Where have all the Riders gone?

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by Thruxton71 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:11 am

More riders showed up today.. I guess the warm weather and the long days are getting people up and out. RT BMW, Modern Triumph triple, modern triumph twin, A65 BSA, Miata, and my T100R all gathered at the Gas station and decided to eat at the Summerland Beach cafe, on the coast near Santa Barbara. The big news was that all the bridges on 192 (runs in the foothills above 101) that were wiped out in the epic floods are restored to working order, including the one at the top of Toro Canyon, a great climb.

So, off we went, over 150 towards Carp, behind carp to 192, and down to SummerLand, easing behind the mansions in Montecito and past the grow houses in carpinteria where the stong smell of marijuana is so evident that neighboring residences are complaining. I don't mind it, but I am just passing through.

Epic breakfast, as usual, although if you ask for water they bring a bottled water and charge. It is cheaper to drink tea. Oh, and the swap meet they were setting up in the parking lot required us to park across the street. Minor hassles.

We rode back on Padero Lane, that fronts a strip of beach 'houses' on the west side of 101 before Carpinteria. Lots of imposing gates and driveways winding off to the beach. On the Carpinteria side there is less space, so it is the slums, just houses on the beach without the locked gats and long driveways. Must be tough.

150 back to Ojai was traffic free. I think I feathered my front tire a little further. The 500 Triumph was happy.

An other Sunday passes.

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by xbacksideslider » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:40 pm

Good report. I’ll have to ride up some Sunday

When they brought that bottled water, you should have asked for a straw! No, ask for four straws so you can “share” your water!

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by Tetge » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:42 am

This post is the last straw...........

But, seriously, I was intending to ride out to the Ojai area and ambush my brother of one of his epic rides up the hill, but, I popped my right biceps tendon right off at the shoulder a week ago, and, I may never ride again. The only good news is that surgery is not recommended as it should heal up in six months or so with deformities and loss of some strength, as, per the ortho specialist, it will reattach itself, but, lower, so, this allows the arm muscle, such as it is to slide down the arm to the wrist. They call it "Popeye muscle", but it still mostly works. But, being right handed, it imposes some restrictions, and, I fear that riding a motorcycle would be one area of concern, as the shoulders and right arm are pretty busy on a motorcycle, and, having them cramp up and fail out on the road would not be a good thing at all.

However, in the meantime, detached tendons are pretty damned painful, and, I will never again disrespect any pro athletic who is struck down by tendon or muscle tears, or ruptures. My days of wanting them to come back quickly, or at all, are ended. I also am learning to avoid movements that hurt, and, although it is early in the game, I already am wondering how, and indeed, if, I will ever be able to trust my right arm to lift, or even do light lifting, as the tendon popped when I lifted one corner of my mattress to finish changing the fitted bottom sheet. It popped so loud that I knew, even as the pain struck, that I had done some serious damage.

But, all is not bad, as I can lift a glass of ice and gin up to my mouth, and, although I am taking zero pain killers, gin is a pretty good pain killer, especially 94 proof gin in a green bottle with in a handle.

Getting elderly is a trip, as who would think that changing a fitted bottom sheet could lead to the destruction of a bicep tendon? Pretty hard to guard against an injury that could be triggered so easily. Anyway, I'd write more, but, it is time for my morning nap........... At least my immediate family still rides...........

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by jhwalker » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:45 pm

I'm trying to feel sorry for you, but I have my own issues (being older than you...) :lol:

Get well... :-D

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by xbacksideslider » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:36 am

Are you doing physical therapy?

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by Tetge » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:42 pm

xbacksideslider wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:36 am
Are you doing physical therapy?

Physical therapy is apparently not necessary. I now realize that I should have asked the surgeon a few more questions, but, I was stressed about possible invasive surgery, and so relieved to hear that it was not a recommended treatment, that I did not press for details. I did ask if I could play a keyboard, and she said yes. Pretty much it seems that one needs to rest up the injury, and that some how the snapped tendon attaches again, but lower, and this takes three months at a minimum and longer for the elderly. I guess the intense level of pain one gets if they manage to bend or reach or twist their arm in certain, as yet not known to me, position, will train one to take it easy, so the therapy is built in my nature.

Another irony is, that, after being cleared to play my keyboard, I came home and my 30 year old Yamaha Clavinova, for which no parts exist, decided to give up the ghost. A 30 year old electronic device is beyond obsolete, so it gave good service, but, it bums me out, as it was a very nice musical instrument. And, as I was thinking about what to do about losing my keyboard, a giant took hold of my house and shook it for while. I do not see any obvious damage, but, it sure was creaking and banging and making noises for a bit there.

I await the locus, and the floods......

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by SonicVenum » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:54 pm

Ouch, hope you heal up soon, Pat. I would imagine some level of physical therapy would help the healing process, or at least keep things from stiffening up too much from lack of use and articulation. The J&B might help lube things up as well. :lol:

The back to back earthquakes were interesting. We were at the movies for the July 4th tremor, now categorized as a fore-shock, and relaxing at home for last night's main event. Other than the Big Bear/Landers quakes, which happened only minutes apart, I can't recall when two larger quakes have been so close together in my life time.

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by xbacksideslider » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:38 am

Well, heal up darn it

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by Thruxton71 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:41 pm

22Sep19, Ojai reports..

Well, I dragged out my 1952 Velocette MAC today and went through the routine... pushing to the top of the hill next to the house, coasting down, starting and riding to the Gas Station across from Vons to meet up with who ever showed. My Son-In Law recently moved back to Ojai with a 390 KTM, and joined us a couple of times, but now he works Sunday mornings at the MOB shop (bicycle) in Ojai, and can only join us once a month. So, it was down to a few of the regulars. A Miata, a police style big BMW, a small Moto Guzzi (500 v twin), a late 60's Triumph 650, a corvair trike (yup), and my Velo. Off we went to eat in Filmore at a small Mexican restaurant with hand made corn tortillas and a friendly owner. (http://vallartarestaurantfillmore.bestcafes.online/). First, however, we decided at the Gas Station to route up Balcom off of South Mountain, just to the top, and back down, then proceed to Fillmore.

The owner of the BMW is in his 80s and rides, shall we say, very very conservatively. We wait at stops and turns, sometimes for quite a while, to accommodate his pace. I forced a stop to pee at Mill park in Santa Paula, and he just pulled in when I was returning from the facilities. This is 18 miles from where we started on a fairly fast road, and I am riding a 17 horse power 1952 rigid Velocette. Not exactly in the same performance league. The trike rider is also in his 80s, and keeps up pretty well, as one would expect. But, to each his own, I say, as long as people feel safe and no one gets lost or hurt.

We proceeded to South Mountain road, then to Balcom. The Trike posted himself at the entrance to Balcom to wait for stragglers, and I proceeded to slowly climb what to the MAC is a freaking wall, snaking up to the summit where we agreed to turn around. Well, I thought we agreed. The Triumph blew by me up the hill, followed by the Trike, and proceeded to summit and disappear down the back side on the way to Moorpark!

Turning around I joined the Guzzi and the Miata at a handy turnout, shaking my head over the complete chaos we were experiencing. Finally the two wayward riders returned, claiming that no one told them we were only going to summit and go back. Oh well.

Descending is always scary on my British stuff, as there is one decreasing radius sharply downhill corner that takes everything I have braking wise and an anchor to negotiate. This time my front brake handle was hitting an adjusting screw on my throttle keeping me from pulling it all the way in. Shit. Luckily I was in low gear and going pretty slow, so we made it around. Moral of that story? Never loan your bike to Hipsters with wrenches.

As we neared the bottom, the BMW was ascending. We waved our hands to indicate it was time to turn around and head to Fillmore. This was the last time we saw the BMW.

Down South Mountain road, past fields of brilliant green citrus orchards, contrasting against the gold of the parched foothills. South Mountain ends, and turns left onto Sespe, then there is a right hand turn on Bardsdale that takes you to a left on Grimes and onto 23 into Fillmore. Trike and I stopped at the Bardsdale turn to wait for BMW, who never showed. Trike returned to the bottom of Balcom to check, and I proceeded to ride to Piru via E Guiberson. It is a wonderful stretch of road with rough but fun curves hugging the dark green orchards. As soon as I got to 126 I realized I had overshot Fillmore (ooops) and slabbed it back to the breakfast place. Why shouldn't I be allowed to contribute the chaos ride??

No one has heard from the BMW, but the Trike reports that he didn't find him when he returned. He was wondering how he got to the restaurant before I did.

Less drama on the return, the MAC got on 126 and putted along at 60 back to Santa Paula, and had a partial clear run over 150 back to Ojai. It was starting to get hot, so home sounded good.

Chaos ride complete. Another Sunday. There is a rally at 'The Place' October 12 and 13 that I am hosting. Be there or be square.

Ojai Veloist.

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Re: Where have all the Riders gone?

Post by jhwalker » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:53 pm

Sounds like fun. I was closing in on riding again (I thought), but had another incident (a fall) and my bad leg/arm/shoulder feel pretty much like 'right after the stroke'. :doh: no bueno. After about 10 days of my special healing tricks, am going to give in and see a doctor.

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