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Posted: 10/24/2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ]

The Love Ride was our 1st motorcycle event that Lucky and I went to.  Did not go on a Harley, but a Suzuki.  It wasn't even ours!  We borrowed it from a friend, who never rode it.  Eventually, we did buy it and I got my motorcycle license with it and it became mine, after Lucky bought his Road King.

Anyways........my point being, we have to go to the Love Ride, because it is tradition and we love it.  I get my fill of meeting movie stars and Lucky gets his Jay Leno.  Jay is Lucky's secret friend.  (Shhhh).

As some of you know, the Love Ride decided to combine the event with Bike Week and moved it to Pomona on the L.A. Fairgrounds in 2007.  Bad mistake.  it just wasn't the same as riding to Castaic Lake.  We did go that first year in Pomona, but sadly, skipped the next year and the following year, which ended up being cancelled!  Last year, the Love Ride decided to go retro on us and only sold 1,000 tickets and met up in Calamigos Ranch in the Malibu hills.  We decided not to attend that one either.  So when Oliver Shokouh announced that the event was going back to Castaic Lake, we were there!

The ride is usually in November, but this year, it was in October.  Perfect!  The weather was warm and not rainy, like it usually is during this ride!  Lucky and I were up at 4:00 am to get ready and leave by 5:00 am.  The morning proved to be very foggy, so we were careful on the road.  Didn't take us long to get to Glendale.  Lucky was a little undecided about which way to go, since it had been so long.  But we found our usual parking spot and after defrosting a little, we started the walk towards Glendale Harley.

The stage was a little smaller this year.  The crowd was a little smaller this year.  The bike parade line was very small this year.  I began to wonder if it was because people assumed there was no Love Ride or if by changing the date to October had anything to do with it. 

We got our coffee and stood in the FRONT ROW of the stage, mainly for me.  I get a kick out of seeing movie stars in person!  Yet, in years past, we had to push our way to the front of the stage.  Where was everyone?

The opening band was o.k.  Not my type of music.  Probably not ANY biker's type of music, either.  It was what Lucky calls "angry music" and the band was called Max Mueller.  But as soon as that was over, here came the stars and I was not disappointed!  Jay Leno, Robert Patrick, Bryan Cranston, Danny Trejo (scary!), Montgomery Gentry, and even one of the DJ's from my country music station was there, Ginny Harman!

We didn't ride with the parade group, but went ahead so that we could park in time to get pictures of the bikes rolling in.  Sadly, as we we were heading up the 405 Freeway we came up to a crash involving a motorcycle.  Not sure of the details, only that they were okay, but a second accident (which we didn't see) happened right after the first and the couple was killed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.

Since the accident slowed us down a bit we didn't get there ahead of everyone, so no pictures of the 1000s of bikes rolling in.  When we did get to Castaic Lake it was HOT.  I was stripping my layers off to cool down.  Yes, for those of you that know me, I wear about 4 layers of clothing on many rides.  We didn't stay long, being that Lucky wasn't that excited about seeing Montgomery - Gentry and he was having some issues with the throttle on the bike and he wanted to get that solved before it got to late.

Took some pictures and left, but Lucky's throttle was a mess.  He was twisting the throttle and the bike wasn't going, then all the sudden he would twist it again and we took off!  It seems that the glue wore off and the throttle cover was coming off - or something like that.  Found a hardware store and bought the thing that can fix ALL.  Duct tape.  Now Lucky's bike looks ghetto, but it works.  Oh, and Lucky had to wear winter gloves because he brought only one half glove!  Duh.

Rode West on the 126 towards Ventura and the beach.  Nice scenery and pumpkin patches.  Had never been on this road before.  When we passed Fillmore and dropped into Ventura, the weather went from 90 degrees to 60 degrees.  Time to pull over and get some leather on and layers for me.

Took the 101 freeway to the 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) and that was a beautiful ride.  It was cold and foggy, but the ocean was still nice to look at.  Stopped at Neptune's Net  - a seafood stand with lots of fish, cold beer and outside seating that has been there forever and has become a favored stop for riders coming up the coast or down from the Santa Monica Mountains.  The bike parking was full so we had to park across the street, which wasn't easy.  Try crossing a major 4 lane road where the cars are going at least 70 MPH!

The place was packed and even though we had just finished lunch at Lake Castaic, Lucky broke down and ordered a Crab Cake Burger or something like that.  A crabby pattie....I don't know.  I don't eat fish.  We shared a table and a couple of beers with a couple (Mark & Madeline) that was originally from NY.  She had never been to Neptune's Net and I think they ordered the entire menu!  They had a whole lobster, deep fried shrimp and something else with it, steamed clams, and boiled shrimp.  Their food covered the entire table!  I was queasy. 

Finally time to go home.  We rode down the coast in very heavy foggy overcast - known out here as a marine layer.  I froze almost all the way home, but the day was a good one and we enjoyed ourselves!

 

See more Love Ride Pictures Here!

 

Posted: 7/11/2011 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ]

Last Saturday, July 9, 2011, was the 32 Annual Mooning of the Amtrak - the 3rd year after the big police fiasco at the Mooning in 2008.  Lucky and I decided that we are still going to go!

We met up with Rick (HBRick) and his wife, Debi, at Cook's Corner around 11am.  It was a beautiful day to ride!  The weather was around 80 degrees with a slight breeze and no clouds in the sky.  We ate some grub at Cook's, had a beer and then we were on our way to the Mooning.  Took the canyon to make the ride more scenic and fun. 

When we got to Mugs Away Saloon in Laguna Niguel (the home of the Mooning of the Amtrak), it was slightly quiet.  Definitely not as many people as three years ago!  The police presence was there and we all felt a little uneasy.  Then we realized that we should have had more beer at Cook's Corner because there was no way we could drink our mixed drinks we brought, and Mugs Away was full to capacity and very crowded and hot inside.  But the police did let us moon with no problem!  Just no open container or other type of nudity.  Damn!  You had to stay inside the fence at the bar to drink...

Lucky and I, along with Rick and Debi, settled on the sidewalk and were ready to moon the first train that came by.  There were more bikers than there were people in cars.  It was like a bike rally, without the usual bike rally fun and games!  There were still plenty of people mooning and the trains did go slow for us.  FUN!!!! 

After about 4 or 5 moonings, we packed up and decided to ride out to Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano for a few beers and some dancing. 

It was a nice day for a ride, moon some trains, and have a beer or two and to hang out with some friends!  We are hoping next year the mooning of the Amtrak will have a few more people!

Here is a picture from the 2008 Mooning - hopefully we can get a crowd like this again...

 

Posted: 3/28/2011 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ]

Lucky and I got up early yesterday to ride to the Long Beach Swap Meet to meet Andrea with Wrapter.  It was freezing!  At least to me:  60 degrees.

As Lucky was putting on his chaps, I had to text Rex The Road Dog and tell him about it!  Rex does not own chaps, even though he lives in Pennsylvania.  So he makes fun of us riders that wear them!  Called us wimps.

The bike is out of the garage and warming up.  I'm getting my face mask on and doubling up on the gloves.  Before I can even get on the bike, Lucky notices that it is sprinkling.  He runs back into the house to check the weather in Long Beach.  Light rain.  We figure no one is going to be at the Swap Meet. 

And so, we put the bike back into the garage and take off all the winter riding clothing and stay home!  

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: 3/9/2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ]

Southern California weather has sure been odd.  One day we are flooded with rain and the next day, we can wear our bikinis and wash the bike!

Saturday, March 5, 2011, was a perfect day for a ride.  We had just gotten over a couple of days of rain - and I don't want to hear those bikers from Seattle telling me I'm whining - and the sun came out early in the morning.  I was ready to go.

Our friends, Rick (HB Rick) and his wife, Debi, were riding down to our place to join us.  We planned on going to that fun little bar in Sunset Beach called Mother’s Tavern.  Because the place is close by, we had to figure out a long and windy riding route.

We took Laguna Canyon to Laguna Beach.  Beautiful!  I usually wear a leather jacket and chaps, no matter what the weather, but today I had on my tank top and took in the sun!

As we approached Pacific Coast Highway, you could see the blue ocean for miles. I want to eventually move to Tennessee…but I will surely miss these ocean views on the bike.

Unfortunately, there gets to be an area on PCH that has too many stop lights! I felt like we were never going to get there and my stomach was growling and my mouth was craving a beer.

Ate lunch at the Harbor House Café and even though my stomach was growling, there was no way I could finish an entire burger.  This place must feed professional football players or something.  Lucky and I split a burger and I got my beer!  Yippee!

The ride to Mother’s Tavern was so close, we were tempted to just push the bikes…but we didn’t.  The last time we were at Mother’s, there was a cute bulldog in the bar.  This time, there was an Australian Shepherd looking for peanuts to eat!  So cute!  That’s why I like this place…very laid back.

Sadly, we couldn’t stay long.  Family things to tend to. So we ended up leaving right when the band started up.  Bummer.  I told Lucky he owes me.  I was having a really good time drinking my Bud Light in my mason jar and throwing my peanuts shells on the floor. (every now and then, giving a peanut to the dog.)

Thankfully we did ride that Saturday because the next day, the temperature dropped to 55 degrees and it rained!  What’s happening to Southern California weather lately?


Posted: 1/24/2011 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ]

A gorgeous Sunny Day in Southern California.  What are you going to do?  Get on your bike and ride, of course!  So that is what Lucky and I did yesterday, (Sunday, Jan 23).  The weather was about 75 degrees and the Santa Ana winds were kicking up a bit. 

Our first stop was to the Long Beach Motorcycle Swap Meet.  We didn't actually go into the Swap Meet, did that a few weeks ago, Lucky just wanted to talk to the owners about adding some banners on CycleFish.

Lucky had looked online for a biker bar to ride to that would be in Long Beach.  He found Cowboy Country that just happened to be a mile or so from the Swap Meet.  Now if anyone knows Lucky … when he is hungry, you HAVE to feed him immediately.  Needless to say, we had to stop at McDonald’s before heading over to the bar.  He wasn’t sure if this place had food or not and he did not want to take any chances!  Good thing, too.  We ride over to Cowboy Country and it was pretty much an empty parking lot and a long building that was all closed up (not even sure if they are still open for business?)!  Not only was there no food at this place, there was no place! 

Now what?  Lucky takes my trusty iPhone and looks up more places to try.  The next one we find is Thirsty Isle which is only a few blocks from us.  We ride over there and see only 1 bike in front.  Now this place is only around the corner from the Swap Meet and you would think, if it was a biker bar, there would be more bikes.  We didn’t even stop.  Not promising.

Instead, we decide to ride south on Pacific Coast Highway and look for a place that has lots of bikes parked in front.  After about 5 or 6 miles, we find our place in Sunset Beach.  There were plenty of bikes parked out front and the place had a great name:  Mother’s Tavern.

Step into this bar and right away you feel like a biker that has come home!  Peanut shells on the floor, football games on all three TV’s, and even a patron who is allowed to bring Bruce, his bulldog, inside and sit next to him on a bar stool.

They serve their draft beers in Mason jars, small or large.  You can order pizza from around the block and they will deliver to the bar.  The place is not very big, but it was big enough to have a two man Blues Band and have us meet some new friends and introduce them to CycleFish.  And of course we put CycleFish stickers on any place we could find for them.

After a few pitchers of Bud Light, watching Green Bay beat Chicago, seeing the Jets lose, and a few dances with Lucky to the Blues music, it was time to head home to family. 

A gorgeous day and we took advantage of it.



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