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Talking Ridin' the foothills...

It seems to have been a trying summer for me, and I have done less riding than ever. My little grandson, has been having some health problems, and the stress on the family has been tremendous. This day seemed perfect to simply don my moto-gear and get a ride to shake out the cobwebs, that have been forming.

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I live in Sacramento, which is right near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range and it's some of the most amazing riding ever. I love the fact that after schlugging through random traffic, I can easily disappear on some back roads.

I grabbed a couple of shots from google just to show you Hwy 49.




Note all the fun tar snakes!!

Winding upward toward the clouds, my first stop was Stumpy Meadows, which is an awesome place to regroup before riding one of the best roads in the area, Wentworth Springs road.



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Sorry no photos of Wentworth Springs or Icehouse Road. I was too busy shaking out the cobwebs! After an awesome ride down to Hwy 50, i decided I was still not yet ready to take on civilization, so I cut off at Pollock Pines and went towards the Amador Wine country finding a great little out of the way road, Starks Grade.





Someone mentioned to me that they noticed cupping on my front tire. Enlighten me here, I thought cupping was normal wear, but they said i am on my front brake. Well, I admit to riding the twisties with a bit of zest and using my front brakes generously. Is this a bad thang?? The only thing i see on my front tire is a nice set of chicken strips!

Things are definitely dry this time of year, but I love the old barns of working farms and ranches.


Especially with the apocalypse glow.


By the time I dropped back into valley, the temps were around what one would expect in the pits of hell. 102+


But I've a very fortunate girl and have this awaiting me, in my backyard!


My quick 175 mile loop did wonders for cleaning out the recesses of my cluttered mind!


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Cool pictures and report! I too take pictures of old barns and buildings on my rides...the rougher and more dilapidated the better. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes for your grandson's speedy recovery from those health problems.

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Great ride report. Thanks for sharing. This is the sort of thing I live on through the Winter..

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guys, it's amazing the great riding that's right outside my door!!

Also, thanks for the positive energy toward my grandboy. He needs all he can get. He has a bone marrow disease that's both rare and complicated. *sigh* Children should never be ill.

I plan on getting out again this week. It's a great attitude adjustment, and focus renderer.


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Nice photos, Prayer on the way for your grandson and when things happen to kids its not fair.

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Nice country! Use your brakes as you wish, don't worry
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Prayers and good vibes for your grandson, though you don't look old enough to have a grandchild, IMHO. He must help keep you young, not to mention the Versys as well. Enjoy shaking out the cobwebs.

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Excellent pictures and a very nice bike!

Sorry to hear about your Grandson and your right Children should never be ill. Nothing puts things into perspective like a walk round a children's ward in a hospital. Best wishes.

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Nice country! Use your brakes as you wish, don't worry
about what "They" say.
YEA!!! I was always under the impression that twisties was the perfect place to use engine braking and front brakes if needed. I was beginning to question my skills!!

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Prayers and good vibes for your grandson, though you don't look old enough to have a grandchild, IMHO. He must help keep you young, not to mention the Versys as well. Enjoy shaking out the cobwebs.
Thanks for the prayers/energy for Eli and the compliment on my youthful unaltered appearance. Well, unaltered but for hair dye.

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Excellent pictures and a very nice bike!

Sorry to hear about your Grandson and your right Children should never be ill. Nothing puts things into perspective like a walk round a children's ward in a hospital. Best wishes.
Thanks, the Versys and I are finally bonding. It's quite different than my 1250 Bandit, but I am growing quite fond of its performance.

I totally agree...it sucks when kids are ill. He hurts, is grouchy and doesn't understand it all. He just wants to go out and climb trees, which he can't do right now along with nearly all activity. It's darned intense.


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