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Official BF Eroica California 2022 Roll Call! Apr. 29-May 1, 2022

Old 05-05-22, 03:41 PM
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So although i have posted a little bit on another thread, here is our Eroica California Journey from Louisiana and some steps along the way.:-

Part One.. The journey In.
4:00 am New Orleans Airport oh Dark Thirty.





hello San Francisco..

Pretty Palo Alto for Breakfast

coming from Louisiana we didn't have high expectations of a foodie experience However!!

Country Fried steak hash browns and three eggs and a biscuit made the 2:30 am wake up more tolerable and it was excellent..

Petroleum Distillate is up there.

not flat like Louisiana

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Old 05-05-22, 03:57 PM
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Part Two.. We made it the first night in Cambria.


That Coastline...

Pelican Inn was very nice.

one wheel on my wagon.. checking for any wheel damage and pumping up tires

Next morning Breakfast on main street excellent.

Ann's Trek 613 back together and ready for a test ride.

My last minute change to the Pug Super Comp now back together and also ready for a test ride, concerns for my corn cob gearing are starting to bother me.

Our smiles after 5 miles into a 21mph headwind are totally fake..

The sunset from the Hotel room just WOW..

That Van life.. swagger wagon...

This map err mapped out the ride we were expecting to take on Sunday... Piedras Blancas 35 miles total.
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Old 05-05-22, 04:05 PM
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Part Three - activities sunset ride Friday night and the Saturday events..


Main street

at Linns Farm free food .. and a nice short 6 mile out ride.

A big Tree. You had to be there...

Italian people and others at the farm.

1951 Humber my favorite

flip flop on the rear of the Humber

Nice Para.

Fancy.

Wizard i say top hole...

Bayliss..

Jolly Nice.
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Old 05-05-22, 04:09 PM
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Part 4 The Sunday Ride.


We got there and it wasn't bad we left early to avoid the head wind.

A rock.

coastline is amazing.

feeling chuffed.

on the way out of the lighthouse grounds.

getting typsy after the ride lol

Linns restaurant yowzah

and they have pie.. me likey pie.
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Part 5 sadly its over ...


Napenthe Restaurant has a great View and good food ..

nice terrace and worth the ride for the coastline and a good view.

Stellars Jay Bird steals french fries..

he's always watching

Hwy 1 is worth the ride

back and SF airport and i ain't happy about it..
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Part 6 the swag...


coffee to remember and now what to do with this swag,,, maybe a shadow box...
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Gary12000 I'm looking forward to building up the International and am quite sure it'll meet my expectations! I see that you called the 1951 Humber Beeston Clubman your "favorite," so in case you didn't notice I had the good fortune of riding all the way back from the lighthouse in the company of old Ted, the fellow who owned and rode that one for the Piedra Blancas route. One of my photos shows it there along the bluff overlooking the ocean - it was good to be in the company of one of the only other '50s British bikes on the route!

-Gregory
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Old 05-05-22, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Gary12000 View Post
Part Three - activities sunset ride Friday night and the Saturday events..


Main street

at Linns Farm free food .. and a nice short 6 mile out ride.

A big Tree. You had to be there...

Italian people and others at the farm.

1951 Humber my favorite

flip flop on the rear of the Humber

Nice Para.

Fancy.

Wizard i say top hole...

Bayliss..

Jolly Nice.
it's Brian Baylis
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Old 05-06-22, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988 View Post
Gary12000 I'm looking forward to building up the International and am quite sure it'll meet my expectations! I see that you called the 1951 Humber Beeston Clubman your "favorite," so in case you didn't notice I had the good fortune of riding all the way back from the lighthouse in the company of old Ted, the fellow who owned and rode that one for the Piedra Blancas route. One of my photos shows it there along the bluff overlooking the ocean - it was good to be in the company of one of the only other '50s British bikes on the route!

-Gregory
I did look at your post in detail, impressive that the owner was pulling that hard with that gear.
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Little late, but some images from Eroica. As many have said, great friends and people to meet, beautiful area, beautiful route (the 72 miler). Would do it again in spite of the organization, but may it improve. Have ridden with Andy K, nice dude, admire his tenacity to finish, congrats.



Cayucos pier

Top o Santa Rita. Boy it's dry up here! Group of great guys to ride with.

Wally with the ultimate sag vehicle and Coca Cola at the top of Cypress.

Cypress downhill, more treacherous than it looks.

Iconic view off Cypress.

The 1981 Eisentraut was awesome!
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Old 05-06-22, 01:46 PM
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Thanks, Thanh! I can honestly say I was on the verge of bailing at Halter Ranch before I ran into you and the rest of the autobus. Now that I have those grisly climbs and descents under my belt, I might stay with the short route next time. Again, I appreciate the encouragement along the route.
Hey Brad and Thanh, this is Matthias. So glad you made it Brad! We must have missed us at the finish by minutes.

@Thanh, thank you for all the pictures and your pacing. I was worried after our late start and really happy that you appeared from behind with a “Really, happy to see you guys”.

@brad, you never told us that you won with your bike the day before! I hope you made it safe back to Texas and had no incidents with your electrolyte bag

I hope to ride with you guys again!
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Originally Posted by Vitma View Post
Hey Brad and Thanh, this is Matthias. So glad you made it Brad! We must have missed us at the finish by minutes.

@Thanh, thank you for all the pictures and your pacing. I was worried after our late start and really happy that you appeared from behind with a “Really, happy to see you guys”.

@brad, you never told us that you won with your bike the day before! I hope you made it safe back to Texas and had no incidents with your electrolyte bag

I hope to ride with you guys again!
Matthias, haha, you remember the electrolyte bag from Brad. I'm glad he only showed it to us and not offering to share . Let me know if you have plans to do Eroica Gemania, I'll see if can come to pace for you. I was really happy to join up with you and your brother. Thanks for the photo with the big Eroica sign.
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Old 05-06-22, 05:09 PM
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Hey Brad and Thanh, this is Matthias. So glad you made it Brad! We must have missed us at the finish by minutes.

@Thanh, thank you for all the pictures and your pacing. I was worried after our late start and really happy that you appeared from behind with a “Really, happy to see you guys”.

@brad, you never told us that you won with your bike the day before! I hope you made it safe back to Texas and had no incidents with your electrolyte bag

I hope to ride with you guys again!
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Matthias, haha, you remember the electrolyte bag from Brad. I'm glad he only showed it to us and not offering to share . Let me know if you have plans to do Eroica Gemania, I'll see if can come to pace for you. I was really happy to join up with you and your brother. Thanks for the photo with the big Eroica sign.
Yes, I got home Wednesday evening from the long drive. And no incidents with the electrolyte bags since I had a couple left. I didn’t want to bring the giant canister of EFS powder, so I just measured out enough for a bottle in each bag. They sure looked suspicious though.

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Yes, I got home Wednesday evening from the long drive. And no incidents with the electrolyte bags since I had a couple left. I didn’t want to bring the giant canister of EFS powder, so I just measured out enough for a bottle in each bag. They sure looked suspicious though.

Brad, good to know you made it home. Thanks for posting the photo of the jar but i was hoping to see the 'hydration' bag again. I'm sure BFers are curious too
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Old 05-11-22, 07:10 PM
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It was great seeing everyone in 2022 after two years of cancellations due to COVID-19! I did the long ride in 2019 on the Bottecchia, so to change things up, I rode the Nova on my newly built Ridley Kanzo gravel bike and enjoyed a short cruise up the coast on Sunday to the lighthouse with my riding buddy Jonathan Roberts on his Cutter. I'm a local so I have a different perspective about Eroica CA. I ride these roads all the time so I'm hesitant to spend money on a local event unless the experience wows. This year still felt somewhat disorganized and haphazard. Like, the email I received said you could pick up registration material on Friday starting at 9:00 am. We showed up well after that and they were not even setup until closer to noon, and I was told that I could not pick up my classic ride stuff because it wasn't ready. I was told there was a "miscommunication." And this is super nitpicky, but on Friday they had no bib pins. I had to find a fabric store in SLO on a Friday afternoon (no easy task) to be prepared for my Nova ride since I don't keep safety pins in the house. Again, super minor, but just annoying enough. On Saturday after climbing Cypress, there were no volunteers on top. Fortunately, I had enough water and food to be self-sufficient, but that was a surprise. After the descent to Santa Rosa Creek Rd, there was a couple with a small table and a water jug waiting for riders. They were apologetic about not being on top and said there was "miscommunication" about where they should be. I made sure to express my appreciation for them being out and supporting riders wherever they may have ended up on the course. I have my doubts whether this version of Eroica survives without some new energy invested in organization.








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