Plumas BDR

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    Jerry, What sections are best for big adventure bikes?
    Or, stated differently, what sections should a big adventure bike avoid?
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    Read the book, it is almost all SUV. I assume a good rider could ride it all. Nothing to even think about on a 525 out there by myself.
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    Just realized the Plumas BDR connects to the Lassen BDR.

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    Hey Jerry,

    I'm planning to do the Plumas Backcountry Discovery Trail in a couple of weeks. We will be on 650 and smaller dual sports, but loaded with camping gear. I've got the book and two sections concern me based on the descriptions.

    • The climb out of Poker Flat in the optional start.
    • Section 4, the 30 mile route the eventually drops down to Quincy.
    Any comments/feedback on these sections welcome. Note that a common point of reference between us could be making comparisons to roads in Death Valley.



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    If you look at time stamps on my tracks you can see how fast I was going which is best indicator of how hard a section is. Just updated file to add waypoints, forgot to copy them form PCQ.

    Bad news, I didn't start at Poker Flat. I cut in right at the Warming Hut. Please send me your tracks of the start to add to my file. Yes the section into Quincy was probably the only piece where you were not just on auto-pilot but no problem on any 650 by far the most fun and best views of the ride.

    It was all really fun on 525, just a little more work on 650 (easy on DR, harder on KLR). Be prepared for sore shoulders on section north of Hwy 70, twistist slick damn road I have ever been on. I found big shortcut across that big loop. I am heading out Wednesday to GPS it and then keep going north scouting more fun PCQ.
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    Actually, I was thinking of starting at Gibsonville, pretty close to where you started. Reason being is that I've seen some discussion on ADV that make the climb out of Poker Flat towards La Porte sound pretty challenging. Was thinking I'd save it for a ride without camping gear.

    Thanks for your tracks and info. I've created waypoints for all the DPs (Discovery Points) listed in the book. I'll post it up with my tracks when I'm done.

    One question about one of your waypoints. The waypoint icon for Harrison Flat is a water spigot. Is there potable water there? Its not even listed as a campground on the PNF website or map.
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    Learned from an old friend years ago, "all I carry is a credit card"!

    No just a wet meadow, looks like people were camping there.
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    I realize this thread is a few years old. I am planning to ride my approximation of the route found in the PDF file. I noticed the data in your GPX file states that it took you 30 hours to ride the 156 mile route. Does that seem accurate, averaging 5-6 MPH for the entire route? Or does the GPS device count hours the bike is not moving in the total elapsed trip time?
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