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My plan has been to coordinate the 2020 West Coast Cruise for the weekend of June 12th-14th. This is due to a number of factors including personal availability etc.

As noted by others there are issues with hotel accommodations that weekend in SLO because of CAL Poly's Graduation. Apparently no one can properly function during this time period. I have been in contact with a number of other hotels including a sister hotel to Quality Suites. That hotel finally contacted me today and said they don't offer group rates or even accept room blocks because the hotel fills up any way. It's too bad because the hotel is identical in looks, parking, amenities, etc.

I will continue to try but at some point I will either be successful or accept defeat and we're on for June 5th-7th. Not my first choice because some of our event's actual sponsors may not be available. I have several calls out to other hotels and I'm awaiting their response.

I did notice that Memorial Day weekend is NOT the last weekend in May so that MIGHT be a possibility. I will continue to work on this and will let everyone know ASAP.

If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!

 

 

 

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If you get a chance to see the Nethercutt museum don't pass it up. It's full of high class, rare and beautiful cars. There restoration shop is right up there with Harrah's when they were putting out Pebble Beach quality cars. The Nethercutt Museum is always a contender at any major show. They also have a huge collection of auto accessaries and music machines. Also one of the largest pipe organs anywhere. It's really worth a trip to Sylmar.

Hotel reservations have finally been made. As much as I tried to secure accommodations the week of June 12th-14th, 2020 there was just no room at the inn. Apparently Cal Poly Graduation rules the roost in SLO. The coastal hotels weren't any better.

Contact the reservation desk and tell them you're booking a room under the SOC Event June 5th-7th, 2020. Room prices are $235.00 per night plus taxes etc for a single king bed and $255.00 per night plus taxes for 2 double beds.

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001 
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

As usual there will be a manager's reception each evening and our dinner/raffle will be on Saturday night in the breakfast room. I will post more information later regarding lunch and dinner costs as well as any necessary information regarding t-shirts etc.

@goofer @Napa Paul @Roy @PaulEllis @majorkahuna @Tom Murtaugh @Cory McCloskey @Kevin - Bay Area @*LongFella @Dave Mitchell @VSpyder @Terry Nuckels @TheMayoMachine @GERD @MusbJim @Karyadi @Troy Sloan @Teby S @IMDoug @Rick99GSX @Dan Stewart @Speedster Marc @Ryan in NorCal @OCC @montereybrian @Will Hesch @Todd M @Markos And if someone would let Bill Nash and Vinnie know.

After you make your reservation PM me and let me know you're coming and home many total in your group.

Thank you for "bumping" this.  It completely fell off my radar.  That said, I just called and made reservations.  My wife said she'd like to join me with our 5 y/o son this year.

I had a great time at my first event last year.  Looking forward to this year's.  Hoping it won't be 108-100 degrees going back home.

 

I also want to add, in addition to all the many great things, the dinner last year was awesome!

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Robert M posted:

Hotel reservations have finally been made. As much as I tried to secure accommodations the week of June 12th-14th, 2020 there was just no room at the inn. Apparently Cal Poly Graduation rules the roost in SLO. The coastal hotels weren't any better.

Contact the reservation desk and tell them you're booking a room under the SOC Event June 5th-7th, 2020. Room prices are $235.00 per night plus taxes etc for a single king bed and $255.00 per night plus taxes for 2 double beds.

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001 
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

As usual there will be a manager's reception each evening and our dinner/raffle will be on Saturday night in the breakfast room. I will post more information later regarding lunch and dinner costs as well as any necessary information regarding t-shirts etc.

@goofer @Napa Paul @Roy @PaulEllis @majorkahuna @Tom Murtaugh @Cory McCloskey @Kevin - Bay Area @*LongFella @Dave Mitchell @VSpyder @Terry Nuckels @TheMayoMachine @GERD @MusbJim @Karyadi @Troy Sloan @Teby S @IMDoug @Rick99GSX @Dan Stewart @Speedster Marc @Ryan in NorCal @OCC @montereybrian @Will Hesch @Todd M @Markos And if someone would let Bill Nash and Vinnie know.

After you make your reservation PM me and let me know you're coming and home many total in your group.

@Tom Murtaugh

Looks like I can make it.  I'm sure the coupe will be ready for its first long road trip.  I'd love to hook up with the Nor-Cal group if they are  planning to caravan down the coast if it works out with the schedule.  I'm figuring 3 days down the coast from Oregon, and a flying 2 day return trip.  I'll PM Robert when I get my reservations made.  Looks like just me for now, but wife or one of the daughters may join. Time will tell on that aspect.

In honor of El Guapo I'e been wearing my BIrdwell jacket and listening to nothing but Los Straightjackets for days. 

I really don't understand why anyone would need a map, in any format, to get to San Luis Obispo's Comfort Inn.   Even a dullard - and God knows there are plenty in this state - should be able to find Hwy-101 without one, ...running north from its south terminus at the East LA Interchange and running south from the Oregon border.

If that dolt is in Southern California, he (or she) need only drive north on Hwy-101 N and take Exit-203D; if he (or she) is in Northern California...drive south on Hwy-101 S and take Exit-204. 

Easy-Peasy!  No map, no cellphone, no nuthin 'cept being able to read (and understand) the five numbers and three letters: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, N, S, and D! 

Napa Paul posted:

I really don't understand why anyone would need a map, in any format, to get to San Luis Obispo's Comfort Inn.   Even a dullard - and God knows there are plenty in this state - should be able to find Hwy-101 without one, ...running north from its south terminus at the East LA Interchange and running south from the Oregon border.

If that dolt is in Southern California, he (or she) need only drive north on Hwy-101 N and take Exit-203D; if he (or she) is in Northern California...drive south on Hwy-101 S and take Exit-204. 

Easy-Peasy!  No map, no cellphone, no nuthin 'cept being able to read (and understand) the five numbers and three letters: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, N, S, and D! 

He was talking about downloading the app for the route not getting to SLO. 

I was driving my truck last year and was responsible for support, so I was the last one to leave the staging area with a few tools, a tow bar, gasoline and other misc. stuff.   I lost the group virtually right out of the gate and was no use to anyone.  Fortunately, I don't believe anyone needed any help.

One suggestion I would make is that nobody leave the staging area until everyone is in their cars and ready to leave.  There are always people who need to make a last minute potty visit and need a little more time, especially when they find that the bathrooms are locked, like last year.

Otherwise, I don't know what the solution is to keeping everyone together. 

How right you are, Michael. I did a bit of looking. There are FRS which are less powerful, and GMRS which are more powerful and require a HAM license. 

https://midlandusa.com/gmrs-or...radio-how-to-choose/

I found a pair of Motorola T460, which do both FRS and GMRS on REI for 90 bucks a pair. GMRS channels will supposedly transmit up to 35 miles on the flats, I'd wager they would work well a few miles away in the mountains.

https://www.rei.com/product/11...BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Neil,

You're supposed to apply for the license in order to use the GMRS channels. Motorola doesn't include an application with the radios. The radios transmit on all FRS and GMRS frequencies, but above 2 watts requires a license. The license has no test, just an application and a fee($70 for 10 years). I think you could apply, or not. But we'll probably all be denied, being felons:

https://midlandusa.com/why-do-...nse-how-do-i-get-it/

Cheers.

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You do NOT need a “Ham” license to use a GMRS radio.  That’s a whole different thing.  
GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) requires an individual commercial license ($70 bucks and not worth it for this exercise), uses the same frequencies as FRS (Family Radio Service) BUT GMRS is allowed to use more power in their transmitters.  Think a small business with a few service trucks in one city area.

FRS = no more than 2 watts

GMRS = up to 30 watts

You can legally use a 2-watt FRS walkie talkie on GMRS channels with no issues.  Most of the FRS walkie talkies include GMRS channels and that’s OK because they only operate at 2 watts.  If you interfere with a GMRS commercial user (like Stan and his commercial freezer/cooler business for communicating with his trucks) then just switch to a different channel.  That’s all there is to it.

Just FYI, a Ham license gets you WAY more channels (many span the globe, unlike FRS/GMRS good for under 50 miles) and transmitter power up to 1,000 watts.  Whole nuther thing.

Get a few FRS walkie talkies at Walmart, spread them through a caravan and you’re good to go.

Napa Paul posted:

Now I'm wonderin' if that Lotus we came across last year was maybe just  communicating with others in their group via "smoke signals?" 

I wonder if he had an FCC license or just a county burn permit? 

It had just pulled over to let some smoke out of the wiring harness and it got a little carried away. English cars will do that...

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***2020 West Coast Cruise*** ***Rescheduled***

The majority of people have spoken and would like to see the event rescheduled until later this year. I will come up with a date and I've contacted the hotel to see what is available. Based on my schedule and my wife's schedule we're looking at the weekend of September 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2020. I'll await a response from the hotel and will post that information as soon as I get it.

The other thing I'm trying to work out with the hotel is if we each need to change our reservations or if the hotel can switch the group as a whole. If that is the case I'll have them make the switch and if you can't make it you may have to call and cancel your reservation.

@TheMayoMachine @Cory McCloskey @PaulEllis @Napa Paul @Kevin - Bay Area @Rick99GSX @Tom Murtaugh @goofer @Dutch @GERD @SimplifyTALightness @*LongFella @majorkahuna @Dan Stewart @IMDoug @OCC @Roy @Ryan in NorCal @MusbJim @Troy Sloan @JMM (Michael) @Terry Nuckels @ChrissyB @Meade @Dave Mitchell @VSpyder @Karyadi @Speedster Marc

I don't advise it, but I once got a rebuilt engine (by me) in my bug running at 2 am, got to bed at 4 and we were on the road to LA and Bug In 20 by 10 or 11 the next morning. Drove from Vancouver to Eugene? Oregon down I5, varying the rpms all the way. That night we found a gas station off the highway still open at 6 or 7 pm, convinced the owner to let us use the hoist and performed the 300(?) mile oil change, got to bed about midnight and slept in sleeping bags under trees in a rest area (again, right off the highway, even ran into friends doing the same thing, so we had to stay up for a beer!), got up early (7:30?) adjusted valves, woke my brother up and off we went, driving non stop and arriving at Orange County International Raceway for Bug In at 5:30 am Sunday morning. That was 1978? 

The point is- you just have to have a plan.(oh, we were young and we were idiots!)

I've have satisfied more than two quarantine periods trapped in CA.  Todays AM news from LA County is that the Sheriff is regretting the release of jailed criminals because of rising crime rates, and, an LA judge has agreed with the Mayor that gun stores can be lawfully be ordered  closed because they are "non-essential businesses".  Just symptomatic evidence for some of the reasons I moved out of this State.  Given the lack of coherent leadership in and around the State I have less hope than others for September in SLO.

ALB posted:

I don't advise it, but I once got a rebuilt engine (by me) in my bug running at 2 am, got to bed at 4 and we were on the road to LA and Bug In 20 by 10 or 11 the next morning. Drove from Vancouver to Eugene? Oregon down I5, varying the rpms all the way. That night we found a gas station off the highway still open at 6 or 7 pm, convinced the owner to let us use the hoist and performed the 300(?) mile oil change, got to bed about midnight and slept in sleeping bags under trees in a rest area (again, right off the highway, even ran into friends doing the same thing, so we had to stay up for a beer!), got up early (7:30?) adjusted valves, woke my brother up and off we went, driving non stop and arriving at Orange County International Raceway for Bug In at 5:30 am Sunday morning. That was 1978? 

The point is- you just have to have a plan.(oh, we were young and we were idiots!)

Now that's how you do it! 😂

ALB posted:

I don't advise it, but I once got a rebuilt engine (by me) in my bug running at 2 am, got to bed at 4 and we were on the road to LA and Bug In 20 by 10 or 11 the next morning. Drove from Vancouver to Eugene? Oregon down I5, varying the rpms all the way. That night we found a gas station off the highway still open at 6 or 7 pm, convinced the owner to let us use the hoist and performed the 300(?) mile oil change, got to bed about midnight and slept in sleeping bags under trees in a rest area (again, right off the highway, even ran into friends doing the same thing, so we had to stay up for a beer!), got up early (7:30?) adjusted valves, woke my brother up and off we went, driving non stop and arriving at Orange County International Raceway for Bug In at 5:30 am Sunday morning. That was 1978? 

The point is- you just have to have a plan.(oh, we were young and we were idiots!)

MAN, do I miss trips like that.

In the summer of 1981, two friends and I drove a 1963 Galaxy 500 from central Illinois to Rocky Mountain National Park. The car had 228,000 miles on it when the speedometer cable broke, years before we left. All the glass was intact, but the back seat had been removed and replaced with a lawn-chaise and the top half of a Craftsman tool stack. In the trunk we had a Yamaha RD400 with the front wheel hanging out, lid of the trunk bungeed down. We left at 1:45 AM on a Friday night/Saturday morning, after watching the midnight screening of Heavy Metal at the Madison Theater in downtown Peoria.

The first hint of trouble was just about sunup, somewhere around Iowa City. The axles in a Ford 8" are a press fit into the pumpkin of the differential. 250,000+ miles, and the weight of a street motorcycle in the trunk, a tool stack in the back seat, and 3 corn-fed grease monkeys sprawled across the car conspired to liberate the passenger side axle from the shackles of the press-fit. The entire axle, brake drum, and wheel started migrating outward before being halted by the rear fender (which covered the top 1/3 or more of the tire). As you might expect, this shredded the sidewall of the tire.

But this problem was no hill for flat-land hillbillies-- so we lifted the car up with the floor-jack we'd brought (also in the trunk), beat the entire assembly back in place with the sledgehammer we'd brought (front seat), and changed the tire with one of the 2 extras we had along (under the lawn-chair). We continued on our way, undeterred.

We gassed up and picked out a serviceable used tire in Des Moines, before continuing on our way. The axle did the jail-break trick twice more before we got to Lincoln, NE about mid-afternoon on Saturday. We were out of spare tires by that point.

I do not know how many of you have ever been to Lincoln, but there are only two reasons to go. The first is that it is the state capitol of Nebraska. The second is because that is where the University of Nebraska plays football. The 'huskers play in Memorial Stadium, which holds 90,000 people. At the time, Lincoln's population was about 171,000. They were playing that late Saturday afternoon. It was about 100* in the shade-- and there was not a soul in sight anywhere. Aside from Memorial Stadium, the city was a ghost-town. It looked like a neutron bomb had exploded, wiping out all traces of humanity, but leaving every building intact.

Denver was about 18 hrs from Peoria, back in the double-nickle days. We had been traveling for about 16 hrs at that point, but were not yet halfway. We jacked the car up on the sidewalk, and assessed the situation. The axles were no longer even pretending to be a press fit-- they moved in and out of the pumpkin freely with almost no resistance.

So, there we were-- 17, 19, and 22, shod in flip-flops, cut-offs, and greasy tee-shirts, all hair and sweat and testosterone. We had maybe $400 between us. This was gas and beer money, and no more. We weren't buying parts for a 17 year old car with significantly more than 250k miles on it.

We pulled the axles, found a rock, lay the splines on the rock, and wailed on them with the sledge hammer to beat them up. We slid them back in (gravel and all), lined up the splines, and beat them home with the hammer. We also made the decision to take the bike out of the trunk and ride it the rest of the way. We would take shifts, each of us riding between gas stops, which was averaging about 250- 350 miles. Keep in mind that an RD400 was a 2-stroke, and was not exactly Gold Wing comfortable. We rolled out of Lincoln at about 6:00 or 7:00 PM after finding a place that sold us two more used tires.

If you've ever traveled across Nebraska on I80, you know that there isn't much there. Lincoln to York, York to Grand Island, Grand Island to... Ogallala eventually, but not before you've covered a fair bit of real estate. The elevation keeps climbing, and a cold front was moving in. Stints on the motorcycle went from sunburned to frigid as the sun set. Sometime after dark,  the front finally rolled in and it started to rain. None of us had slept for 40+ hours. I got off the bike somewhere around the Colorado border, soaking wet and wishing I could die. I was afraid I might not. I walked directly to the Galaxy's back seat, and crashed on the lawn-chair.

Some indeterminate time afterward, I woke. I lifted one eye (as only a 17 y/o can do), and noticed NOBODY DRIVING THE CAR!!!

It was only after I grabbed the wheel to wrestle the car off the shoulder that I realized... we weren't moving. Somewhere in the small hours of the night, my compadres, my partners in crime, had decided to call it quits and pull over. Dave was asleep, curled up by the passenger's door, Steve was in the trunk. The bike was laying in the ditch.

It was sunup, and the mist was already starting to burn off. I got out of the car and took a pee as cars whizzed by, honking. We were all awake, and silently took our stations to continue on our way.

There was so much more about that trip I'll never forget (including having a St. Louis city cop standing on my back with a service revolver pointed at my head), but that 24 hrs may be the most memorable single-day road trip I've ever taken.

We only live once. But I've always thought that if a man does it right-- once is enough.

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ALB posted:

@Stan Galat wrote- "MAN, do I miss trips like that. In the summer of 1981, two friends and I drove..."

My brother and I still talk about that trip! And these days we're closer than ever.

Stan- do you still keep in touch with those guys?

I do. We all grew up... sorta'. 

Steve lives in the next town over. We served together at the same mission in the highlands of Papua New Guinea in the late '80s. He owns 4 or 5 outdoor power equipment stores, and employs something like 50 people. He's into backup generators as a division of his company. Until a couple of years ago, he drove a 1958 Chevy ambulance painted safety yellow as his work truck. He's almost civilized.

Dave moved to Colorado shortly after the trip. He came back to Peoria long enough to pack his stuff up and head back out. He bought a little slice of heaven in Lyons, CO-- lived in an old Airstream trailer for a couple of years while building his house on nights and weekends. He bathed in the creek, lived like a mountain man-- even though he was a mechanical engineer, and would eventually become one of the country's premier power generation turbine whisperers. He's an artist, outdoorsman, bird watcher, and runner. He mills his own buckwheat and climbs mountains "because they are there". Dave will outlive us all.

I'm still here-- just a schlub with a white van, playing with glorified golf-carts powered by expensive lawn-mower engines.

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Napa Paul posted:

C'mon, you raconteurs....what have your stories got to do with the "Official 2020 West Coast Cruise?"   It seems you've hijacked the Thread for your own ulterior motives. ...and what have you done with the presiding Forum "Administrator-In-Charge?" 

We're all fairly old (well, most of you are!) so thread drift is a fact of life here. As for the Grand Poobah, he'll show up out of the blue, delete the odd thread for no reason (that I can tell) and then when asked a day later can't remember any of the details, the only explanation being "I didn't keep track of all that was happening, but it was too much to moderate so I deleted it."

Robert M posted:

***2020 West Coast Cruise*** ***Rescheduled***

The majority of people have spoken and would like to see the event rescheduled until later this year. I will come up with a date and I've contacted the hotel to see what is available. Based on my schedule and my wife's schedule we're looking at the weekend of September 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2020. I'll await a response from the hotel and will post that information as soon as I get it.

The other thing I'm trying to work out with the hotel is if we each need to change our reservations or if the hotel can switch the group as a whole. If that is the case I'll have them make the switch and if you can't make it you may have to call and cancel your reservation.

@TheMayoMachine @Cory McCloskey @PaulEllis @Napa Paul @Kevin - Bay Area @Rick99GSX @Tom Murtaugh @goofer @Dutch @GERD @SimplifyTALightness @*LongFella @majorkahuna @Dan Stewart @IMDoug @OCC @Roy @Ryan in NorCal @MusbJim @Troy Sloan @JMM (Michael) @Terry Nuckels @ChrissyB @Meade @Dave Mitchell @VSpyder @Karyadi @Speedster Marc

***2020 West Coast Cruise***

          ***Rescheduled***

I gave the hotel several dates and the weekend that works best for our group is September 18th-20th, 2020. I had the manager copy and move all of our reservations to the new date. If you are no longer going to attend please call the hotel and cancel your reservation. If you want to double check that your reservation was actually changed feel free to call and verify. 

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001 
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

@TheMayoMachine @Cory McCloskey @PaulEllis @Napa Paul @Kevin - Bay Area @Rick99GSX @Tom Murtaugh @goofer @Dutch @GERD @SimplifyTALightness @*LongFella @majorkahuna @Dan Stewart @IMDoug @OCC @Roy @Ryan in NorCal @MusbJim @Troy Sloan @JMM (Michael) @Terry Nuckels @ChrissyB @Meade @Dave Mitchell @VSpyder @Karyadi @Speedster Marc

 

 

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Oh man, you are making me choose! Warbirds Wings and Wheels 12 rescheduled for that weekend...https://www.ewarbirds.org/www12/index.shtml

Might be too big of an event too soon? We'll see. I bet I can do both! All volunteer effort, need to help park cars at 6AM, then drink an 805 and eat some BBQ for 'charity' (all Firestone Walker and JLohr wine sales 100% go to museum proceeds) 

See you all soon. - Marcel

@Robert M posted:

***2020 West Coast Cruise***

          ***Rescheduled***

I gave the hotel several dates and the weekend that works best for our group is September 18th-20th, 2020. I had the manager copy and move all of our reservations to the new date. If you are no longer going to attend please call the hotel and cancel your reservation. If you want to double check that your reservation was actually changed feel free to call and verify. 

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001 
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

@TheMayoMachine @Cory McCloskey @PaulEllis @Napa Paul @Kevin - Bay Area @Rick99GSX @Tom Murtaugh @goofer @Dutch @GERD @SimplifyTALightness @*LongFella @majorkahuna @Dan Stewart @IMDoug @OCC @Roy @Ryan in NorCal @MusbJim @Troy Sloan @JMM (Michael) @Terry Nuckels @ChrissyB @Meade @Dave Mitchell @VSpyder @Karyadi @Speedster Marc

 

 

Okay, you "Canuckelhedz," there's been bupkis on this West Coast Cruise thread for almost 3 months...and now it's only 53 daze 'til the Ball should drop - God willin' and the COVID don't shift into High!  Wazzup? 

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