Core-Tarded Motorcycle Club™ Chadman Birthday Cruise to Solvang

Welcome to the Core-Tarded Motorcycle Club’s Birthday Ride to Solvang!!

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Above: Here we are pulled up in front of the Breakfast Joint Formerly Known as Country Folks in Simi Valley. What ride doesn’t start off with a giant breakfast for low bucks? None, that’s what ride! Yummy big breakfast. The better to make you sleepy with. Again, I’m slumming it on Dirty’s Sportster while Dirty is riding his Dyna. Why? Because I used to own a 300ZX Twin Turbo that made owning any other toys financially unsound for years to come. That’s why. Stop asking already. You might also notice that I still need a new helmet – which will be purchased just as soon as I know what color my next bike will be – so, not anytime soon. Besides, riding a Harley with a day-glow Transformers helmet is weird-cool and stuff, so I’m ok with being a tard on the Harley.

From Simi we went over Grimes Canyon (which was miraculously clean!) and headed towards Ojai with a final destination of Solvang.

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Above: We stopped in Santa Paula at the Saint Francis Dam Disaster Memorial to pay our respects to these two moto cops that saved a bunch of people from the resulting flood. Good on ya boys!

From there it was a nice cruise up the 150 through Ojai and then on the 192 across Carpinteria/Montecito/Santa Barbara. No pictures during this part of the cruise. It was nice until we got near the coast, where the temps dropped and the fog was thick. Not the best weather for fully vented riding gear. Oops. Note for future rides: although scenic and it runs through some seriously nice neighborhoods, the 192 is filled with stop signs and should be avoided. Anyway – after freezing our asses off for 20 miles or so, we made it out of the fog and into the Santa Ynez Valley for gas and a break. The place we stopped at, right across from the Chumash Casino, said that there wasn’t much in the way of BBQ in Solvang, but there is one right on the corner of the 246 and Alisal Road. So with new BBQ coordinates we were off to Solvang.

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Above: Although tempted to park “Harley Style” (one bike in each space) – we decided to be cool and only take up one space.

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Above: The Food Shot. We ate at the Cowboy Way. Dirty and I split the pulled pork and tri tip sandwiches. Both were HUGE. The cornbread rocked. We were the only people in the restaurant (Solvang is slow on Thursdays I guess) and the service was great. The owner came over and talked a bit too – seems he’s also a biker. We talked about a chilly “dead zone” along the 101 by Montecito.

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Above & below: From Cowboy Way we had an easy stroll down the street to the Solvang Motorcycle Museum. They are typically closed during the week, but that nice sign on the door listed a phone number to call, and a dude came down within 10 minutes to open up. AWESOME!!! We took a few pix – they’re posted here – but unfortunately I only had my iPhone with me and Dirty just had a small P&S camera. We’ll be back with the dSLRs at some point to take better pix.

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It was getting late (about 4pm) and time to start heading home, but we both decided that coming to Solvang and not eating at least one pastry would be uber-stupid, so we hoofed it to the closest pastry shop (which is Solvang is not far at all).

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Above: Not at pastry shop, but you can’t leave Solvang without a windmill pix.

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Above: This is the pastry shop. Look at all that goodness. Eeek!

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We consumed pastries and then off to the 101 for the quick route home. Unfortunately as soon as we hit Gaviota we were back into the coastal fog and the temps dropped back down. We froze the rest of the way home. Doh.

We also hit the 5pm traffic just outside Santa Barbara. We ended up lane-splitting most of the way home, from Santa Barbara all the way to Simi Valley. The Harley rocked here. For one, people like Harley’s so (with the exception of one dickhead Priass driver) people were happy to make space for us. Also, the laid back riding position and huge torque of the Harley motor made threading the needle easy. It was actually pretty fun – except for the freezing part.

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Above: a quick break in Ventura. Two American Icons – one tasty, the others rumbly.

The Route:

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