Dear Fellow Riders!
Welcome friends, to the May 2015 shop ride. This will be a ride suitable for intermediate and experienced riders, on paved roads only. Some of the roads are very tight but take it slow and you should have no problems. This ride is about 150 miles each way, so please take stock of your endurance.
Arlie Ray will be leading this ride as I wil be at BAMS in Pleasanton all weekend (see this newsletter for more info on BAMS) Our route will be down Hwy 101 south to Hwy 25.We’ll stop in Hollister for a mandatory gas stop. From here we’ll proceed thru Hollister down Hwy 25. After Hollister, Hwy 25 gets very interesting and is one of the nicest roads we ever ride. There are twisty sections, sweeping turns and straights that undulate with the terrain as we ride by ranches, farms, canyons, among mountains, valleys and fields. Hwy 25 finally joins Hwy 198 about 60 miles south and we take Hwy 198 into Coalinga through the woods and mountain roads. Lunch is at Perko's Café Grill, the happening spot in Coalinga!
To return north quickly, some of you may elect to take Hwy 198 to 101 North, for a straight and direct route. If you want to have fun in reverse order, take Hwy 198 to Hwy 25, back through Hollister.
Departure time is 9:00 am from the Calmoto, coffee will be ready by 8:30. Be gassed up and ready to leave by 9:00 am sharp. We'll have a short rider/safety meeting at 8:50. I want to earnestly request that all riders ride within your comfort zones. Stay within the safe limits of your riding ability, and work on being the smoothest rider on the ride, not the fastest rider on the ride. True riding skill is built on a sense of smoothness, control and a sense of line, not in trying to go fast. Practice performing the smoothest possible upshifts and downshifts by good throttle control and matching engine and road speed, and experiment with slight changes in body position and weight transfer to help control the bike in the corners. For this Sunday's ride we are going to set an easy pace, and anyone who exceeds that pace and passes the leader is on his or her own.
I hope you can join us. Have fun and be safe!
If you have any questions or concerns email me Arlie Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org