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Orange County... Route 74, Hells Kitchen, Cook's Corner

Route 74 or the Ortega Hwy winds from San Juan Capistrano through the Santiago Hills to Lake Elsinore, and is one of the favorite routes in Orange County.

Join us for an early start at Starbucks in Carson, as we head down the I-110 to Long Beach and pick up the PCH to Dana Point, then San Juan Capistrano, and on the the famous Ortega Hwy to Lake Elsinore.

We will stop for a refreshment break at Hells Kitchen, the infamous biker bar near Lake Elsinore.

About Hells Kitchen...
We opened our doors and tapped our kegs on January 31st 2004. The restaurant features indoor/outdoor dining, a full bar, big screen tv (to watch the races on), a coffin condiment bar, pool tables, starbucks coffee, hellish decor and Americana style food. The restaurant is owned and run by a Willow Springs racer. Where'd the name come from? Hells Kitchen is a borough in New York, famous for it's melting pot of various cultures all in one area. It's known as a rough and tumble part of town. Most importantly, it's now known as the area which experienced the greatest loss of life to their firemen in the 9/11 tragedy which rocked our great country. It is the vision of Hells Kitchen that if we bring you the ideal hangout, a place we can call our own, we will bring togther our own melting pot of people who share the same love of motorsports.

From there we will wind back along Rte 74 where we will turn north to join the Trabuca Canyon/Live Oak Canyon Road heading to the famous Cook's Corner for lunch.

About Cook's Corner...

Cook's Corner is considered to be one of the most famous biker bars in Southern California. It is located at the juncture of Santiago Canyon and Live Oak Canyon roads. Cook's Corner was named after Andrew Jackson Cook, who got about 190 acres of Aliso Canyon in a land trade in 1884. In 1926, his son, Earl Jack "E.J." Cook converted a cabin into a restaurant for miners and local ranchers. After Prohibition ended in 1933, alcohol begain being sold, and Cook's Corner became a full-fledged bar. In 1946, Cook bought an old mess hall from the Santa Ana Army Air Base and the tavern was born. In 1970, a Santa Ana motorcycle accessories owner purchased it and Cooks Corner was molded into what it represents today…an old-fashioned roadhouse. Cook's (as it is normally referred) is still as rugged-looking as a World War II-era-mess-hall-turned-biker-bar should look.

From Cook's Corner we will take Santiago Canyon Rd then head south to pick up the I-405 to head home.

Route map:

All up, this ride will cover around 190 miles, with a mix of Freeway, coastal roads, canyons and surface roads, and will be pretty much a full day ride. We will maintain a pace that accommodates all riders, and may split into two groups during the canyon sections, however this is a group ride and no one will be left behind.

(Combined with the SBR group.)

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  • Louis V.

    PCH had too many stop lights, however it was a viable alternative to the closure of the I 405

    August 20, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Another perfect day for riding. Ortega Hwy surface was perfect. Company was awesome. Cook's Corner was a little crowded, but interesting place to hang!
    Looking forward to the next ride.

    August 18, 2013

  • Michael Van S.

    Tim et al,
    One daughter is starring in a show at Disneyland today and its another daughters birthday so I won't be joining you. Have a fun and safe ride. I picked up an RT and will be riding with you again soon.
    Michael V

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride.

    August 17, 2013

  • Tim Sanson changed the time from 9:00 AM to 8:45 AM

    August 17, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Just a few reminders for those attending... 1. The meeting place is Starbucks at the corner of Figueroa St and Torrance Blvd... just off the I-110 Torrance Blvd exit (Carson City Center) 2. Kick stands up at 9:00am SHARP, so plan to arrive for the briefing meeting at 8:45am... better still, arrive at 8:30 and enjoy a coffee and chat before we hit the road. (I'll be there around 8:15am)

    3. Please ensure that both you and your bike are safe and legal. (license, reg/insurance, roadworthy, and safety gear). It's solely your responsibility, plus it's a courtesy to others by avoiding unnecessary disruption to the ride.

    4. The weather is looking good, some early cloud clearing to a fine hot day with slight breeze and temperatures ranging between 85-98F at various points on our route, so gear up hydrate accordingly... 5. Only known route issue is the southbound closure of the I-405 but this shouldn't affect our route. See you all tomorrow... Ride on!

    August 17, 2013

  • Dean F.

    You are finally going to be down in my area, but I'll be out of town camping that weekend. Have a great ride.

    August 10, 2013

  • Michael Van S.

    Tim, sounds like a great ride. It's my daughter's birthday and I can't talk her into riding double with me on the ride.
    I know I'll be sorry I missed it. Ride on......
    Michael V

    August 5, 2013

    • Tim S.

      Hi Michael, no sweat. (How old is she? Tell her my 11 year old son rides with me quite often.)
      Maybe she'll come next time.
      (Did you get your fuelling issue sorted?)

      August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride.

    August 1, 2013

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