First off - GREAT contributions uberkul! Really some stellar shots in there.
For me, the trip started friday morning, I had an 11 AM meet time with Grifter in martinez, which is an hour from my house.
Here she is warming up, and with my load for the trip, save for my hydration pack, which carries water and some snacks (waffles!)
Meeting up with Grifter at a starbucks in martinez. I showed up a few minutes early despite hitting the road late, and Grif beat me out by 10 minutes.
Despite having arrived at our rendezvous early, we departed late, conversation got the best of us
. Our ride took us 4 for a while, until we reach river road 160, 12, a very brief stint on i 5, peltier road, 88, then 26 until we reached cozy's, about 20 minutes past our 1:30 meet up.
After a delicious meal, we headed up to Brad's to offload unnecessary gear before hitting the afternoon ride.
We took to a small twisty road which was completely devoid of other traffic, save for the occasional cow, which lead us a to a rocky fire road. FINALLY! it has been since january that my DR had been in dirt, so it was awesome just to be there. The road was really fun, actually, and though it was tame compared to what we would encounter later this trip, it provided me with time to get used to the familiar feel of dirt under the tires. Speaking of tires, only Brad had aired down after the first few miles of fire road, so we stopped to air down about halfway through. Man oh man, what a difference.
We came to a small hiking trail (see brad's photos), and walked downhill to a precipice where I snapped this photo.
After the ride was over, we filled up for the next day and shot the sh*t outside the gas station. After I removed my helmet, someone pointed out my brutal raccoon face going on. I have a few tendencies that have encouraged this look: I often follow too closely given the dust in the air, I always ride with the my visor up (unless at freeway speeds), and I wear Ray Ban Wayfarers when I ride. Excuse the selfie.
That was more or less the end of Day One, and it ended with a deliciously prepared thinly sliced flank steak by Uberkul and his wife, a few too many beers for me, and conversations 'til well past our bedtimes. That's it for now, I'll post up the next days soon