I was planning on doing a dual sport ride on August 21-22 up by Lake Almanor , but it was cancelled. It is east of Red Bluff on the California map along Hwy 36. I have a room booked in Chester for Aug. 21 already, and was thinking about going anyway, just to check the area out? It is probably a 4-6 hour ride from Merced though. If you really wanted to get a good day of riding you would need to leave early or, stay a couple of nights? From what the promoter told me you would need to book a room like right now, if you wanted to stay in a hotel.