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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Odin69, Jun 24, 2010.
Hey don't you owe us a trip report?????
I need to add the maps then I'm done with the ride tale.
I'll send it too you Jeff. I wrote it in MS Word, it's a 2.85mb file with pics and links to more pics, maps were too much trouble. I uploaded it to my Google Drive. I set the share to anyone on the internet with a link. Tested the link and Google required a login even though I selected no login. I'm not going to pull the doc apart to enter day by day on this forum.
If someone has a solution for me please let me know. I can also send to others if provided an email address. Bye the way in case you are wondering I took my DRZ400S on the Utah and Colorado Backcountry Discovery Routes in July.
I bet I can get it into the forum if you like. Haven't read it yet but will in the am. Post if you want me to try to get it here.
Smokey around here lately. My wife and I are planning to go over Hwy 120, and back on Hwy 108 over Labor Day weekend. I wonder if 120 will be opened again by then. It is closed east of Groveland because of the Rim Fire.
I may have to alter my route.
Speaking of that route: Has anybody entered Yosemite on the morning of a holiday weekend? My wife is a fairly new rider, and I don't want to be stuck in line for an hour at the Park gate. It is only one lane, with no space on the shoulder. "Splitting" to the front would mean riding in the oncoming lane, and cutting back into line at the guard shack. Not good. I figure if I can get to the gate by 8:30 am, the line should be minimal?
Not sure where you are coming from, but if you are on the west side of the park, anywhere near say Fresno or Mariposa, you might want to try heading into the park via Chowchilla Mt Road. If connects to highway 49 between Mariposa and Oakhurst, you can see it on the Google map page, anyway it will take up into the park without having to go through any gates. Of course you would then have to travel on 41 all the way to 120, but they re-paved that section summer 2012 and it is in nice shape..Chowchilla Mt Road is mostly dirt and last time I road it in good shape, am sure it is dusty this time of year though. Otherwise I would expect crowds getting into and out of the park!!!
have a great trip!
Great Idea! I had forgotten about that road. My Dad always took that route when we would go to Yosemite to avoid fees (and this was when it was cheap to enter Yosemite). It is interesting that Google Maps shows it ending just prior to the golf course, which is not the case.
We are coming from Sonora, so it would be faster to take 140 into the park. If we don't get on the road early, it might take longer to go 140, simply because of the line.
Of course the way the fire is going, a lot of people may cancel their holiday plans in Yosemite.
Chowchilla Mtn road is the good way. Pick it up from Fish Camp if coming in from Fresno. Holiday traffic is a long line.
i went through the 120 gate a few years ago at 5 am and the road was not closed , just no one working in the gate
Yeah, if you pass through after hours it is free. Supposedly, they will charge you on the way out if you don't have a receipt, but I have never been in that situation. I've only been in and out after hours, or came in on Chowchilla Mtn and out the same way.
Maybe I'll test it this time. Since this is my wife's first ride away from home, I made reservations at the Yosemite Bug Hostel/Resort for Friday night. We may get to the 140 gate before they open Saturday, and will exit via 120 in Lee Vining during regular hours after tooling around Yosemite Valley for a while. Saturday night we'll be in Lee Vining, and Sunday we'll ride some of the fire roads between Lee Vining and Birdgeport before heading back over 108. Hoping to do some hiking/fishing over there too.
If I hang the fish off the back of my top box, it should be well smoked by the time I get home.
A friend of mine mapped the routes for this event. Some of you guys may be interested in this:
A little steep for me, can I just follow the dust? JK, looks like a great ride if you got the $$$.
Yeah, I can't afford to do that either even if it does include a room at the resort. I would love to watch riders at specific challenging section. Many of the participants on 600 pound adventure bikes have the talent I could only dream of having on my light weight bike. But that's what I get for getting into this dirty bike game so late in my riding career.
Maybe next year if I'm around wouldn't mind giving this a go, maybe come up with a team or sorts!!!
Is there a drinking competition?
I didn't see a drinking competition listed. Hey did you get to view the pictures?
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Yes I have looked at them a few times, really like your routing, I spent a ton of time in that area mountain biking back in the 90's. I got to get back to Moab one of these days!
So how is the new bike working out? Is it a 2013 new or used? What are they going for these days, all I see is as for a quote..I feel a new bike in my future too.....
Be home in November maybe then..Hope the fires are under control soon!
The fires are under control. I haven't ridden my MC in the area yet. We drove the car on Hwy 120 and up Evergreen Road a three weeks back. Many of the spurs off either road were closed. Hopefully they will open now.
Most of the burn area is closed and will remain so through the end of the year and probably longer.
Sierra Pacific has some private land within the area that is being logged now, via Cottonwood and Cherry Lake rd. But closed to the public. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3660/21124/
There is pending legislation to allow logging in the rest of the forest. I don't expect this area to open for at least a year. There is already worries about erosion. There will be all kinds of hurdles to cross before it is business as usual.