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  1. Sorry, folks, still mantled in winter. Great riding and wildflowers out west!

    Took a delightful ride up to Butte County (CA) and revisited the annual spring wildflower display on Table Mountain. I seem to do this every year. At least for today, the destination was as great...
  2. CA 37 - a short jaunt across thru the Napa Sonoma Marshes

    Grandkids living two-plus hours away from our Sac-town area home, we often race across CA 37 (Vallejo, CA area to Navato, CA area) thinking "Oh! That's beautiful!" but never deciding to stop and look...
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    Best Piece of Transportation Ever?

    At the tire and brake shop the other day, I ran into a retired engineer who'd worked on the original space shuttle. He held some pretty strong opinions about things. Including motorcycles. My...
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    Here's how my blog post turned out... ...

    Here's how my blog post turned out...

    http://thechurchoftheopenroad.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-best-piece-of-transportation-ever.html

    ...with your help, folks.

    Thanks.
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    ...and for the purposes of the little blog post I...

    ...and for the purposes of the little blog post I have in mind, any of the R-50 portraits you all provided will do. The tweaks the manufacturer engaged in from year to year won't impact the content...
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    Yeah... But... That's a cool shot and will...

    Yeah... But... That's a cool shot and will certainly do. (That truly is a beautiful bike.) Anybody got anything else???

    PS: My brother owned a '62 (I think) R 60 which probably would work as...
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    R 50 portrait?

    I am looking for a photo or two of an early 60s era R 50 that can accompany a blog post I am composing about an 81-year-old former rider I met the other day while waiting at a car repair place. If...
  8. Nothin' quite like a good, rural graveyard...

    Sometimes on a long motorcycle ride or drive in the car, a pleasant, quiet break is in order. What about that rural cemetery over there adjacent to the road. You know: the one you probably would pass...
  9. Exploring the West Side of the Sacramento River

    Took a little pre-spring journey to explore the west side of California's Sacramento River - the artery that provides life-blood to the greatest agricultural soils anywhere. Nice day for a ride.
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    Will do...

    Will do...
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    We'll need to stay in touch. I get up toward...

    We'll need to stay in touch. I get up toward Trinity Center once or twice a season...
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    Thanks, KJ. Don't tell my boss, but this coming...

    Thanks, KJ. Don't tell my boss, but this coming Tuesday or Wednesday, I'm going to call in sick, hot-foot it up to Orland on I-5, take 32 east to Hamilton City and do the ride again, but this time...
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    Thank you, Bill. :)

    Thank you, Bill. :)
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    The Sacramento River in Spring

    70-degree weather forced - FORCED! - me onto the bike and I found myself tracing the east side of the Sacramento River using whatever road I could find. :thumb

    A little photo essay (with lot o'...
  15. Jeff - Sorry about this, but I've been told...

    Jeff -

    Sorry about this, but I've been told that Internet Explorer is spotty in connecting with Google's Blogging program. Folks using Firefox, Chrome (of course, because it's Google) or Safari...
  16. "Why do you drive one of those things?" Mom asks...

    My ninety-year-old mother never ceases to express displeasure when I ride 85 miles north on the bike for a visit. "Why do you drive one of those damned things?" she asks. My little explanation is...
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    Nice blog, Chris. Makes me want to get out on...

    Nice blog, Chris. Makes me want to get out on the bike even more often. Always makes me wish I were better disciplined about stopping for pictures. You've got some intriguing photos on yours.
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    Old Stuff by the Side of the Road

    Ever been riding through the farmlands and been captivated by the old equipment retired by the fence line or out on the horizon? I got to wondering what stories they might have and did a little...
  19. Cigar, Anyone? Where's your favorite shop?

    Though not specifically Beemer related, I'm pretty sure a number of riders enjoy some of life's other fine vices. In the region east of Sacramento, there is a pretty cool cigar shop that I frequent....
  20. Yeah. State Route 45, which starts in Hamilton...

    Yeah. State Route 45, which starts in Hamilton City, traces the west side of the Sacramento River. At some places it follows the levee system, in others it drops into walnut orchards and rice land....
  21. California's Sutter Buttes; a perfect little winter loop.

    Took a little swing around California's Sutter Buttes, yesterday. Great weather. Nice scenery. Mystical place.

    Details at:...
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    Schuberth C-3: Nice Lid!

    Fate winked his or her eye and I stumbled across a Schuberth C-3 (convertible) helmet at a discounted price the other day while visiting a way-out-of-my-town dealership. I blinked first and ended up...
  23. Mainly, I look for the independent burger joint. ...

    Mainly, I look for the independent burger joint. My current favorite is the Healdsburger in Healdsburg, CA on lower H'burg Ave). I also mention Taylors Drive In in Rocklin CA (on historic Hwy 40...
  24. Hey John, The link you sent back my way seems...

    Hey John,

    The link you sent back my way seems to hit the post about burger joints. Here it is again (I think): http://thechurchoftheopenroad.blogspot.com/2012/12/best-burger-joint-anywhere.html
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    Great Memories of 2012

    2012 proved to be a great year to escape the woes of a weary world by hopping on the bike and heading out somewhere. ;)

    I took a few pictures along the way and have posted them at: ...
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