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North-by-Northwest: Director's Cut (Rated PG) Sun 3/02/14 @ 9:00 AM, Mill Valley









North-by-Northwest: Back-roads of Marin & Sonoma Counties





Rain will cancel.  Not recommended for newbies.   This is a make up ride for the one that was cancelled due to rain :-)

 



When: Sunday 2/9/14Arrive by 9 AM,  KSU 9:30 AM 

Where: Meet at  Starbucks, Strawberry Village



800 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415)[masked]



(between In-N-Out Burger and Safeway. Park in the FRONT parking lot facing Hwy 101, NOT the back side of the shopping center.  Fill up @ Strawberry Chevron)

~ PRE RIDE: South Bay / Peninsula contingent can meet me at  Rest Stop on 280N North of 92 at 7:55 AM, KSU 8 AM ... location = http://tinyurl.com/280RestStop 

Pace: Not too slow.  Not too fast.  Just right.  

Gear: Head to toe. 

Motorcycle: Yes, please bring it with you ;-) 

Route: ~  145 (+/-) miles of Marin County / Sonoma / North Bay.  Mostly smooth technical roads, with a few bumps thrown in for fun.  Lunch in Occidental.  Ride will end near San Rafael around 4:00 pm. 

Tentative route below - subject to change.    





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












Bay Area Weather Outlook:



















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  • Dave G.

    Rain does not cancel fun. We rode through cold and wet and were supremely victorious. Anyone can ride on a nice sunny afternoon, but only the truly committed will ride 75 miles to ride in the rain. Every one that stayed the course now qualifies for a mailman's badge.

    3 · March 2, 2014

    • Bob R.

      Dave, the words "truly committed" could be construed in several ways! Thank you very much for sweeping today, remember big gloves!

      1 · March 2, 2014

    • Tony C.

      lol

      March 4, 2014

  • john m.

    It was a great ride! I was ready to pull out back at Starbucks (as I live a mere 3.2 miles away) with the rain really coming down, but seeing the intrepid few lined up and ready to go prompted a change of attitude (liquid balls???!!!)! It was great fun, although as predicted my nearly tread-less performance tires were a bit on the slippery side. No matter - all was good and when the weather did dry up just a tad, the pace freshened as well. Super, capable bunch of riders that helped to inspire this less-than-intrepid-when-it-rains Ducatisti. I did lose Mehran and the rest on the freeway south when I ran out of gas (my fuel light wasn't working), but it was a mere 3-minute walk to the nearest station! Thanks again all for a great time (I'll still prefer a very fast sunny day!).

    3 · March 3, 2014

    • Mehran

      John, Dave signalled me that "a bike pulled off" and I assumed you exited to fill up. Had no idea you actualy ran out of gas. I am sorry you were ditched. Multistrada goes longer on one tank :-)

      2 · March 3, 2014

    • Tony C.

      Good sweep by Dave; bad communication by me. I think I was the bike that Dave signalled as pulling off. I live in Vallejo and got off for gas before the 37. I still think about the ride. Thanks again.

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • Grady F.

    If I hadn't just washed the bike before last weeks ride, I would have donned the rain gear and joined in. Which reminds me of a joke ... An old bull and a young bull were standing at the top of a hill ... oh wait, this site is rated G ... never mind.

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • Mehran

    Wet and Wild. Yeap, that sums it up. Good pace too. Empty roads and one empty gas tank. All in all a very nice riding session on this first Sunday of March.
    Thanks to all who left their warm and cozy pajamas behind and came out to play in the rain. Next week's ride will be in the Peninsula. Hope to see you then.

    4 · March 2, 2014

    • Bob R.

      I am so heating the hot tub tonight

      1 · March 2, 2014

  • Bob R.

    1 less star due to weather...great ride, though, improved my rain riding by 100% (not hard when you start at 0)- must get new rear tire, and proper gear, when you get back from a ride and can wring your socks out, you have achieved terminal wetness

    4 · March 2, 2014

  • Tony C.

    It was great to meet and ride with all of you today. California livin...

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • MrLister

    too wet !

    March 2, 2014

  • John B.

    Sorry, I had the wrong time - waited at Big Rock until 9:45, then bailed. Good luck...

    March 2, 2014

  • Mehran

    We are in Mill Valley

    March 2, 2014

  • John B.

    There's a little drizzle in Marin this morning, but I'm still up for it. I'll meet you at the Big Rock Convenience store @ 10:00-10:15AM

    March 2, 2014

  • Paul H.

    It is raining in Novato. I'm going to cancel, shame though as I was looking forward to meeting everyone. Maybe next time.

    March 2, 2014

  • Todd S.

    I *really* wanted to do this route. It looks amazing. Birthday party for my son today, rules this one out.

    March 2, 2014

  • Andre

    Not going... Lets try next time...

    March 2, 2014

  • Andre

    I hate the weather in the bay area...

    March 2, 2014

  • Andre

    I will wait until 8 45!!!

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Roads wet, I'm out. Rideable but not as fun. Ride safe.

    March 2, 2014

  • Rich D.

    Woke up feeling crappy so going to stay closer to home. Safe riding all

    March 2, 2014

  • Andre

    Are we good for today?

    March 2, 2014

  • Faris J.

    40% chance of rain cancels, for me.

    March 2, 2014

  • Mehran

    ZOOM ZOOM. Ride is on. There may be few drops here and there, but it seems not much. We will maintain a safe pace and adjust the route/timing to minimize getting wet.

    3 · March 2, 2014

    • Tom

      Just started raining again here at Cottle when I left the gas station. Ride safe!

      March 2, 2014

  • Dave G.

    Mehran,
    Will see you at the rest stop on 280 North.

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Larry

    I will only make it thru lunch and then I must head off into the sunset. (evening soirée to attend)

    March 1, 2014

  • K

    Tentative RSVP, based on rain.

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Mehran

    Hi all,

    Meet up platform has been on and off today. In case on the day of rides MeetUp and GRF site are down and you can't see info about our rides, remember that you can ALSO see ride detail on our main calendar http://GroupRides.net for KSU time and location.

    February 27, 2014

  • PAUL

    I am driving from San Juan Bautista. Any want to meet and drive up?

    February 26, 2014

    • Mehran

      PRE RIDE: South Bay / Peninsula contingent can meet at Rest Stop on 280N North of 92 at 7:55 AM, KSU 8 AM ... location = http://tinyurl.com/28...­

      February 27, 2014

  • Rick M.

    Sweep if needed

    February 26, 2014

  • Tom L.

    All right Mehran!

    February 24, 2014

  • Leahn J Huffman D.

    Horseback riding on the beach that day. Catch you next time friends.

    February 24, 2014

  • john m.

    We usualy re-group at the parking lot on the east side of the freeway at the Lucas Valley Road exit...that's a good spot if it works for you...

    February 20, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Is that the Big Rock Mini Mart & Deli at
      1500 Lucas Valley Rd? That seems like a good spot to meet. For me at least. What would be a good time?

      February 20, 2014

    • Mehran

      9:40-9:45. Be ready to roll by the time you see us.

      February 20, 2014

  • John B.

    But coming from Fairfax, Rancho Nicasio might be better for you.

    February 20, 2014

    • Don C.

      Will meet you there. Don't even have to stop, we'll just be ready to roll and just hop in line. We both have 2013 V-Star 1300's (red). If you leave Strawberry at 9:30 most likely you'll be at Nicascio around 10:15. See you all then.

      February 20, 2014

    • Mehran

      Don, we'll pause just long enough for the sweep and the rest of our group catch up. To be on the safe side, be there by 10 AM.

      February 20, 2014

  • Don C.

    OKAY....ignore that post about Fairfax. Duh! I just looked at your route map again and this time you are not going over Mt. Tam and through Fairfax. You are going down Lucas Valley Road and onto Rancho Nicascio. SO...how about we hook up with you outside the Rancho Nicascio bar/restaurant area. There is plenty of room and there are port-a-potty's should anyone need to use them at that point. Will need ETA but we will be there plenty early just in case.

    February 20, 2014

  • John B.

    Usually we have joined the ride at the Big Rock convenience store on Lucas Valley Road (at Mr. Lassen). This is where I'd like to hook up.

    February 20, 2014

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