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Riding around Dobbins, N. CA...(23 posts)

Riding around Dobbins, N. CA...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 7:54 PM
A few of us went to the Northern California Homebrewers Conference set in beautiful Dobbins CA. What a nice place to be. I took two bikes along in case anyone wanted to go riding. This is my campsite...
Some nice riding here...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 7:57 PM
these always seem steeper when grunting up the hill
Lake Francis...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 7:58 PM
A nice mid day ride with Dan and Joe.....rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:02 PM
Dan (with the tail) bike commutes about twenty miles/day until recently when he broadsided a car that turned in front of him. He suffered a bit, but is doing ok now. It ruined his cool vintage Lotus Comp bike. He is just now getting back on the bike and feeling good.
We came across a winery...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:10 PM
they have a security guard at the front and as Dan and Joe were about to ride through the guy slammed the gate down and started asking questions. We thought we would check out their tasting room, but he said it was by appointment only. So we mentioned there were four other people coming by car and they would be dissappointed... so security called somebody and they came down to escort us in.

We eventually got the feeling this was some kinda cult and/or money laundering organization. This gave plenty of fodder to create stories and rumors of which I won't go into here. ;-) Their wine was pretty good tho, and we ended up buying a bottle or two.
Hotel California...You can check out, but you can never leave...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:16 PM
So I called up the Captain, and said 'please bring me my wine'...
He said we haven't had that spirit here since 1969...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:22 PM
Celo feels at home in the vineyard...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:23 PM
We lost Joe at the winery...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:28 PM
and on the way back Dan flatted out on a lonely gravel road that wasn't the shortcut we thought it was. A stroke of luck someone came along to offer him a ride, as neither of us had our flat repair kits as mine had been on the other bike, which was now riding in the back of a truck with Joe.

From three we now have one...
I know why Joe bailed...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:31 PM
He remembered coming down this hill and didn't want to go back up ;-)
Back at the Conference...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:34 PM
the games were in full force...

This lovely lass showed us how it was done.
There was in fact an actual conference... really...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 9:13 PM
Fortunately the hard part only lasted about a half hour.
The games went into the night...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:37 PM
That is a real Sax made of bamboo
We review the carnage from the previous night...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:40 PM
the meeting of the Dead Palate Society was a grave success
Yes, that is the real deal...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 9:05 PM
What a 'lively' sense of humor this bunch has...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 9:07 PM
A fine breakfast of brie and haute Spam washed down with...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:42 PM
Rainier Ale?!
And a great gut-wrenching ride with Andy...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:49 PM
Andy is a very strong rider on his old Raleigh Professional. When you hear someone say "it's not the guy on the new bike, it's the guy on the 'experienced' bike that you have to watch out for"... they were thinking of Andy.

See if you can spot the oddity in this photo...other than the moron in the white shirt.
And a great gut-wrenching ride with Andy...WrigleyRoadie
Oct 7, 2003 6:19 AM
That is some fine italian watter-bottle-cage engineering. I KNEW they settled on that diameter for a reason...
Spot the oddity...biknben
Oct 7, 2003 6:36 AM
The wine bottle in your cage? I could go on but I suspect that is the one you were refering to.

That certainly looks like an interesting trip.

Strange people in the woods, with kegs, spamm, coffins, etc. I bet there are some very interesting stories to be told.
Strange people in the woodsrwbadley
Oct 7, 2003 7:29 AM
You got that right!

Andy and I got back from flogging ourselves on the hilly roads and our neighbor offered to take this pic. He decided the Scotch bottle in the cage was a nice touch.

It was a treat to ride this area. Alot of rollers and steep stuff. Got in only about 100 miles in the three days, but it felt good.

Speaking of rollers: I didn't get the whole back east roller thing until fighting with them here this weekend. True dat, the west is mostly long gradual stuff, but not all. This area had some real gut buster rollers, the kind where no amount of momentum would help, too long too steep, but not long enough to settle in, and not enough rest on the other side. It felt like thirty miles of standing on 10% grade!
I'm afraid he had a little too much fun last night...rwbadley
Oct 6, 2003 8:57 PM

;-) RW
and what kind of conference was this???(nm)funknuggets
Oct 7, 2003 1:50 PM