Another small group this year, but as always fun was had by all.
I started off the morning with a little hiccup… after spending time during the week prepping and cleaning the bike I was going to bring, Saturday morning the battery decided it was done. I guess nine years of starts was all it was able to take. 🙂 I quickly ran home to grab my other trusty steed and thankfully made it back down to the meeting spot just as it was time to leave.
Moving the date back a month was great, cooler weather did make the ride much more enjoyable this year, even though it probably wasn’t as cool as I hoped.
As usual, the group arrived at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park with a feast prepared and ready for eats. I can’t thank Ian & Rebecca from One Sweet Table enough for preparing all the great food. Kudos to my wife Michele for setting up, and also making snacks, sides and awesome cookies! I couldn’t have done it without you! It’s always fun to arrive at the park were we are greeted by friends and family. Fresno Flats seems to be the perfect place to end the ride, with a cool breeze and lots of shade.
Next year we are looking for a mid September date. Check back soon for an official ride day for the ride.
I didn’t take ANY pictures, but I did gather some up from other riders and should have them up on the site soon.
Thank you to all the riders that make all this work worth the effort. I lost count of how many times I heard, “We need to do this more often” from riders during the day. I agree!
Until next year, ride safe and by all means… let’s RIDE!!!
Get ’em ready boys and girls, Friendship Ride 2019 is less than a week away.
I made the decision to permanently move the date back a month, in the hopes of finding cooler weather. I looks like that decision has paid off, as the temps for Saturday’s ride are looking to be in the mid 80’s. As it stands now, we’ve had a very mild fire season, so for the first time in years, smoke will not be an issue.
We’ll be meeting again this year at the Oakhurst Starbucks at 9:00am with kickstands up at 10:00am. Rebecca from One Sweet Table will have an awesome meal waiting for us on our return so tell those not riding to meet us after for the BBQ at Fresno Flats Historic Village.
I need to get a head count for the BBQ, so if you haven’t already done so, please swing over to the Facebook Event Page and let me know if you’ll be riding, and how many people will be joining you. if you don’t do Facebook, just send me a message via the Contact Page.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again this year. Ride safe and I’ll see you all Saturday morning.
Just a friendly reminder to save the date, Saturday September 7 2019. Last year the ride was pushed back a few months because of think smoky air. The temperatures were perfect and so I have decided to move the official date back a month in hopes of finding cooler, more comfortable weather. 🙂
Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and let’s make this year’s ride better than ever!
Until then, ride safe my friends!
Finally, Friendship Ride 2018 is in the books!
After a lengthy delay due to the recent fires in the area, I had to postpone this year’s ride for three months. I knew because of this, the ride would be pretty small, so I decided to do a simple after ride BBQ at my home. It was perfect temps, and the roads were clear and smooth the entire trip. Had a great time riding with good friends that I haven’t ridden with in a while, and even new riders that I road with for the first time.
The temperatures were so perfect that I’m thinking about moving the yearly ride back a month to the first weekend in September, as we have had some pretty hot rides in our past August rides.
Check back soon for the announcement of next years date. Looking forward to getting back on track for next year and riding with more new and old riders.
Until we ride again, stay safe!
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The big day is almost here! The smoke has cleared, the temperature has dropped and I think we are going to have an incredible day!
Okay, since the group will be smaller this year, I decided to just do burgers and dogs at my place after the ride. That way everyone will be able to ride and enjoy the day.
If you plan on not riding but meeting us after for the BBQ, please let me know and I will tell you how to get to our place.
Friendship Ride 2018 has been rescheduled for Saturday November 3, 2018. Hopefully we won’t be dealing with smoke or fire, and in turn treated to cooler weather and sunny skies. 🙂
Until then, ride safe my friends!
I tell ya, after cancelling the ride on Tuesday, the smoke had been clearing pretty well for the past two days. I was thinking that I made a mistake in cancelling the ride, and figured with my luck it would be bright sunny skies come Saturday. Well, this morning assured me that I made the right decision. As the fire makes its way into the park, the smoke has also made its way back into Oakhurst. This morning was probably the worst day yet. Couldn’t even see the town of Oakhurst on my drive in this morning.
I’m sorry to announce that for the first time since 2005, I’m going to have to cancel this year’s Friendship Ride. The smoke from the Ferguson Fire has continued to plague the route and there is no prediction to when it will end. At this point I’m canceling the event, but have hopes to move the date to another Saturday in the coming months.
Please check back to the site for further information.
Usually, around this time of year I’m posting about getting the bikes ready for the upcoming ride in August. Unfortunately we’ve once again been hit with a bad forest fire near Oakhurst. The mountain air quality is becoming worse each day and currently there is no prediction for when this fire will be contained.
The ride is just over a week away, and there is still hope for clearer skies, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I may have to postpone or cancel this year’s ride if the fire continues to grown.
Please check back to the site next week for further details.
Just a friendly reminder to save the date, Saturday August 4 2018. Last year was near perfect weather… Hope to see you all out there again this year.
Ride safe my friends!