Monday, June 4, 2012

BARF ride to Tioga and Sonora Pass

Did my first BARF (Bay Area Riders Forum) ride. I started by reading a post on 5-9-12 by rodr Dawn to Dark Yosemite Ride. Have looked a several other Barf Rides but all did not fit my schedule, hard to do when you are retired. This ride was coming right through town so it was perfect. The route was almost the same as I have done for many years on Bill's birthday ride. Click here and scroll down for information on Bill's birthday ride.

Here is a short video from last years ride.

SV2007 arrived from the south bay at 7:35 AM and waited with me for the group to arrive. The bay area riders started out before dawn to get to Stockton around 7:50 AM.

The group arrived and we did a quick meet and greet.  Wide variety of motorcycles. Goldwing, H-D, Triumph, Suzuki V-Strom, Honda ST1300, Yamaha 400cc scooter, BMW boxer and K1300GT. Everything but a pocket rocket.

Going to be a long day so we are off to the first stop at Copperopalus.

Next Stop was the fish Hatchery at Moccasin .

 Has a discussion to add Olmsted point at a stop in Yosemite. Everyone who had been there said it is a must stop for photos. I did not mention that the person who layed out the run had not been over Tioga Pass.

 Next Stop gas, what a bargain only $5.09 per gal

Going through  Yosemite I ran a little over the limit and pulled away from the group to get pictures as everyone arrived at Olmsted Point'

 The group arriving, weather could not have been better. This section of road was closed by snow 5 days before.

Our group leader taking in the sights.

Our group photo at Olmsted Point

Tioga Pass 9,945 feet above sea level. 55 degree at this elevation, does not get much better.

We stopped for lunch at the famous Whoa Nellie Deli.

I had the Kansas City Caesar Salad.

Fish Taco's for the group leader.

 Next stop the town of Bridgeport CA. Everyone was ready for a stretch.

Next we headed north on hwy 395 to our turn to Sonora Pass.  I told everyone I would be stopping at the turn to turn on My GoPro video camera. I have attached a video below.

We rode to Sierraville for gas and then to Knights Ferry to look at the covered bridge and make decisions on dinner.  This had been a long day, my GPS said I would be getting home around 7:00 PM. The rider from Sonoma was looking at after 9:00PM.  At his point I told the group I would follow until the turn off to Valley Home Road. 

Video of Orange Blossom Road.

Over all a great day with a fine group of riders. Everyone rode at there own pace, and no one ridding over there head as I have seen on other group rides. Hope some of the BARF riders can make my ride on September 16, 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Hi thanks for sharing the info of BARF ride to Tioga and Sonora Pass. This is good ridding pass.

    BARF ride to Tioga and Sonora Pass