AMERICAN THUNDER RIDING GROUP
December 10th Primm Valley ride
Steve Letcher lead a great ride in association with the Huntington Beach Harley group. There was 11 riders and 7 bikes. HB Harley members Steve and Laurie, and along with AT members Mark and Arleen, (also HB Harley members) plus myself and Lynn and three other HB Harley members Olin, Jerry and Craig joined us.
Our destination was the Primm Resort at Stateline via the backroads, (Steve's specialty). Our first stop was in 29 Palms with a breakfast in the building where the Harley dealer used to be and had a great meal. up to Amboy and bought some Route 66 souvenirs, then to the old Kelso train station, which had a museum and reconditioned cafe where the army and train workers had meals in the 1940's. Lots of great history at this train station - and the trains are still moving on the tracks, although most are freight trains. Onto Primm Valley hotel, a good meal, a walk through the huge outlet stores attached to the hotel (a ghost town at 8pm on a Saturday night) and a quick loss on the one-arm bandits made this trip a really nice one. I hope Steve organizes a ride for AT soon because all of his rides are well thought out and planned well. Thanks again Steve! (see the attached photo)
Nov 20, 2016 Brunch ride to Dana Point
We switched things up a little and went to the El Torito in Dana Point for their all you can eat brunch.
A great turnout with 21 people, a few bikes and a few cars. Great conversation and good company was had by all. The El Torito was fantastic and accommodated with champagne, mimosas and separate checks. The scenery was super, overlooking the harbor and we escaped the rain that came about 1 hour later.
Carlsbad/Oceanside ride, Aug 6, 2016 Lead Rider: Bruce
One way to beat the summer heat is to follow PCH south - but we were surprised by how moist and cool it was, especially for August. We had two new members on this ride from our Meetup group, Hugo and his wife Blanca. We went from our normal starting place at the Mobile station east of the 55 and Chapman, down Jamboree to the 133 to the 73 south, off at the Sand Juan Cap mission, through downtown and south to Dana Paint. Coast Hwy was nearly empty to we made it down to San Clemente in no ti,e. On the 5 freeway was the coldest part, but still comfortable. Off at Mission St in Oceanside, down to the pier and south on the Strand, a unique one mile, one-way road with about 40 feet of beach to the right, and old bungalows from the 1930s on the left next to $2,000,000 new condos. Had one of the best lunches I've ever had at the Masters restaurant on Coast Hwy. Nice ride home while the sun was finally peaking through the low clouds. See photos on our Facebook page.
Taco Wednesday ride July 20, 2016 - Leader: Sammy Gallo, Ride Reviewer, Bruce G.
What a wonderful evening for a ride. It was over 100 in Orange, but by the time I met the group at the Irvine IHOP it was 15 degrees cooler. Four bikes were there including Earl, Sammy and Paula, myself and Raymond. Didn't have a clue on how many might show up at the restaurant. Rode straight down Campus through Newport Beach's residencial area then over to PCH northbound. A little traffic in Huntington Beach but the straightaway with no lights from Main street to Warner was beautiful. We noticed people on walkways over the natural conservation wetlands observing all the birds that are using this area for their migration.
Taco Surf is really a cute little Mexican restaurant just before Seal Beach. We had a side room all to ourselves and - what do you know - 17 other people cam in their cars to fill the place up! After a whileBen and Vicki Adams showed up. You might know that Ben recently resigned as Assistant Director due to personal reasons. I jokingly asked him if he would re-up as A.D. - and surprisingly he said "Yes I Am"! So now the board is back to full strength. Sammy announced his ride to Kernville (not an official AT ride) and that the hotel rooms will probably be going fast. Contact Sammy at 714-655-2613. A great time was had by all. I'm really glad to see all the AT members enjoying each other's company and looking forward to the next Taco ride!
Ride Reviews, as they come!