The Spring Ride is just around the corner, and just like last year I took the guys out on a ride to get them ready for putting some serious miles down in a day. However since I have a very new rider with us I decided that we would take it easy and only do a 200 mile trip.
The plan was extremely simple, ride up to Fort Ross along the coast on Highway One. It’s a section of road that I’ve ridden a fair amount, but it’s beautiful and there are some sections that are just amazing to ride.
The weather wasn’t looking perfect for us, there was a 50% chance of rain in the northernmost part of the trip. I decided to push on with the plan regardless. Risk the flip of the coin.
I planned for a reasonably early start, hoping to be on the road by 7:30AM, this didn’t quite work out but we were well on our way by eight.
The Sena’s made getting through the light traffic of San Francisco relatively easy. I was practicing letting my brother lead something I’m hoping will make the upcoming Spring Trip easier. With me in the back I don’t need to worry about any stragglers getting left behind. Also if I feel the need to pick up the pace I can just slow down and let some distance open up.
The traffic along the Panoramic Highway was fairly light and I did take advantage and let some distance grow a couple of times to enjoy the swooping corners. Most of the time heading north we just enjoyed being out on the motorcycles with friends not going particularly fast.
The best part of the trip is the 12 or so miles between Jenner and Fort Ross. The views are amazing as the road is twisty. I pulled over and got a picture that just barely captures the scenic beauty.
Once at Fort Ross we took a short break before turning around and heading back. I took the lead very briefly for the 12 miles back to Jenner, taking the opportunity to open it up a little bit and really enjoy the section of road. It was great.
We stopped in Jenner for an early lunch since I was starving. Unfortunately the cafe had limited seating indoors and it began to rain lightly. This made lunch a hurried and cramped affair.
The ride back started with it still raining and was somewhat unpleasant, but about a half hour away it stopped and we began to dry out. I was regretting eating so much at this point as I was a bit foggy with a full stomach. It’s been so long since I’ve done this that I forgot how much I hate riding after a big meal. I tend to get tired, and it’s not pleasant to ride in that state.
This feeling did eventually fade and the Panoramic Highway was lightly traveled once again, letting me to enjoy a lot of it. Traffic across the Golden Gate Bridge and in San Francisco was heavy and my brother made a few mistakes letting our new rider in the middle get too far back and causing us to be separated by lights. The Senas made this a relatively easy fix and eventually we made it safely home.
It was a great day on the motorcycles, one of the best group rides that I’ve done. I’m looking forward now to the Spring Trip!