LowCal 250 Motorcycle Rally to Benefit PKD

Mike Langford's 2010 LowCal 250 Rally Report - 2010 Results - Homepage

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Jacob & Mike Langford's 
approximate route.

In Mike's own words:

Since it was a mini rally, I'll chime in with a mini report.

There was a little mini-rally in San Diego County, the LowCal 250. It had a 250 mile and 8 hour limit.

After recovering from a back and neck injury I needed a little ride to get back into shape and this seemed to be the ticket. Plus, after my dismal rally performances in 2009, I needed see if I could just go for fun instead of being so competitive and overreaching.

Since it was a short rally I conned my son into coming along. Even though he is a long time biker he's not into long distances. He is pretty critical of my LD behavior and swears he has no interest in it. My plan was to gen up an easy route, have a nice low key tour of San Diego county, and introduce my son to LD rallying. As it turns out my son has been paying attention to all of my war stories and he is a bit competitive himself.

Our route planning genned up 235 mile route and we opted to skip a high pointer due to a "dirt road" note. Since it had rained in the last week a slippery muddy road didn't sound appealing. Somehow in the process of re-planning that bonus got back on the list. Our first indication of our error was going up this mountain road seeing a sign that says "pavement ends 300 feet". As with most LD riders we figured "in for a penny in for a pound". Turning around would have put us way over our mileage cap. That 25 miles of dirt was a really good road, very reminiscent of Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest. For the most part it was hard packed gravel and pretty well maintained. It did have some bad spots and 2 water crossings but with only a few wet areas we both traversed it with no problem. Weather was fantastic and we had  a great day and fun ride. My son said it was the best ride he'd had in the 10 years he's lived out here and maybe the best since he lived in Florida (12 years or so back).

Anyway we got scored and our mistake managed to work to our benefit--much to my surprise my son took first place. Even though we rode together and collected the same bonuses I managed to screw up my paperwork (again-DOH!) and took 3rd place. Since I was just out for fun I was very pleased and really glad my son won.

I asked him what he thought of rallying and he said, "it was interesting and fun, but never again". If that is true, then this will be his first and last rally and he's got a trophy! [his children are still young and as we know this is time consuming sport--maybe he will change his mind when the kids are gone].

Craig Chaddock and San Diego BMW put on a great little mini-rally to the benefit of PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease). If you ever want to have a fun day touring San Diego county this is definitely the way to do it. The food was good the price was right and the company was great.

Thanks to Craig and all the volunteers that made this possible.

-- Mike Langford [aka IB Pete]
Chula Vista, CA
IBA#341
http://employees.org/~mlangfor/
The mysteries of life? "It's faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money"  -- Tom T. Hall
LEG

C1/CF
C1/SP
SP/TB
TB/MB
MB/BH
BH/BM
BM/PM
PM/LM
LM/LV
LV/EP
EP/SY
SY/HB
HB/PI
PI/SC
SC/C2

TRIP

n/a
10
3
9
6
10
9
3
19
32
19
30
40
41
5

TIME

0:21
0:17
0:11
0:23
0:13
0:19
0:17
0:18
0:30
1:02
0:47
0:38
0:53
0:37
0:25


Rally Logistics, Volunteers, Back-Country Recovery Assistance and Bonus Location Verification provided by

 


San Diego Adventure Riders


and the Red Hot Riders.

 

 

LowCal 250 - Twice the Adventure, Only Half the Petrol!! * Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million children and adults worldwide. Visit PKDcure.org to find out more about the only organization worldwide dedicated to promoting research to find a cure for PKD and improving the care and treatment of those it affects.