California - The Adventure Republic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. WRC51

    WRC51 Long timer

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    I always check out the Adventure Republic thread when I log in, one of my favorites. NSFW is that your Sprinter, if so do you haul your bike in/on it to get to some spots? I plan on using ours this coming year as a base on some long term campouts in Nor-Cal and Southern Oregon. Trying to sell the old BMW, looking at getting another Dirt bomber:D IMG_1174.JPG
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i always haul it inside since it's more secure, stability and theft-wise. besides, the high-roof makes it easy to load/unload. i used to sleep inside with the bike next to me until someone told me he smells gas fume, which is a silent killer. worries me, so even while driving, i keep my windows partially open.

    i have a similar hauler like yours, used it when i had my pickup truck. just have to set it up on the sprinter if bringing a small bike. makes loading a lot easy when van is parked next to the sidewalk.

    the van is great to have due to its practicality, but after the noobs rally, i will sell the van since there's no more need for it while i'm gone away traveling.
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  3. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Rode one of my favorite 290 mile loops last Sunday to highway 198 to Peach Tree to Indian Valley to roads N/E of Paso Robles to McMillan Canyon past Chapel Hill to Parkfield for a Quake Burger. Then north on Parkfield Coalinga road to 198 East and back home. Great scenery and some amazing roads with a little bit of dirt roads to keep it interesting. (Word for the wise: don’t ride the dirt section when wet because it is clay)

    You can ride to a different destination and do a different loop every weekend in California and see something different for a year and rarely cross your tracks. I love being able to ride all year.

    It was 40 degrees and foggy when I left home but after only 50 miles it all cleared up and the weather was great and the temps mild the rest of the day.

    Found some new to me roads N/E of Paso Robles and there are still more I want to explore the next time I'm riding in that area.

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  4. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Here is a map of my route:

    These hills will be bright green with lots of wild flowers blooming in a month or two which is an ideal time of year to ride this area.

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  5. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    How was that aroma around I5? :imaposer

    :topes :pope

    Actually looks like a heck of a ride!
  6. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer Supporter

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    How about some more pics from the post X-mas ride :deal

    (Sorry Joel :hide No good excuse for taking so long :nah)

    Saturday morning sunrise at camp
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    Ready to ride :thumb
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    NSFW, Spank, Rustler, scarysharkface, and TrashBird

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    While the rest of the group took the main roads, Spank and I took a powerline shortcut towards Copper City :ricky
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    It was fun until we ran into some nasty sticky clay mud. Quickly built up on the tires and brought my bike to a halt. Almost tore the front fork guards off :eekers
    Spent some time digging it out before any damage done, and then pushed on with mud clods flyin' everywhere :zilla

    Regrouping on Copper City Rd
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    There was snow from around the 3800' level and over the top
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    Winter wonderland :nod
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    Plan had been to hit Tonka Town and maybe head farther out towards Superior Valley, but the sloppy slushy muddy ruts were a bit much for some...
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    ... so we turned back in search of some dryer routes :thumb
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    On our way towards Calico
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    NSFW (Joel)
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    Rustler (Russ)
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    scarysharkface (John)
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    TrashBird (Ben)
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    Sorry, somehow I missed Spank (John) :dunno

    Arriving at pavement...
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    ... next stop Calico :thumb

    (Continued...)

    -M
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Matt. Thanks for adding your report. It’s always nice to see the pics from another perspective. Of course you covered more dirt than all of us and many of those we didn’t get to.
  8. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Riding past the Harris feed lot makes me want to stay away from beef!!! The cattle grazing near Parkfield were a much more pleasant sight to be sure.