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Old 05-18-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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Thumb ADV Big Bear Bash 2008

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.

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Old 05-18-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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Big Bear Bash - Part 2

By Noon we were in Apple Valley and ready for lunch. MrMike lead us over to La Fiesta where we all piled inside for some Mexican Food.

Gary and Rob gettin their order on.

From left to right T, John, MIke and Ken grubbin'

fter filling up with tacos and burritos we headed back towards Coxley Rd which would take us back towards Big Bear. Here's a shot of Pablo taking a minute to bow and worship his DR650.

Mr Mike sayin' hola.

A few minutes later I was following Ken and someone (who will remain nameless.... for now.... until I rat him out later ) passed Ken and I like we were standing still. Unfortunatley during this pass a rock was kicked up into the front of Ken's bike creating a very well ventilated front headlight.

We continued back on 3N14 turned left on 3N16 and followed it back to Holcomb Valley. HEre are a couple videos heading back towards Holcomb Valley

We all made it safely back to camp where we found FocalLength trying to work out what was keeping his bike stuck in 3rd Gear. Unfortunatley the source of the issue was not found and FocalLength's weekend of riding came to an end (FYI.. FocalLength went to great lengths to make sure not a drop of oil reached the ground during the open heart surgury on his bike)

The day came to a close with some great conversation and BS'ing around the camp fire. The night was capped off with T bustin' out some freestyle lyrics to the tune of "this land is your land" ..... which may or may not have been induced by a few drinks around the campfire.


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Old 05-18-2008, 07:52 PM   #3
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Big Bear Bash Part 3 - Saturday

Saturday morning ......I heard that K60ST had ridden back to camp the night before with no brakes on the rear of his bike. I headed over to his camp spot and found him working on his brakes.

Sure enough.. his brake pads had liberated themselves on the dirt ride up the day before leaving only the backing plates.

Resulting in a rotor with some pretty good gouges

20 feet from K60ST's campsite there was some work going on to replace a flat on a DR350. From what I understand the owner of the bike had flatted the day before while riding the dirt up to the campground. Rumor has it that after he flatted he somehow found a ride out and then called for reinforcements back at the camp to pick his bike up later that night.

At 9:00 we gathered up for a ride with all the troops. The plan was to split into two groups, each of which would be doing the same route. I headed out with first group of 21 riders, and the 2nd group headed out with steve (AKA K6OST) about 30 minutes later.

The ride plan for the day as to head up Polique canyon (2N09), and hang a left on 3N16 and follow it all the way down to Cactus Flats and Green Valley lake. We would then hang a right on hwy 18 and ride it down to where it intersects 1N09. From 1N09 we were going to head to 1N04 and follow it to Clarks Grade that would take us back up to Big Bear.

Here's a map of the days' ride.

So we headed out.... up Polique Canyon (2N09) and regrouped at 3N16.

We followed 3N16 for quite a while until we crossed a stream about 5 miles out of Cactus Flats.

OrangeHeart crossing the shallow stream





We took advantage of the shade and took a quick break.

Then continued on towards Green Valley lake. We regrouped at the pavement.

Somewhere along the way a few guys took a side route and someone ended up damaging a radiator. Riceless950 rode back to our group and let someone know of the situation and mentioned that that group would head back to the campground. We continued down to Hwy 18, hung a right and rode down to where it intersected 1N09

We headed down to 1N09 and hung a left.

By this time it was about 1:30 and it was freakin' hot hot hot. We stopped a few times along the way at stream crossings to cool down.

Somewhere along this stretch MrMike (who was kind enough to ride sweep on the ride) came to an intersection (where he should have run into another rider waiting for him) and ended up turning down a different trail. A while later at the next regroup spot we noticed his absence and headed back to find him. We did eventually run into him again. Apologies were said and Mike soldiered on.

A few more shots along the route...

It was now around 2:30 and the heat was really starting to hit the group pretty hard. A combination of heat and fatigue started to take its toll.

OrangeHeart had a close call crossing a rocky stream crossing but managed to avert a digger with some quick throttle control. BionicBushwacker also had a small spill a few minutes later.

We continued on towards Clarks grade

A few minutes Later just before a stream crossing Bionic Bushwacker's right foot peg became loose. A few quick turns with a wrench and he was ready to roll once again.

We continued on towards Clark's Grade.

More to come.....

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Old 05-19-2008, 12:22 PM   #4
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looks like a great week end in my stompin grounds wish I could of made it you guys looked hot..I bet a cold one at seven oaks (just past clarks grade) would of hit the spot
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #5
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Excellent report and pics Shlep.

I'm with the second group which wasn't included in your report. I have some pics and will be posting them when I get home tonight.

Big Bear was the place to be last weekend. It was 105F at my house, when it was a cool 70F up there and freezing 40F in the middle of the night.

Since I rode up Friday night, only able to do the Sat ride, but manage to do a full day of riding on Sunday not by choice. Rich and I got lost on the way home, instead of doing a 15 mile short cut, we ended up discovering a nice trail 30 miles long. We were more concerned about our safety than having fun, it was hot, not sure how far our gas will last, and we didn't know how to get out of that place until a jeep showed up and gave us some directions.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:16 PM   #6
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Looks like a great bash and a lucky break on that spike in your rear tire! thanks for the report and pics
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:48 PM   #7
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I remember this shady spot from last year...

Originally Posted by shleppy
We took advantage of the shade and took a quick break.
'cept it looked something like this...

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Old 05-19-2008, 01:47 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Bullseye
I remember this shady spot from last year...

'cept it looked something like this...
Yep. that was the same place where 2WheelsGood and Zig fixed the Husky case with Quick Steel. You guys had just come down the trail below if I'm not mistaken. Crazy stuff !!

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Old 05-19-2008, 02:34 PM   #9
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My photos

I have some photos to add to the pile since Shleppy is doing such a good job with the report. Sorry I didn't get pictures of everyone on the Friday ride but I wasn't paying attention. Special thanks to Shleppy and another rider who's handle I didn't get/remember since they both kickstarted my bike when the battery went dead and I was too waisted to do it myself .
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