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2012 Girder Fork Ride

October 21, 2012


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.



Downtown 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.




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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.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2012 8:48 am

    Lovely area. I have family in Volcano and Sutter Creek. Only a few bikes showed up?? Thanks, Paul

    • October 22, 2012 9:05 am

      Not as many bike this year, due to a change of date for the run. But Paul wanted to be sure that all the bikes were girder fork equipped, and not later, faster bikes. Quality, not quantity… 🙂

  2. October 22, 2012 8:49 am

    Sorry, should read “had” family. Georgina lived to 104 I think. Nice place, Paul

  3. October 23, 2012 9:15 am

    Morning Pete,
    I was wondering if it is possible to get a disc of your photos from the finish of the Cannonbal for a photo album I am assembling? You had some great shots.

    Tom Perkins

    • October 25, 2012 3:20 pm

      Hi Tom. You and the team at Dudley Perkins did a great job of hosting the party to finish the Cannonball. I’ve sent you some pics, please enjoy them.

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