Central Sierra Noob ride

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Hesaid, Jun 24, 2014.

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Multiple choice, choose as many as applicable:

  1. Why aren't we doing this now

  2. July

  3. Aug

  4. Sept

  5. Whenever

  6. Hotel

  7. Cabin

  8. Campground

  9. Dispersed camping

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  1. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My first choice is August 16-17. Second choice is August 23-24.

    I'll be on a big bike: my adventurized Aprilia Dorsoduro 750. Kimberly will be on her DR350. She's fairly new to riding, so we are well matched off road.

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  2. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Yeah we had to get tix a month or so ago. So if I miss it, I may not own a motorcycle for very long... :eek1
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  3. paredaks

    paredaks Adventurer

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    First choice 2/3 - perfect, wife and kid are already out of town.

    Second choice 23/24.

    Would be heading up on a new to me triumph tiger 800xc.
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  4. WHOISDIRK

    WHOISDIRK Adventurer

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    16-17 or 23-24 for me. Can't do anything before the 11th because me stupid friends keep getting married :puke1 I'm sorry, I meant because I have weddings to go to :freaky

    I have continental trail atacks on my 650... am I going to need to spring for some tkc 80s for this trip or can I limp by after letting some air out of my 80/20 road dirt hybrids?

    Also I'm very excited about camping and also about figuring the smilies feature:kumbaya
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  5. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    23/24:nod

    There, I voted.:deal

    Now just do it.
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  6. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    I cannot make it anytime before september. I can do second weekend of September. Does that work for anyone else..? I rreeeaaalllllly wanna go! :lol3
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  7. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    By the second week of September the snow will be ass deep to a tall Indian...El-niño coming...:lol3
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  8. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    I honestly hope it is because we need the rain badly. But many new articles are saying El Niño may not happen anymore. Or at least there is a smaller chance of it being as severe as we'd hope. If it does happen though then it will be end of August early September. So get this ride in as planned and just post pictures so i can pretend i'm there! :lol3
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  9. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    Sounds like the 23rd-24th is going to be the best bet. I know that means some folks won't be able to make it, and I apologize, but I think that was bound to happen no matter which days we picked. Plus, there ought to be enough time left in Sept that we can try it again if we want to.

    I spoke to a decidedly cheerful girl in the Sierra National Forest offices today to inquire about fire restrictions. As it stands now, campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds, with stoves/lanterns allowed everywhere. I realize that predicting the future is a bit much to ask for, but we discussed what we'd be likely to find in August, and it all boiled down to "No". She says she has no way to know for certain, but when I asked "If I knew people who were planning to travel for several hours to get to the forest, would you gamble that they would be able to have a campfire in a designated campground?" her answer was "No, she would have to bet that by then fire restrictions would be even more severe." So that's a bummer, but we can make do. If we stack enough KTM plastics in the middle of the fire ring it'll look like a blazing campfire, right?

    I'm thinking dispersed camping near Glen Meadow creek. There are no facilities there, but Dinkey is only 3-4 miles away with such niceties as showers and bathrooms for those of you unwilling to do what bears do in the woods (which, as near as I can tell is walk around sniffing at bushes and gnawing on stuff...).

    <IFRAME height=350 marginHeight=0 src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Rock+Creek+Road&daddr=Dinkey+Creek+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FWm8NQIdbXjl-A%3BFQKdNQIdM8_l-A&sll=37.075398,-119.178781&sspn=0.00303,0.005574&t=h&mra=me&mrsp=0,1&sz=18&ie=UTF8&ll=37.075398,-119.178781&spn=0.00303,0.005574&output=embed" frameBorder=0 width=425 marginWidth=0 scrolling=no></IFRAME>
    <SMALL>View Larger Map</SMALL>

    You see that map? That map looks nothing like the one I have open in another tab, from which I used Google's fancy little embed code. My map looks like this:

    MAP

    And shows the mileage and time correct. Nifty feature that-there Google is...

    As it stands now, Shesaid and I are planning to go up early on Friday (work is over rated) and return on Monday. So we ought to get there in plenty of time to stake out good spots, and in so doing, make it easier for anyone who wants to leave after work on Friday to be able to meet up. Or even Saturday if need be. We ought to be able to whip up a couple of signs to let folks know where to turn. I'm hoping to be able to pre-run a lot of the area and post up GPX files for others to download, but I have no idea how that works for those of you on the receiving end.

    Ok, I'm going to go edit the first post, should I add the names of those who said they could make those dates?

    MV
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  10. ADV_Riz

    ADV_Riz Adventurer

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    You can count me in!
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  11. mramosc

    mramosc Been here awhile

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    I'm in!!
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  12. paredaks

    paredaks Adventurer

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    In!
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  13. cwenger

    cwenger Adventurer

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    in
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  14. paredaks

    paredaks Adventurer

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    am I the only one heading out on a bigger bike, triumph tiger 800xc?
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  15. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    I will not know until the week before, but if so it will be on a 950.
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  16. WHOISDIRK

    WHOISDIRK Adventurer

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    I'm in
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  17. Mifune

    Mifune Been here awhile

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    I'm out this time. In Alaska over the weekend of 23rd/24th. Sounds like a great ride. Hope to join you next time.
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  18. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    It sounds like there will be others on big bikes. I will be on the 750, and Kimberly will probably ride with the bike bikes on her DR350.


    We are in...but I don't want to contribute any brightly colored plastics for the imitation campfire. :lol3
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  19. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    Wait? Alaska was an option? I vote for that. Let's go there!

    MV
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  20. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Can you post signs along the way? I may be a few hours behind you.
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