Saturday, October 24, 2009

VROC - Cranky's Tri-Tip in Tracy Ride

Pics are from top to bottom, click on a pic for a larger pic, text for a pic is under the pic.

Don VSP's blog: Its ALWAYS better!!!! GBG take a look!

Don VSP planned a great route that took us down Palomares Rd
and others. Click on the "View Larger Map" below the map to go to a Google interactive map and you can check it out.

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Well, look at the title!! You know what we had! Yup! I ordered a great big pulled pork sandwich! GBG

We had a shorter ride, pun intended to Shorter's Rib Pit! Don VSP really know's 'um, the food was a bunch and good, I couldn't even finish mine and over tried as it was...

Shorter's Rib Pit & Catering

We cater more than just Just Barbecue!

Specializing In

BBQ - Southern Cuisine - Fish
TRACY, CA 95376
(209) 839-2290

Hours: Tues.-Sat 11am-8pm
(open ‘til 9pm Friday Nights only)
Closed Sunday & Monday

When I say shorter, I only got in 180 miles, I normally get that many just to get to and from our normal start staging at Jelly Belly in Fairfield!

The ride kinda started out slow, Don and I thought it would just be us two, but by time I got to the staging point, we had a grand total of 7 folks... and as we were about to leave, Rad pulled in for 8! Nice group.

Here is Roy Coxen's new Harley to replace the Harley he had stolen, with Ruby behind. Roy, tie an anchor on that thing! GBG

Redbeard between Don VSP's Moto machine and his Classic and Eric Dunipac's Harley in the rear.

Michael Score's red classic on the left and Emily and Sid's bike on the right. He has a very nice V2K with a faring and nice hard bags.

Roy about to get into his trunk for something.

Butt break time out on Co Road on the outskirts of Livermore.

Everyone stretches... Redbeard in front....

Don VSP and Rad, she was calling Uwe to say she caught us.. just barely! We all said HI and wish you were here, he had to work....

Nice country side and everything is turning green!

We get to Shorter's and my buddy Larry W. that was "supposed" to be there was a no show! Larry! You missed a great one!

Standing in line..... Rad, Roy, Eric, Redbeard, Sid and Emily..

Donnelle Shorter was very good natured and helpful!

Tri-tip and a basket full!

Another one, look at the size of it!

My pulled pork, I couldn't even pick it up, little alone take a bite! I DID succeed tho...

Dave Shorter and Don VSP shaking hands! Don didn't call ahead and he pulled some tables together and made a nice spot for us! Good thing we left when we did, another group of bikes were coming in behind us!

Great run! Thanks Don VSP and all that showed up! The weather was FANTASTIC!!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

VROC - Welcome USN Kevin Ray

Pics are from top to bottom, click on a pic for a larger pic, text for a pic is under the pic.

Don VSP blog:

Don VSP FINALLY woke up and called a VROC ride!!! GBG Thanks my friend!!! We've been quiet all summer, we've been doing rides, just not our normal NORCAL ones!

So Kevin doesn't have his M1 and can't hit freeways, and Don plotted a great run thru a bunch of twisty's and of course had a great spot to stop and eat!!!

The route and you can click on the "view larger map" at the bottom and you're in Google and can move around:

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Lunch at Billy Quon's Volcano Grill and Mai Tai Bar in Carmel Valley:

So on a nice Oct day in sunny KalEfornYa, we start our ride... sigh The sky above my home..

Well, I have a nice and "cool" run down to Salinas.. getting worried, didn't see my turn off and pulled over to look at my google map, was putting it away and there went Don VSP!!! Roar off and tailgate!!!

We get to McD's and here is Don VSP and Kevin, with TopDawg's bike in the rear..

Kevin has a nice VN900 and for riding 1 MONTH, he handles it quite fine!

Another pic of us warming up at McD's.

OK, TD had to have breakfast before we rode to lunch! We have to take food pics!!! GBG!!!This looks kinda apple turnover'ish!

We get to Billy's and they gave us the executive sweet!!! GBG Plush couches and all!

Kevin, TD and Don.

This is really a nice place to stop!

I had the fish taco's and it was great! I knew I'd not be able to eat them both...

I blurred Kevin's cheese burger and sweet potato french fry's.

TD had the chicken salad, I almost did it too.... with an orchid on top....

Don had the small burger "sliders" and sweet potato fries... We swapped a taco and slider, the two were a better combination, and we both liked the result!

This is a (stolen from Don VSP's blog!!) Arctic “Dri-Ice” Bon Bon...... it's vanilla ice cream coated in chocolate sitting on dry ice and it smoked real good! The dishes on the side were for dipping the ice cream. Don was taking food pics and when this came out, the ladies called us over!!!!

The waiter told TD that the orchid that came with his salad was eatable, so he had to try it, he said it didn't have much taste...

Well, we waddle back to our scoots and get ready to take off... It was warm so wardrobe change was in the calling, I hung my vest with camera and ear plugs in the pockets on the flags on the rear.... well, I forgot it... Got down the twisty's about 5 miles and said "$%&!&!#%!# where's my camera lump in by right side...

Well, I honked to no avail, so pulled over and lo and behold, it was still hanging there in tact!!! Whew!!!! TD came back to see what happened, as I was tail gunner, and I passed him, and he caught up and on we went!

Well we winded and curved and geez, what a road!!! Nice scenery and we finally got to our rest stop, C on the map Greenfield, Ca.

After that we have to find a detour around our road that had a bridge out.... someone must have sold it.. GBG

I had done another wardrobe change, put on my summer gloves, as it was hot on the way to Greenfield.... bad move, Don took off his mesh jacket liner.. bad move...

And north we went. I had told Kevin that when the fog comes in the area between King City and Gilroy are a very windy place.... well, guess what???!!!! This was only about a 35mph wind, tame for this area, but dust a flying and getting whipped around.

We took the back roads back up the road between Monterey and Salinas and that's where Kevin left us.

Of course after the cold hands thang, sigh, I put on my glove liners and leather gloves at Salinas, well like I told Kevin , you get into Gilroy and temps go up 20 degrees, sigh, so then I was riding winter gear in heat, sigh... can't win around here.

It was a great ride as always, Don VSP has shown me so much of KalEfornYa that I'da never seen without him, and ate some great food for the same reason!!!

Thanks again my friend! Great day and folks!! Next time is coming... Polar something.. GBG