It's sheer pandemonium!!!
It's brewing ... but I
don't know if it will taste any
good. [Mar 23, 2006]
Interestingly enough, a year has almost lapsed from the last central
coast trip. How easy it is for time to slip through our little
fingers, but enough babble. It is now time to start planning the '06
trip. March has roller around the corner, April will come and go,
and May will spring on us so fast that you can't even say
"Follies your Midas" once. Yes! Time to pack it up and get
out of the woods. Get out of the woods man! Get out of the
So far, the planning for the trip has been interesting. We have
invited more people this year, and boy is it a turn out. It looks
like the old gang from last year will be going and a bunch more folks
added on top. Of course, with all the upgrades that everybody has
done, this year's trip is on all different bikes. The only
returning bikes will be Eugene's bike, since he purchased my F650GS
from me for his riding pleasures,
and Primo's bike, Honda F4I.
I got smart this time, I booked the camp grounds early so we don't have
to pull that trick we did last year and wait for a cancellation.
Even if we ended up in hotels, who knows if we're going to get a room
since we probably have to reserve that ahead of time, also. Oh
yes, the pleasures of being tied down to a specific date. It's
good in a sense because we're forced to do it no matter what. "... Come
hell or high water." The group is substantial this year.
It's in the neighborhood of 14-16 people. Wow!! That means
organizing this thing is going to be like herding cats. Looking
at the age of this group, people are definitely going to be
opinionated. That means ...
pandemonium. Par for the course I guess.
This trip was originally planned to be support vehicle free, but after
closer examination, it can't be done without a car. Why? Because
the feeding logistics is going to be a nightmare, if I'm not
careful. If we were going to restaurant everything, it wouldn't
be an issue. However, we're camping' out babe! This means
there's going to be plenty of cooking going on. Cooking for 14-16
hungry people is not going to be easy. One portable grill is not
enough. So this time around, two grills and a couple camp
stoves. Hopefully this is enough to feed the hungry howling
wolves. Having been a cooks at various fine establishments like
Fuddruckers, an image springs into my
mind around dinner and breakfast time ... STAMPED!! Everybody
will want to be fed right now, right here, and "...where's the
mayo?" A lot of hungry mouths means a lot of griping. To
make all those empty stomachs happy, I have to have the support vehicle
carry all the grills, stove(s), and cooking utensils to handle the
job. Then it's just a matter of flippin' burgers and whatever
else like the olden days.
grows. [April 10, 2006]
It is now approximately three weeks to the trip. It is confirmed,
a minimum of 15 and very possible 16 people are going on the
trip. This is the larges party I've been involved with. I
know there plenty of other motocycle buffs out there that have been on
trips with 20+ or 30+ people. The question is, how do you keep
There is still a lot more planning and prepping to do. I still
have to make the unique arm bands to identify people on the trip.
I will also need to make markings for the support vehicle. In
this way, if we get separated, it's easy to quickly identify our
vehicles. Of course, this stuff is all scratch built so I better
get cracking and stop playing Oblivion.
It is a dawgawn addicting game though. Well, as an aside from
spending hours in front of the LCD wacking away at gobblins, bears, and
daedra, I have been prepping my bike for the trip. Everything for
the bike is almost in place including the MP3 player. I'm
currently waiting on camp stove equipment to come in from the REI store
so I can once and for all test the new grill and the old grill.
I'm still planning on bringing the camp stoves and additional cooking
surfaces. I have to check up with everybody and see if there are
gone. [May 23, 2006]
It has been three weeks since the trip came and went. The three
days was fun and went fast. A lot happened. Here is a
recount of all that went on. Unfortunately some people couldn't
make it due to illness and/or committments, but that's OK.
There's always next year and other rides.
- [...And they're off!!] - May 4th, 5th
Page 2 - [Loopy in Guada-loopy] - May 6th
Page 3 - [Just a couple more drops of petrol]
- May 7th
Written on: Mar 23, 2006
Last modified: June 8, 2006