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Figured it was selling it way short to just call it an ACH ride...

To those of you who missed it; we wished you had made it, but there will be more rides. Soon.
To those of you who were there, you know what a [email protected]$$ ride this was.

First things first, the HARDCORE award goes to Supafly / David, he rode from freakin' San Diego to make this ride, AND he was the FIRST one at the Shell station rendezvous point.

The group gathered pretty quickly, and by about 9:15 we had an octet of Monsters staged for the assault up the hill. Still missed the 'straight' of having all models of Monsters, but we did alright.

The scorecard:
Supafly/David - M620D
Speeddog/Nick - S4
Retro/Kevin - M900 (rebadged as a 620 8))
be/Bruce - M750S
Infoage1/Tom - Foggy
S4R/Ted - S4R
Terrrible_Viking/Ryan - Foggy
Kevdusmc/Kevin - M620

The evidence:



Unfortunately, Lucas and 95Monster/George got aced out by the marginal weather. We hung till about 9:30, then took off up the hill.

After building a little heat in the tires, and losing a little from our bodies (did I mention it was really cold?), we proceeded to get some good momentum going, only to get stifled by a train of cages. As we're (almost) all passably polite folks, we waited for the cage drones to drift over at the next passing lane. Some did, but unfortunately the train was too long :mad:.

Politeness evaporated, replaced by large helpings of throttle. The front half of the train was dispatched, and we went on about our business. We steamed on up the road a bit further, only to be balked by another batch of tourists, who somehow were going even slower than the first chicane. Since our entire allotment of patience and courtesy had been squandered on the first group, we hammered by this group at the first opportunity.
I'm at a loss to describe the level of shock and amazement I felt when I found a C-5 Corvette poking along at the front of the train. What a waste.... :'(

After recovering from that psychic trauma, we ran unhindered the rest of the way to Newcomb's Ranch.



After a bit of stumbling around in the cold outside, we stumbled inside to get some hot food and coffee. The service was actually prompt and friendly, for a change. The crew, hard at work, deciding what to eat.....



----------------Stay tuned for part 2---------------
 

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Re: ACH-Whole Buncha Canyons-RockStore Ride 11-15-

Hi guys,
I'm really sorry I missed the ride .
Maybe we can ride again this weekend. :-[
 

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;D LOL Nick - you looked personally offended when we passed that Corvette, even from behind wearing a helmet. Got a good chuckle out of it.

-R.
 
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I'm at a loss to describe the level of shock and amazement I felt when I found a C-5 Corvette poking along at the front of the train. What a waste.... :'(
Since Nick is at a loss for words, I'll sum up his reaction to the Mid-Life crisis mobile being the source of the traffic backup. If you combine a 90 year old lady wagging her finger at someone and the anger & sadness of a little kid whose dog just got ran over..... I do agree with ryan though, it was funny as hell to watch it.
 

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ACH-Whole Buncha Canyons-RockStore Ride 11-15-

Damn, it's about time you finished this.... ::)

Met the infamous ;D CrestGal, got the word that the rest of ACH going over to Big Pines and Wrightwood was dirty and icy. Since none of us were running studded knobbies, we started discussing alternate routes.

After our leisurely brunch, we saddled up and scooted back down the hill, peeling off on Upper Big Tujunga. It's a real nice road, if you like fast & smooth sweepers...

At some point here, Bruce and Kevin (the one with the real 620 and the new tires) peeled off to attend to things a lot less fun, I'm sure.
Upper Big Tujunga shows as from point 3 to 4 on this map:



That dropped us onto Angeles Forest Highway, a little tighter and not as smooth, as I recall. I've been on that road a hundred times, but always going the other direction. It was totally unfamiliar running it backwards....
Another thing I recall is our pack thundering past what appeared to be a LEO, who waved as we went by. Maybe it was a ranger, tough to tell as we went by fairly quickly. ;)

After a scenic tour of beautiful downtown Palmdale :-X, and a stop to refuel and warm up slightly (did I mention it was really really cold?), we exited stage left on a short cruise west on Elizabeth Lake Road. The next course on the buffet was Bouquet Canyon. Yum.

Shortly after we got going down the Bouquet, I noticed Retro-Kevin close behind Ryan, who was at the front of the line.
Then they got small and far away reallllly fast. Then a slightly muffled BaBoom BaBoom, and they were gone without even so much as a dust cloud. Didn't see 'em again until the Vasquez Canyon turnoff. Those two play together much too well....

A short run on Vasquez to Sand Canyon, then down Little Tujunga Canyon. Started to get overloaded on good twisty road. Man.

A short conference, and we decided to run down to the RockStore to tie a nice bow on the ride. We hopped on the freeway, and holy bejeezus....I felt like we dropped into the final laps of the Daytona 500. It's such a shock going from a nice twisty road to dicing wheel to wheel with cages on the freeway.
Gack!!!
Finally, we exited the 101 for a short fling down Topanga Canyon, and the final leg of the ride on Mulholland to the Rock Store. We chatted for a while there, then broke up for everyone's ride home.

It was an amazing ride. Next time I'm gonna have to take notes....
Whew.
 

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Re: ACH-Whole Buncha Canyons-RockStore Ride 11-15-

Hey Retro, I wanted to mention that you look really cute in your new jacket! You know we are supposed to get dumped on this weekend. Now it is 100% chance of snow. They are talking blizzard... did I mention that you suck? Everyone was out getting that last ride in yesterday. The end is near. I only have 40 days until I can ride again. I wonder if that can count as my sacrifice for lent?
 

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yeah, I suppose you have already been up and down that a dozen times... I will post my dream road pic in TX once again. You can come hang with me in TX!!
 
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