Sunday, August 21, 2011

21 Aug 2011 - Manjo Bash

21 Aug 2011 - Lil Doc and Manjo at Jest's
Saratoga, CA

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Link to Cranky's Blog

Manjo and Lil Doc (who live in Sudbury, MA) are visiting their 1 year old and 3 year old grandchildren in nearby Sunnyvale so Jest Rick is throwing another one of his Kaw Pastures at his home in their honor.

Jim and Cat arriving.


Rick comes out to greet them

Followed by Cranky who rode his bicycle

Lil Doc was inside already

Rick's wife Colleen doing her ikebana

Raiding the frig in the garage

The Nite Lite entourage arrives next.
Linda and Nite Lite

Richard and Sherm

Son Brian

Nite Lite and son Brian

Jim, Cat and Linda

We then head out to the patio.
Lil Doc, Brian and Cat

Rainbow grapes

Cranky, Manjo and Lil Doc

Rick, Sherm and Richard

Our Guests of Honor

Da pool

Getting the pool ready.
Colleen and Lauren

Only one beached whale today. Skid is still in Canada and decided not to ride over for the day.

But Brian decides to join his dad

Then the ladies take a swim too

Time for the hot tub

We skipped the main course and went right to dessert.
Fresh strawberry and fresh peach pies

Lil Doc is waiting for the peach pie

Lauren has a big, big piece of pie

Rick's son is getting ready to head off for NYU next week

Everyone has a ways to go before getting home so we leave in the late afternoon.

Cranky is showing off his bicycle. He rode the scenic ride of 12.5 miles up over the hills and is going back the same way.

Lil Doc is getting ready to get on her Harley trike

Manjo on his BUBF and Lil Doc

And the closing photo is of Lil Doc heading off into the sunset. :-)

Here is a photo taken on January 22, 2011 of the kids and grandkids that they are heading back to.


Thursday, March 31, 2011

31 Mar 2011 - SAG in Sacramento
East Sacramento, CA

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Not really a Ride Report, but with the weather we have been having I needed to Blog something.

Anyway Steve G {SAG} from Eugene, OR was in Roseville staying with his sister. He grew up in Sacramento and some of his old bicycle riding buddies are having a shin dig this weekend near Sacramento.

Anyway, I headed up to Sacramento to have lunch with him at Cafe Rolle {any excuse to have lunch there}. Besides Steve was picking up the tab.
SAG had arrived early and parked in the shade a couple of blocks down the road and was walking to the Cafe Rolle

We were both early arriving just before the doors opened at 11:00 AM. {for our 11:15 AM meet}
The posed shot in front of the cafe

Here William Rolle is preparing a sandwich To Go.
Notice all of the cut baguettes

Since SAG is buying lunch we start by splitting an appetizer of Duck Pate.
Excellent pate with bread and gherkins

We are the first to arrive and elect to eat outdoors. This is the warmest day we have had all year. Eventually we would get into the 80's later in the afternoon.
SAG puts on his bib and is ready to dig in on the food

SAG has a tough choice between the Hot Salmon and the Marinated Shrimp sandwich. So we order both and we will each have some of both sandwiches. It is real easy to split up a sandwich since it is cut into four pieces.
SAG beats me to the first bite

Shrimp and salmon sandwiches with the Spring Mix salad

This is my plate

I am busy snapping photos all over the place.
The waiter and the busboy and a couple of other patrons

It is still only 11:50 AM and already there is a Waiting Line.
SAG sitting while I have my after lunch cigarette

You can just see the top of SAG's head in the left most window

I ask our waiter the directions to the bakery where they buy their bread.
It is the Grateful Bread at 2543 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95825.
It is just about two miles east of the cafe in the Lohman's Plaza Shopping Center.
Entrance to the Grateful Bread

Cafe Rolle uses Pugliese baguettes. Pugliese is a rustic bread from the south of Italy.
A large selection of breads

SAG is looking at the muffins but settles on a baguette to take to his sister's

Grateful Bread list of breads available.
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Well that is the end of this Ride Report.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

15 Jan 2011 - Polar Bear Ride

15 Jan 2011 - Polar Bear Ride
Flag City, CA

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Today is a combined NCTRF and NorCal VROC Polar Bear Ride (PBR).

Link to Cranky's Ride Report of the PBR

We are meeting at the McDonald's at Flag City which is at the intersection of I-5 And California Hwy12. We will be criss crossing the Altamont via the old Lincoln Highway and then Corral Hollow Road with a lunch stop at Shorter's BBQ Pit in Tracy. Then another leg of the Ride takes us to the Ghiradelli Factory Outlet in Lathrop, CA and the end of the PBR.
An eclectic group of bikes meets at the McDonalds in Flag City. We will have 8 bikes and 11 people at the start of the Ride and will pick up two more bikes and riders in Livermore.

Waiting for the KSU of 1030 AM.
V-Strom, Nomad and Gold Wing. The two Harleys are not part of our group.

Photo by KC
There is a Triumph Trophy, a Suzuki sport bike, a Valkyrie and a Harley also plus my BMW

Our first rest break is at the Valero Station on Hwy 4 just west of Stockton.
Photo by KC

Then we have an unscheduled stop at the Mountain House Road House because the fog instead of lifting was getting thicker.

Here I am in my relatively new Revit jacket.
Photo by KC

Here is KC's wife Lyn getting a bottle of water.
Photo by KC

We wait about 15 minutes and then continue our Ride.

It still looks a bit foggy, but in less than a mile the sun is out and the temps rise about 10°

Our stop at the Livermore McD's is also to pick up Cranky and Roy.
Cranky and his Nomad. Roy and his Harley.

No road pictures today since I kept my gloves on and heated grips set on high.
So here we are in Tracy parking a block away from Shorter's BBQ Pit.
Cranky, Roy and KC park across the street from Shorters

Roy was going to peel off and head back home, but he remembered Shorter's from a previous Ride so continued on and was the first to eat. Then he was off for home.
Half the people were still ordering while Roy was eating :-)

Here is my Tri-Tip sandwich with the BBQ sauce on the side.

Photo by KC

Patiently waiting for our food

I was suppose to call from Livermore with the number of people but I forgot so they had to scramble and set us up.

Sidewalk outside of Shorter's

Lyn snacks on a banana while waiting for her BBQ Chicken

Cranky only ate half of his Pulled Pork Sandwich

Phil's Tri-Tip dinner with two sides

Corn bread and spicy spaghetti

Pdub about to bite on a rib

The BBQ Chicken

Look at the size of the Tri-Tip Sandwich

A few more of pictures by KC of Shorters.

After lunch we take some farm roads to the Ghiradelli Factory Outlet in Lathrop.

The entrance is at the corner of the building.

Lots of good stuff at fabulous discounts.

Here is my two pounds of chocolate squares. The cost is $8.50 a pound, but Seniors over 55 get an additional 10% discount. My cost was $15.30 for two pounds.

AND what is a NorCal PBR without someone having Ice Cream.
Rocky Road. All the ice cream is at a 20% discount of their retail stores. And the Hot Fudge Sundaes have a special price of $5.00.