SoCal Norton Owners – Run for the Roses

rideIconWith the holiday season upon us, Jon and I were trying to connect to hang out and catch up.  He got invited to the SoCal Norton Owners Club Annual Run For The Roses ride, so he invited me to join him.  I’d never been of course, but the route included Angeles Crest and Newcomb’s Ranch so I was in.

 

SoCal Norton Run For The Roses

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Good Friday 2014 – ACH

rideIconWe had a company holiday today and a couple buddies from work all got hall passes so we hit the road.  One guy, you know who you are, wanted a 6 hour run up the coast.  Uh, pass.  How about Angeles Crest Highway, aka ACH?  Bill had never been to ACH, Marco had, but only the ‘front side’ with his BMW friends.  Everything was all set, a time, a route.  Hardly any traffic today and everything was going great until an 18 wheeler decided it wanted to be in our lane.

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Jan 20 – ACH

rideIconMonday was a company holiday and I usually make it a point to get out on the road and decompress when that happens.  Work has been kicking my ass lately, so even after a weekend I needed a little open road time.  I like ACH because it’s generally pretty deserted on weekdays, although sometimes that can work against you.  We haven’t had much snow this winter, if any, so ACH has remained open.  There was some snow on the north sides of the mountains and in the shadows, but otherwise it was pretty clear.

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Bad Day at Islip

rideIconJon had been hankering for a while to ride ACH and the timing just never worked out.  When I was going, he couldn’t make it.  When he was free, I wasn’t.  Not that I needed to be there, I’m am by far NOT an expert at riding ACH (or riding anything, for that matter).  But it’s nice to have someone familiar when you’re hitting a new road.  Everything was going great until…

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ACH

rideIconGot a chance to get some miles in with my OG Road Dog, T-Bone.  He’d never been to ACH so we hit the road and tackled it east to west.  Not too many bikes until we hit Newcombs and then holy shit a herd of them must’ve left right after we did because we were getting passed a-plenty for a bit there.

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