Mid-Week Rides: New bikes, new riders

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012

Pictures start here

Chris writes:

Well, we were supposed to eat at the Golden Egg Omelette House at 807 Grant Ave in old town Novato. We’d been there before but alas, the Golden Egg Omelette House is no more. Today the restaurant is known at the ‘Left Coast Depot’. The SMBC (Sunday Morning Breakfast Club) will want to reflect this change in their ‘beanery listings’. Be aware - pricey! Late arrival, Randy Bush tried to assert that he was actually early and spent lots’o time searching for the Golden Egg. Ha!

It was a good group for breakfast though some were missed (Beining, Hyman, Hendricks and Theile to mention but a few.. Deider? Well, he found a job!). However, Joe Steiner, Bob Burns (aka: Major Wobble), Brent Hansen, Dick Zunkel, Bill Grass, Chris Weld and a new guy, Paul Hampton showed, not to mention the aforementioned Randy Bush. Steiner (who’s a real friend to someone), left after breakfast to help someone move.

Seven for the ride! We rode through old downtown Novato to pick-up Novato Blvd for the short jog on Petaluma Blvd for Wilson Hill, Chilano Valley and others. We rode through Fallon, a two-house community which ranks a spot on a really good map, this to connect with farm roads and a route to Dillon Beach and our first ‘break’. Weld’s ‘new-to-him’ GS was given a thorough inspection and review during which Brother Bush noted the saddlebags were big enough to rent-out to a certain Asian minority as an apartment. Paul Hampton, the new guy and a retired IBM employee, knew nothing about Dillon Beach so we showed him the cottages and then took him up the hill for the million dollar summer homes and the spectacular view of Dillon Beach and the mouth of Tomales Bay.

We came this way because Weld found a road on the map he hadn’t been down. However, Major Wobble insisted he (Weld) had, ( Bay Hill Road - runs from the N. end of Bodega Bay to CA Hwy #1). Weld plotted a course through Valley Ford for Freestone but turned left (W) and picked-up Joy Road for Coleman Valley. The group paused near the ridge top for a couple of pics with Carmet and Sereno Del Mar in the background. It was here that pangs of hunger struck several of the assembled riders. The Major called for chowder at the Tides Restaurant in Bodega Bay, a wish supported by Bro Zunkel and others. The Tides was crowded…well, perhaps the bar? Nobody would sit near us! The really bad news was reported by the ‘Professional Witness’ on door closures and systems. The Tides has installed new automatic doors and the ‘get rich quick schemes’ are now a distant memory.

We back-tracked through Bodega Bay so as to find Bay Hill Road - this was by design, not a true ‘wendy’. Weld insists he’d never ridden Bay Hill before so somebody’s ‘loosing it’. Weld thinks it’s the Major (he was the only non-BMW mounted rider in the group [Steiner left if you’ll recall]), and that’s ‘proof enough’.

We rode directly into downtown Sebastopol where Hansen (who lives there), and Bush departed with some weak excuse of having to pick his son up from school. Hansen? Dunno!

That left just five ‘real riders’ to finish the run. Weld wanted to ride Sweetwater Springs and the fact that Hampton was unaware of this ‘gem’ merely sweetened the resolve. We paused at the cinnabar mine and found it as decrepit as ever, which is to say more photogenic than ever. Hampton uses Hyman-type equipment and killed a lot’o pixels.

We rode over the mountain, through the redwoods. Sweetwater Springs is about 12 miles long and one needs a good map to find it! In the Spring, when the hills are green, it’s spectacular but since it runs through a lot of open range one must keep hamburger in mind.

It was late enough now to head for home so we passed the Hop Khiln Winnery and headed for the Wholer Bridge and on to Forestville but not before pausing in Miribel Park to shop a country market for cold drinks and oil. Bill’s early 80’s R80 was pumping oil through the pressure switch almost as fast as he could add it, very old Harley-like. Major Wobble begged to leave us with some lame excuse about company coming, (Oh how I hate to see a grown man beg…), and he took-off without a cold drink.

Once out on the freeway and cruising, Weld’s new-to-him GS started flashing lights and indicating he needed gas, saying he was ‘out’ in fifty miles. Weld slowed down some to try’n pick an easy-on/off exit with gas. Hampton (who obviously had gas in his GS) zoomed-on past. Weld and Grass left Zunkel at the GG Bridge and motored 19th Ave, stopping at State College to add oil.

Weld reports it was a great ride, 236 miles on the day for him. He was only sorry that he couldn’t recall how to re-set the trip meter (it’s a button on the handlebar stupid!), and still doesn’t know his MPG. He liked the new ride, better with the re-adjusted windshield but noticed that crosswinds couldn’t be ignored like they could on his RT.

Pictures from Bob, Dick, and Paul

I guess this is the place

I guess this is the place

I guess this is the place
Joe arrives

Joe arrives

Joe arrives
Ready for departure

Ready for departure

Ready for departure
Just a dribble.  Really.

Just a dribble. Really.

Just a dribble. Really.
Brent's is oil tight and CLEAN

Brent’s is oil tight and CLEAN

Brent’s is oil tight and CLEAN
mwr dillon

mwr dillon

mwr dillon
Captain's new ride

Captain’s new ride

Captain’s new ride
Comes with Big Bags

Comes with Big Bags

Comes with Big Bags
Limited parking

Limited parking

Limited parking
How big?

How big?

How big?
apartment for rent

apartment for rent

apartment for rent
...and they come off easy.  See...

…and they come off easy. See…

…and they come off easy. See…
View from Coleman Valley Rd

View from Coleman Valley Rd

View from Coleman Valley Rd
lands end

lands end

lands end
Bodega Harbor

Bodega Harbor

Bodega Harbor
Paying attention to the Boss

Paying attention to the Boss

Paying attention to the Boss
The Boss

The Boss

The Boss
Dilapidated

Dilapidated

Dilapidated
Firewood?

Firewood?

Firewood?
Sightseers

Sightseers

Sightseers
mine

mine

mine

Pictures from Chris

1- Break- Dillon Beach

1- Break- Dillon Beach

1- Break- Dillon Beach
2- Millon Dolloar Home Tour

2- Millon Dolloar Home Tour

2- Millon Dolloar Home Tour
3- Dillon Bch:Tomales Bay

3- Dillon Bch:Tomales Bay

3- Dillon Bch:Tomales Bay
4- Com'on Guys Catch-up

4- Com’on Guys Catch-up

4- Com’on Guys Catch-up
5- Vly Ford:Franklin Schl Rd

5- Vly Ford:Franklin Schl Rd

5- Vly Ford:Franklin Schl Rd
6- Major & Friends

6- Major & Friends

6- Major & Friends
7-Over Hill and Dale

7-Over Hill and Dale

7-Over Hill and Dale
8- Bob!- Step Back

8- Bob!- Step Back

8- Bob!- Step Back
9-Carmet & Brent Hansen

9-Carmet & Brent Hansen

9-Carmet & Brent Hansen
10- Ignore Him, now Smile

10- Ignore Him, now Smile

10- Ignore Him, now Smile
11- Serious Riders:Eaters

11- Serious Riders:Eaters

11- Serious Riders:Eaters
12- Randy Bush:Paul Hampton

12- Randy Bush:Paul Hampton

12- Randy Bush:Paul Hampton
13- Bill (Will) Grass

13- Bill (Will) Grass

13- Bill (Will) Grass
14- Nobody wanted to sit near

14- Nobody wanted to sit near

14- Nobody wanted to sit near
15- Sweetwater Sprngs Rd

15- Sweetwater Sprngs Rd

15- Sweetwater Sprngs Rd
16- Mine on Sweetwarter Sprngs

16- Mine on Sweetwarter Sprngs

16- Mine on Sweetwarter Sprngs
17- On Sweetwater Springs

17- On Sweetwater Springs

17- On Sweetwater Springs
18- Sweetwater Sprngs

18- Sweetwater Sprngs

18- Sweetwater Sprngs
19- Time for GG Bridge

19- Time for GG Bridge

19- Time for GG Bridge