2012 Girder Fork Ride
Paul hosted the Girder Fork Ride again this year, up in the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Ione, CA. The weather was grand, as typical for our Norcal October. The quiet backroads took us from Ione to the wonderful villages of Mokelumne Hill and Volcano, and lunch in Plymouth.
This area was very quiet until gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill nearby, and then gold rush of 1849 filled the foothills with prospectors and later there were farmers and railroad men, etc. This old locomotive now sits behind the city hall in Ione.
Another view of Paul’s Norton. The trials trim included chrome on almost everything, so that it was easy to clean the mud off with a wipe of a rag.
The cemetery in Ione.
After the run was finished, I went with our lady President of the VOCNA back to Volcano to scout out the details for the 2013 rally. The St. George Hotel will be our rally headquarters, with the fine adjoining saloon. We’ll be able to start the week of twisty backroads with a fine climb up Ram’s Horn Grade and through Fiddletown.