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« on: March 01, 2013, 01:36:25 pm »

An overnight trip up (or down depending on where you're coming from!) our fantastic Pacific Coast Hwy via a multitude of backroads through Marin and the Russian River area before landing in Manchester, CA, staying at the Manchester Beach KOA:

http://www.manchesterbeachkoa.com/home/Home.aspx
44300 Kinney Rd.
Manchester, CA. 95459
(707)882-2375

If you plan on coming, please make your reservation ASAP as they tend to book up quickly that time of year. Be sure to tell them you are with Dangerous Curves (my riding group) and how many in your party so we have an accurate headcount for dinner. I am also looking into the possibility of having a catered buffet dinner Saturday night and breakfast the next morning which will run in the range of $25 or less for both meals.

You will need to bring a sleeping bag as they don’t supply bedding.

On the way home Sunday, we will ride a few more delightful roads like Skaggs Springs Rd. before heading back home.

There will be at least one or two pickup spots to meet up with the group if you would like. Lunch will most likely be in Occidental. If you would like to join us for lunch, please let me know that as well so I can make a reservation.

Routes/meetup times and places to follow soon! Hope some of you can make it!
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2013, 01:44:26 pm »

Sounds like a great ride, Tyler. Wish we could join you that weekend.  Loves me some PCH.   Inlove

When you're in Occidental, you gotta check out the Barley and Hops and/or the Union Hotel for grub and suds.   Thumbsup Thumbsup

Camping at the KOA campground in Manchester is first rate. We have the annual Sea Beast Feast there around Labor Day. Great times.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2013, 01:58:19 pm »


Sounds like a great ride, Tyler. Wish we could join you that weekend.  Loves me some PCH.   Inlove

When you're in Occidental, you gotta check out the Barley and Hops and/or the Union Hotel for grub and suds.   Thumbsup Thumbsup

Camping at the KOA campground in Manchester is first rate. We have the annual Sea Beast Feast there around Labor Day. Great times.


Yeah, I've been to both places for lunch and it's right across the street from Coleman Valley Rd.  Cool  Will see how many folks plan on making lunch and what availability might be at either place for a motley crew of bikers!  EEK! Lol

I've also stayed at the Manchester KOA before as well and it is very nice indeed... hoping we get a large enough crowd that they'll do a catered dinner onsite!  Thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2013, 08:22:15 pm »

Wanting to do this, but just quit my job and may have to sell the bikes to pay the bills if I can't get my internet biz off the ground quickly enough.

I'll keep it on my calendar though and will commit closer to the date if I can make it work. I'd really love to do this trip!  Bigok
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 01:29:25 am »

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2013, 08:21:46 pm »

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE!!

Please find following some notes, itinerary, and proposed routes for the Manchester weekend. Routes may change due to weather or timing. You are welcome to join in at any point or do your own thing as well and just meet us in Manchester. My cell number is 408.396.5130 if anyone needs to reach me along the way. Please know your own limits, be true to yourself, ride your own ride, be safe, and ENJOY! 

•   Please have your ICE (In Case of Emergency) info with you and let someone know where it is. If we know it, we won’t need it! 
•   If you are a newer rider (less than a minimum of 5K miles in the twisties), I would not recommend these routes as there will be some fairly technical and goaty (one lane, bumpy, and maybe a rogue cow in the road) roads. I can recommend an optional route for whoever is interested.
•   Pack layers – I was just up that way this past weekend and temps ran from 50-75. The coast can be extremely windy so be prepared.  
•   Please let me know if you have a range-limited bike (i.e. less than 120 miles to a tank of gas)
•   This KOA is a really nice facility and they have lots of amenities including a pool and hot tub that will be open so bring your swim togs if you feel so inclined.
•   REMEMBER: The KOA does not provide linens so bring a sleeping bag.
•   The Golden Gate Bridge has changed the way it collects its fees. See this link for ways to pay or prepay your bridge toll:  http://www.goldengate.org/tolls/paytollasavisitor.php
•   If my pace is not your pace, you’re more than welcome to “follow from the front” but you will be on your own so familiarize yourself with the route.
•   Please wait for the rider behind you at turns so no one misses one and gets lost. I always like to end with same number of riders I start out with!
•   We will have a picnic lunch on Saturday so either pack your own or you can purchase something at the lunch stop.
•   If you choose to leave the group, please let someone know so we don’t run around helter skelter looking for you.
•   There is a grocery store on the left as you enter Manchester so you can stop for adult libations, snacks, etc. The KOA is about a half-mile after the store.
•   When you check in, please pay for your meals - $18/person for dinner and breakfast.

SATURDAY ROUTE:  http://tinyurl.com/cnshkoj (approx. 200 miles)
Starbucks – Rancho Shopping Center, 654 Los Altos Rancho, Los Altos, CA  94022-1667
07:30 am - Coffee
08:30 am - KSU (Kick Stands Up)
10:00 am - GG Bridge vista point (north/Sausalito side)
10:30 am - KSU
11:00 am (approx.) - Gas @ Freitas Pkwy
12:00 pm (approx.) – Marin French Cheese (sandwich & picnic - http://www.marinfrenchcheese.com/ )
3:00 pm (approx.) - Gas in Gualala (two gas stations there)
5:00 pm (approx.) – Stop off for any needed supplies in the store in Manchester before arriving at the KOA (44300 Kinney Rd., Manchester CA  95459)
7:00 pm (approx.) – dinner (catered onsite)

SUNDAY ROUTE:  http://tinyurl.com/cqt4gl3  (Approx. 260 miles)
08:00 am – breakfast (catered onsite)
09:00 am – KSU
10:30 am – Boonville – gas @ Redwood Drive-In, pickup sammiches for picnic
11:00 am – KSU (regroup at the fairgrounds)
12:30 pm – lunch somewhere along the route
02:00 pm – gas in Guerneville
02:30 pm – KSU
07:00 pm (approx.) – arrive home (depending on where home is for you!)
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 04:19:08 pm »

Final bump... don't say I didn't tell ya so!!  Bigsmile
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2013, 05:54:18 pm »

It looks like a great trip.  Those roads are too twisty for my wife at this point in her riding career, and I don't think she's craving sport-touring...yet  Cool

Look forward to your ride report and pics though!
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2013, 06:37:59 pm »


It looks like a great trip.  Those roads are too twisty for my wife at this point in her riding career, and I don't think she's craving sport-touring...yet  Cool


You're always welcome to take another route and meet us in Manchester if you'd like to meet some new moto friends. Even come in the car if you'd like... I have one or two who will be caging due to recent surgeries... at this point, don't care how many wheels you come on! Wink
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