At some point in time, someone's going to have to remind me it's actually winter.
Since my GT250 is done, I decided it was time to go out and take a ride. I dropped a line to a few of the Quitters that it was time to go out and take a quick ol' ride to Marin.
Then we noticed that either:
1) their bikes were busted (head gasket, Vinicio)
2) they were working (9-5! Ian)
3) just impossible to reach for some reason (hiding for probably a good reason, Francis)
So, I sent out an APB to a few other people, and Jess, Michael Moore and I met at the Shoreline Cafe near the Walgreens on Shoreline at 11am for a nice breakfast.
We weren't really sure where we were going to go but it seemed like we should go somewhere, so after a nice solid breakfast, we went out for a quick little jaunt around Southern and Central Marin. I had to take it a little easy - the GT250's engine only had ~130 miles on it, plus it had a relatively fresh rear.
The route ended up looking like,
1) Shoreline Cafe up Shoreline to four corners (Sequoia Valley, Shoreline, Muir Woods, Panoramic)
2) Four corners to Pan Toll turn off
3) Pan Toll turn-off to West Ridge
4) West Ridge towards Bolinas (left hand turn)
5) At Shoreline, hang a right to Point Reyes Station
6) Point Reyes to Nicassio via Nicassio Valley Road
7) Nicassio to Lucas Valley Road
8) Lucas Valley to Las Gallinas
9) Las Gallinas to Las Ranchitas to Lincoln
10) Lincoln to Wolf Grade
11) Wolf Grade to Sir Francis Drake
12) Sir Francis Drake to Magolia
13) Magnolia to East Blithesdale
On East Blithesdale we ended up at a nice little gelato place, got some ice cream (thanks, Michael!), then headed on back.
Nice little run, and got to put the GT through its paces. Felt right riding that thing again.
A few things to note about the ride:
- it was in fact still kind of 'winter' despite the fact that it was so nice out. some of the areas of lucas valley were really wet. I felt my rear wiggle out a few times, and that sucked. I had less than 50 miles on that rear before the ride, so that was half my fault.
- West Ridge is a GREAT little goat trail. I can't believe I havent' really gone down that way before, I'd always go up to the peak and go around. This was a nice slow descent. A must for later. Great scenery before the little goat trail starts, too.
- motorcyclists are much more likely to give the wave on open road.