Thursday, April 10, 2008

5 Year Anniversary Ride

My wife and I hooked up with a few lone riders and made a ride out to Placerville for breakfast and then we went on to points along Hwy 49; Plymouth, Sutter Creek, out Fiddletown road to Hwy 88 junction and then back into Jackson with a short stop in Pioneer for some coffee to warm us up a bit, it was a bit cool. Reminding of our Honeymoon ride but without the rain!... thank you God!

We continued on our jaunt to 49 again and headed south looking for some lower elevations and some warmer weather (hopefully). We ended up in Sonora and found our way to the Gunn House Hotel. We had stayed there once before on our way down to the Laughlin River Run. It was the year of the "Great Casino Shootout" between the Hells Angels and some other group of banditos... Anyway... we found our way to the nearest watering hole there in Sonora after getting the bikes put away at the Hotel and grabbed us up a couple of chairs at Alfredo's Mexican Restaurant and started to celebrating the first five years of marriage together.
(We've known each other for more than 30 years now but.... that's a much longer story)

Anyhoo... Had a lot of good drinks and starter foods there at Alex's, then we headed down to The DiamondBack Steakhouse and had us some fine dining. It was real good, had some good local Amador County Wine and then headed back to the room for some..... "TV time".... mmmm hmmmm yea right!

The next day was bright and sunny and COLDER!!!!! I think it was 44 degrees when we left Sonora at about 10 am. We stopped by Jamestown Harley Davidson for a peek at what they had in the window... nuttin special! So we headed off down HWY 108 towards the west and came to Oakdale via Hwy 120 and went around Woodward Reservoir on 26 mile Road to HWY 4 in a round-about way and then continued to head west again. We got to Farmington and met up with Jack Tone Road and followed that all the way into Galt. It's a straight shot without going onto Hwy 99 through the orchards and farmland around the south valley. It's nice if you're not in a hurry and we were not.

Stopped in for some lunch at the local TB and then made our way to the homestead again. All in all it was about 285 miles roundtrip and just a nice easy ride around the Sierras.

Happy 5th Darlin' !!!

Sorry I didnt take any pictures this time around... but if you got to look at something take a look at this!


  1. Sounds like a nice way to celebrate an anniversary, sourcing the sierras on bikes.

    You mention Jacktone road and I wonder if that is the same Jacktone that crossed old 99 in Manteca.

    Back in the late 40ts and 50ts I hauled lumber from the northern parts of California to southern California (LA mainly) and as I recall when the CHP had the scales open around Manteca we could use Jacktone road to bypass them via Modesto.

    Just a thought that came to mind reading your story.

  2. Yea Jacktone runs alongside 99 for a long ways. Its is in the town of Galt and I know Ive seen it all the way down into Atwater also down by Castle AFB.