Or is that "Good, by God, we're going to Bodie!"? Awhile back I started a Thread for us San Francisco Bay Area FFs calling it the Bay Area Adventure Riders Club (BAARC). I was looking for other people to ride with and while it took a bit, I sure found some cool people! This is a RR of our first big ride Aug 20-23rd. We left the Bay Area and traveled over the Sierra Nevada and camped near the town of Bridgeport California. Here's a look at the guys that made it... Mike (No ADV screen name), crazed AFM racer whose discovering the fun of ADV. Rides a 990 like... well he rides it like the big bad bitch it is! Mike Z (ZeegyMan). Had a KLR for the past few years and just recently picked up this awesome 950. Paul (JustPaul) another guy that can muscle a 990 places it should go. Jeff (50x50). Riding a trailer queen 990R, a 525 EXC, and a Honda 50. You can bring a lot more bikes when you pack them into a toy hauler. He was also the most comfortable on the trip. Jon (Katumo). This guy was crazy enough to ride a kick start only KTM 620 Enduro. We let these next two join us only because according to ADV affirmative action rules we needed at least two BMWs on all rides! Nate (NateTheNoob). Sean (No ADV screen name) on a 1200GSA. And then there's myself. Todd. There were two other guys on 1200GSs but Greg had a valve stem issue, so he and Albert had to part ways with us before we got very far. The ride for day one was to meet in San Jose and ride over HWY 108. The ride over Sonora Pass was, as usual, epic. I always tell myself I'm gonna slow down and enjoy the view, but when the twisties start after The Dardenels it's tough to ease back on the throttle. Paul and Mike just before the pass. Mike Z followed by Nate cresting the pass. Camp was just inside the Nevada State border. We base camped along the river and did day rides from there. The sun was getting low by the time we rolled into camp. I had planned for day 2 to be very easy, but we ended up climbing up to all that's left of Aurora, which is a rocky uphill section that can be a real challenge on the big bikes. Then finding a new and sandy way into Bodie. Jon and Nate riding by a building that's part of the Hilton family's "Flying M Ranch". ZeegyMan heading for Aurora. The easy part of the road up to Aurora. There's not much left of Aurora. Just a graveyard, one concrete wall, and a Troll that ambushes ADVers caught messing the place up, but at one point 10,000 people lived out here. Shortly after Aurora we had our first crash. Nate managed to turn his BMW up-side-down. Not to be out done Mike slows progress by promptly pinch flating. Geez mike you coulda picked a nicer spot for us to wait while you fixed your flat. I tell ya, times are tough in the Bodie Hills... The blind leading the blind. We took a differant route than I had planned, as it looked more interesting and the guys that showed up for this ride were impressive riders. Finding new routes is normaly something I dig, but I gotta say it was nerve racking knowing I had nine guys following me and they'd heckle the hell outta me back at camp if I screwed up. Jeff. Mono Lake in the distance off to the right. One thing about riding with me is that my camera has an 18x zoom (26 with digital) so if you drop your bike chances are I'll get the evidence! Mike Z drops his kick ass new 950 in the sand just outside Bodie. We made it to Bodie (A Ghost town turned CA State Park) without getting lost, so now they'd have to find other reasons to heckle me. Ok I'll post more tomorrow. Cheers!