EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Last Ride before the Snow
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Last Ride before the Snow

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

On November 10, I dashed out to ride with my son-in-law Chris to tour down to Mt. Hamilton. It was perfect weather if a little brisk in the morning. Our route took us through the Delta into Antioch, then out Deer Valley Road to Marsh Road to Morgan Territory Road along the eastern flank of Mount Diablo. All fun roads and unfortunately, while I was snapping pictures, I had neglected to add a memory card back into the camera until we stopped in Isleton. I "borrowed" the SD card from the GPS and was back in business.

Chris with a satisfied smirk on his face after I get the memory card loaded. The Honda 650 thumper is not a touring machine, and Chris will probably need some of those Shell lubricants before long anyway.

Posted Image

Here we are moving along Deer Vally Rd south of Antioch. The hills are showing their tawny brown color compared to the group ride in the Spring.

Posted Image

Exiting out Morgan Territory Road

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

On south past Livermore, we took Conzeleman Rd to Calavaras and Sierra Roads. Calavaras was kind of exciting. It is a narrow, winding road with no centerline. I was in the apex of tight hairpin when I saw my exit blocked by a huge tandam trailer gravel hauler. I'm pleased to report the ABS brakes on the FJR worked well, but the pucker factor prevented capturing the moment on the camera. These roads are goaty and lots of fun on the Thumper. They do nothing however for image stability.

Posted Image

There are spectacular views as the road emerges from the mountains to overlook San Jose. Looks very different from our Spring trip.

Posted Image

Posted Image

But it is fun where the road widens out just a bit and the light-of-sight improves.

Posted Image

Speaking of sporty, Mt Hamilton Road is great. Here you can see it snaking from edge to edge in the frame behind Chris. The approach to Mt Hamilton from the west follows the original wagon road, and is very rough and twisty, Fortunately, not much traffic on Thursday, so we could let the bikes run as the Observatory comes into view.

Posted Image

Posted Image

The traditional shot back down at the twisties from the Observatory.

Posted Image

We went into the observatory and were treated to a tour of the historic 36 inch telescope. The Shane 3-meter (120 inch) reflector scope was also open for tours, but we were a bit short on time. Daylight gets short in November.

Posted Image

So how do you get up there to look through that thing? The beautiful 10-ton oak and mahogany wood floor is suspended and able to ride around the telescope tower in the center. Talk about a dance floor.

Posted Image

But daylight is burning and the bikes are waiting

Posted Image

Hey dad, can you keep up?

Posted Image

The eastern descent to Mines and Del Puerto Canyon is smoother and faster with some fun twisties.

Posted Image

This particular road surface however was not appreciated by my well-worn tires.

Posted Image

End of the pictures, we had a Buffalo Burger and fries at the Junction under the watchful gaze of one of the local denizens. Really nice people and good food at the Junction, and I highly recommend stopping if you're in the area.

Posted Image

Posted Image

post #2 of 5

THAT LOOKS FUN, FUN, FUN.  Thanks for postingdrool.gif

post #3 of 5

Nice Fall TR! 

 

Now......think snow!

 

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Snow is coming...this weekend?

 

Thanks.

post #5 of 5

Great Pics. We rode the Livermore, Hamilton, Hollister, Coalinga, Patterson, Livemore Loop in September. Mt. Hamilton was so much fun on my Triumph.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Trip Reports
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › EpicSki Community › Trip Reports  › Last Ride before the Snow