Ricardo and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening in the cabin in Greenville talking with Allen Gates who invited us to watch him in Team Roping competition at the Golden Buckle Rodeo in Taylorsville, CA. Up early, we enjoyed a great breakfast at Anna's then mounted our bikes for a brisk ride to the rodeo.
Greeted by the distinctive smell of fresh horse manure, there was little doubt that we had arrived at the right place. Wonderful friendly rodeo performers made us welcome. Horses everywhere! I suddenly looked around and there was the Costa Rican cowboy, Ricardo, on the back of a beautiful horse. I think he was really wanting to compete.
After watching for a couple of hours, we said our goodbyes and began a ride through the California mountains. Past alpine lakes, virgin forests and snow covered mountains, we swiftly rode to the volcanic national park of Mount Lassen. Arriving at the park, we were greeted by snow covered hills. In fact, the road through the park was closed due to snow.
After enjoying the park for an hour or so, Ricardo and I made our way to Red Bluff Yamaha, where we were pleased to find a welcome fit for any adventure rider. Despite the fact tha neither Ricardo nor I were riding a Yamaha, the Service manager dropped what he was doing to change oil in Ricardo's Honda ST1100 and my Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 900 LT. The service manager also arranged for us to get a great room in the Comfort Inn here in Red Bluff (with a 25% discount).
As I update this blog, Ricardo is enjoying the Inn pool. Tonight we will once again overeat in a nearby Chinese restaurant. And our friend Art? He is with his family here in Red Bluff. Mid morninng tomorrow Ricardo and I will join them for a 4th of July cookout.