Nor Cal Dirt Weekend

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  1. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Hi Advriders,
    Who wants to do a little camping?
    Leaving Friday at 1PM from South San Francisco.
    Meet at Texaco/Starbucks in SSF.See map.
    From there, 101 north to Ukiah. Stop for beer&food at Safeway. Top off the tanks. Hwy 20 east to
    Potter Valley.Pavement soon gives way to dirt.
    Friday night we camp at or near these coordinates:
    39.4069 Deg.N, 122.9893Deg.W. A scalable topo map of the area is located at:
    http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=10&n=4361708&e=500929&u=1&loc=Lake+Pillsbury

    The rest of the weekend will be spent riding the fireroads and trails of the area. It is a nice place to ride and camp.Fairly remote with that "out there" feel to it

    What to expect?
    Bumper to bumper traffic from the city to at least Santa Rosa. We will likely be splitting lanes for maybe an hour or so.
    Varied conditions ranging from hard pack with deep potholes,deep gravel,sand, possibly steep climbs and descents.High temps to the mid 90's Oh yeah, if it rains there the mud is really slippery. Almost stuck my 4x4 in Feb. up here.Knobbies recommended.
    You should be comfortable in the dirt as we will be covering some miles.
    Who wants to get it dirty?
    Santa
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  2. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    Sounds fun.....but no can do this weekend.:(:


    Thanks for the invite
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  3. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    oops, in my haste to post I forgot to mention the dates.
    June 21,22 and 23rd.
    See you there?
    Santa
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  4. boyscout

    boyscout sittin' down

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    In :thumb

    -BS
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  5. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Cool. Three so far...
    Found a few pics of last years trip.Sorry for the lousy photo quality.
    Camp one.
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  6. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Somewhere in the mist....
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  7. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    CrAsH and Santa
    Smoke break.
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  8. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Too quiet out there.
    Maybe I am scaring folks off with my discription of the ride. I'm sure that it won't be all that bad. I'm on a 1150 GS. Stock gearing, full load, etc.
    Anyhow,BS, We meet at Texaco/Starbucks/Wendys in SSF.1 PM sharp Address is 176 Gateway Blvd. South San Francisco.
    We'll be there till about 1:15 or so.
    BS,Let me know if you cant make it for some reason.
    So far, 1 KLR, 1 GS1150 and 1 KTM adventure.
    Maps will be provided.
    This should be a fun weekend and a good chance to get em dirty.
    Santa
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  9. thwack

    thwack Long timer

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    Wish I could, but I'm overbooked already for the weekend. I rarely manage to get out on short notice...too many other commitments so I miss all the fun stuff.

    Thwack
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  10. boyscout

    boyscout sittin' down

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    Santa-

    Just to confirm, I'm still up for this if the trip is on. I'll probably still have the Metzeler Sahara's on the bike so let's hope it doesn't rain.

    -BS
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  11. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Of course the trip is on.
    Your tires will be fine. Don't think it will rain.
    Spose I will see ya Friday @1PM.
    It will be a blast.
    Thwack, mebbe next time.
    Santa
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  12. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Santa, I am interested in going but I cannot leave at 1:00. Are you planning on staying at Lake Pilsbury? I Know where it is. Let me know where you will be and if I can make it I will find you.
    Mongox:1drink :1drink :smoke :asta
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  13. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Sweet! Ok here are the details,
    We will be going in from potter valley, from the west. up and over the hill to Van Arsdale res.
    Stay to your right, dont cross the Eel River.
    Take the South Eel River road Think it's forest road M8.The road will be flat a while, then climb.
    Watch out, that blackness you will see on your left is a long steep cliff. after 8 to 10 mi you will descend back to river level. Refer to the topo:
    http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=10&n=4361708&e=500929&u=1&loc=Lake+Pillsbury
    See the red icon? thats where we will be.The creek you see just a bit to the left of the red icon is the third bridge (i think) you cross after hitting the dirt.
    50 yds past the bridge, go left. an easy descent will get you on the riverbed (packed rocks)
    Go right. 100 to 150 yds you will see us on the right. Up on the rise. It's quiet there so we'll hear you coming. How familiar are you with this area? Think you will find us easily?
    Santa
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  14. thwack

    thwack Long timer

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    I'll try harder for that one...I had a cRaSh-like day today (boss' boss said we're not working fast enough...nothing like getting reamed cuz somebody else's code sucks the big one...to bad they don't report to me so I can roll this stinky turd downhill where it belongs :rofl ).

    I'm missing the rim ride tomorrow and the nor cal dirt weekend but hopefully it'll help me stay on the "payroll continuation plan" a while longer.

    Thwack
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  15. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Santa, It looks like I will make it up there. I will be leaving San Jose at 3:00PM on Friday. If your info is good, I will have no problem finding you. I have been to Pilsbury several times using different routes so I am fairly familar with the area. I do not have knobbies, just the tourances but I will be OK. See you guys probalbly around 8:00PM Friday night.:thumb :smoke :2beer :2beer :dj
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  16. boyscout

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    Sweet, this oughta be fun.

    -BS
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  17. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    Good. I think we'll have fun. Print the topo map and carry it. We wont be visible from the road but
    once you make the right, 100-150 yds thru the packed rocks,I'll see ya
    Santa :beer :gun1 :smoke :thumb
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  18. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Santa, are you guys bringing extra gas(ie. should I bring a gas can) or do you know if we can get gas at the Marina on Lake Pilsbury. Riding the fire trails we could go through alot of Petrol.:huh :confused
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  19. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    well, BS has plenty of capacity. I might bring an xtra gallon or so. Top off in Ukiah.
    Should be fine.Call me tonight.
    Santa
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  20. YardSale

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    I was planning on heading out camping solo but would like to tag along with you guys if possible.

    I'll be riding a '01 KLR.

    Thanks,

    Kevin.
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