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Old 05-19-2008, 12:10 PM   #1
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Sally and friends do El Dorado National Forest

Something bxr140 and I have been talking about since we started this whole ADV thing was to hit the Sierras and see why they are there. We've done a couple trips to the Rubicon now in the Jeep, but since we are both 2 wheels only, this is our choice of destruction. bxr and I have for many years engaged in Brice & Ben's redneck adventures, and this weekend was nothing short of another installment.

Anyone who has read my ride reports knows, I'm not much for silly bantor, so let the games begin.

All three of us lined up at unravels place on Friday (only about 2 hours later than we wanted to leave thanks to the defective anal dwelling butt monkey drivers in the Bay Area that even with lane splitting took twice as long to get to his place).



A quick shot of bxr's typical KLR engineering to solve a leaky coolant reservoir. I'd make fun of him, but he (as usual) beat the piss out of his poor killer and no cooling problems (until later....)



This is on the east side of the Altamont Pass about to head through the lovely CA central valley (and it's only 90 something degrees).



bxr showing off the powah of the massive killer and then settling in for the fun cruise to the foothills.





It really is pretty going through there. And all those damn fans make it very windy...



So as usual, we got in much later than expected and in WAY over our heads. Eh, whatever, it's not an adventure if everything was perfect. The plan was to take 88 up to Mormon Emigrant Pass and then off to Silver Fork Road (a forest road more or less) and then one of the obviously less traveled forest roads and get to about 7k feet for base camp and leave all the gear there for riding all day Saturday. Well as we got to the entrance to Mormon Emigrant at around 11, it was closed. Oh , great, all of our backup plans included at least being able to get through on the paved roads. grrrrrrrrrr...

OK, we regroup and just start riding around to find a place to camp. Dude, how can it be flippin' 100 degrees even at the coast and there are stll road closures due to snow!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? It is less than 200 miles from the coast and only about 6k feet. Well, we finally found a trail to go up and see if we could find a place. It should be painfully obvious where this is going... The first victim was bxr.



Yes the snow is holding his bike up. After battling to free the KLR and fighting the pig and unravels' DR to be turned around on a narrow mountain track with the typical huge drop off on one side and steep cliff on the other, we rode around for another hour or so and finally found camp some time after midnight. We had a couple drinks and fought with the damn climbing rope bxr brought forever to string up the food away from the bears. Next thing you know, the sun is coming up and it's time to find Saturday night camp, unload the bikes and do some riding.

The only shot I got from camp that night was the moon coming through the trees. As usual, my lame photography skills don't come close to recreating the beauty. The moon was bright enough that I set up my tent by moonlight.



Friday camp.



bxr coiling the rope from food storage.



unravels whining about it being too early and he had no coffee.



Redneck engineering in full effect for breakfast on the jetboil. Yes those are tire irons.



Top box/cooking surface on the pig.



Fed, well rested (yeah right), and ready to rock, we make our way back to 88 after some more planning. Mind you there are some 2200 miles of roads and trails up in El Dorado, so if you can't make it one way, I'd be pretty confident that you could find either an alternate route, or just another place all together to have some fun. Either way, it is really amazing to even be on the pavement enjoying the beaty up there.









FINALLY we find something open and get off the pavement.



After a few miles we remember that loaded bikes on dirt- knobbies or not- handle like crap without airing down. So we wised up and stopped to get that taken care of.





More to come. The pics are still loading. As a preview, you will see the pig on its side... More than once... Yes, I have concluded that it is not quite as light and easy to toss around as some other machines...
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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Ummmm......We're waiting (tapping my foot).

Looks like a good time so far, keep it coming.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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Beautiful... gotta love the forest riding

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Old 05-19-2008, 01:24 PM   #5
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OK, so I know this is taking a while. I'll have some more to add, including route pics and such, but Mondays are hell for me at the office. So I'll have a bunch to add, but a little of it will be out of order.

Keeping in order, after we got camp set up (those pics will come later today) we unloaded the bikes completely and I took off the fog lights and we just basically took off.

bxr has an uncanny ability to memorize routes and only needs the map and GPS from time to time to reference. So when we do this stuff we agree to where we are going and he provides the navigation, and I provide the tools for doing so. It works for us... sort off... most of the time.

So we end up going on some blue rated trails with some steep inclines and LOTS of dust. bxr binned it first. The trail was steep enough and tight enough that I couldn't get the camera out to capture the killer on its ear, but here is the end result after we got to level ground.





Off comes the tank and the fan shroud had to be completely unmangled. There was a rut on both sides (thanks to the dang ATVs) and a big rock on one side and a root on the other. He saw it, couldn't get on the right line and tried to gass it to get through. You can see how well that worked out for him. I saw it coming up and thought, "oh no, this could go sideways...". If he didn't bin it and I was just pushing through, I would have been the one down then.

Here are a couple shots of where we stopped for repairs.







Then it was my turn.



Tired and just worn out from manhandling the beast all day. I clutched and turned the bars when I should have leaned in and gassed it.

Even more tired a bit further up, I couldn't see where the heck I was going due to the dust and just did my best "Days of Thunder" imitation and "knew it in my heart, Cole" that I could get through and gassed it. After amazing myself at living through that, I come to unravels on his ear, bike sideways in the trail. Thankfully I got woed before using it as a ramp. Again, the trail was way too steep to get the camera out. He got it up and on we went, slipping, spinning, and jumping our way up and down.

Then the dust got thick again and more exhaustion set in on me. The back tire got caught in the right rut, the front tire in the left rut and even with my long legs I couldn't keep it up. It was at a 45 degree angle and I was on the clutch and brake holding the bike up. I tried my hardest but simply couldn't bring it back upright and cried uncle and set it down. I figured my bike was sleepy so I should take a rest too. This pretty well summs it up.



We eventually made it back to a "regular" forest road where we got some decent speed and a little air over some rollers. We worked our way down to the river close to 5 corners.



That's all I have right now. Later today I'll get some retina burning pics of us in the water that was a welcome relief as it was 90 plus outside and the water was hypothermia cold.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:45 PM   #6
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:25 PM   #7
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I was just out trying Morman Imagrant Trail road on Sunday and it was 100 degrees out and a big sign said it was closed. Hard to imagion. Had to go back to Hwy 50.
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I was just out trying Morman Imagrant Trail road on Sunday and it was 100 degrees out and a big sign said it was closed. Hard to imagion. Had to go back to Hwy 50.
We came up from 88. We came out North South Road and up to 50 for the ride home. It was closed about a mile in from the 88 side (route pics later today). Weak sauce. We figured we could wait for another month and then it should all be open. It was nuts as it was hotter in the mountains than back in the Bay Area- we were trying to escape the heat.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:10 AM   #9
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Close your eyes!

The sun has fallen to the earth! Pasty doesn't even start...



As goofy as we look, it couldn't have been better to have been sweating like a pig and not had a shower for a day and a half to finally get some relief from a frigid mountain river. I even iced my aching knees.



Some other pretty shots of the river.







bxr couldn't help but engage in a bit more sillyness.





Saturday camp and us finishing a bottle of Makers despite the mosquitos having their way with us.





Food storage after making cheesecake soup for me (It helps if you read the directions correctly).



More redneckedness for cooking spagetios or whatever it was.



More typical KLR.



Sunset.



As I drift off to sleep to the sounds of swarming bugs all around me.



Since we went to bed at sunset due to running out of alcohol and the bugs were terrible, I was back up at sunrise.



We were only a few miles from the road so packed up and decided to air up here so we wouldn't have to stop.







Yes it was very dusty.





We finally make it to some "pavement".











The reason for the quotes around pavement was that there was a SLEW of debris in the road. This is one example.



There were trees, rocks, water, snow, sand, pine needles, etc. I was too busy playing obstacle course to take more pics.

Then we finally made it to Mormon Emigrant.



unravels and bxr's response to struggling with singles while have the pig power and FI to compensate for the altitude.





Just before getting to Sly Park and Pollock Pines to the Ranger station to get fire permits for the next time we are up, there were a couple really pretty damns.





I should have taken a pic at the ranger station, but we are all ready to get home to a shower and a bed.

We did stop in Placerville for our first real meal in a couple days.



I wished I had taken some pics of San Francisco as I got close, but people are starting to really scare me on the roads, so I didn't want to risk pulling out the camera and lose focus even for a couple seconds.

So that's it. If you get the chance, this is adveture riding at its best as you can find a place and stay where you like and trail ride all you like- this is very rare in CA. I hope you all liked it as much as I did doing it (as usual).
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:46 PM   #10
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Great pix, thanks for the RR.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:21 AM   #11
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well feck...looks like I missed out this time. THAT kind of riding beats desert shit ANY DAY!!!

Next time! Looks like you had a good time and hopefully you impressed the 650 boys on the abilty of the big pygs!
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:46 AM   #12
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From 90 degrees to riding into snow. great adventure. You guys were really having fun.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:12 PM   #13
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Yeah the big beast does well, but let me tell you, I had to take full advantage of being the size I am to be able to make it through the trails.

Chanderjeet, I thought stuff like this was normal for you based on what I've seen from your ride reports. :)

G Funk, we'll be heading back up in a few weeks at the latest to try for a higher elevation, so I'll try to give you more than 24 hour notice. Also, we got the fire permits so we can help ward off the bugs for next time as well.

Karen may be pimpin' the KLR then too as we decided we don't want the tough stuff as much as we just want to explore.
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Old 05-28-2008, 06:55 AM   #14
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Nice nice. Lemme know. I got shit going on, but I might be able to work somethin
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:33 AM   #15
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So what, you wanted me along for....
1. mosquito bait
2. to help you pick up your bike....some more
4. bear bait....do you really think I'd be the slowest runner
5. to teach you how to cook camp food
6. to injure my ribs laughin' at yo ass

Keep me abreast of what your future plans are and I'll see about meeting up with you.
Of course I'll leave a day later to get there when you do.


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