RETURN TO PASO ROBLES IX April 17-19, 2015

Friday afternoon arrivals several years ago
Friday afternoon arrivals several years ago

The Melody Ranch Motel is again our home base.
it is reported to be built on the site where Jesse James and
his brother Frank stayed in hiding from the law for 2 years.

Previous Paso Robles gathering around the motorcycles
Previous Paso Robles gathering around the motorcycles

The Melody Ranch, 939 Spring St., is centrally
located to wineries, vineyards, pubs, restaurants and
backroads in every direction! Although the block
reservation has expired, there may still be rooms
available. Contact the motel directly at 805.238-3911.

Remember this lunch stop?
Remember this lunch stop?

Our rate is $84/night plus tax, a AAA discount offered.

Alternatives include:

1 block north
Paso Robles Inn, 1103 Spring Street,
Courtyard Paso Robles, 120 S Vine

Jack Riggs and Jeff Smith. What year was this?
Jack Riggs and Jeff Smith. What year was this?


12 blocks south, one block east at First Street At Highway 46 Junction about 1.5 miles north:
Best Western Plus Black Oak, 1135 24th Street
Adelaide Inn, 1215 Ysablel Street
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Paso

Saturday morning, riding out
Saturday morning, riding out

Robles, 2455 Riverside Avenue.

On Friday, April 17, the Buttons will host a wine tour outing, so please email John at if you want to participate so that they can rent the van for designated driver transport and make reservations at

Long line of motorcycle riders headed out on Saturday morning
Long line of motorcycle riders headed out on Saturday morning

the wineries. The van will leave Paso at 9 AM to visit 3-4 wineries, stop for lunch and return to Paso Robles by about 4 PM. Each participant is responsible for lunch expense and share of the van rental, which was about $20/person last year.

Saturday will include suggested pr15pre_07routes to ride, maybe even a new road or two, and a lunch stop to regroup.

The Buttons are working on new dining locations for Friday and Saturday evenings. See you there.

The Ride Home

The final leg of my ride in the Sierra Foothills, intended as part I to replace my cancelled ride to STAR Before I leave Sutter Creek, I should point out that this little city does right by the traveler. Behind city hall is extended time parking and public restrooms, a good place to take a break and stretch your legs.

As I ride south, the road climbs out of the creek canyon to meet the new highway 49 that now bypasses the two cities of Amador City and Sutter Creek ,making them good historic stops, places to stay for hours or days. As I ride south, I miss the junction with highwpr15pre_07ay 104, so I head west on highway 88 toward my morning destination, Ione. I stop for my morning mocha at Clarkʼs Corner and get a glimpse of community life on a Friday morning. Two tables are taken by card players and smaller tables are surrounded by junior high students.

I walk across to look up close at Locomotive #7 and the city park between it and city hall, headquarters for police, fire and building inspection

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