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Mines Road Monster Ride - Saturday, October 4, 2003.

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Starbucks, 223 South Vasco Road, Livermore.
(Turn right (south) when getting off of I-580 on Vasco Road, it's on the right, just before the second gas station.)

Route: Mines Road to The Junction, Del Puerto Canyon to I-5 for gas, back to The Junction for lunch, San Antonio Valley Road up to the top of Mt. Hamilton for a tour of the observatory, then down the mountain to Alum Rock and we all split up.

Over 100 miles of twisties in this ride, not counting whatever you ride getting to the start point or after the end point. A challenging, but enjoyable set of roads.
 

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[smiley=waytogo.gif] Thank you Scott. I will be there.
 

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count me in.

Ok, call me crazy. let's have a BBQ at my place? which is right off Mt. Hamilton road a half mile from the end. It's an hour from the Junction Inn. big parking area, great view of the valley and the bay. I don't have a BBQ. what do you think?

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A barbecue sounds great, but I have somewhere I have to be in the early afternoon and I don't think any of us will be fast enough to ride the whole route and make it there for lunch.

I try not to have other things scheduled on days that we have Monster Rides, but sometimes I can't help it. If others want to participate, maybe you could work out the details in a separate thread.
 

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An after-ride BBQ sounds good! I can bring a BBQ or 2 up beforehand.
Let me know!
Cesar
 

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I may join in, possibly with a friend on an R6 (I think - I haven't actually seen his bike yet), if we feel up to riding out there from Marin.

Is anyone going to the AFM races that weekend at Sears? I might go to see Steve (Tigre944) in action on his 250.
 

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I may join in, possibly with a friend on an R6 (I think - I haven't actually seen his bike yet), if we feel up to riding out there from Marin.
We've never turned anyone away and Juan's friend Jamie has brought an R6 a few times.

We don't especially like to be outnumbered by non-Ducati riders, but we'll gladly welcome any friends that come.
 

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Scott is right. I don't think that a BBQ will work for lunch, way too far. the Junction Inn is a fun place any way.

Syvan, I didn't mean to offend. BBQ's don't bother me. I'm not much of a meat eater myself. I was thinking more of a get-together. are you up for Cocktails? except I don't have booze.

maybe I should find a funky bar we can all pile into. I'll look. there is a funky coffee bar just after we get on flat land. the guy use to live in Africa. he brought it back with him. He makes the best Mexican hot chocolate with the right amount of spices, yummy.

Booze doesn't cost alot. maybe I should stock up. what do you all like? please post. :D

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I may/may not make it :( Sterling Van Lines is supposed to deliver a baby grande piano and someone has to be home when they assemble it. Another contributing factor is, Bry's tires are down to the wear bars.

I should make him stay home...but I would feel bad that I'm having fun and he's not. ;D

I'll let you guys know for certain...I will probably end up going anyway...

Oh and btw, Syvan, you can have a grilled veggie fajita if we decide to have a BBQ.
 

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Just a heads up:

I just read a note on BARF about a group ride on Mines Road where they had 3 out of 10 bikes go down. Click on this link for a photo of the type of stuff on the road: http://mencionet.com/bike/Gravel.jpg

Personally, I expect that sort of thing on roads like that and watch for it. I just want everyone to have the mindset that there are gravel, deer, kamikazi squirrels, divebombing birds, and other hazards on Mines Road and the other roads we'll be on. You'll have to be sure you can ride your own pace so that you can deal with the challenges that exist on those roads. You can't count on the rider in front of you for sufficient warnings to avoid all hazards without looking for them yourself.

I don't want anybody going down on this ride.
 

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Grasshopper seeks truth...

Ladies and gentlemen... BELIEVE IT! The uniquely challenging thing about these world-class twisties is the gravel combined with several blind DRT's (decreasing radius turns).

Did Scott mention the oncoming cars and trucks in YOUR lane? The ONLY lane?

See you then. Be sharp-- it's a two espresso ride.
 

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Re: Grasshopper seeks truth...

Did Scott mention the oncoming cars and trucks in YOUR lane? The ONLY lane?
Last time I was up there we probably saw two cars going the other way. It wasn't much of a problem, although you still need to ride as if some idiot is coming the other way in a moving van that takes more than half of the width of the road (it's happened to me).

I don't really want to scare anyone off, but I do want everyone riding with caution.
 

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:-/ ... Scary!!!! What is the head count. who is going? wher should we meet in San Francisco to ride to the meeting place. Any ideas....
 

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Any Marin folks going? We could meet at the Larkspur ferry terminal parking lot before heading over the bridge...
 
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Any idea what time you will get to the junction from Livermore? I think Ned and I are going to ride up Hamilton and meet you guys at the top..then ride down to 5 and back up and back down with the group.
 

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Any idea what time you will get to the junction from Livermore? I think Ned and I are going to ride up Hamilton and meet you guys at the top..then ride down to 5 and back up and back down with the group.
I would suggest that you be headed up the mountain before 9:00, since you will have quite a bit further to go and will have to ride slower as well. If you're riding up Alum Rock at about 8:30 you'll probably get there about the same time we do (unless we have to wait too far past 9:00 for anybody).

As long as you guarantee you're coming from that direction, I suppose we can all wait there for whichever other group takes longer to get there. I had hoped to not spend more than about 15 minutes at The Junction the first time through there, but we're not in any big hurry, right?
 
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