at a local deli for some much needed nutrition then continued up the 101 to our destination in Paso Robles at the Adelaide Inn. Dinner was Pizza and planning for the next day.  We decided to visit the San Antonio Mission at the Hunter-Liggett Army base with KSU at 8:30am.  Although there was a light rain coming down we carried on through the wetness with little discomfort.  Once we exited the 101 north the weather began to clear.  Upon arrival at the mission the entrance was a dirt muddy road but we all plowed through throwing mud and muck on our otherwise clean bikes.  The mission was undergoing some renovations and had some interesting historical artifacts and information that made the ride well worth it.

Upon leaving the mission we headed west on the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road toward the coast.  The road is mostly a single lane unmarked paved road winding through the mountains through forests and meadows.  Because of the recent rains the rivers were fully flowing and the floral was in abundance.  Beautiful colors, twisties too numerous to count and spectacular views adorned our slow cautious ride to the summit before we descended to PCH from our 2700 foot elevation down the hair-pin curves.  Arriving to PCH safely we drove south along the coast and stopped at Ragged Point for a much deserved lunch. Back to Paso Robles we returned along the 46 arriving back at our hotel around 4pm. 

Sunday morning was cold and dry.  We left at 8:00am with a temperature of 36 degrees.  South on the 101 to the 58 we headed west.  The hills between the 101 and the I-5 along the 58 were spectacularly blooming with so many vibrant colors of wild flowers we could barely keep our eyes on the road.  The 58 ride was nothing short of amazing!  We rode the I-5 home with reasonably light traffic ending our weekend trip with a wonderful 740 miles behind us.
   March Chapter Ride - Palm Springs Air Museum

Unfortunately, our planned ride through Palm Springs Air Museum was preempted again by foul weather.  Since this was our third month of rain on a chapter ride Saturday we decided to make up the ride on Saturday, March 9th.  Once our monthly business was finished we retired to our usual breakfast location, CoCo's restaurant for some breakfast and commiseration about being rained out again.

Saturday, March 9th turned out to be a dry day with some patchy clouds and cool weather.   We had 13 bikes and two groups for our make-up ride to the air museum.  The ride went smoothly and as planned until we started through the bad lands on SR-60 east towards the I-10 east where we were stopped with bumper to bumper traffic for about 45 minutes.  Once through the mess we made it to our destination however our time was cut short due to the traffic delay. After lunch and some interesting chats with the docents, KSU was at 1:30PM when we started up the Palms to Pines Highway back on our route.  The temperature was chilly over the mountain but the ride was great.

Because of our delay we called the ride at our last gas stop to allow everyone to go their own way home before dark because this was the last day of Daylight Savings Time before our clocks sprang forward.  Thanks to Ken for leading group one while I (Scott) led group two.  It was a safe and fun ride finally after all this unusual rain in southern California.

    February Chapter Ride - Fallbrook/DeLuz

Unfortunately,  our planned ride through Fallbrook/DeLuz was preempted again by foul weather, namely; more rain. Rain continued from Friday into Saturday so we had ittle choice but to cancel our scheduled ride. We met at our usual location Mission Motorsports to conduct business. No February birthdays were sung this month. The March chapter ride is scheduled to be to the Palm Springs Air Museum on March 2nd, Bike night is scheduled for February 21st at Uncle Pete's Cafe at 14276 Beach Blvd., Westminster.

Mike Fry presented his Treasurer's report and Dan Beach won the 50/50 drawing. Richard Von Luft, Mike Fry, Johnny Harper, and Dan Beach won the raffle drawings.

    January Chapter Ride - USS Midway, San Diego

Unfortunately, our planned ride to the USS Midway in San Diego with Chapter 527 - Temecula was preempted by foul weather, namely: a lot of rain.  Weather reports indicated rain up and down the southwest coast so we had little choice but to cancel our scheduled ride.  The good news is that we had plenty of extra time to complete our business of presenting rockers to our past officers, Mike Fry, Susan Palaoro, and Mike and Leslie Regner and now Past President Ed Palaoro.  Ed and his team for 2018 and beyond deserve a great big "Thank You" for many years of selfless service to Star Touring, and our Orange County Chapter 230.

I (Scott Hamilton, your new president for 2019), presented my team with their rockers as follows:

Vice President - Ken Indorf
Sergeant At Arm  - Ed Palaoro
Treasurer - Mike Fry
Secretary -Tracey Carter
Lead Road Captain - Don Carter
Lead Tail Gunner - Paul McInerny
Lead Shepherd - Al Piwonka
Webmaster - Susan Palaoro
Raffle Man - Scott Komie
Bike Night Coordinator - Richard Von Luft 
Once the 2019 Ride Waivers were completed, the Charter read and signed, Happy birthday sung to Larry Barton and Raffle and 50/50 prizes presented to Al Piwonka, Mike Fry, Glen Sandstrum and Bob Barbano (the 3x winner today) we all retired to the CoCo's Restaurant for some well deserved breakfast and fellowship.  Our ride planning meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Ken and Gail Indorf's home. 





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