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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Yesterday, 08:31 PM
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Posted By catfish
Sunday, July 20! My birthday finally...

Sunday, July 20!

My birthday finally arrived, along with some clouds & slightly cooler temps. :D

Most everyone was packing up for the ride/drive home. However, Juan & Steve & I were scheming...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 06:39 PM
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Posted By catfish
Congratulations! Most excellent...

Congratulations!




Most excellent Brent! Wait 'til you ride it in technical stuff like we rode above Downieville (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=979683)! :clap
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left Yesterday, 01:53 PM
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Posted By catfish
Saturday, July 19 The Oso Loco clan (Matt,...

Saturday, July 19

The Oso Loco clan (Matt, Kelly, Bartek, & Jordan) left camp early to meet with Dave and ride his recommended
trails for the 950s; Butcher Ranch, 3rd Divide, Empire Creek,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-27-2014, 09:09 PM
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Posted By catfish
Thanks guys! How about a few lakes, ...

Thanks guys!

How about a few lakes,

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Smith Lake...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-25-2014, 05:40 PM
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Posted By catfish
Friday, July 18 Juan went home Thursday...

Friday, July 18

Juan went home Thursday evening for a family day, and will be back for Saturday & Sunday. Chris
& Debra got in Thursday evening.

Friday morning, Joe had a long DS route...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-24-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Thanks Kelly for the TP clue. Teddy said he would...

Thanks Kelly for the TP clue. Teddy said he would pose with the TP in its proper place once the remodel is
finished. :lol3

Thanks for sharing a photo from the dinner! I STUPIDLY left my camera...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-23-2014, 01:53 PM
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Posted By catfish
OK, time to start My Ride Reports! First...

OK, time to start My Ride Reports!


First I'd like to show The Lovely Parting Gifts I found in camp Sunday evening;
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-23-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
I'm so sorry about your foot. :cry I had no...

I'm so sorry about your foot. :cry I had no doubt Matt & the boys would try this stuff, but all of us Downie-noobs discovered its a bit rocky & narrow in places. :eek1

The rocks got my brake...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-23-2014, 10:41 AM
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Posted By catfish
Hi John! You would absolutely LOVE this place!...

Hi John! You would absolutely LOVE this place! :ricky I'm still waiting for MORE of your Idaho photos (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=24589818#post24589818) though! :ddog

Dave...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-23-2014, 10:24 AM
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Posted By catfish
Thanks Perry! It was a BLAST! I just looked and...

Thanks Perry! It was a BLAST! I just looked and you guys had a FUN weekend too (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975829&page=24)! :clap




THANKS for starting the ride reports...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-22-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 234
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Posted By catfish
Got home last night after exploring more of the...

Got home last night after exploring more of the lakes on Monday. EPIC ride, trails, new friends, & old friends. :clap

The house AC died while I was playing, so here are a couple of teasers while I...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-16-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Hi Cory, I'm packing up camp & driving home...

Hi Cory,

I'm packing up camp & driving home on Monday. Probably not riding that day. Sorry.

Thanks for the birthday wishes & we'll catch you on the next ride!

Almost packed,

Catfish ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-15-2014, 11:22 PM
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Posted By catfish
THANKS for the trail recommendations everyone....

THANKS for the trail recommendations everyone. We'll be discussing details in camp, and do our best to point folks to safe routes.


Any more for 7:00pm Friday dinner at the lodge? Headcount...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-14-2014, 10:57 PM
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Posted By catfish
Well, WELL! Look who else was lurking! Of COURSE...

Well, WELL! Look who else was lurking! Of COURSE you are welcome! And Kelly too! :clap Its going to be cool to finally meet y'all!





Yeah, its bad enough the mtn bikers may ring their...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-14-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
7PM Friday Dinner at Packer Lake Lodge ...

7PM Friday Dinner at Packer Lake Lodge

Myself and a couple of others were talking about having dinner at the Packer Lake Lodge (http://www.packerlakelodge.com/)
one night of the trip. We picked...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-13-2014, 10:36 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
I was wondering about that other possible spot....

I was wondering about that other possible spot. It looked great when zoomed in @ googlemaps.
I've added it to my downie-camps.gpx file (http://www.endorphin-express.com/routes/downie-camps.gpx)...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-13-2014, 07:35 PM
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Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Hmmm ... sounds like we will have some LIVE...

Hmmm ... sounds like we will have some LIVE entertainment by the campfire! :kumbaya
Juan, bring the bass & the mandolin! :clap
Damn, I wish my harmonica-playing friend still liked to camp!

...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-10-2014, 08:22 PM
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Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Come on up! Forest roads or singletrack? Which...

Come on up! Forest roads or singletrack? Which day(s)?





Excellent! :clap I look forward to meeting you, your lab, & pyro-wife! :thumb


Catfish ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-09-2014, 01:27 PM
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Posted By catfish
I'm starting to see what you mean. Downieville...

I'm starting to see what you mean. Downieville classic is 15 miles from Packer Saddle to Downieville. So 30 miles round-trip minimum. Add in a 30-40 mile loop up to Chimney Rock & back, and that is a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-08-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 234
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Posted By catfish
Thanks for the update John. ...

Thanks for the update John.





We'll miss you!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-08-2014, 09:32 PM
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Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
50-60 miles of technical ST are usually my limit....

50-60 miles of technical ST are usually my limit. Especially if I want to ride 3-4 days.

After the classic downhill, I want to go up Red Ant, Fir Cap, Saddleback L.O., Chimney Rock, & back on...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-07-2014, 11:53 PM
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Posted By catfish
WOW, more interest than I was expecting! ...

WOW, more interest than I was expecting!


Camping Options

I have reserved site 02 at Packsaddle CG for wed-sun nights.
Baja Joe has site 07 at Packsaddle CG for wed-fri nights.
Did one of us...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-07-2014, 07:02 PM
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Posted By catfish
Great photos & report Perry & Ralphy! :clap ...

Great photos & report Perry & Ralphy! :clap

Its good to see theGrinch with hair on his face again! :thumb

Catfish ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-07-2014, 03:26 PM
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Posted By catfish
No SHIT, Perry!!! That is one looong, hard day...

No SHIT, Perry!!! That is one looong, hard day you got there Fletch! When was the last time you
rode that loop? Besides, some of those trails are not on the current MVUM. We should probably
limit...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-05-2014, 07:55 PM
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Posted By catfish
Yeah. I think Packsaddle CG is better for trails...

Yeah. I think Packsaddle CG is better for trails & road access to the south. I see Packer Lake is
only half a mile away, but its a "fishing" lake. I wonder if the trout mind an old fart bathing...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-04-2014, 08:45 AM
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Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Thanks for the details Fletch! I'm not planning...

Thanks for the details Fletch! I'm not planning to lead a big-bike ride, unless I've already rode ALL the
singletrack 1st. This info & routes are for the non-little-bike folks. I want to ride the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-03-2014, 10:05 PM
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Posted By catfish
Below is a map of the area so we can tell if we...

Below is a map of the area so we can tell if we are talking about the same roads.

Magenta is Butcher Ranch Rd. (or 93-3 on Trail Guide)
Blue is Deer Lake Rd & it parallels the Pacific Crest Trail...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-03-2014, 07:31 PM
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Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Thanks for the info. Do you think noobs on 950s...

Thanks for the info. Do you think noobs on 950s could climb it OK also?





I'm also suspecting its the same BR Road, but maybe its easier south of packer saddle vs. north towards Gold Lake?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-02-2014, 12:49 PM
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Posted By catfish
Are you describing 93 and/or Butcher? A fresh...

Are you describing 93 and/or Butcher? A fresh look would be great!

I'm just wondering whether to route the big bikes from 49 up 93 or Sierra Buttes/Butcher Ranch to get up to 621/Packer Lake Rd....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-01-2014, 06:58 PM
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Posted By catfish
THANKS folks for the great local info!!! :clap ...

THANKS folks for the great local info!!! :clap

Is Sierra Buttes/Butcher Ranch Road too technical for noobs on 950s? How about FS93? Noob friendly up & down, or just down? I'm working on some adv...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-01-2014, 06:38 PM
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Posted By catfish
Have FUN & take lots of photos! Catfish...

Have FUN & take lots of photos!


Catfish ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-26-2014, 10:15 PM
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Posted By catfish
Art, its COOL you are going to join us! Shame you...

Art, its COOL you are going to join us! Shame you got rid of your 525. That was a good one!

I looked at the tracks and yes, north on Red Ant & Fir Cap trails, and then south on Herkimer (shhh...)!...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-21-2014, 08:18 PM
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Posted By catfish
That pretty much describes most of California...

That pretty much describes most of California this year. Wait 1 minute for previous rider dust to settle
& then go. Dropping the MT43 pressure down to 7-8 psi usually gives me enough traction....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-19-2014, 12:34 PM
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Posted By catfish
I promise to ride the Chimney Rock trail at least...

I promise to ride the Chimney Rock trail at least once! :ricky





I see from the trail guide that Herkimer is a "Historic Route - Undesignated". Hmmm ... Anyone here been up or down it? You...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-16-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 234
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Posted By catfish
You bring the gin & I'll bring the vodka! :freaky...

You bring the gin & I'll bring the vodka! :freaky





Yeah, Gold Lake CG still sounds like the best one for this group.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-12-2014, 11:43 AM
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Posted By catfish
Damn, the Sharon & Juan PR machines just keep...

Damn, the Sharon & Juan PR machines just keep chugging along! :clap :clap :clap I sure hope you both show up! :deal

Juan, your secret <shhh...> camp spot looks COOL! I did not realize all three...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-12-2014, 10:01 AM
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Posted By catfish
Hi Perry. Yes, you so.cal guys should get up...

Hi Perry. Yes, you so.cal guys should get up there sometime! :ricky





Well, you can drink EVERY beer I bring. :rofl Can you say Absolute & tonic with a big piece of lime? :clap :freaky

...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-07-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Great suggestions! I've done Johnsville & LaPorte...

Great suggestions! I've done Johnsville & LaPorte area many times on my Caponord. That section of Hwy-49
is moto-SEX! :ricky Actually Quincy-LaPorte & Bucks Lake roads are also.

I've learned of...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-06-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 234
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Posted By catfish
Thanks Fletch, Stu, Mike, & Juan for the great...

Thanks Fletch, Stu, Mike, & Juan for the great trail & cemetery info. I'm adding waypoints for
each to my gpx file. Sounds like the N->S road direction thru Poker Flat should be the only
adv-bike...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-04-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 15,384
Posted By catfish
Yes, that's me on the husky. Yes, that was a...

Yes, that's me on the husky. Yes, that was a motley crew! :thumb






Do you need running water? If not, any of them. Just a few have water. This campground list...
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