What's The Sunday Moto Club?

 

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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. 

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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.

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So I've created a club**. We'll meet on 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 to the coast. We may stop for brunch at Alice's Restaurant, swing up Page Mill Road and down Alpine to cruise into Pescadero for a pitstop at Downtown Local, or swing and sway up and over Highway 9 to Ben Lomond Bakery. Either way, let's gather!

  We rode up and over Hwy 9 on November 11 to brunch at La Placa Family Bakery (formerly Ben Lomond Bakery).  The daylight was ebbing away, and a gentle jaunt through the redwoods is what we needed to re-energize as the year comes to a close.  Our final ride of 2018 is December 2, with a holiday party scheduled for December 16 at Chez Boulanger. Details forthcoming.

We rode up and over Hwy 9 on November 11 to brunch at La Placa Family Bakery (formerly Ben Lomond Bakery). The daylight was ebbing away, and a gentle jaunt through the redwoods is what we needed to re-energize as the year comes to a close.

Our final ride of 2018 is December 2, with a holiday party scheduled for December 16 at Chez Boulanger. Details forthcoming.

  on Sunday, October 14 we rode over Mount Hamilton,  and we stopped at Lick Observatory on our way to brunch at The Junction Bar & Grill where Mines Road intersects with 130. From there we rolled into Livermore, doubling back on 84 West to Devout Coffee in Niles Canyon, famous for Charlie Chaplin’s 1915 film "The Tramp".

on Sunday, October 14 we rode over Mount Hamilton, and we stopped at Lick Observatory on our way to brunch at The Junction Bar & Grill where Mines Road intersects with 130. From there we rolled into Livermore, doubling back on 84 West to Devout Coffee in Niles Canyon, famous for Charlie Chaplin’s 1915 film "The Tramp".

  we rode through the delta to sacramento to join shasta smith's distinguished gentleman's ride after-party  at  the vintage monkey  on September 30. here’s our  route .

we rode through the delta to sacramento to join shasta smith's distinguished gentleman's ride after-party at the vintage monkey on September 30. here’s our route.

  we had a great day in San FRancisco's Pier 32  on Saturday, August 18th for the  Moto Bay Classic !

we had a great day in San FRancisco's Pier 32 on Saturday, August 18th for the Moto Bay Classic!

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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.

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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.

3-Zero Cafe at the half moon bay airport was Our destination on February 11.

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The Vintage Monkey in Sacramento was our last ride destination of 2017. 

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We toured Moto talbott on october 1.

Our view from Laureles grade road in carmel valley on october 1.

** All are welcome. We're not a reckless riding club, so knee-dragging racer wanna-be's wouldn't enjoy our company. 

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