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Old 09-24-2006, 09:45 PM   #31
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Then it was back northward on Hwy 395 to ride Hwy 108 for our group - Sonora Pass on up to 9624 feet!



The motorcyclists westerly view on beginning of Hwy 108




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Old 09-24-2006, 09:45 PM   #32
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Highway 108 pushing deeper into the Sierra Nevada. Few curves here and there.




Still wee bit of snow, in September! Soon the snow will fly closing the pass till Spring.




Cathy on the CBR599

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Old 09-24-2006, 09:46 PM   #33
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Hwy 4 looks something this, these are really hard to figure out, I have to stare at them for a bit to get orientated, then it's like oh yes, I remember that curve! This is the top of the pass, looking westward. That transverse line going left to right, that's the Pacific Crest Trail across the mountain tops. You can see the 9624 ft summit at bottom middle center where it intersects the Pacific Crest Trail. Then after that, the road begins its steep descent into a 26% grade.



This is the next westerly quadrant if you will. At very bottom, that set of switchbacks is where these pics were taken. At very top left is Sonora, our destination.





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We had every category of bike on this tour. CBR600RR, V-Strom, Speed Triple, ST1100, Vulcan 750, FJR1300.




John's CBR600RR- very nice bike!

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Cathy




Don checking on out the view on this September day in the Sierra Nevada



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Day 3 started off with a run up some foothill favorites like Pool Station Rd & Stony Creek Rd on over to Pardee Reservoir.



Michael's Vulcan 750




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Then a fun ride up Sutter Creek Rd to Volcano




Stopping in Volcano to walk through this historic Gold Rush Town




To check out the Civil War era canon they have there




Tim reading about the history of Volcano- sign reads:

"Started 1848 by soldiers of Colonel Stevenson's Regiment. Names by miners because of apparent volcanic appearance here. The first California Rental Library 1850 was established and one of the first "Little Theaters" founded by the "Volcano Thespian Society, 1854. Interesting Civil War history."

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Old 09-24-2006, 09:50 PM   #38
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Monitor used in gold mining. These were eventually outlawed but there are quite a few of them remaining throughout the foothills and gold rush regions.




Main street in Volcano




Last shot... of the bikes in Volcano... Time to do some more riding I would think

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Group shot of our September Tour in the Sierras. Just rippin' fun times together.

Tony & Steph, Michael, Don, Cathy, Michael, John & Vince

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Here's an alternate group shot, although I'm not sure how I'd explain this one to my wife.



I think Tim and I will stick to separate bikes.

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