Day Five: Sedona, Mormon Lake Loop

Friday July 20, 2012

Rick ponders the mystery of a Velocette clutch

Rick ponders the mystery of a Velocette clutch


A sad day – Jeff decided to not even take his Venom out today. Magneto problems are not easy to fix. He did however have time to give Rick lessons in how a Velocette clutch works.
Jeff demonstrates the more technical aspects of Velocette clutch assembly.  Note the automatic cooling device.

Jeff demonstrates the more technical aspects of Velocette clutch assembly. Note the automatic cooling device.


Fred and I touched in with the other riders who were staying at the hotel and then hit the road. There were new arrivals as well as the continual maintenance on all bikes.
Dai checks the nuts and bolts on the Endurance.

Dai checks the nuts and bolts on the Endurance.


Lynn examines his bike.

Lynn appreciates tape on the throttle grip as a go-fast device.


Mavis prepares her bike.

Mavis demonstrates how even the best non-Velo needs daily maintenance.


Gil Loe is ready to go

Gil Loe is ready to go


John Ray has many miles to make-up

John Ray has many miles to make-up


By now the route to Sedona seemed familiar, and it’s a great ride down one green tree side and up to the red rocks on the other. Fabulous, unless you get caught in traffic.

In Sedona, we stopped long enough to learn about the healing power of vortexes and then continued on 89A south to 260 east to 87 and finally Lake Mary Road to the Morman Lake. It was warm until we rose in elevation somewhere east of Camp Verde. Cooler air and the shade of trees felt wonderful.

Just before the Lake Mary road turn-off we joined Jeff W. and Amy for lunch at the one and only cafe. As we enjoyed burgers and BLT’s at an outside table, a cowboy and his dog herded a large black bull. In the other direction, the sky turned an ominous black.

More riders joined us at the cafe, but we did not tarry long. Long forks of lightening indicated we were in for a wet ride. Sure enough about five minutes after we got on road, we encountered a heavy rain. We kept going, the rain stopped and we dried off. Then the rain started again, and stopped again. Under these conditions we didn’t do much site seeing. Instead we kept moving. Later we got confirmation that this was the best choice. The riders who were behind us encountered much more rain and came into camp shivering with cold.

However there was still time for socializing and play.

Esteemed visitors to the camp

Esteemed visitors to the camp


Amy rides her first motorcycle

Where u’at? Amy rides her first motorcycle

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