Here I swore to you that I’d do better at posting, but then I realized that I had very little to post! But post I will!
2014 Pashnit Girly Ride came together for July 11-13 with the usual attrition in the numbers. It didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance and we had our usual rousing time. Now of course there is little to tell, since what happens on the Girly Ride, stays on the Girly Ride. So, you’ll have to believe me when I tell you that there little sanity for three solid days, tons of laughter, and some of the best ever friendships made and sealed.
Mo, Susan, Holly, Dee, Donna, Marion, Roxanne, Cris, Kharon, Cara.
This was shot on Thursday afternoon before everyone arrived. Sadly we never got another full group shot, but you get the idea!
We did have three new attendees (silly girls) Dee, Mo and Cara. All three fit into the group perfectly and created their own havoc. The usual suspects stirred the pot and made sure everyone had enough to drink and eat in the evening with the help of Chris and Pam our hosts at the West Walker Motel. We all adore the West Walker for its cute themed rooms, lovely grounds and wonderful hosts. We will do a repeat here yet again, as long as Pam and Chris will have us.
I arrived on Thursday with a scratchy throat and by Saturday morning, I knew I’d be heading home early plagued by a full fledged cold. I hated to bail on the day of our BBQ, but I really felt lousy and though totally believed I could be saved by copious amounts of alcohol, I split. My ride up Monitor Pass was beautiful but when I arrived in Markleeville the “Death Ride”, a well know bicycle ride over the passes was in full swing with what seemed like 40million participants! Between dodging bicycles and rigs that simply decided to stop in the middle of the highway, I was frustrated and exhausted when I arrived home more than three hours after leaving WW! I dosed myself with cold medication supplied by my wonderful husband and had pho all ready for me. Afterwards I went to bed. So much for fun for Donna!
Sadly, I took only a few photos, but luckily Cara took several and so did others. I’ll post all I have access to and I do thank you for allowing me to use your pictures, m’friends!
My ride up on Thursday was an odd mixture of clear and cloudy and then even some rain which I cherished as I was able to test my new PR4s. They worked beautifully!
Good ol’ summer road construction on Hwy 88.
Not a great shot, but a fun one nonetheless.
Markleeville…I had never stopped at Ali’s Cafe, but will again!
What is this wet from the sky??
Thursday night it begins…
Ya, Fireball and sparkling water…that should ward away any oncoming cold, famous last words…
Some of us had dinner across the highway at the Walker BBQ.
We entertained the other guests, whether or not that were interested in entertainment, but it was all good and we retired to a starry evening around midnight.
Friday morning early, as I was having a cuppa morning coffee as car drove into the drive. I starred and thought, that’s odd the woman in the car looked alot like my sister. I knew she was on her way to Joshua Tree, but didn’t realize she was going right by the motel! It was my sister Sharon and her friend Susan. So, here we meet unexpectedly on Hwy 395. Crazy!
Out greeting cries awoke the troops and we had the opportunity for a couple of group shots.
After breakfast we formed groups of like minds and went for a ride! Contrary to the usual, I actually rode with a group, Regina, Diana and Ivana. We had a fun but HOT ride to Benton, CA.
Some of the others rode over Sweetwater pass and visited Travertine Hot Springs. I heard some great stories of this venture!
Since not all the photos are in sequence…I can’t imagine that Kharon was eating ice cream in the morning…but hey, choice is one of life’s fun gifts!
Buckeye Hot Springs
Travertine Hot Springs
Oohhh La La
They also had lunch in Bridgeport at the Jolly Kone…great hamburgers and massage??
I believe Holly’s face reveals a confession of some sort…:)
Definitely a hot day of riding!
Cara’s bike on Sonora Pass; amazing shot, Cara!!
Saturday morning, more rides ensued, but poor sick me headed home. This was a wonderful Girly Ride, one that was many of the original riders and it proved to us, that we have not only grown as riders but as friends as well! Fantastic!!
Cara’s beautiful sunset
And finally the amazing full moon, shot by Kharon Hathaway.
Thanks everyone for making this one of the best ever Pashnit Girly rides!!