Posted by: caryandjohn | February 28, 2015

Schnitzel’s maiden voyage- to Yosemite!

Schnitzel is a natural on the bike… Super chill and patient while his mom takes care (probably too much care) to tuck him in and make sure he’s safe and comfy.. I’m pretty sure he’s saying in his head “come on, let’s ride already!”

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Once I realized that he was falling asleep at 70 mph, I knew everything would be alright…
Ben Berlinger, our club’s fearless president and past road captain had an awesome route lined up for our small group- me, Ben, fellow club lady rider Jane and Amber whose recently purchased ktm duke brought her on her first long distance ride. Over and across the valley via Lick Observatory. Fun!
Route out: https://goo.gl/maps/fkBbA
Route home: https://goo.gl/maps/S7czH

Schnitzel and I at the top of Lick Observatory …

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Taking the leap

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Rest stop before the final leg to Groveland, CA for the night

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We cut the ride a little short and saved our ride into the Yosemite Valley in the morning – which was perfect- far less people and plenty of time for us to line up for a photo opp in front of the park entrance sign… And to chat with the park ranger…

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The Yosemite valley is incredible.. It’s hard for the pictures to do it justice… But it’s really all about schnitzel – right? Big man in front of Bridalveil Falls and El Capitan

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We headed over to the Ahwahnee lodge for a break and complimentary coffee and cocoa!

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More wonderful pics of the valley snapped by Ben

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Then it was on to a stay on The Delta for the night in Ben’s boat… Schnitzel assumed his position

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Ben keeps his boat in a dry dock on the Delta and for a nominal fee can have it tractored over to be put in the water… Pretty cool to show up on bikes and jump on the boat… Schnitzel waiting patiently as we at getting the boat moved…

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Hanging out on the dock in Double Trouble, taking in the sunset, and fishing with Roy and Kathy who have been coming to the delta for years… I caught a fish! And Schnitzel claimed his spot for the night!

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We were up for breakfast in the morning and schnitzel and I were on our way

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Posted by: caryandjohn | February 20, 2015

Panoche Valley, Jackass Pass, Diablo Range

Got a chance to head out for three nights to my favorite part of California to see how the wild flowers were doing …

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Wildflowers near Jackass Grade … I was a week or so early for the peak flowers, I think …

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Due to traffic, I jumped off 101 in Morgan Hill and took Foothill to Tres Pinos, which reversed my loop, bringing me to the Panoche Valley first, and which cause me problems later in the trip … These three pics are Brown’s Valley Road, behind Tres Pinos …

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Found my camp spot, watched the sun set and the old moon set, too …

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Sunrise the next morning … This is the area where Cary and Ryan have spent some time with me over the years … You can just make out my tent and bike in the top pic

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Campsite …

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Exploring the next morning … all the gates were unlocked for the shepherds, and I got a big wave from one who probably thought I was Kalle, who likes to talk to them and look at their puppies … You can see some of the wildflower color in the last pic …

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“Dad, I lost the car!” If you look close that’s a car off the road … :-)

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Off to Jackass Grade … The ford on Panoche Road through Silver Creek …

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I got gas at I-5 and Panoche Road and saw this sign, which along with the switch to a clockwise loop would cause some headache later …

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The BLM area above Jackass Grade … Kalle and I were last up here five years ago … very beautiful ….

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Another late February campsite in California …

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My road ahead …

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More wildflowers …

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Then it was off to the Diablo Range …

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… and, locked gates … in 20 years, I’ve never seen these gates locked! New BLM policy to lock up county roads … the issue was, I’d read there are three locked gates … these two were easy to ride a motorcycle around, but would I wind up being locked in by the third gate …?

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Fortunately, I didn’t have to worry about locked gates tonight …

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Sunrise from the Diablo Range …

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Ready to break camp … and look for my locked gate …

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… and, here it is! No riding around this one … a 50 mile ride back to gas, if I can make it …

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Fortunately a citizen came along who had the gate combo and let me out! Nice guy riding with his eight and five-year-olds …

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The fellow who opened the gate reminded me about Old Hernandez Road, which has had a deep impassable ford for the last three years, so I went home that way … fun!

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All in all a wonderful example of winter-time motorcycle camping in California … I did miss Cary and the puppy, though …

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Posted by: caryandjohn | February 14, 2015

Out and About with Schnitzel

Cary and the puppy on top of Mt Hamilton on Schnitzel’s first long motorcycle tour … On their way to Yosemite Valley …

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