Sunday 5/29/16 – Oedipus Monthly Ride: Pines to Palms Hwy


Sunday 5/29/16: Oedipus Monthly Ride – Pines to Palms Highway

Join us for a scenic ride from Palm Desert to Banning through Idyllwild along the Pines to Palms Highway with optional overnight in the Palm Springs area or continuation to Los Angeles.

Palm Desert Meetup spot for coffee:

Starbucks Coffee, Palms to Pines West Shopping Center, 73030 El Paseo, Palm Desert CA 92260.  Meet between 9 and 9:30am to have time for coffee and snacks.

Gas is available at Chevron next door in the same shopping center.

Pines to Palms Hwy:   Kickstands up at 10:00 AM

CA-111 West to CA-74 South to CA-243 North to Ramsey Street West to Chevron, 827 West Ramsey Street, Banning, CA 92220, then West on Ramsey St to Highland Springs Ave South, then first left.  About 70 miles, 2 hours.

Brunch spot: Patsy’s Country Kitchen, 300 S Highland Springs Ave (Albertsons Plaza), Banning, CA 92220, 951-849-9026.  Arrival about noon.

Post Ride Options:

Return to LA —

Highland Springs Ave North to I-10 West, then follow your favorite freeway home (CA-60, CA-210, etc).

Return to Palm Springs Area for optional overnight stay —

Highland Springs Ave North to I-10 East to CA-111 South

Here are a few hotel options in the area, with rate quotes for 5/29, gathered 5/09, subject to change, discounts may be available:

Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown, 660 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs CA 92264, 760-327-4200, $109.99+

Comfort Inn Downtown, 290 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs CA 92262, 760-778-3699, $129+

Motel 6 Palm Springs East, 595 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs CA 92264, 760-325-6129, $89.99+

Quality Inn, 1269 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs CA 92264, 760-323-2775, $98+

Cathedral City Travelodge, 67495 E Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City CA 92234, 760-328-2616, $79.20+

Days Inn Palm Springs, 1983 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs CA 92262, 760-416-2333, $109.65+

Knights Inn Palm Springs, 1450 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs CA 92264, 760-320-7767, $101.15+

Helios – A Gay Men’s Clothing Optional Resort, 280 E Mel Ave, Palm Springs CA, 92262, ‏‎800-491-6126, $109+  (there are many other gay resorts as well, but some have minimum stays on holiday weekends)

Oedipus has a long and proud tradition of encouraging guests to join us on our rides. We don’t want to decline any rider who chooses to attend, but we have certain minimum expectations that we insist on – basically, a fully legal rider on a road-ready bike.

If you would like to ride with us, our requirements are the same as the state of California’s: 1) valid Class CM1 license; 2) current registration on your bike; 3) at least the legal minimum of insurance.

We also request that your bike be in good mechanical condition (good tires, no leaks, lights working, etc.). If you or your bike have an issue that would be noticed by a police officer in a traffic stop, we’ll probably notice it, too.
While we have no formal requirements on the subjective issue of gear, we strongly encourage both members and guests to dress appropriately. Full leathers might not be your thing, but road rash probably isn’t, either. If you have any questions or would like a recommendation on attire, please ask any member – several of us are enthusiastic experts on the topic of gear.
If you are a guest who has not ridden with us before, please review this 10-minute MSF Riding Safety Video . The first five minutes are the basics on bike maintenance and ride preparation, but please be sure to view from 4:55 to the end for information on group ride procedure and etiquette. We generally follow these principles, to ensure a safe and entertaining ride for everybody.

Our rides are neither a parade nor a sprint, all riders should proceed at their own pace. We tend to split into two or three organically pace-based groups, so there is no reason or need to race to keep up, please do not do so. The ride leader will stop at all direction decision points to allow the group to re-form. Please show the same courtesy and respect to other members on the ride – and other users of the road – that you would like to receive yourself.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact me before or during the ride, or ask any Oedipus member!

Eric Gilfand
Oedipus Regent 2016

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