This first picture was taken by BigSteve and is my absolute favorite! We had a great time as usual. Ventura Chapter rides are always a blast - mostly because of the people. This was one of those days and it is what I would call a perfect day in Southern California once again. We get 15-30 bikes every time we ride and this was no exception.
We always have a safety meeting before each ride to go over the hand signals and route. Afterwards we headed for Santa Barbara and scooped up Ron in Carpenteria, who was waiting for us on the overpass, and he fell right in to the pack at 65 MPH. Stopping for gas in Los Alamos, we took a short break to chat and snap a few pictures.
This is a picture of Ron and I in the lot next to the gas station. A big man with an even bigger heart Ron was tagged "Rescue Ron" by the officers and members for the numerous times he has either stayed behind with a disabled bike and rider in need of a tow or come running to a bikers aid out of the blue. He seems to be the one to always step forward when help is needed.
Juliann snapped this picture at full speed, as we left for SLO and the little town of Pozo. I guess I was still adjusting my wiring and microphone and the wind was whipping the fringe on my grips, if you are wondering what all those black things are.
This is a typical turn out for us. As you can see we are fortunate to have a lot of members who come out to ride all year long. That is the key for me simply because it is much more fun with the different people and variety of bikes. It's really not about the number of bikes that you have in the pack but the large group of people that are enjoying the fun. This ride was a lot of fun!
We took the long way home, out the 58 through Taft and south on the 33 to Ojai, but had to stop for a few minutes and overwhelm the market in McKittrick. This little one horse town is probably, only still on the map because of this motorcyclist's watering hole and we took full advantage of the facilities.
And so, after a few more pictures and a cool drink we mounted up and headed back the last leg of the trip. It has become a Ventura Chapter tradition to take a nice long ride on Memorial Day Monday, a tradition that I hope lasts for many years to come. This ride was one to remember and I am very thankful to Juliann and Skinny Dave and others who bring their cameras.