Mid-Week Rides: First ride of the year

There were 9 for breakfast for the first ride of the new year, including three first time mid-week riders, Don, Jerry, and Ben.
Alas, Ben’s ride with the group was the shortest as he experienced total electrical failure on his KLR as we pulled away after breakfast. Major WWWobble stayed with him as he tried to start his bike and offered to help pull seat, tank, etc. to see what could be seen, but Ben seemed to want to call for help.

I admire his foresight. If you’re going to break down where better than in front of a restaurant where you can stay warm, sipping coffee, waiting for the help to arrive. First time rider Jerry also had minor electrical problems: sometimes his bike doesn’t want to start. After the third no start requiring a push from some of the riders he decided to keep the bike running until he got home. It was his good luck that there were no long stops planned after his last failure-to-start episode.

The map below (javascript required to view map) shows the route, a loop that took the group from Novato to Dillon Beach, Bodega Bay, then north along the Sonoma Coast until turning inland toward Guerneville.
Above Guerneville we took Sweetwater Springs than headed south on Westside, heading home through Sebastopol and picking up 101 at Petaluma.

It was a good way to start the mid-week riding season, albeit a little brisk. The dry, 60 degree temps under blue sky that the forecast called for didn’t quite match the damp, 50 degree temps under gray sky weather we had for much of the ride. I think most of us still had a good time. Sorry Ben. Please try again next ride, OK? I promise that I’ll make sure the start times on the web page match the start times sent out in email to minimize starting confusion, too.

Images from Marc

(1) Hick Valley Rd

(1) Hick Valley Rd

(1) Hick Valley Rd
(2) Old School, Chileno Valley Rd

(2) Old School, Chileno Valley Rd

(2) Old School, Chileno Valley Rd
(3) Chileno Valley Rd

(3) Chileno Valley Rd

(3) Chileno Valley Rd
(4) WWWobble follows

(4) WWWobble follows

(4) WWWobble follows
(5) Dillon Beach stop

(5) Dillon Beach stop

(5) Dillon Beach stop
(5) Wind blown tree at Dillon Beach

(5) Wind blown tree at Dillon Beach

(5) Wind blown tree at Dillon Beach
(5) Dillon Beach

(5) Dillon Beach

(5) Dillon Beach
(5) Dick preps for the group shot

(5) Dick preps for the group shot

(5) Dick preps for the group shot
(6) Grey sky ahead

(6) Grey sky ahead

(6) Grey sky ahead
(7) Freestone Valley Ford Rd

(7) Freestone Valley Ford Rd

(7) Freestone Valley Ford Rd
(8) Coleman Valley Rd

(8) Coleman Valley Rd

(8) Coleman Valley Rd
(9) More Coleman Valley Rd

(9) More Coleman Valley Rd

(9) More Coleman Valley Rd
(10) Bodega Bay

(10) Bodega Bay

(10) Bodega Bay
(10) Low tide

(10) Low tide

(10) Low tide
(10) Birds of Bodega Bay

(10) Birds of Bodega Bay

(10) Birds of Bodega Bay
(11) WWWobble's lunch

(11) WWWobble’s lunch

(11) WWWobble’s lunch
(12) Moscow Rd

(12) Moscow Rd

(12) Moscow Rd
(13) Unrestored

(13) Unrestored

(13) Unrestored
(13) at a chain saw store

(13) at a chain saw store

(13) at a chain saw store
(14) Cows

(14) Cows

(14) Cows
(15) Richardson Bay

(15) Richardson Bay

(15) Richardson Bay
(15) Last stop before home

(15) Last stop before home

(15) Last stop before home

Images from Chris

These guys - On Time

These guys - On Time

These guys - On Time
Only Two Here On Time

Only Two Here On Time

Only Two Here On Time
Getting Green

Getting Green

Getting Green
Chris Promised Sun

Chris Promised Sun

Chris Promised Sun
Good Company

Good Company

Good Company
Non-Existent Traffic

Non-Existent Traffic

Non-Existent Traffic
Throat of Tomales Bay

Throat of Tomales Bay

Throat of Tomales Bay
Akerman Can't Find

Akerman Can’t Find

Akerman Can’t Find
Western Sonoma Cty

Western Sonoma Cty

Western Sonoma Cty
Water Shortage- Bodega Bay

Water Shortage- Bodega Bay

Water Shortage- Bodega Bay
Under the Deck-Tides

Under the Deck-Tides

Under the Deck-Tides
Little Fog There

Little Fog There

Little Fog There
Cause for Salivation

Cause for Salivation

Cause for Salivation
Some Guys on Wholer Bridge

Some Guys on Wholer Bridge

Some Guys on Wholer Bridge
Saying G'bye

Saying G’bye

Saying G’bye
End / Perfect day

End / Perfect day

End / Perfect day

Images from Dick

at the bridge

at the bridge

at the bridge
riders

riders

riders
manual gps

manual gps

manual gps
new rider

new rider

new rider
faux owner

faux owner

faux owner

Images from Bob

Dillion Beach

Dillion Beach

Dillion Beach
Marc's Old Helmet

Marc’s Old Helmet

Marc’s Old Helmet
Where?

Where?

Where?
Jerry's Norton Crew

Jerry’s Norton Crew

Jerry’s Norton Crew
Documenting the brakes?

Documenting the brakes?

Documenting the brakes?