Sometime back in December, K60ST started the wheels turning for an ADV camping and riding weekend for May 2008. A similar ADV Big Bear gathering occured in 2007 (which was a blast) so the 2008 gig was destined to be a good time as well.
The plan was to meet at Serrano Camground in Big Bear Lakes California and spend May 16th to 18th (Friday to Sunday) riding in the local terrain.
Sooo.. lets get this ride report rollin! (FYI.. I'll have helmet cam video to post soon.. check back in the next few days after I have time to edit and post it)
I rolled into the campground with Ken late Thursday evening, met a few of the crew and setup camp for the weekend.
FocalLength (who was sharing the site) had already ridden up and had setup camp. (that's his black 650 on the right).
Friday Morning arrived (too early
) and FocalLength and I headed over to the Grizzly Manor for some grub.
As always it was maximum grindage for minimum coin. This is the kind of meal that $6.50 gets you.
After grub we headed back to camp for the 9:30 ride lead by MrMike. The plan was to head out for an easy warm up ride out to Apple Valley and back.. a ballpark ride of 85 miles. The specific route was to head up 3N09 (van dusen Canyon), to 3N16 (Holcomb Valley Rd) and hang a left towards Big Pine Flats where we would turn right on 3N14 (coxley Rd) and follow it all the way to Apple Valley for lunch. After lunch we would double back.
Here's an image that shows the route for the day.
Everyone geared up and headed up Vandusen Canyon (3N09). The video below shows a bit of what this section looked like. (IF anyone can tell me how to imbed this video in the report instead of showing a link ... it would be much appreciated)
Eventually we made it to the intersection of 3N16 where we regrouped.
We headed west on 3N16......absolutely beautiful riding.
When we hit Big Pine Flats, we hung a right on 3N14 (Coxley Rd) and continued northwest towards Apple Valley.
Here's a short video which will take you on a short ride down 3N16 to the little creek in the pic above.
Here is a bit of footage on 3N16 as we descended out of the pine forest towards 3N14.
Here's Ken stopping for a quick Photo opp on 3N14.
Somewhere on 3N14, something reached out and grabbed FocalLength's front end and he took a digger. Result was a solid hit to the body and head, some bent bars and a bike that was stuck in 3rd gear. FocalLength decided it was in his best interest to head back so he turned around and rode back to camp as we continued on to Apple Valley.
Just after FocalLength turned back we regrouped. While we were stopped Ken pointed down to my front tire and said "Hey.. you have a big screw in your tire.". I thought he was just messing with me but it turns out that I did have something in my tire.
Lucky for me the screw went through the tread and missed the side wall...we yanked the screw out and were back on the trail in a few minutes.
We continued down 3N14 where the terrain transitioned into a high desert landscape.
Here's a couple short videos showing more of the ride towards Apple Valley on 3n14.