Since SongDog is closed...

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by dyvking, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. Gerg

    Gerg The Destroyer Supporter

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    Ok... I'm stupid. No pics of the campground :dunno

    But there wasn't ANYONE there. The board says it's now $17 a night:eek1 . Up to 6 people per site. Doesn't say anything about vehicles. You CAN reserve a site.
    Hereis a link to the campground. If we got this thing sorted out soon we could reserve damn near the whole campground. Note the different loops. If we were to snag one loop we could keep things close together.

    I'll go back and take some pictures, HONEST :evil

    Gerg
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  2. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor Supporter

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    What, memory card full ? :evil :fitz :razor :moon
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  3. pierce

    pierce Ex Tourer

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    Warning
    When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.


    phluque that noise
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  4. Gerg

    Gerg The Destroyer Supporter

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    I'll remind you THAT is exactly the same situation at Death Valley. We seem to work it out there.

    Hey Mayor :fitz

    I'll be up there tomorrow to take pictures and stop by the area HQ to inquire about grouping us together. Damn, I'll have to ride up there... K hasn't been riden in a while :evil
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  5. pierce

    pierce Ex Tourer

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    I still like the idea of the rafter campsite up a mile or 3 north of Kernville on the river.... as someone said, they do BBQ already, and I'll take riverbank camping over lakeside camping any day....

    -jrp
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  6. Blair

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    Hey all,
    Noobie to the list with a BMW Adventure. Not sure if any are larger enough, but there are some great camp grounds up HWY 1 between San Luis and Carmel. I would love to attend something as I am the only person I know iin my area that has a GS.
    Blair
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  7. pierce

    pierce Ex Tourer

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    long time Advrider AceRph is in Paso Robles, I believe. I think there are more your way.

    this is a march camp we're talking about, we need somewhere thats going to be dry :D
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  8. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free!

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    PM me Blair if you wanta ride.

    Roger
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  9. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    Hey Daniel... I want to go too!!! How have you been???
    OURAY is now just a distant memory as I am back in "freaking boring miserable..." Florida... This trip covered... 27000 miles... amazingly... and already working on the next one... It seems like you took a dump on the bike? if so... glad that you are OK... We sure had a good time in Colorado...
    Still laying the grounds to move out of here permanently... that will take some time... maybe in a couple of months... How about a "travelling motorcycle Chef"...??? with "gigs" all over the country.... southern States in the winter and Northen States in the summer? With so many websites... riders... I will work for donations!!! :rofl
    You be well... and stay in touch...
    Ara
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  10. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    Ara, good hearing from you. Have you paid your Ouray performance award? It was good meeting you in person!
    I saw an ad the other day for a restaurant looking for an executive chef here in LA (Hollywood / Burbank area). It was in Monster.com. They are available. The riding here in Southern California is really awesome. You should get your butt out here.
    Yes I toook a little dump with the bike. I overextended myself on a dirt road during a group ride. Nothing serious, about $300 worth of damage to the bike and I had a bruise the size of Africa along my left side.
    I can just see it "Ara, the Traveling Motorcycle Chef", the best engine baked cuisine around. What does Filet Mignon taste cooked on the bikes exhaust pipe?:rofl
    Keep well and let me know when you are in the area.
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  11. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    Greg, how about looking at the sites that take groups, where we can have the whole site for ourselves. That will be cheaper than the $17 per night. I listed a few of them earlier.
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  12. Gerg

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    Ok, I give...

    I took a look at French Gulch Group Campground. It's 250 per night. That's 500 for Friday and Saturday. So at 17 per night that's roughly 15 sites. However, there is a $5 per extra person per site at the $17 rate. Not sure but you MIGHT be able to get by with the first two under the $17 rate.
    One more thing about the group. If someone wants to come a day early or stay a day later, it's only $500 to do so in the Group Campground.

    It's too damn confusing. I quit...

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    Lots of slope that doesn't show in the picture.

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    There are plenty of "improved campgrounds" that have no showers, are further from town, and pit toilets. They're either free or $5 a night. Some have water, some don't. Most are the pack your garbage out style too.

    Like I said, I give.

    There IS one more option. Grumpy Bear's over in Kennedy Meadows. I know some folks who have stayed there and said it was OK. They are closed right now and there is no phone that I know of... I'll do some searching.

    Gerg
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  13. Dick

    Dick Its a big old goofy world

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    Thanks for the legwork greg :thumb - I don't care if the site is primitive, pack in pack out, etc... I am used to backpacking so as long as there a pit toilet so i don't have to dig a hole with a hangover i am cool. :deal

    If it is pack in pack out i will drink more bourbon instead of beer :evil It's not the site that is important it is the company :nod
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  14. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    It is purdy out there!!!! Thanks for feedback, Greg. I wish I can take a break and take a ride out there.

    As Dick said, the company is what it is all about.

    Maybe that rafting place Pierce was talking about should be investigated more?
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  15. pierce

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    That was Rodger-err-AceRph's suggest back on page 3, actually
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1023153&postcount=29
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  16. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    So, I took a ride out to this place yesterday to see what it is all about. I like it a lot. The little hamlet of Kernville is about two miles away and has all amenities. Here are some pics:

    The general camping area:


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    One of the camp spots:
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    The Kern river just a stone's throw away:
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    They even have a Jo Momma bus:
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    I asked the owner about quiet times and he said that he will make us food, bring in some kegs and if we do not break things or cause too much of a disturbance to the other people we can party till the cows come home.

    John, the owner, will create a quote for 40 people on Thursday, and 80 people on Friday and Saturday night. A light dinner (Tacos, etc) for Friday night and a full tri-tip BBQ on Saturday night. That is for some time end of March, beginning April.

    I will share the pricing with you.
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  17. pierce

    pierce Ex Tourer

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    sounds like JoMomma kinda place! wooot :thumb

    eagerly awaiting the quote... :ear
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  18. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    Hey Blair..
    I'm down in Santa Maria.. not far. I'm not much of a hard core off-roader anymore.. but I DO ride a lot off road.. just slower now!
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  19. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    I got the quote for the food only just a short while ago.

    They will do a "light" dinner (Tacos, etc) on Friday for $12 per person and a "Tri-tip, beans, corn, salad" type BBQ on Saturday night for $15pp.

    The bummer is that they want a 50% deposit 2 months in advance with the other 50% a month in advance. Their cancellation policy is quite strict. I know it is very difficult to get commitment for a group of us that far in advance.

    The camp sites are $30 per site for up to 6 people per site. I am not sure how we will fit 6 tents into those sites.

    What do you guys think, something to pursue further?:ear
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  20. Mully

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    I'm in. :thumb

    I think we need to pick a date and post an event notice.

    We'll need GS routes: anybody know what time of year the FS roads are typically open up there?

    mully
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