Reiff Road, aka Rayhouse Road or Yolo County Rd 40

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  1. pondomoto

    pondomoto n00b

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    Thanks for the videos! Be careful riding past the signs that clearly state "No motor vehicles." Tracks going around the signs are what state officials look for when trying to justify shutting a place like this totally down.

    Does anyone know if the gate is currently open? I'm planning on riding over Rd 40 / Rayhouse Rd / Reiff Rd next weekend with a friend. He'll be on a GS, so I don't really want to get all the way over the pass and back down, just to find a locked gate.

    Thanks!
  2. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Gate was closed on the BARF ride last Sunday. We were able to get a GS around the gate on the low (left side if riding west to east) side using two spotters. It looks a bit scary but is possible. Might be a bit steeper going the other direction.
  3. pondomoto

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    Thanks for the quick response. I might head out there one of these days (I live in Woodland) and check it out before the ride. Either way, I'll report back what I find.

    Regards,
    KW
  4. Jenn

    Jenn praise seitan!

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    Is open?
  5. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Rode is last Saturday, May 10th.....Gate is OPEN.
  6. jetpoweredmonkey

    jetpoweredmonkey Rider of the Lost Empire

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    Gate recon, please! Thinking about taking the Ural out here tomorrow.
  7. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Gate was open the last few rides.

    But haven't been there for about 3 weeks. It's always a bit chancey.

    Have an alternate route planned.
  8. jetpoweredmonkey

    jetpoweredmonkey Rider of the Lost Empire

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    Made it out here Sunday with my friend on his XR650L, and me on my Ural. West gate was open. Slow going on the sidecar, lots of bumps that you float over on a motorcycle will hurt a bit on the Russian! But, she made it all the way through with no drama. Coming up out of Buck Island campground, I had to use 2WD in anger - and she climbed right out like a good little goat after abusing the clutch just a little. I've had the Ural for a few years, and it just keeps making me smile. I always expect it to overheat and give up on those long first gear slogs up the rough stuff, and it just won't quit. It keeps on making the same bag of nails noises that it did when I bought it, but hasn't let me down yet.

    Interesting tidbit - we found that it is just possible to squeeze it through the Highway 16 (east side) gate, with about three inches to spare! Still no good way around the west side gate if it's locked, though.

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  9. Jenn

    Jenn praise seitan!

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  10. Countdown

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    Check with OHMVR department and see if Yolo county applies for any OHV grants say for enforcement etc.

    In any event they get a small portion of funds based on personal property vehicle tax based on population which may limit it to $0.50.
  11. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    It's open, now. The work around depicted in the video above has gotten a lot easier over the years. And Yolo County Road 41 (Sand Creek Road) is also open.
  12. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    Thanks Ron,

    Was going to head up there this weekend. Nice to know the Sand Creek Rd is open. I really like that part of the ride.
  13. jetpoweredmonkey

    jetpoweredmonkey Rider of the Lost Empire

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    Good recon. I am headed out to Rayhouse on the Ural this weekend, glad to know the gate is open. It is a tight squeeze getting the hack through the Capay Valley side, but as mentioned in a previous post, it is possible!

    Looking forward to doing the Sand Creek route, I have never once found that gate open.

    I was looking for another road to get us home from Arbuckle. We could cross the river and ride to Knight's Landing, but I'd kind of like to loop back to Capay Valley. I see two roads called "Sills" and "Petroleum Creek" that run back toward Guinda and tie into Road 57, but I believe that one is gated on the Capay Valley side as well, at least it has been every time I've looked. Any other good ways to put together some more dirt on this ride?
  14. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Is your hack 2wd? If so, you can ride/drive in Sand Creek for a bit. As it's name suggests, it's all loose material. Coarse sand to thin gravel.... I'll try to give better info shortly...
  15. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Westbound, start here: 39.020900, -122.143178

    Exit here: 39.008171, -122.176040

    Reenter about here (depending on your high-center tolerance, you may need to look around): 39.003341, -122.199512

    And finally exit here again: 38.995341, -122.222503

    You can travel a little further west if you're on two wheels, but it gets narrow and slippery (especially now with the water getting a lot of algae on the rocks). You have to exit once the creek crosses Sand Creek Road. Further west, there's too many fences to make traveling the creek worthwhile.

    Have fun!
  16. klrukiddingme?

    klrukiddingme? Been here awhile

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    Capt'n Ron, always helpful:clap

    I love Sand Creek Rd, have fun!
  17. tiger800xxc

    tiger800xxc To the Roads Less Traveled!

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    Anyone heading out on sunday? im working Saturday but looking for a nice Sunday ride on the tiger
  18. jetpoweredmonkey

    jetpoweredmonkey Rider of the Lost Empire

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    Thanks, Cap'n! Looking forward to this ride.

    Tiger800, we are headed that way tomorrow but will be going slow on account of my Ural - meeting at 7:15, Arco at 16th and W in Sacramento, riding to pick up a buddy in Davis, then Berryessa west shore, across Rayhouse and up Sand Creek. Welcome to join us if you don't mind waiting for me a lot!
  19. tiger800xxc

    tiger800xxc To the Roads Less Traveled!

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    that works will you be going over puta creek bridge? or coming in from 16?
    if you go over the bridge I can meet you there at the park and ride
  20. tiger800xxc

    tiger800xxc To the Roads Less Traveled!

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    let me know what time you think ill be there 830-900 on a green tiger 800xc tan gear ill be on here for a while and check in am if different