Yesterday we hooked up with two new friends and had a great 200 mile motorcycle ride in the hills east of Carlsbad CA. Our leader was Charlie, who has 52 years of riding experience and is 71. She was riding a 2007 Triumph Scrambler and scramble she did, as she roared through the twistie turnies and had to keep waiting for us to catch up. In our defense, we were on the big cruisers and she was on a much lighter and more maneuverable bike. I caught myself reminiscing about my 1969 T100C Triumph as we rode along. For those of you not familiar with California, Carlsbad is north of San Diego, about 30 miles away. After a great ride, during which we passed through towns named Temecula, Palm Desert, Julian and Escondido, we returned to Carlsbad. During the ride, we saw cattle ranches, vineyards and beautiful scenery.
Charlie, besides her 52 years motorcycle riding experience, has 25 years horseback riding experience. She has raced cars in the southeast, served two tours in Viet Nam as an English teacher to the South Vietnamese and is married to 88 year old Red, who served in WWII and the Korean Conflict as a gunnery sergeant. At 88 years of age, he can still do 20 push-ups. They are a pair that beats any straight flush and you will see them in the following photos and video clips. All-in-all we had a great time and topped it off with a night out on the town.