Day 5: Nevada City to Volcano

Friday: Nevada City to Volcano
Jeff was wondering why we always end up at the back of the pack. Below are some photos that illustrate some possibilities of why we end up last. However I didn’t have these photos and I figured being last was all my fault. Feeling guilty I set my goal for the day to ride faster. Remember the tortoise and the hare fable? This day was a bit like that. But first:

First we enjoy camp coffee.

First we enjoy camp coffee.


Some people, like Larry, polish their show bikes.

Some people, like Larry, polish their show bikes.


Kevin gets ready for another day on the road

Kevin gets ready for another day on the road


John S. was caught washing his bike

John S. was caught washing his bike


Note what John E. carries in his bag.  If you need oil, he's your man

Note what John E. carries in his bag. If you need oil, he’s your man


Kent is a good man to follow; he has the map

Kent is a good man to follow; he has the map

So after coffee, getting reports on each bike, and packing, we rode into Nevada City for breakfast.

Our breakfast spot is not the saloon, but the place next door where Jeff is standing

Our breakfast spot is not the saloon, but the place next door where Jeff is standing, the Nevada City Cafe Classic


Others saw the bikes out front and joined us in the cafe.

Others saw the bikes out front and joined us in the cafe. Oh the food was great!


Stylish helmets can't compete with the chef's thick white hair

Stylish helmets can’t compete with the chef’s thick white hair

Not long after breakfast we came upon Kim. Her bike once again sported the dreaded orange tape. She had ridden out yet another flat tire.

Just because you use your orange tape once to signal that your bike is ready to go on the chase truck, does not mean you  won't need it again.

Just because you use your orange tape once to signal that your bike is ready to go on the chase truck, does not mean you won’t need it again.


We are not your usual tourists

We are not your usual tourists


cross from the auto parts store, Kim takes her bike off the chase truck and prepares to ride again.

Across from the auto parts store, Kim takes her bike off the chase truck and prepares to ride again.


While in Georgetown, we stopped and had some great Mexican food. Good thing because it would be a long time until dinner.

Here’s where the tortoise and the hare fable and my goal to ride faster came into play. Remember, I was riding with a swollen left hand, that didn’t close all the way and no glasses. (Mine were lost on the day of the accident.) I was able to see the road okay, but could not read the map. Anyway I was determined to push myself, but could not keep up with the fast guys and got ahead of those riding slower. Then I got lost. Finding my way involved finding dirt roads, talking to one guy who seemed to think I wanted to go swimming with him, and encountering a group of very helpful – and handsome young men. Eventually I found the wooden suspension bridge and rode over it, but did not get the chance to really see it. Fortunately, Jeff took a video of Kim riding across this one lane wooden suspension bridge.

Getting lost took up a lot of time. I felt bad for the chase truck and others who waited for me at this bridge. Kevin saved the day by keeping me moving and then suggesting we miss the loop to Folsom Lake and go wine tasting in the Shenandoah Valley instead. This was great fun! But then we had the last ridge to navigate before getting back to Volcano. On this ridge, we more than made up the miles we missed by not going to Folsom Lake. Eventually however we made it back.

Back to Volcano and the St. George Hotel

Back to Volcano and the St. George Hotel

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One Response to Day 5: Nevada City to Volcano

  1. Hi Lanora!
    Im a swedish Norton-fan and has been reading your blog for some time. Thanks for publishing nice pics and interesting texts. On my blog I today wrote a very short text about Velocette. I also recommended my readers to read your blog. and also linked your blog to mine under “webblinks I recommend”. Hope this is OK, if not please let me know via mailaddress you find on my blog.
    Best regards from Sweden and
    Lasse (nortonlasse.se).

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