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Friday afternoon I threw the camping gear on the GSAdventure and took the 8 to S1 and up to Julien. And then turned right onto my favorite strip of pavement in that area ... Banner Grade. The Nickel Beer Company called my name as I went by but I had a few miles to go and pushed toward camp Borrego. Banner Grade is like candy to me and I get excited every time I'm near it. I LOVE the g-forces working against the tires as the big BMW carves each corner. It's like a dance. Left, right, left right .... brake then twist . . .slinging around the corners, throttling out the back. The throaty Akro pipe singing with each twist of the wrist. Gawd I love this bike. The goal was a 3 day weekend of Moto Play, cleverly disguised as helping out a friend. Dusty of West38Moto asked me to help coach for the weekend so obviously i HAD to go. WooHoo! I hit our campsite around 3:30 and helped with a couple things before we headed into town for dinner with the crew and clients. And the weekend progressed as one would expect for a 2 day class. Tons of laughter, new friendships, embarrassing tip overs, a little sweat and thankfully no tears. Oh, and Mezcal. Smooth smokey delicious Mezcal chased with orange slices, a gift from a friend of a friend in Tecate. Sunday was the deep sand training day, and we found a wonderful variety of depths on the road out to Fonds Point. From 3 inches to about 10 inches. Everyone returned to camp tired and hungry with those grins that just won't wipe off their faces. Sunday night we broke camp and Roaming Joe and I had dinner at the Red Ocotillo before heading up Montezuma grade into the dark. And the rain. And by the time we hit the top it was 46* so we pulled over to add a layer or two for the remaining ride home. Riding in the cold, and the night in the rain isn't really my idea of a great evening but it didn't matter. The Chesire Cat grins were still on our faces when we waved each other off in El Cajon. I didn't get to shoot a lot of pics, but here's a mashup of what I got. Good Times! video to follow . . .
Koonzee posted a topic in New Member IntroductionsHello everyone! I recently registered on this forum and thought I should post a brief introduction. I have enjoyed dual-sport and sport-touring motorcycling for more than forty years. My love of motorcycling started on a Honda 50cc at the age of seven. Currently, I own two Honda ST1100A sport-touring motorcycles and two Honda XRV750 Africa Twins dual-sport motorcycles. I have been fortunate to experience many beautiful rides and destinations in North America while living in San Diego, Chicago and a small town in Ohio. My other interests include telecommunications (wireless/cellular networking), photography, cultural events/festivals, kayaking/fishing, scuba diving, swimming and camping. It would be nice to 'network' with other telecom or datacom dual-sport riders in San Diego. Currently, I am planning an extended tour overseas and would appreciate meeting anyone with experience or local knowledge of touring New Zealand, Australia, India and SE Asia. Tentatively, my tour starts in New Zealand during late October and then onto Australia in late December/January. If any of the listed countries are on your short list for 2017Q4 or 2018, please feel free to contact me. It would be nice to compare notes since I am still in the planning stage. I am looking forward to meeting local forum members and sharing a few rides this summer. Take care & ride safely. Go Ride!