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Wine Country - Calistoga - Saturday 8/31

Wine Country - Calistoga!

Hello Cruisers:

We are riding through Napa Valley to enjoy the wine country’s scenery as well as some great southern style BBQ for lunch. This is a cruiser / touring bike friendly ride.


• When: Sat 08/31/2013
Meet at 9:00 AM; KSU 9:30 AM

• Where: Meet at Peet's Coffee & Tea, Cupertino

22350 Homestead Road (@Foothill Exp, by Trader Joe’s)

Cupertino, CA 95014


 (Please fill up @ Chevron at the corner)


• Lunch:  Buster’s Southern BBQ & Bakery
is located at:
1207 Foothill Boulevard.
● the corner of Hwy 29 and Lincoln Ave ●
Calistoga, CA 94515

** This ain't a vegan place! No Greens. :-) 

~ PM Route: Silverado, 121/29, Hwy 12, 680S (pit stop at Peet’s in Danville)

  Ride ends around 5:00 – 5:30 pm back in San Jose.

• Difficulty:  Beginner __   Intermediate __   Experienced _X_

·  We are going through the GGbr from the Lincoln Blvd ramp. We are merging onto the bridge at a busy point. May need to do some lane-splitting to get to the Vista point parking on the other side for our rest stop. This is the Labor Day weekend so there will be a lot of tourists out there. It is also about 5.5 hours of actual riding, round trip (about 260 miles)!

Pace:  Moderate to Fast

Gear: Recommended

Motorcycle: Best Suited for Cruisers and Touring Bikes!

Rain will cancel

Extreme heat will also cancel!

Words of Wisdom:
~ Please review Liability Release statement at THIS LINK

~ Proper gear, a working machine and gas in the tank is highly recommended.
~ Ride within your comfort zone and leave room for bad karma.
~ I may pass slower traffic when it's safe. You don't have to. Remember, someone will wait for you at turns, so just relax and have fun.
~ I maintain the Pace according to road conditions with safety of all riders in mind. Be mindful of others in the group. Let faster riders get ahead of you by moving to the right and signaling them to pass you. And if you want to pass the rider(s) who are in front of you, make sure to do so safely and without startling them.

~ If you know the area and would like to sweep for the group (AM shift, PM shift or both), please let me know.
~ Good stuff to read before going on group rides (CLICK).
~ Keep an eye for the rider(s) behind you so they won't take a wrong turn. If they get lost, you'll buy their lunch devilish

Bay Area Weather Outlook:


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  • Mike G.

    The ride was great. Thanks Kevin for organizing and leading the ride.

    September 3, 2013

    • Kevin

      Thanks Mike. We'll see you on a another ride soon.

      September 3, 2013

  • Mike G.

    It was great riding with everyone. I hope we can do it again soon.


    September 3, 2013

  • Tex L.

    This was a good ride! A definite cruise, as advertised, through the wonderful scenic views of the Napa & Sonoma areas. We had various weather conditons, from the crystal clear blue skies at our origination point, to being completely fogged in as we traversed Highway 35 and up along the most Western road you can ride along on the Peninsula, then into the oven-like heat as we travelled up the Napa Valley. We never did hook up with Ron Sheridan at the break just after our Golden Gate crossing, but Tom was there waiting and we also picked up Dan, a last minute addition, who caught up with us there. Aside from one small incident with that Dennis had with his bike, which pulled him over very briefly, then seemed to disappear and not return for the remainder of the ride, all riders and bikes had no problems. From my position at the back, everyone looked like a skilled riding team, working together and anticipating each others moves.

    It was great meeting all of you!

    See you on the road!

    August 31, 2013

  • Curtis B.

    thanks for the ride and company. Amy Shane and myself had a blast. happy holiday weekend all!

    1 · August 31, 2013

    • Kevin

      It was nice meeting you. Glad you could join us.

      August 31, 2013

  • Dan G

    Nice ride today. Had a blast. Tri tip was great, could've used a nap after that. Thanks Kevin for organizing the ride and Tex sweeping. Finally got to do a group ride!

    August 31, 2013

    • Kevin

      Glad you could joining us.

      August 31, 2013

  • Gabe V.

    Great ride, nice weather and superb BBQ.

    August 31, 2013

  • Ron S.

    Q:: what time will the group arrive at the Vista at the N end of the Golden Gate Bridge? And may I join there?

    August 30, 2013

    • Kevin

      Hi Ron. Yes. I think Tom C is planning to do that too. My best guess would be around 10:45 am.

      August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Ron - I'll be at Vista Point by 10:30 tomorrow. Won't be hard to spot - I'll be the other guy with a Triumph Tiger XC!

      August 30, 2013

  • Tex L.

    I can sweep if you need it!

    August 21, 2013

    • Kevin

      That would be great. :-)

      August 21, 2013

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