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August Rush: Berryessa Calistoga Marin Loop, Sun 8/11/13 9:30 am (Hwy 121 & 116)



AUGUST RUSH - Part 2: Lake Berryessa - Calistoga - Marin Loop

(click on photo above for video from the August Rush 2012)


When: Sunday 8/11/13Arrive by 9:30 AM,  KSU 9:45 AM

Where: Meet at  Union 76 at 23007 Arnold Dr - corner of Arnold Dr (Hwy 121) and Hwy 116.  It's 6 miles North of Sonoma Raceway. (KSU promptly @ 9:45 AM.  There 's a Deli next door for snacks, drinks, etc.) - once you are fueled up and had coffee, STAGE at Park-n-Ride parking across the street (map link = http://goo.gl/cpNpv8)

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

Gear: Head to toe.

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

Route: ~  Expect 180+/- counter clockwise miles of the great roads of Marin County / North Bay.  Mostly smooth technical backroads, with a few bumps thrown in for fun.  Ride will around 5:30 PM in San Rafael area.  Not for newbies  .

 

GPS Route:



ABOUT LUNCH: There are very few places with parking lot big enough for this many bikes.  We will stop in Calistoga at Mary's Café

Lunch: Mary's Home Plate Cafe, 2448 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga  (Map Link) (707)[masked]
It's a small restaurant at the corner of Foothill Blvd (128) and Petrified Forest.  There are seats inside and outdoors.  We have stopped there before on past rides.  Links to the Cafe web site and their menu is below.

You can order your lunch when we arrive (is slow) or pre order (quicker). Please take a look at the menu below and if you like faster lunch service then email me your order no later than Friday 5PM.  We will compile all orders and phone them in Sunday morning.  Note:  pre order lunch only.  Order your beverage when you are getting your pre-order at the counter.

* Web Site: http://maryshomeplatecafe.com
* Menu (2 pages) http://maryshomeplatecafe.com/MarysHomePlateCafeMenu.pdf

Lunch pre-orders:1- Alan (BBQ Beef Sandwich);2- Shlomi (Grilled Chicken Sandwich);3- Ribeye steak & fries (Patti); 4- Philly Cheese sandwich & fries (Eric); 5 - Club Sandwich and order of French fries (Jeff); 6 - Chicken Burger Value Meal (Kira)


Buster's BBQ Option: If you prefer to have lunch @ Buster's BBQ (which is 1.5 miles from Mary's Café) be sure to let me know ahead of time, and ARRIVE at Mary's Café with full tank 60 minutes from when we arrive in Calistoga.

 

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



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    • K

      Nice video and wheelie!

      1 · August 26, 2013

    • Steven

      =)

      August 26, 2013

  • Patti

    Nice video Steve ! Was that a mini wheelie I saw ;)? .. What a fun ride that was!!

    August 22, 2013

  • Grady F.

    Hey Text, Are all your pics from the iPad? -Graph

    August 18, 2013

    • K

      Tex, it's not weird at all. And who cares if it is, right ;)

      August 19, 2013

    • Patti

      I second that Katherine! There's something about Tex.. And now we all know!! ;)

      1 · August 19, 2013

  • Grady F.

    Great ride, no excessive drama. Well there was Steven's crankcase incident, and Eric's white-knuckle pass, and John's blow past the CHP headed other direction, but otherwise well mannered and heck a fun. John's BBQ was the bees knees, I hate to say this publicly, but dude, I'm gonna need some recipes, esp. for the Mediterranean salad thing - awesome.

    2 · August 11, 2013

    • Grady F.

      John, "Stay thirsty my friend" whilst in Mehico.

      August 14, 2013

    • Patti

      John, have a great time in Mexico! Salud!

      1 · August 14, 2013

  • Marty M.

    I'm going to post a picture of the aftermath of running down Lucas Valley Rd at speed. I tore the brake pad material off one of my Galfer brake pads and ate a rear rotor. No smart ass remarks please. Steven, this means you, and anyone else who might feel incline. Mostly I just wanted to show John and Shlomi because they where my partners in crime on the way to the BBQ. I'll fix it. The parts have been ordered. John and Shlomi, check your bikes.

    August 13, 2013

    • john m.

      Holy cow Marty...all that from a LVR run?! I didnt do much braking ;), but I'll certainly check mine. Looking forward to next time...J.

      August 13, 2013

    • Steven

      @Marty, How the hell did that happen? Was your right foot a little heavy when hold the rear brake? Or was this just an anomaly? I thought the Italians were build to go the distance?? Oh wait a minute, my rear brake pedal made a hairline crack in my clutch cover just on a kick stand tip over. Our bikes do look good at the coffee houses though!!! LMAO. No pun intended! In any event, it's great you can do the work yourself, you save a lot of $$$$.

      August 13, 2013

  • shlomi

    So it was not me slowing you down, it was your rear break...This is the time that I should say thank god my rear break is not working....lol. Seriously this seems like pretty nasty failure and this is not even on the track. I will be at Sears Point for California Superbike School with my bike in October, that picture makes me worry.

    August 13, 2013

  • Tex L.

    Terrific ride! The Napa/Sonoma area is such beautiful countryside, which is always a pleasure to ride through. Especially with this great group! The weather was a tad cool and overcast at the beginning of the ride and near the coast, but it couldn't be beat around the lake and at our lunch stop. Nice and hot in the sun, for those who wanted it, but just right in the shade. Great to ride with each and every one of you, even those who I only glimpsed as their tail lights zipped into the vanishing point ahead of me! Much thanx to Mehran for his organizational and leadership skills, and the Sweeps & Road Marshals for keeping the group intact and on track. Keeping a group of this size all together is no easy task! Extra special thanx go out to John for planning and hosting such a fantastic feast at ride's end! Quite a spread you had there, John! (You realize that now we expect to end ALL our North Bay rides at your place!) Such a great way to end that ride.
    See you on the road!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Patti

    Phenomenal experience! Thank you Mehran!!

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Mehran

      Eric, she's referring to the group ride :-)

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • ecoyne

      Ouch!!!

      August 12, 2013

  • Tom

    Excellent ride and even better post ride barbeque. Thanks to Mehran and John for organizing.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Lisa

    A total zen day on my bike with some nice folks ! So well organized, its a pleasure to ride with this group!

    2 · August 12, 2013

    • john m.

      Lisa - I love your interpretation of Zen...not unlike my own..."Meditation by Ducati"!!!

      August 12, 2013

  • Steven

    Agreed. I couldn't of thought of a better way to spend my birthday weekend. :-)

    3 · August 11, 2013

    • Toni

      Happy Belated Birthday Steven! Thanks for sharing your special weekend with us.

      August 12, 2013

    • Mehran

      Birthday? Stevie, happy birthday.

      August 12, 2013

  • john m.

    HAPPY FLIPPIN' BIRTHDAY STEVEN!!! I'm late, but my sentiments are sincere. Cheers to you good man!

    August 12, 2013

  • shlomi

    So many good things to say about this day, but you all just list them up. So ...big Thank You!

    3 · August 12, 2013

  • K

    Just got home. Amazing. John's BBQ was fantastic too. Great way to end the night.

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • Toni

      So good to ride and spend time with you at the BBQ. Hopefully we can ride together again soon.

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Mehran

    Sequels seldom are as good as the original, but August Rush - part 2 surpassed the Part 1 in every way. Fantastic roads shared with super cool and diverse group of riders sporting a variety of motorcycles under clear skies. No drama (except for a tip over at zero speed) and no tickets. Can't ask more. Well, you could ask for a BBQ feast, and even that was provided by Chez Johnny. Thank you all for helping imprint this day in our memories as a "fine day". Special thanks to our usual suspects for helping keep a large group intact. Until next time.

    3 · August 11, 2013

    • Grady F.

      ...all of which begs the question of how the prequel will turn out. Looking forward to /that/ one ;)

      August 12, 2013

  • john m.

    Simply phenomenal...a perfect day!

    5 · August 11, 2013

    • Patti

      John, thank you so much for opening your home to us .. Your hospitality and food was A-mazing! I really appreciate the gesture. Hugs:)

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • john m.

    Thank you Mehran for yet another stellar ride. Great fun and (as always) super group! I apologize to anyone I passed (and maybe threw off guard a bot) while road marshalling - I now know not to do that any longer! And, Marty - re the LVR run - yes, I have been practicing a bit (next time I follow when the traffic is more accommodating)!!!

    As for the BBQ, many thanks to all who could make it on a school night and to those who couldn't, you were missed. I guess my "experiment" worked - you all made terrific guinea pigs!!! And, I suppose that means there will be more experiments! Thank you all for your very generous contributions to my own contribution of appreciation for your friendship and camaraderie. And thank you also for being very thoughtful guests- I had the place all cleaned up in less than an hour! I also very much appreciate you kind messages. I feel all warm and fuzzy...

    So, until next time...all my very best! J.

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Toni

    Amazing day of riding. Thank you Mehran and all the Road Marshall for making the amazing day possible. John..... John....... Wow, the BBQ was 5 Stars! Thank you so much for your generous hospitality. Everything was so delicious.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Steven

    What a spectacular day! Great micro climates and great group of people. I so love riding with you all, and you too Marty:-) LOL.

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • Tom

      Did you check the oil leak? Did you get home?

      August 11, 2013

  • Steven

    I also want to give a big THANK YOU to Joe for helping me patch the hair line crack on my engine cover. That epoxy or "JB Weld" held my Italian ape together. :-) And thanks to all who helped right side up my bike.

    August 11, 2013

  • ecoyne

    Great ride! Special thanks to Mehran for an awesome ride, and to John who way overdid the hospitality and delicious meal.

    3 · August 11, 2013

  • Ash H.

    AAAAA stands for an Absolutely beautiful day, Absolutely wonderful rout and leadership and organization, Absolutely Great group of people/riders to spend the day with, Absolutely Great BBQ event at our dear friend "Chef Johnys" and Absolutely GRF memorable. Thank you all for being a part of it... Very special thanks to John Mcalisters' tremendous hospitality.. And as always our fearless leader Mehran the Grt!

    3 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic Day for ride, apprenticeship & BBQ. Special thanks to John-you really outdid yourself hosting the post-ride BBQ!!!

    August 11, 2013

  • Tui

    I see I've come too late to again! I'll check back to see if anyone cancels. :)

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Tui

      Katherine. At the spot. Don't have your number and was unable to message as your profile doesn't allow it. Hopefully see you in th next 10 minutes!

      1 · August 11, 2013

    • K

      Didn't realize my profile doesn't allow msgs. What the heck? It's fixed.

      August 11, 2013

  • Lucy J.

    *****

    August 11, 2013

  • Steven

    Varrom zooom zoom.:-)

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • Mehran

      hallelujah

      August 11, 2013

  • Bradley

    Anyone wishing to join Alan and I and ride out together from the Newark/Fremont area is welcome to join us at the Starbucks at 5741 Stevenson Blvd in Newark(Not Fremont). I plan to roll at 8:00 am sharp! Have enough gas to get to the starting point as we will not be stopping. Also, have your bridge fare ready. Arrive at 8:01 am and you'll have missed us.

    August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Brad, If my timing is good, I may be joining in on your group just north of where 238 meets 880. I'll see how my timing is :-) I'll have my fastrack for the bridge.

      August 8, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Sounds good see you at 7:30

      August 11, 2013

  • Tom

    zoom zoom!

    August 11, 2013

  • Marty M.

    Get some sleep. In the moring, We Ride.

    August 10, 2013

  • Bradley

    Zoom zoom!..................Too soon? :)

    August 10, 2013

    • Mehran

      Not really ;~)

      August 10, 2013

  • john m.

    Post-Ride BBQ Update!!! Hi all...for those of you who can make it to Chez Johnnies after the ride, you're in for a gustatory treat (many, actually!) and everything is nearly ready. The current count is about 20 but I've allowed for quite a few more just in case. Donations will be gladly accepted!

    As there are so many people, I'm asking that half or more of you use the lower parking area right off of Lyford Drive - I've updated the BBQ posting with an additional image showing where the parking is. This should be easy as pie, as we're probably all arriving at more or less the same time.

    For those who aren't planning on attending, you can still feel free to drop by for a brief rest visit before your trip home - my place is 3 miles east of 101 off Tiburon Boulevard (10 minutes south of Lucas Valley Road where our ride ends). I've got plenty of beverages including coffee and tea and snacks as well.

    I'm excited about the ride and looking forward to seeing you all!

    A sante...J.

    3 · August 10, 2013

    • Marty M.

      John, I went to the bank today to withdrawal your gratuity. I hope you accept gold bars. Je ne peux pas attendre pour zoomer zoom à Johnnies Chez demain

      August 10, 2013

    • john m.

      Hahaha! Invite the less fortunate...I think I overdid the food!!!

      August 10, 2013

  • Manuel

    can make it

    2 · August 10, 2013

  • vicky k

    sheesh--looks like I'm gonna have to miss this one too---not happy

    August 9, 2013

  • john m.

    Hello all: Since I live in Tiburon (not far from our starting point at least), I thought I'd invite anyone and everyone over for a post-ride BBQ at my place - I'll take care of everything (I'm a good cook and usually do some pretty wicked eats!). In order to accommodate peoples appetites, I'll need an approximate head count, so please talk among your comrades (and/or significant other) and let me know if you can make it. Local map and parking instructions will follow as the date approaches.

    Gisele, I have a great, comfortable, private guest room and dedicated guest bathroom if you're interested (see https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1429210 - no charge!).

    Hope to see a good turnout and looking forward to the ride!!!

    4 · July 27, 2013

    • Manuel

      please add 1, thanks

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • Ash H.

      Grt idea Chez Johnyyy... thanks for the Spirit and the effort.. I'd love to but I'm just too far in the opposite direction specially on a sunday... Rain check....

      August 9, 2013

  • Mehran

    Road marshals, corner keepers, sweeps, volunteers, recruits and the usual suspects .... get ready to earn your pay ;~)

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Tom

      will sweep, got the duct tape ready

      August 9, 2013

    • john m.

      B(v)room B(v)room!!!

      August 9, 2013

    • Mehran

      Yes, stay away from 19th Ave coming back thru the City.

      August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mehran,
    long time no see. Is there a limit to the riders ? I'd love to join the ride. I've not been out for ages!!
    ciao
    marco

    August 9, 2013

    • Mehran

      Ciao Marco. There is always room for you.

      August 9, 2013

  • PAUL

    Plan change, riding in San Diego. Gotta ring out Perseus (VFR).

    August 9, 2013

  • K

    Let's see if I can make to the restaurant this time. Will be good to see everyone.

    2 · August 8, 2013

    • Tom

      Don't worry, if you run tubeless, I have plugs and a compressor. If not, than Dave will give lesson #2 "how to replace an inner tube on the road".

      1 · August 8, 2013

    • K

      @Steven, Nope, still have tubes. Tubeless just doesn't fit on a cafe racer, altho, getting a hunkering for a diff type o' bike lately. Marty, your lunch is on me along with a few others if I make it. No arguments. And no more lessons for Dave! He was a champ on my lil detour. Wow, talk about being prepared!

      August 8, 2013

  • Mehran

    Lunch options and pre-order info posted. Please read.

    August 6, 2013

    • john m.

      Ya go to Busta's (as I will), ya busta gut...but save room for dinner at Chez Johnnies!!!

      1 · August 7, 2013

    • Tom

      I will join the Busters club as well, never been to it.

      August 8, 2013

  • Richard

    Need to do more work on the bike.. i'll make it if i can.

    August 8, 2013

  • john m.

    Hello all: Thank you for your responses in regards to the post-ride BBQ! I've placed a graphic with directions and menu in the photos section for your reference. For those concerned about time, I will be firing up the BBQ as soon as I/we arrive back from the ride, so it needn't be a late Sunday evening. My place is about a 15-minute scoot south on 101 from the ending point at Lucas Valley Road.

    So far, I have the following RSVP's: Toni, Bradley, Richard (maybe), Dave, Manuel, Patti & Eric (let me know if I've omitted anyone). Thank you Gerardo & Kelley for your "no-can-do" responses - you and others unable to attend will be sorely missed!. Please keep the RSVP's coming - I won't finalize the quantities of food until Friday afternoon as I'll be prepping Friday evening/Saturday. I will provide for 4 or 5 additional people just in case!

    Do try to come...it'll be a blast and a great opportunity to socialize after a (no doubt) terrific ride.

    2 · August 6, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Thanks John, count me in too

      August 7, 2013

    • Tex L.

      You can be sure to see me at your place, John! Unless I'm invisible that day...it happens sometimes. :-)

      August 8, 2013

  • Marty M.

    50 Bikes, We are going to make Will Pizz nauseous. Don't worry Will, We got this.

    August 7, 2013

    • Mehran

      Now remember Marty, it says "August Rush", but we ain't rushing it ;~)

      August 7, 2013

    • Marty M.

      Then I better take the V-Rod........ NOT!

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • alan s.

    I'll be leaving from 237 @ 880 at 7:00 am to7:10 am. PS. HAVE BRIDGE FARE!

    August 6, 2013

    • Tom

      Thanks Marty, Toni already organized a pre ride at o-dark-thirty for the South Bay people. For us going 280 is the fastest way of getting there.

      August 7, 2013

    • Marty M.

      I never got the Memo. I must be on the National Do not call list.

      August 7, 2013

  • Mary

    Mehran - thanks for squeezing me in! Looking forward to this ride and meeting new folks :-)

    August 6, 2013

    • Mehran

      Mary, I am so happy that you're coming on this ride :-)

      August 6, 2013

    • Dave

      Me too!

      August 7, 2013

  • Hungwei L.

    Hi John, I would love to join your bbq, if it's not too late :)

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Kelley O.

    Mehran: Being as I'm a technotard, whats the name of the town at the end of the ride? I'll need to Google Maps it to get back to 101.
    Thanks

    August 6, 2013

  • alan s.

    Yes on the BBQ John Thanks!

    August 6, 2013

  • Steven

    Anyone leaving from South San Jose?

    August 5, 2013

    • ecoyne

      I'll be leaving from 880 & The Alameda... Will probably meetup with the Fremont Group...

      August 5, 2013

    • Marty M.

      I will be getting on 101 at Capitol Expwy and head to Newwark. (101 to 880)

      August 6, 2013

  • Mike d.

    Not sure if I'll be able to make it.....Might just show up.

    August 5, 2013

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