Uncle toms cabin dualsport adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by stinkyrider, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. stinkyrider

    stinkyrider Been here awhile

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    After a breakfast of coffee, doughnuts and mini pulled pork sandwich's I was convinced the Austrian's know how to start a day off on the right foot. Especially after letting us tear around on the new 1190 Adventure, I am convinced that Austria is the best little planet on this solar system called earth. With that being said, consensus say's were gonna head to Uncle Toms Cabin and spend the night via a route through the American River Canyon area. Also, we are going to check on fire damage of the American Fire and road closures in the area as well.
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    Here are the conditions for the area road closures,
    Effective beginning September 26, 2013 until May 1, 2014, the order is less restrictive than the previous one and is in place for human safety and resource protection. The order opens Foresthill Divide Road, Deadwood Ridge Road, and Forest Service Road 43 (Flat Ravine) to through traffic and also opens Robinson Flat campground. The Western States Trail (WST) between Michigan Bluff and Deadwood Cemetery is open, and OHV Loop 6 (Forest Service Trail 11E44) is open west of Deadwood Ridge Road. However, the WST and Loop 6 within the fire area east of Deadwood Ridge Road remain closed.
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    We had a great run down and up the american river canyon before we got to forest hill, then it was back to the dirt toward Michigan Bluff, then up to Robinson's flat, then way, up to the Duncan Peak Lookout, with is located on top of Bald Mountain at 7,182ft elevation. However, the original Duncan Peak Lookout was located about 1/2 mile north west on top of Duncan peak. The lookout was relocated to bald mountain (due to fire), But the name remained Duncan Peak Fire Lookout. Also, this was the lookout that spotted the American fire on August 11th.
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    After the Duncan Peak Lookout, we then took the backwood route to French Meadows, then Hell hole, (which was super low due to two seasons of drought). By this time the sun was getting ready to set and I feel as though we had the place to ourselves. Mosquito ridge, Red Star Ridge, Duncan ridge, Chipmunk ridge, and pretty much a good portion of the El Dorado forest was desolate. We didn't see a soul. Even the wildlife was staying off the road. Turn and burn. Something about riding through the forest brings a good mental high. But riding through the forest at night brings forth a whole new element. Try this once, and your hooked for life. Just turn it down a notch and be careful, and your in heaven.
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    I think it was about 8:30 or so by the time we got to Uncle Toms Cabin. Good people there. They had our cabin ready, and they had the bbq going for our steaks, and they let us use the kitchen to prepare the rest of our meal as well. But please don't' feed 'ole blind spot Kniesler any more beans. Even the cold can't keep that stink out! And the greatest thing about Uncle Toms, well…..they never seem to close. If you got the cash, they got the beer, and that's how it aught to be.
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    It's always, about the adventure. And of course, more photo's here http://stinkyrider.smugmug.com/SierraNevadaAdventures/UncleTomsCabin/32605038_xGmhQP
    Thank you, and good night
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  2. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Great bumper sticker! Ha!
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