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Old 07-26-2004, 09:11 PM   #76
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Hey R-dubb, any chance of making gps tracks available? Some of those sections would make a great weekend ride.
No problem dude. I'll post all the route stuff on my Yahoo site after I've had a chance to clean it up a little bit.


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Old 07-26-2004, 09:54 PM   #77
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No problem dude. I'll post all the route stuff on my Yahoo site after I've had a chance to clean it up a little bit.


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Old 07-26-2004, 10:49 PM   #78
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I'm IN!

...just a matter of when I get my bike put back together...
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Old 07-26-2004, 11:13 PM   #79
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Day Six

We woke up kinda late after way too much homebrew and good food. It was the smell of fresh bacon and coffee that got my attention. It was as if Ron had been at it all night long. The table was set-up with a full breakfast ready to go. What a way to start the day…. You da man Ron. ADVriders have a well deserved reputation for looking out for one another. You've taken that to whole new level. One we'll never forget.









Today was to be Reno. A mere 190 miles to I-80 plus 60 miles of freeway. No sweat for this crew. Rested, ready and hung over…. Berti still couldn't make that SAT phone work, despite many efforts.



The map for today looks just like the one yesterday, and that's kinda what it was. More up and over and down and back up again. Crossing river and dale and highway or two for good measure. This would be a last push across the western slopes of the Sierra after which we would rejoin the PCT and continue north.



Here we go again, shortly after leaving Rt 4 on an easy dirt track we found ourselves here. Weeds in the road generally mean no tracks. No tracks mean dead-end coming soon.



Sure enough….



We checked the map and it looked right. The GPS said it was the right place.



So we pressed on….




Fortunately, we sent TT on up ahead to check things out. The road got worse, and no, it didn't go down to cross the river below. We were on the wrong road, again…. The right road turned out to be a less than a hundred yards away, and yes there was another nice water crossing (Solinsky Crossing) that took us where we wanted to go.

Turned out to be a rough morning. A few miles after finding the crossing, JL was leading and took a turn. We were trying not to stop too often, because dust becomes a problem if we lose our spacing for no reason. He put his hand up to signal for me to wait for the next rider. I spaced out and followed him without waiting. Real dumb. We had had a couple dozen such turns already that day, and I was on auto pilot. Berti and Aaron, who were not far behind, must have gone straight. A hundred yards into the road, I realized it was the wrong road and that I had missed the others. I hauled ass down the other road, but couldn't catch them. Now we were all lost. It was dense woods with steep rocky trails. Great….

I went up ahead just a piece and waited at a bridge with multiple forks on the other side. There was no way to know for sure which direction the others had gone. Fortunately, J-L showed up about ten minutes later. He had gone back and looped down the correct road towards me. We waited a long time… After going back up to the last verified intersection (about three miles) and finding no one, we had no idea what had become of our pals. We got a little pissed, and just a wee bit frustrated. It was my screw-up, and they needed to come back when they realized that J-L was no longer leading. About thirty minutes later they did come back. Yikes…. We knew it could happen, but when it did we were all pretty freaked out. After that, we were all real clear about the tag team rules. It never happened again.

We crossed Hwy 88 and continued north. At US50, Berti downed a couple cans of sardines, gassed and we were back on the road.



Above US50 is some very historic terrain. We took an old cut across from Kyburz called Weber Mill Road. It passed through heavily burned slopes tracking west.









From there we took Icehouse Rd. to Wentworth Springs Rd. and stopped at Uncle Toms Cabin. What a freak show that is. Out in the middle of nowhere, inhabited by drunk mountaineers who must have gotten lost a very long time ago.







We hit the dirt once again and made our way toward French Meadows



Started out nice enough.



Rough.



Rougher.



Too Rough...



Beautiful...





Think J-L needs a new tire?



We made it to Reno by 6pm and had a surprisingly fantastic dinner at the casino restaurant. So good, it was almost French. We smelled really bad, all the cloths were dirty and hanging out in a hotel for the night was just what we needed.


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Old 07-27-2004, 01:33 AM   #80
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Can you give me better detail how to find this road. This last buch of pictures make me want to do this part of the ride anyone want to try it when it cools down a bit?
I'll go wit~cha
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:59 AM   #81
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Old 07-27-2004, 08:40 AM   #82
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Again, it was my pleasure to provide a comfortable camp for you guys. I like seeing people enjoy my food and beer. Plus, you guys were easy. Since you didn't have a decent meal all day, I could have served macaroni and cheese and some hot dogs with Bud Light and you probably would have been happy.

I found the cash in my truck when I went to use my cell phone. When I got home, I unloaded the truck, whistled the dog into the cab, and took off up I80. I tried to head you guys off at the pass, so to speak, to hand back the money. Went down Soda Springs Road to the intersection with the Tevis Trail (the ridge just above French Meadows), but no sign. I think I was a little early, since I didn't see your tracks. I didn't have time to wait for you. But it was still a nice drive, and Lucy enjoyed it.

I can't wait to get the GPS routes......
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Old 07-27-2004, 08:50 AM   #83
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He's incredible for sure I mean the guy wanted to have a beer with us and bring some stuff that we would need along the way. Fine. Then he decided that he would bring food too. Even better!

But in fact, what "vicious Ron" did was to completely and royally treat us for a whole evening and morning In fact for him the work started days ago with finding several dealers and tire suppliers for us, then to prepare and load a FULL pickup of stuff for the camp. You can have a look at some of it on this thread. He told us that he tried to picture himself after several days of riding in hot and dusty conditions and decided to bring EVERYTHING that he would love to have in such a case.

Beer was obviously in the top of the list and he brought 2 of his own excellent beers and had to load by himself this huge bucket of ice for the beers and air containers.

Food was a close second and he surely anticipated that we would be starving. There were many things in the menu but I can't forget those 5 lbs of tri-tip previously marinated and then artfully cooked on the fire . In fact I'm still drooling just thinking about it! Same treat on the morning but I'll let R-dubb speak about it for tomorrow.

Having a place to stay was all taking care of when we arrived with a great site that he reserved and paid for

Removing dust was important too and he brought gallons of water for our Camelbak to clean the dust from our throats, large towels for our showers, rags and Windex for our helmet screens... just to give you an idea on all the "details" he thought about

But the most important was his good spirit and sense of hospitality I mean we were really treated like his guests and I'm ashamed to say that we didn't do much to help since he had everything under control. Stories, jokes, he was the man for that too all along the evening... I swear that days after that night the group was starting to wonder if we had just dreamt about the whole stuff!

So why a "vicious man" then? Well, we obviously proposed to participate for the food and stuff but he absolutely wanted it to be a gift! Then we thought that the strict minimum would be to pay for the camp (ridiculously expensive and 2 nights minimum ) but again he refused and so we hide money in his truck anyway. Well, weeks later I got my Jesse bags back from him and well hidden inside one of them I found the money we had given him Evil, I'm telling you!!!

So you guys must think Ron has been our best friend for the last 20 years to be that generous? Wrong: we met him only once at the ADVrider soiree last July (hell of a ride though ). When I met his wife last week I told her how great her man is but she was already aware of it

Many thanks Captain, you're really The Man!

Before I forget there is one last thing I have to thank you for: the group tried hard to not be too late at our meeting and so in the last 3 hours of that day, we had for once a great and enjoyable pace
Don't worry J-L... I'm already planning my revenge!!!! I will get even with Cpt.Ron!
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:07 AM   #84
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Don't worry J-L... I'm already planning my revenge!!!! I will get even with Cpt.Ron!
Bring it on, TT!
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:14 AM   #85
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Lemme know when you guys go!
Heck I like that . Tom Inte we will have a tour quide. I suspect the recent fires may impede this plan for anytime real soon. TT do you know how close the fire was to this section?
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:37 AM   #86
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Heck I like that . Tom Inte we will have a tour quide. I suspect the recent fires may impede this plan for anytime real soon. TT do you know how close the fire was to this section?
I have not been up there to see... based on the news, very very close. I don't know what's open and what's closed. It's really hot up there now anyway... maybe late this summer.
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:44 AM   #87
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Heck I like that . Tom Inte we will have a tour quide. I suspect the recent fires may impede this plan for anytime real soon. TT do you know how close the fire was to this section?

Putting the 640 back together will impede my plans more ... not a huge deal - I just have to make the time to do it. Let summer sounds possible...
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Old 07-27-2004, 09:48 PM   #88
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Putting the 640 back together will impede my plans more ... not a huge deal - I just have to make the time to do it. Let summer sounds possible...
Yup its too hot now I'll be keeping my street wheels one for awhile
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Old 07-27-2004, 10:10 PM   #90
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Heck I like that . Tom Inte we will have a tour quide. I suspect the recent fires may impede this plan for anytime real soon. TT do you know how close the fire was to this section?
That thought did cross my mind. Well keep an eye out and ear to the track.
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