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1st Sat. Ride -- JULIAN PIE REDUX, COUNTERCLOCKWISE!

  • Nov 3, 2012 · 8:00 AM

A SECOND CHANCE for Thanksgiving pie, for those who missed the first one.  This time we'll go counterclockwise, for a whole new set of scenic views.  Through Lemon Grove, then either through El Cajon or along 94, 54 and Willow Glen; out Dehesa, Japatul and Japatul Valley, up 79 past Cuyamaca to Julian.  Return along intimate, winding Wynola Road, down 78 and Old Julian Highway, optional gas stop in Ramona, downhill on Barona Road and (optionally, +4 miles) around Perry's "Johnson Loop," then through Santee and back south to the start.  The hills are less steep in this direction.

About 58 miles to Julian, 59 or 63 return, total 117 or 121 miles but we'll stop from time to time to stretch legs, visit a potty, refuel, etc.  Think of it as two reasonable 58-milers.  We should be there well before lunchtime; leaving at 2 PM or so, probably back well before dark.  (Exact distances may change somewhat as we refine the route.)

Meet 8:00 AM, pre-ride talk 8:40, ride out promptly at 9:00.  (Note the earlier start time, so we won't have to hurry.)  Speeds will be moderate, suitable for smelling flowers or watching scenery.  (Most of our rides are suitable for newer riders, and we'll make this one so.  It'll have some winding roads, but we'll ride them very carefully.)  Julian has MANY places to get lunch and/or pies, or you can brown-bag it though this isn't a picnic ride as such.  There also are many fascinating little shops, some in very historic buildings.

Check all your scooter's vitals (tires, brakes, oil, coolant, lights, etc.) and top off gas tank before the meetup.  Carry snacks, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, cell phone, etc.  We strongly recommend sturdy shoes or boots and protective clothing.  This ride is NOT recommended for 50-cc scooters, nor for tandem riders (unless quite experienced riding tandem on winding country roads.)

Ride maps and/or turn lists will be provided.  No scooter will be left behind, whether at hills, stop signs or traffic lights; the "sweep" (last) rider will have radio to the leader.

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  • Dave E

    The first one's Dehesa Road, east of El Cajon. Wide-angle lens makes it look as if we were doing 75+, especially on Wynola Road, but look at the lean angles and you can see we weren't. Love those fall colors, and look at all that nonexistent traffic! Don't you wish you'd been along?

    November 9, 2012

  • Dave E

    GAS: Midgrade, what most of us burn: Shell at 54th/University $3.959, Arco at College/University $3.939; FILL BEFORE MEETUP! (Both of those are only minutes away.) Julian at 59 miles has one station, very high; next is Ramona at 83 miles, $4.059 to $4.079. (About 6 miles along there are several stations along Campo Road at $4.059, but stopping there would delay the ride.) Know your range, and carry spare fuel if you can't count on 90 miles or more.

    November 2, 2012

    • Wagehog

      Get to check your mileage?

      November 4, 2012

    • Dave E

      Careful using long country rides to check mileage. Sheryl got a surprising 83.1 (GTS-250) and I got 66.7 (MP-3 250) on the Julian run. Usually it's 70-75 and 60-65. Hers was better because at the rear she could anticipate curves, lights and speed changes and drive less aggressively. (Suggest keeping a book and recording all fuel used.)

      November 8, 2012

  • Jill p.

    Amazing!

    November 5, 2012

  • Dave E

    Our group, with four first-timers and three with 3 or fewer rides, rode like seasoned professionals. Fearsome, winding Banner/Wynola Road was one of the high points, and we all loved it. (Video coming.) It was wonderful to welcome so many new scooterfolk to the Squadron!

    November 4, 2012

  • Kimberley

    Great ride, thanks everyone! :)

    November 4, 2012

    • Wagehog

      Finish up dem' bones? ;-) Great day.

      November 4, 2012

    • Kimberley

      Got 3 meals out of them! lol

      November 4, 2012

  • jan g.

    Have a great ride everyone, beautiful views, keep the pics rolling Wage!

    November 3, 2012

    • Wagehog

      MORE looked a while ago, and Dave got me beat. I just get 'em up quicker ;-)

      November 4, 2012

    • Wagehog

      MORE?

      November 4, 2012

  • Dave E

    Weather, scenery, fall colors, roads, destination and most of all the PEOPLE -- all get five stars from this delighted ride leader!

    November 4, 2012

  • Nicholas W.

    Awesome ride, awesome people. Great apple pie!

    November 3, 2012

  • Linda

    Beautiful ride and awesome cherry apple crumb pie from Apple Alley Bakery

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a way to start off in this group, great ride, great food, great people

    November 3, 2012

  • Sheryl E

    I have to say this was one of the best rides I've been on. Everyone was great, the scenery beautiful and the apple pie was excellent!

    November 3, 2012

  • Wagehog

    Beautiful day for a ride. Met some new Squadron members. All around great day.

    November 3, 2012

  • Dave E

    Alas, we've lost Doug P. to illness, Steve to lower back pain and Patrick to a late commitment. We'll miss their skills, but a number of experienced "old-timers remain to balance the newer riders. Still should be a good group, and a fun ride. Don't forget to top off gas before the meetup!

    November 2, 2012

  • Steve

    This is like manna from Heaven -- a second chance, since I missed the first one, as I was with a few Sqooterheads on a coastal ride to Oceanside last time. Yay!

    November 1, 2012

  • Nicholas W.

    I am excited for this ride!

    October 31, 2012

  • Dave E

    To all: We don't want to let this ride get too large, for safety reasons, so we're limiting attendance to 16 riders. If you RSVP'd Yes and you decide not to go, PLEASE change your RSVP instead of just being a "No Show!" That way others can go in your place, and it's a courtesy to the ride leader too.

    October 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to come but my Vespa is scheduled for maintenance this Saturday. Anyone wants to repeat the trip on November 10/11 or 17/18? Julian is so beautiful at this time!

    October 30, 2012

  • Dave E

    Nay, Doug, Thanksgiving hasn't moved. On Oct. 13, Perry led an excellent clockwise "Julian Pie" ride. Many couldn't make it, though 15 did. We usually do a Julian run every November anyway, and most folks will have eaten their pies from Oct. 13, hence a "second chance."

    Both Thanksgiving and Halloween are doomed, though -- many stores have had Christmas trees and decorations up for several weeks and are pushing the "Xmas Buying Season." No doubt Labor Day will be the next to vanish into the mercenary maw.

    October 28, 2012

  • Dave E

    This may be a good "newbie ride" -- so far we have six "greenhorns" with 0, 3, 1, 0, 0 and 0 previous SDSS rides. But the other three (Sheryl, Wagehog, Dave) have a total of 111, and we all have radios; we'll take care of you!

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I finally replaced my front tire so I'm ready for to do some exploring.

    October 22, 2012

  • candace

    I would love to come if I do not have to work.

    October 22, 2012

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