RIP, Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy
March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015

Pinnacles Range, a December Ride

So today I made the most of this week's nice weather and went on a 280-miles solo ride along the Pinnacles Mountain Range here in California. To get there, I had to ride across the whole Central Valley under a very dense fog.  Needless to say, I had a real blast.

The Route (
- CA180 from Fresno to Mendota
- Little Panoche (J1) from Mendota to Tres Pinos
- CA25 then CA98 to Coalinga
- CA145 and CA180 back to Fresno

I'm ready to cross the San Joaquin Valley (70 miles) in heavy fog.

This is why I ride!

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End of year run to Kings Canyon with Tim and Sean

End of year run to Kings Canyon with Tim and Sean.

Motorcycle Photography Tip - Horizontal Horizons

Unless you have a good artistic reason not to, when you snap a picture of your bike (or anything else, for that matter), try to keep the horizon line, well, horizontal.

Most of the times, a photo with a slanted horizon line tells something like "amateur photographer in a rush" instead of "good photographer who takes time to align his camera".

Most newer cameras (phones included) have an option to display guidelines on the viewfinder. Use it and try to align your horizon every time you snap a picture. You'll notice the difference yourself.

Compare the two photographs below. One is well aligned with the horizon, the other is not. The difference may be subtle but the effect on the viewer can be significant.

INCORRECT: Slanted horizon line

The horizon line is slightly slanted on this photograph, making the clouds look unnatural...

600 curves in one day why I love Central California.

Full map here:

CA190 from 100 Giants Trail to Balch Park Pack Station
45 miles - 294 curves

This is a mountainous road that runs from a grove with —supposedly— 100 giant Sequoias (I didn't count them) down to Springille, in the valley.
With almost 300 tight corners and almost no traffic at all, this must be one of the best kept secrets of the entire State of California. Highly recommended.

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