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Old 08-11-2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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Wicked Sally and msbiaca have a one night stand...

So this is officially msbianca's first adventure ride!

She was miffed that she couldn't make WMRS last weekend, so we decided to do a quickie one nighter up around Sonora Pass in Stanislaus National Forest for her to get some quality riding in.

These are just some random shots and not too much dialog or anything, but since these are the Sierras, screw the words, there is enough indescribable beauty not to be muddled up with silly prose.

So off we go!

Heading out across the San Mateo:



msbianca surviving the hurricane force winds going over the bridge:







You could see the city as well:



Nothing to report going through the central valley as, well, it is the central valley. Here are some shots as we get to the mountains.



















We stopped for dinner at a great pizza place called Mia's. She reminded me to take pics of the meal, but we were both tired and hungry and the sun was setting, so it slipped my mind.

So here is where it gets cool and she proved her mettle. The sun went down and of course I had no plans of a place to stay. I figured we would have gotten further up the pass, but we left late (big surprise) and the sun went down quick. So now I'm on the hook to find a place quick as the headlight is not exactly of the desert racing variety on the WR.

So I just head us off on a forest road that was on the GPS. There was a camping sign on the road there, so I figured, "eh this will be easy". Oh dear.

After 5-10 miles of dirt track some of which was pretty technical, we get to a clearing that looks like a good spot. Someone had been there before (but not for a long time) as there was a fire pit. So we set about getting camp set up and a fire going. I'm a pathetic boy scout and she had to start the fire while I got the tent and everything up and ready.

Then we got a couple nice night shot pics:





Sunrise the next morning before taking off:





Breakfast!



Lots of bees (thankfully no mosquitos):



Heading down:













And then she just leaves me in her dust:





So I take a pic of me:



Right when we get back to the road:





On the road back:













Going from the nice mild temps of the altitude down to the valley where it was HOT! So we stopped for a hydration/wake up/fuel break:



The endless groves on 120:



Back to the barren central valley:











Another stop for fuel in Pleasanton:



Then back over the bridge:





Home!



The City in the distance:





There were some other really cool pics I wanted to take of the planes coming in to SFO, and their shadows on the bay as we went over the hump in the bridge, but wind was high a few cages spooked me, so no dice.

Then we finally made it back, safe and sound!
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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Looks like a fun trip! I just rode Sonora Pass a couple of weeks ago on my way to Oregon. Awesome!!
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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Great pictures, Thanks.
The Yamaha looks like fun on the twisty roads.
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:31 PM   #4
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ahh...how cute.

and she can out-ride you int the dirt?
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:41 PM   #5
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nice

Finally you get to ride the bike after it being bought for you in the first place!

Sweet! Perhaps now you can force that lanky twit to get on the move on time or you can just leave in front

Wonderful to see you on the front, no more motion

Nice ride too!
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:00 PM   #6
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Great pictures, Thanks.
The Yamaha looks like fun on the twisty roads.
Ask G Funk how well it does in the twisties...

I actually put a toe down on it last week going up to Alice's...
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:03 PM   #7
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Yup - lots of fun. And we left late because I couldn't figure out if I was ready to embark on the "adventure" thing on my own bike. Aside from getting tossed around by the wind, and hanging on for dear life so as to not get blown off the WR, it was fun.

The ride down to the campsite was a bit nerve wracking in the dark and not really knowing how the WR handled in the dirt but the next morning was so much easier.

Now I just have to figure out a much better way of carry some stuff on it so I don't have to carry the backpack - will save the shoulders and back of unnecessary fatigue. Oh, and try to keep increasing the distance so I can hang with you guys on some of the longer rides...you'll just have to go "slower" than usual as the little 250 does well but can't keep up with all that power you guys have.

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Yup - lots of fun. And we left late because I couldn't figure out if I was ready to embark on the "adventure" thing on my own bike. Aside from getting tossed around by the wind, and hanging on for dear life so as to not get blown off the WR, it was fun.

The ride down to the campsite was a bit nerve wracking in the dark and not really knowing how the WR handled in the dirt but the next morning was so much easier.

Now I just have to figure out a much better way of carry some stuff on it so I don't have to carry the backpack - will save the shoulders and back of unnecessary fatigue. Oh, and try to keep increasing the distance so I can hang with you guys on some of the longer rides...you'll just have to go "slower" than usual as the little 250 does well but can't keep up with all that power you guys have.

HA! See? It wasn't my fault!!!!!
















For once...

Oh and another positive of going "slower" (like we were going slow) was that even when we got back down to sea level, I was getting 47 mpg on the pig.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:24 PM   #9
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Fire restrictions are in full effect in all of Stanislaus NF. You got lucky that FS didnt hand you a nice $5k ticket. For future refrence check http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/index.shtml before coming up. After the first good rain then you can have fires at dispersed campsites. Otherwise if you want a fire and a forest order is in effect you have to stay at a improved("developed") campground.

Here is the official forest order:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/law/2008-08.pdf
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Fire restrictions are in full effect in all of Stanislaus NF. You got lucky that FS didnt hand you a nice $5k ticket. For future refrence check http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/index.shtml before coming up. After the first good rain then you can have fires at dispersed campsites. Otherwise if you want a fire and a forest order is in effect you have to stay at a improved("developed") campground.

Here is the official forest order:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/law/2008-08.pdf
Thank you very much for the heads up and the link. We both weren't sure. We tried one site that said restrictions (nothing other than a burner) was aloud. However, when we got off on this road, there were no signs.

When we went up to El Dorado a couple months ago, we were fine as long as we had a permit (now carry one) so I thought with no signs, we were OK.

There was a great fire pit already there, but to be safe, I even killed all embers prior to retiring for the evening, just to be sure since I love the area too much to be disrespectful.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:03 PM   #12
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Hope to see you at more events. Love to watch out ride the Long Tall One. Maybe you can muzzle that boy so us older fellows can get a little sleep at said events.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:36 PM   #13
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Now I just have to figure out a much better way of carry some stuff on it so I don't have to carry the backpack - will save the shoulders and back of unnecessary fatigue. Oh, and try to keep increasing the distance so I can hang with you guys on some of the longer rides...you'll just have to go "slower" than usual as the little 250 does well but can't keep up with all that power you guys have.


You mean to tell us that LTS actually made you carry stuff on your bike while he had that luxury-liner class bike with all of the room?
Jeez, whatta guy.......................


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Old 08-11-2008, 06:42 PM   #14
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Go girl!! Thanks for sharing your duo ride
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Somebody has highwaters!!!


Nice little trip!!!
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