It started with 6 riders leaving their homes to meet in Sonora, California. Twwowheelnut came the furthest as he made his way North East from Carpenteria which is around 360+ miles from our meeting place. Steve came South from Marysville, which is about 157 miles away and everyone else was within 100 miles and therefore don't warrant mention. That is, of course, for Ian. He only came three miles, but he came with documentation packages for everyone that made this introduction to the IBA as easy as anyone could imagine.
Frankly, I cannot thank Ian (Skyway) enough. I literally only have to fill in the blanks on forms he created and I'm good to go. Yeah, I had to ride but for me riding is the easy part. Documentation is the pain in the rear that I try to avoid and without being asked to, Skyway took care of all of this and more. Thanks!!!
Let's examine some of what Skyway did for us:
1) Came up with the route
2) Identified 24 hour gas stations to stop at in approximately 150 mile intervals
3) Documented their address
4) Created forms for us to fill in the local time and odometer statements by each gas station identified
5) Created a map and highlighted the route and identified each stop with a sticker
6) Did this 6 times
7) Collected everyones personal contact and medical information in case of emergency
8) Arranged for a witness at the start/stop location
All we had to do is ride, collect receipts and write down time and odomter readings. Wow. Did I say THANKS? THANKS AGAIN!!!
Most of my pictures come from the first half of the day. After than, I put my camera away due to battery malfunctions and saved it for a few good moments. Luckily, the first part of the ride was Sonora Pass and the scenery was nice.
We all arrived at the Peppery Gar & Brill (yep, that's the name) in Sonora and here is the first photo of the bikes and Steve.
Here is the group that met and departed the next morning (except for me).
circling from left to right:
Twowheelnut (Tim), Jackson (BMW R1200RT rider), Skyway (Ian), Bluestreek (Steve), Matt (Forum name?)
We ate, discussed the ride, went over the requirements and the doc packages and scheduled our meeting time for the next day.
The morning of the ride, twowheelnut gets ready to ride to breakfast.
After breakfast we mulled around as we got ready to go to the gas station. Skyway's wife (Kristy) took this shot so I actually got in one!
We all made it to the station. Even bluestreek
Hmm...that FJR looks fast
That beverage holder looks super trick dude!
Twowheelnut waves to bluestreek