All clean and ready to ride. Still a bit smokey but better than yesterday. Seems to be the new norm for Friendship Ride weekend. Should be about five degrees cooler today, so that should help.
Taking ol’ yeller out today, just as I did ten years ago when I started this ride. It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long since we lost Mike, but I know today will be another great day of riding, friendship and surely Mike will be with us as we twist our way through some of his favorite roads.
Today marked 10 years since I lost one of my best friends. I can’t believe he has been gone for this long. I still think of Mike every time I ride and I have fond memories of all the fun times we had out on these same roads.
Unfortunately, my body had other ideas. Spent the day at home with a migraine, rather than out on the road, like I have been doing for the past 9 years. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was Mike’s subtle way of telling me that for whatever reason, it was not a good day to be out riding.
I did spend some time looking through old pictures which made me remember the man that left us way too soon.
True friends are never forgotten. Miss you Mike!
Mark your calendars, as the date has been set for Friendship Ride 2015. Always the first Saturday in August, this year’s ride will fall on August 1st. We had an incredible ride last year and I’m sure this year will be even better. As usually this ride is open to all riders, no registration needed just show up ready to ride and of course ready to eat. Hope to see you there.
Please join us as we travel to some of Mike’s favorite destinations. We will be running the usual route that so many of you have become familiar with. As usual, those that cannot make the ride are welcome to join us at the after ride BBQ. Alan says he wants to do something big this year so we will let you know what we come up with.
Hope to see you all on this very special ride!
The weather is looking good for tomorrow, high 80’s in Oakhurst. Just got back from my pre-ride and the route looks good, should make for a great ride.
Michele picked up all the goodies tonight, grabbed some 1/3 pound burgers, hot dogs, and some spicy black bean patties if you’re avoiding meat. We’ll also have potato salad, beans, chips, drinks, watermelon, and Michele’s fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
Hope to see you all tomorrow for a nice relaxing ride through some of our favorite roads.
Please join us as we travel to some of Mike’s favorite destinations. We will be running the usual route that so many of you have become familiar with. Hope to see you all on this very special ride!
Please join us as we travel to some of Mike’s favorite destinations. This year the ride takes us up to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.
I’m busy getting the route and maps complete and should have everything up on the site over the weekend.
Hope to see you all on this very special ride!
Even though we’ve been stuck in an unbelievably long winter this year, I decided to take a ride up to Mike’s Place at Glacier Point. I’ve been up here with my other bikes, and figure the little Hyosung was due for its pictures from the top of the world. Had a friend join me for the trip and even though it snowed up at the point only a few days ago, we decided to give it a shot.
The roads were actually pretty clear, with a lot of snow along side. After chilling a bit going up Glacier Point road we were greeted with summer type temps when we reached the point.
We took Hwy 140 down through Mariposa on the way home. Running along the Merced river I could see the water sloshing and peaking much higher than normal. The amount of runoff from the snow fall this year is incredible and it was pretty cool checking it out on the way down the mounting.
Thanks for joining me today Doug, it was truly a great ride!!!
We will be running the usual route that so many of you have become familiar with. The weather this year has been full of surprises, I’m hoping for some cooler riding weather again this year. More info to follow!!!
I took a pre ride up to the park to see how far the construction had gone. I had heard reports that it was still west of the Glacier Point turn off and I was hoping to take 140/41 all the way up with out any problems. Unfortunately, we found that the road turns to gravel just outside the tunnel, unsuitable for taking a large group up to the point. So, my plans to bring Friendship Ride back to the point have been thwarted. 🙁 Not to worry, we will be running the standard Friendship Ride loop and save the trip up to the point for another year.
Here are a few pics from the trip, as you can see, gas prices in El Portal are pretty expensive, the road conditions on the way to the point, and the yummy treat waiting for us at Happy Burger on the way back.