Azusa Canyon April 1

My buddy Robert had never been to Azusa Canyon, and I hadn’t been on a pleasure ride in.. months.. since before my bike broke.  What?  Since May of last year?  Holy Crap.  The weather has cleared up and been beautiful the last couple weekends, but I’ve been busy.  I cancelled some things so I could have a weekend for myself, wife had the little one at a dance workshop.   Called my buddy, and we rolled out nice and early.  We hit the Southern California Motorcycles Open House after and called it a day.

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Memorial Day 2016 Azusa GMR

rideIconIt’s Memorial Day weekend again and I had a day off work so I decided kind of last minute to get up to Crystal Lake now that the road is fixed.  For those of you who follow the site or know me, you probably know that between work and a busy family life, I haven’t hardly been on my bike at all other than commuting.  It sucks.  Riding is freeing.  No matter how much bullshit is going on in your life, you can’t think about that stuff when you’re on a bike or you end up in a bad situation.  I was super rusty today since I haven’t really been on anything other than superslab the last almost three months.  I took it easy, but decided to mix it up a little and went up Azusa to the Cafe, then back down, across East Fork, and up and over Glendora Mountain Road.

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Glendora Mtn Road Feb 8

rideIconI had a day off work so I decided to take a spin up to GMR.  I’d heard the road up to Crystal Lake was damaged and closed so I wanted to see what was going on.  GMR is so close, it’s a quick getaway with minimal freeway time and I’m not so far out in the hinterland if something goes bad.  After my electrical problem on ACH a while back I’m a little hesitant to head out that far again, especially alone.

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Memorial Day GMR

rideIconI took a couple vacation days over Memorial Day weekend and ended it by hitting GMR, aka Glendora Mountain Road.  I’ve been up there many times, and lately been going more due to its proximity to home.  It’s a darn good road that’s not usually busy off-peak.  Jon had never been, surprisingly, so that sealed the deal.  I’m by no means an expert at GMR, far from it, but I know enough to take someone who has never been.

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Crystal Lake Nov 12

rideIconAfter last month’s debacle on ACH, I decided to ride up to Crystal Lake today.  I’d originally planned yesterday, but schedules changed and it’s a good thing too:  Crystal Lake Cafe is closed on Tuesday.  I mean not that it would’ve ruined the day, but there’s something fun about hitting the little cafe for whatever and chilling on the patio with a drink. No, Dale, I didn’t see the cat.

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First Day of School – GMR

rideIconMy kids had their first day of school today, so after dropping them off I celebrated by hitting GMR and getting lunch with my girl at our local.  The weather was a little off, not hot or anything, just a hazy day, but otherwise it was a great day on the mountain.  Pics below the fold.

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June 21 Saturday Fun Day

rideIconHad a great moto-day today.  Wife and kids are out of town so I’m pretending to be a bachelor all weekend.  So fun.  No pressure, no commitments, just riding.  Arranged with my buddy Dan to ride GMR and Crystal Lake, then go to a dealer event.  Ended up cruising the beach, getting BBQ and beers at my local with a good friend.  Tough to complain about this life.

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Crystal Lake – Feb 17

rideIconAnother company holiday means I was able to sneak in a ride.  I’d been hitting ACH a lot lately so I decided I’d run up to Crystal Lake.  I haven’t been there in a while and it’s nice ride, usually not much traffic especially on a week day.  Funny part is I didn’t see any bikes going up until I got to the top at the Cafe.

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