Monday, July 18, 2011

16 July 2011 - Dinucci's

16 July 2011 - Dinucci's
Valley Ford, CA

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Today we are meeting at the Jelly Belly Factory for a Ride out to Valley Ford and Dinucci's for lunch. Then over to Bodega Bay an a ride up the coast to the Russian River. From there we head back home over Hwy 116 to Hwy 12.
KC surprises us by showing up for the Ride. He had just suffered a heart attack only 10 days ago.

Stan, Dave {a new member}, Jazzhound from VROC and Frank a guest.

At 1009 one minute before KSU there were just 8 bikes ready to leave. Five more bikes arrived in that last minute. Which made for a very ugly start to the Ride. Please be at the start well before KSU.

We get to the gas stop and break at Petaluma. We had guests that were not aware of this only gas stop. That messed up the timing something awful.
Cranky joins up at Petaluma as well as three others including WWW or dub 3

We actually split into two groups thinking that the restaurant may not be able to handle the 17 of us on the Ride.
Here at Dinucci's is KC's group who took off first from Petaluma

Then as I approach Dinucci's with the second group I notice that the parking lot has nothing but our bikes in it so I pull off into the parking lot. Sonoma Joe goes in to check and see if the place can handle the 17 of us.

Here's Nite Lite one of my trusted sweep riders who happens to live in Petaluma

A couple of Contra Costa riders and we also had a third, a long time member from Pittsburg going back to 2003 who made his first Ride with us, but headed back home after reaching the restaurant.

Bigg Twin on the right

Some photos from lunch.

And the Menu

The food was good. A lot of Fish and Chips, Ground Sirloin and Oysters. Cranky had the Soup and Salad, KC had the Raviolis and I had the Eggplant Parmigiana.
Fish and Chips

A bunch of Ground Sirloin

After lunch I changed the Ride deciding to skip Coleman Valley Road and heading along Hwy 1 to Bodega Bay and then riding the River Road Hwy 116 all the way back to Santa Rosa.

A few of the Riders left after Lunch but there were still 14 bikes that made it to the western out skirts of Santa Rosa. At that time just five of us continued down Hwy 12 through the Valley of the Moon and back home.

It was getting warm after the low 60 temps of the early part of the Ride so at Oakmont just east of Santa Rosa we stopped to shed some clothes.
I think that Jess is smiling because of where one rider is relieving himself.