12/29 SD Backcountry Holiday DS Ride

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Afry, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Saturday 12/29 9AM at Packard's Ramona - kickstands up by 9:15. Here is a chance to try out the new stuff you hopefully will be getting for Xmas or Hanukkah or whatever.

    Easy to medium ride suitable for all bikes with 50/50 tires and 85 miles fuel range - suitable for riders with little to some experience. The ride down Culp/Jasper/Grapevine and the beginning of Mason Valley TT has a little sand but just enough to test you not kill you. No tough hill climbs or descents on these trails but you will get a taste of the desert. Should be back in Ramona by 2 depending on stops.

    We will be stopping along Rodriquez Trail for a lunch stop so pack a sandwich and a drink. If you have comm's bring em - frequency 146.505

    Start: Packard's in Ramona, Black Canyon (dirt) to Mesa Grande (paved) to 78 to 76 to San Felipe Rd to S22 (Ranchita) to Culp/Jasper/Grapevine Trails (dirt)to 78 (paved) to Great Southern Overland Stage Route (paved) to Mason Valley TT (dirt) to Rodriquez TT (dirt) to Banner 78 (paved) to Ramona. 100+ mile loop (about 85 between fuel stops - fuel in Julian).

    Weather permitting - it's off if it has been raining because Grapevine and Mason Valley TT are wash's and will not be big bike (or maybe no bike) friendly at that point.

    Will be posting tracks on Dualsportmaps.com and can send a gps file if you PM me.

    I will be on the 950se - leisure liner
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  2. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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  3. Spank

    Spank Adventurer

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  4. bp_josh

    bp_josh Adventurer

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    Hey Arnie I think I'll make this. My in-laws are driving in from Salt Lake that day, so maybe I'll turn this into a weekend trip and stay away from the house :D

    You know Mason Valley is locked right? Rodriguez, across from the Banner store, is open, but the gate to Mason Valley off Hwy 79 is locked. I was there last night and checked. Unless you know a way around.....

    edit: nevermind, just checked the dualsports map and you're hitting Rodriguez, not Mason Valley. Man, I wish they'd open Mason Valley - a way to jump from hwy 79 straight down to S2 by Butterfield would be awesome. That Rodriguez is a great road by the way, drove it in a truck yesterday. The sign says it's closed for fire recovery, but there's no sign of fire damage anywhere around there. I think it's just one of those things that got lost in a haze of laziness and bureaucracy and now it'll never re-open because no one cares enough to fix it. Gov't workers...
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  5. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    I heard they bought the property and don't have the funds to improve/maintain the area up top near 79 - not sure how reliable that info is. It also joins with the PCT for a bit up top and I know that's a no go to ride on.
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  6. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Weather looks good to go! Chance of showers late in day but we will be done by then. Dress warm, 40's - mid 50's and maybe misty at higher elevations.
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  7. laxredeye

    laxredeye n00b

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    Got room for one more. Im trying to decide if I should ride my 800gs or truck my drz 400 up.
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  8. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    For this I would ride the 800, nothing technical just good trails, I'm leaving the Husky home.
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  9. dhillr

    dhillr Long timer

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    Bummed I missed this one. Did the weather cooperate??
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  10. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

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    Don't know about the SD bunch, but us OC guys got soaked from San Marcos home. Then sunshine in Laguna.
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  11. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    It was dry all day and when we went into Cheers/Ramona for a brew but as we left....it was a different story!
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