Back in March Trey650 posted a message in the western regional forum looking for anyone interested in Big Bear ADV gathering for May 18-20<SUP>th</SUP>. Quite a few people chimed in and a spot was decided… Hanna Flat campground on the north side of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1lace w:st="on"><st1laceName w:st="on">Big</st1laceName> <st1laceName w:st="on">Bear</st1laceName> <st1laceType w:st="on">Lake</st1laceType></st1lace> about 2 miles north of fawnskin. (for those not familiar with Big Bear it is in the San Bernardino mountains about an hour and change southwest of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1lace></st1:City>.. elevation 5800 ft.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> <o></o> The plan was to everyone to meet on Friday night or Saturday morning and do some weekend riding. I headed up Thursday afternoon and found the campground virtually empty except for a couple of spots. I rolled into my reserved spot and found none other than the famous Trey650 himself.. (That's Trey650's rig in the background) Thursday night was mello ... just three ADV guys.. Trey650, Myself (Shleppy) and CanPile Late Thursday night Zig650 rolled in and then early Friday TwoWheelsGood Rolled in. We all decided to take off for a morning ride. All these guys are experienced riders and were cool enough to take a pretty green rider (me) along with them. I have to say I was initially a bit aprehensive because I have only been riding for a two months and had only ridden local stuff near my house. This was my first real dirt outing and I was setting out on a ride with three experienced riders - the king of Baja, a navy seal and an ironman traithlete trainer. These guys knocked their pace back and made me feel right at home. I was completely comfortable in about 2 minutes. (That's Zig650 ready to roll. Trey650 in the background) We Headed down 3n16 and over to Doble Trail Camp and soaked up the sites. Some cool old mining remnants were still around. We then doubled back on 3n16 and headed for the Metzler mine. We stopped of and hiked up a short 1/4 mile trail to the mine entrance. That's Trey's Ass in the foreground and the shiny domes of Zig650 and TwoWheelsGood in the front. Don't worry... Trey650 and I were representin' the folicly gifted so the bald to hair ratio (commonly known as the BTH ratio) was 50/50 There was a decent size opening to crawl into and then the mine opened up a bit to maybe 5 1/2 feet tall. (Zig650 posing for a photo op.. or maybe taking a dump.. I'm not sure) It was pitch black in there but we had a flashlight so could cruise around a bit. Trey650 and TwoWheelsGood cruised down one of the tunnels and hung out for a bit. (That's TwoWheelsGood walking) Hmmm... those two were in there a bit too long.. I wonder what they were doing . Whoops..... how did that image get there? It was pitch black in there so your guess is as good as mine but all I know is that Trey650 was smiling a bit too much on the way out. (here is Trey650 is heading back out) We then cruised around Holcomb valley on a number of fireroads and then down to Holcomb creek. I think Trey650 and TwoWheelsGood charaged right across first leaving Zig650 and I. Zig650 being the cool guy he is hungback and then stopped and mumbled something about "you want to cross ?". I was thinking to myself.. well I don't really have an option if I want to find my way back to the campground (I was not familiar with the trails) so what the hell? ... this was going to be my first stream crossing I went across and made it without too much trouble and then cought up to Trey650 and TwoWheelsGood on the other side who promptly doubled back and crossed the stream again back to where we started... I followed them across again .... a lot of fun ! I really apreciated the other guys holding back their pace to showing me some new terrain. here is a shot of the holcomb creak crossing we rode twice.. I'm guessing it was maybe 15 to 20 feet across and a few feet deep at the deepest spot.. pretty mellow for most riders but fun for a newb ) By the way I think this is the same spot that someone took a dip in the next day on the 'hard ride'. http://zenslug.smugmug.com/photos/154740290-L.jpg. Me thinks max rousting is in order for someone oser We headed back to he campground to find lots of other ADV guys showing up. I hooked up with OCBlue650, KLRRob and Rick (sorry can't remember the screen name) and headed up to Butler peak where a really cool old fire lookout tower is still clinging to the rocks. (yours truly on the trail up to the tower) Here is a shot of the stairs leading up to the tower. KLRRob enjoying the view Another view from the tower. We left the tower and headed back down towards Hanna Flat campground. Along the way we found a small creek crossing to wash our bikes off in. Here is a shot of me crossing the creek. (Thanks again for the photo OCBlu650 ) Needless to say I was a bit wet after this. We arrived back at camp to find maybe 30 or so other ADVriders setting up camp and/or returning from rides. We probably had 1/4th of the camground filled with ADV guys.. how freaking sweet is that! That was the end of day one for me.. more info and Pics of Saturday to come.