Off to the Races - Calistoga
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Motorcycle USA is off to the races, taking in the flat track national at Calistoga. It’s the first AMA Flat Track
race in Northern California since the Sacramento Mile in 1999, so Kawasaki invited us to take a ride to the track. We took them up on the offer, a 600-plus mile ride from the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California aboard the Vulcan Nomad.
From palms to pines, we made the 600-plus miles from Southern California to Calistoga.
Two days later and after riding some of the best roads in California we’re here in Calistoga and raring to go. Our route took us mainly up the coast and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. From Cambria to Monterey, the PCH is nothing but stunning vistas, with steep mountains on one side with cliffs and blue ocean on the other. More amazing views between Santa Cruz and San Francisco culminate in crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s not my first time riding across the Golden Gate, but it never ceases to surprise me, the red columns rising into the fog with Alkatraz on the right and the Pacific to the left. The PCH, it’s an iconic stretch of road, one of the nation’s treasures and a definite bucket-list ride for all two-wheeled enthusiasts.
But back to the races… We charged into Calistoga last night in the dark and woke up to find ourselves tucked up in the hills of Napa County. It’s a fantastic sleepy little spa town, surrounded by pine trees and golden hillsides. After a restful night, we just finished breakfast where seated at the table across from us was AMA Hall of Famer and racing legend Dick Mann. He’s in town for the races too and it looks like organizers expect a pretty full house at the fairgrounds tonight.
Looking forward to the action. Stay tuned for the results.
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