Chico, Ca Dualsport Riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bob Tosi, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Rockgarden Bob

    Rockgarden Bob Been here awhile

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    KyoXr, it is amazing sometimes what a small world it is. I've run into guys out in the middle of nowhere Nevada, 60 miles from the nearest pavement, that I know from other rides, always a surprise. Matt, the guy taking the video is a good friend and a great rider who has been on several of my rides and also helps me pre-ride many of the rides. I'll be back up there Monday doing a few final changes to the "A" track. Pre-rode the "B" track last weekend, It was sure nice to be over at the coast for last Saturdays heat wave.
  2. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    The coast was a better place to be for cooler weather, I went up to my friends cabin to help him put in a swamp cooler...it was still about 100 degrees outside,
  3. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Pre run next Saturday the 22nd for the SoJ rally. Lotsa stopping, notes, checking out CG, etc. All that want to go are welcome. Leaving Redding NLT 8-9 am.... Call or PM. 5302154092
  4. oobus

    oobus Been here awhile

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    What, you guys are all hunkered down next to the air conditioner?

    Going thru Paskenta - Covelo to the Lost Coast the afternoon of the 11th (Thursday) and then riding up the coast to visit my pop's in Brookings. Dow may be coming along as well. Anyone else interested? Leaving my place in Corning about noonish and making a bee-line over the hills.

    Hope to get a spot at Fern Canyon for the night. Looking for a few good roads from Covelo to the Coast without spending a lot of time on the 101, I know quite a few of you have explored this area what route would you take? BTW riding a loaded up DRZ with supermoto tires/wheels. Heading back by way of 36 on Sunday.

    What say you O wise ones?
  5. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    We just rode Dos Rios rd out of Covelo and you could do it in street tires. That will drop you in Laytonville. From Laytonville maybe Branscomb rd., its paved, to Hwy 1 just north of Westport. (Sherwood Rd Parrallels Hwy 20 to the north a few miles through the mountains and is on my next coast trip agenda. I do not know the full condition of the road however)From there North, I would try to get as close to the coast as possible up to Eureka. You say supermoto wheels so I obviously think find pavement but your riding the ~30 miles or so from Paskenta to Covelo on dirt. Usal rd was easy riding imho. From there You could check out Shelter Cove and Kings Peak rd. to Honeydew and Petrolia. Foot dragger had suggested that as a nice route on our last ride together, I hope he will chime in on the road conditions. I was looking around on Google Maps ( I spend hours there) and Mattole Rd looks like an amazing ride. Its Paved but its in the middle of nowhere and its right on the ocean. Are you going Brookings Thursday night? You mentioned Fern Canyon but thats south of Mendo. Super nice down there though for sure. I'm Jealous to say the least.

    Just rode the High Lakes day before yesterday so keep an eye out for a little RR in my STories thread. I forgot how pretty the area is...as well as how rocky and steep it was as well.
  6. Klrcharlie

    Klrcharlie Adventurer

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    Where is Fern Canyon? Is there a campground there? Sounds fun I live in Corning also.
  7. oobus

    oobus Been here awhile

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    Yea, looks like I got my directions screwed up! Fern Canyon is in Van Damme park south of Mendicino. Little more south than I wanted to go. I'll need to find something north of Arcata. Plan on spending the night on Thursday on the coast, get up at a leasurly pace Friday morning then I'll head up to Brookings to visit my dad.
  8. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    Fern Canyon is located just north of the town of Orick and south of Crescent City. Fern Canyon is at the southern end of Prairie Creek State Park. The road in is doable this time of year on street tires but will keep you on your toes. There is no camping there and you have to hike in a ways to see the Canyon. I am not a great fan of hiking but this is worth the trip if you have time.

    I am also am planning to head towards Brookings on Thursday the 11th and will spend the night in Crescent City. I need to be in Brookings Friday morning. I have tentatively planned a different route that involves getting to Callahan via a number of different options that can involve all pavement or some dirt sections as well. From Callahan to Orleans and then take the Bald Hills Road to Orick.

    I Find my self going to Crescent for work reasons several times a year and have tried many different routes. My favorite on a bike is to go straight up Highway 3 to Ft. Jones, Scott River Rd. to Hwy 96, Happy Camp to O'Brien, and Hwy 199 into Crescent City. My son and I just did that a couple of weeks ago in our previous record setting heat wave.

    Oobus you have set yourself a pretty aggressive agenda if you intend to get to the coast from Covelo and then back to 101 and expect to get as far north as the Orick area. Especially if you don't leave until noon.

    The routes I describe are both about 300 miles from Cottonwood to Crescent City and it takes about 8 hours of spirited riding. Having been both ways several times I think the options I listed would be a lot more fun on a supermoto bike and there is a lot less traffic, actually very little.

    Chuck
  9. oobus

    oobus Been here awhile

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    Chuck,

    What time are you headed out? I'm the boss so it's ok if I leave early. Sounds like you would be good person to follow over. My 400 doesn't like the I5 much that's why I was taking side roads.
    I called about the camping near Fern Canyon and there are sites, but they are first come first serve and it is dry camping. Somewhat of a crapshoot to get a spot but thought I'd give it a try.

    Matt
  10. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I havent ridden Kings Peak road to Honeydew but have been told its a normal gravel road,Honeydew has snacks and cold drinks,interesting locals from the 60's.
    From Honeydew on its rough patched pavement with some gravel to Petrolia and then on to the Lost Coast,there's rough camping close to the ocean as the road comes down from the south end of the lost coast.
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    I rode up to Inskip this morning and checked out the new pavemento heading to Butte Meadows,its coming along with not a lot more to go.
    Some nice corners and views.
    Im liking the 1250 Bandit I just picked up.
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    Also just did a 70mile singletrack ride out of Ragdump,8 hours on the KTM200XCW and so worn out I was lucky to finish.
    It were fun! Ragdump got 5.5" of rain right before we rode.

    Then I led some locals on some of the same trails sat and now they probably hate me some,so it goes.
  11. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    I was curious about the coast trip you guys are making and saw what BanXheo said about a route and checked it out on Basecamp. I have one made up from Covelo to Eureka mostly using the roads he mentioned but don't know if you guys can use it or how to send it if you do... Here is a screenshot of the route. No detail, had to fit it all on one screen but if you want it and can tell me how to attach it to an Email, I will.
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  12. oobus

    oobus Been here awhile

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    Looks like an interesting route, if you could, I'll send you my e-mail in a pm and ship it over to me.

    Hey, I've got room at my place for someone to drop off a vehicle and ride out with me if their interested. As long as we make it to a place to camp by nightfall I'll be happy!

    Matt
  13. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive ridden Bob's mostly dirt route from Wildwood to Fortuna enough times that its stuck in my head,I dont know the names of many of the roads but I know where to turn when I hit an intersection. The Lost Coast can be incorporated easily into the ride.

    13 Dip road is a good one,we rode it early in the year once and the water was almost up to the bottom of the gas tank on my DR650,it never bobbled luckily.

    1 guy did submerge his XR600 and it was a long while before it ran again.
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    Speaking of water.............
    I sank my 200 in Kimshew creek last wed,easily 45 minutes of pumping of water/wringing of air filter/draining of carb/flipping the bike every which way to get water out of the pipe/engine.

    The mostly hidden/unused trail leading to Kimshew was neat,near vertical switchbacks,thick brush and sheer drops to let the bike roll down.
    It was cool! Our guide knew every odd nook and cranny up in the Ragdump area and I saw stuff I hadnt ridden in many years,some Ive never seen.
  14. Hop-Sing

    Hop-Sing Been here awhile

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    Chuck is right about time.
    When I think of fern canyon, It is North of Eureka. Camp on the beach. It is called "Gold Bluffs Beach". Hidden treasure. I use it. on your particular route I would camp about 14 miles North of Westport. just past the last "campground" about 200 yards on the opposite side of the road is my secrete spot. don't pull in very far off the road maybe sixty feet, under and behind first set of trees. just before 101 leaves the coast. this is about 3 to 8 miles before you pull off on Usal. I camp there often. then You will be taking the "Lost Coast" and spend a good portion of the day making it to Brookings. I have another trials event that weekend or I would go with you.
  15. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    When I lived in Eureka I was Logging and wandered all over the coast and inland off HWY 36,299 etc,short of locked gates that are more common now than ever,there is endless riding over there,and many small towns to meet people,the thing I like about Humbolt,Trinity,Mendocino,and Del Norte counties is you feel like you are in a different country,cool to see all the alternate lifestyles and the temps are just right for riding this time of year also its easy to just camp randomly over there.
  16. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    ...although last time I was across it a couple of years ago it was a paved rough road. Kings Peak was on my adgenda but I didn't make it due to Usal Rd. still being closed in April. Still on my radar for this fall.
  17. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I've seen cape Mendocino only. From the ocean looking east from my sailboat,I lived in Eureka for a while on my small sailboat and then headed down the coast,I believe the Mattole RD heads out to Cape Mendocino I hope to ride out there this summer, as stated before I love the coast.BTW Cape Mendocino is the farthest west you can be in the United States except for Alaska and Hawaii.
  18. Klrcharlie

    Klrcharlie Adventurer

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    Going for a ride Sat. 13 th going to ride Ponderosa Way from Hwy 32 to Hwy 36 then maybe thru Lassen Park to 44 to Shingletown then down to Manton back to Hwy 36 then back to Corning. If anyone wants to go let me know.
  19. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    I wasn't going to be on the OBCDR on that date.
    Maybe we'll connect on another ride?
  20. Klrcharlie

    Klrcharlie Adventurer

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    What is the obcrd?