by David Steffen
Thanks to Melodie Cato, we know more about this ride than for most others on this site. Someone in the Roadmen, most likely Roger Farshon, created a ride announcement with all the details, and Melodie still had it after all these years. I think this was the only Modesto Roadmen ride Melodie attended, making it even more impressive that she still had this announcement after so long.
I can count 20 different people on this ride, but can only name about half of them; Fred Brockman, Jeff Cowdrey, Melodie Cato, John Campopiano, David Steffen, Roger Farshon, Eldon Rosenow, Cindy Leighton, Robbie Rosenow, and Tom Woods. If you can name anybody on this page please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with that information.
We all assembled at Thomas Downey High School, where most of us were students, loaded up a U-Haul trailer with bikes and stuffed people into cars, drove out to the start of the ride just outside of the town of Tracy. The ride itself headed into a canyon in the Coast Range mountains. We turned around just as the road started to climb. The round trip ride was advertised to be 15 to 25 miles. According to the announcement, the road we were on went over Pigeon Pass, and although there certainly was a pass on that road, I can find no mention of one with that name. I assume this was a local, unofficial name and/or one that has been lost into the mists of history.