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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 12th, 2008, 11:22 pm Thread Starter
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Three Passes and Lassen

Wouldn't be a Rich Hall ride without pics. More pics and detail at: http://rhhall.smugmug.com/gallery/5682576_MyrCW

What a great weekend. I had a friend from Reno and his friend from Texas (trying to put on 50k miles this YEAR on his R1200R) join me for a couple rides this weekend. Saturday was a three-passes ride: Ebbetts, Sonora, and Monitor in one day, about three hundred miles. The second day was a ride out to Lassen National Park, and then the long way home through Quincy, LaPorte, and Nevada City.

We started the ride by heading for Markleeville via Diamond Valley Ranch Road, outside of Woodfords:


After stopping for breakfast in Markleeville on Saturday, we ran into a couple English gentlemen on BMW's. One was on an LT, and the other the superior and faster Gray-Green Metallic K1200GT. They were planning to ride over Tioga Pass.


After breakfast, we headed over Ebbetts, but got to Arnold before Snowshoes was open. I didn't think anyone from the board was going to show, so we headed for Murphys and had a beer there. Sorry if I missed you Ed!

At the top of Ebbett's Pass:


Snowshoes Brewing Company, we were there, but they were closed:


From Murphys, we went to Standard to the old Snowshoes location there, which is now called Lumberyard Brewing Company. We had lunch and another beer there. Properly fed and watered, we headed over Sonora pass.



On the way up, we encounter some guy on his Harley Davidson. He thinks its fast, cause it makes lots of noise. He cuts into our group and tries to show us what a "real bike" (TM) can do. Needless to say, we quickly dispatch him, and he retreats in our mirrors after Chuck's R-1200R blows by him as the last bike in our formation.

We headed up 395 and took the left over Monitor pass.

We had some cars in from of us, so my buddies decided to wait at the maintenance lot at the bottom of the pass. I missed the turn, and tried to do a U-turn on a hill ... with expected results: dropped the damn thing on its left side. So now I have matching scratches on each side of the bike. Maybe the even drag will stop the PTTR!!!!

We decided to ride over Monitor and have a beer at Markleeville. This one was on the house, as we provided our manly tool-wielding expertise to unlock the accidentally locked women's bathroom. This is starting to sound like a Harley ride.

Sunday we rode over to Lassen National Park,


but the traffic was thick with tourists...


... and Park Rangers.



We had lunch in Chester, then on to Quincy, LaPorte, and Challenge via Quincy-LaPorte Road : and back home through some goat trails to Nevada City. We were in your backyard, Fletch!



Exiting the park,


we headed for Quincy and the great "Quincy-La Porte Road."

Any trip north usually ends with me riding through Truckee and around the Northeast side of Lake Tahoe, with a final bomb down Highway 50 over Spooner Pass to home. This was no exception, except that Highway 50 east from Spooner pass to Carson city is fresh asphalt!!!! A great weekend.


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Rich... Great images and report. As always. Beautiful blue sky. Someday will ride the CA roads. We had our recent BMW 100K ride out of Foothills. The passes of RMNP, and towards Steamboat were on the plate this year.
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Hey Steve! I was hoping I would see you at Paonia this year. I did an 1k day out to Denver in July, but didn't keep the receipts to document it. I figured I already have an SS1k certificate, don't need another one. I returned a couple weeks later through Paonia. Hope you've been doing well!

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I was registered for Gillette and Paonia, but ended up not able to make either, eating the registration fees. Oh well, will try again next year.

BTW, have two boys up at Ft. Collins now and have to make that I-25 blast on occasion, but I know to show a little restraint when passing under a bridge.
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