Wire sculpture: Henri Boulanger
What's The Sunday Moto Club?
Where two or more are gathered...
The esteemed motojournalist Peter Egan has written extensively and poetically about his local Slimey Crud Motorcycle Club in Madison, Wisconsin. As a fellow contributor to Cycle World and Wisconsin native, I've always been a tad envious.
My wife Jean is the general manager of Red Rock Coffee in downtown Mountain View, California. I've met several moto-minded friends there for coffee and a ride to the coast, and thought it high time to create a riding club based on a column Egan wrote many years ago, where he waxed nostalgically about his days living and riding in southern California. He used the term "Sunday Morning High Mass at The Church of Mutual Admiration Club" to describe jaunts he would make with pals.
So I've created a club**. We'll meet on most non-MotoGP race Sundays at Red Rock Coffee at 8:15 a.m. to chew the fat while chugging the caffeine, then saddle up and ride. We may stop for brunch at Alice's Restaurant, swing up Page Mill Road and down Alpine to cruise into Pescadero for a pit stop at Downtown Local, or swing and sway up and over Highway 9 to Ben Lomond Bakery. Either way, let's gather!
Motorcycling is fun, and we take every precaution to avoid things going random. Your participation in our rides is strictly voluntary and thereby absolves Red Rock Coffee + Gary and Jean Boulanger from any liability.
On June 10 we rode down 101 through King City before heading northeast on Bitterwater Road to connect to scenic CA-25. We stopped for brunch at Eva Mae's Cafe in Tres Pinos.
From there we visited San Juan Bautista, site of Alfred Hitchcock's famous "Vertigo" scenes from his 1958 classic. Naturally, we stopped for coffee at Vertigo Coffee Roasters before returning north to Silicon Valley.
On April 29 we rode up Hwy 9 and across Skyline Boulevard to brunch at Alpine Inn Beer Garden. We rolled through redwoods before crossing Skyline and descending 84 into Woodside.
Our destination was the Marin Museum of Bicycle/Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Fairfax on Sunday, March 25. The ride carried us over the Golden Gate bridge into Mill Valley, where we stopped for coffee at the Equator Proof Lab Surf Shop at Tam Junction.
Once caffeinated, we rode up and over Mt Tamalpais, crossing Ridgecrest Boulevard before turning right on Fairfax-Bolinas Road toward Alpine Dam.
After weaving our way through the serpentine roads, we had lunch at the Gestalt Haus in downtown Fairfax around noon.
From there we toured the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, getting our fill of historic bicycles, many of which originated in Marin County. The curator is Joe Breeze, assisted by fellow Hall of Famer Otis Guy. Admission was $10.
Our day ended with a spirited ride south on 101, crossing the Golden Gate one more time.
Caletti Cycles was one of our destinations on March 4.
The Vintage Monkey in Sacramento was our last ride destination of 2017.
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** All are welcome. We're not a reckless riding club, so knee-dragging racer wanna-be's wouldn't enjoy our company.