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Old 10-06-2009, 05:22 AM   #196
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Hey Guys!

I followed your Ride Report when you first posted it, and again want to give you a .

As for sending your orange KTM to the farm, well that was sad.

But hearing that you have a new blue KTM makes it all better.

It's good to hear from you again, and I'm psyched that you are still riding together.

Best wishes.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:58 AM   #197
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h20pumper, kaia and greg - hi guys - thanks for checking in!

It's nice know there's someone out there (I lied - I don't even think my mom is reading this. It doesn't sound like she knows we got a new bike and I'm not telling her!).

I'm trying to write out that route but I lost a page of my notes. Matt didn't have time this morning, but maybe tonight...
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:59 AM   #198
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hey Q,
thanks - great to hear from you, too!
congratulations on the 950 - are you loving it?? Now you'll have to do the TAT again, on the big bike

I took a little break from ADV and I have some catching up to do. I'm so glad that you and Motoadventuregal have started your RR!
I'm off to read...
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:48 PM   #199
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bay area to stonyford and back

Update: I've filled in the gaps with a few more maps and rough directions. When Matt and I were talking about this route, I realized that it's almost impossible to explain it to someone else. Matt thinks I'm wasting my time by trying. This is the best I can do. You have to be able to freestyle when you go offroad. Just get a good forest map from the ranger station and go explore!

The area does get snow, so check the weather. We never remember to. One time we came out and we didn't make it very far on M5 - there was over a foot of snow. We tried for a while but 2up in the snow and ice is pretty shitty. It's about as fun as 2up in silt.

That being said, I take zero responsibility for anyone getting lost or hurt or pissed off trying to follow these directions
You're welcome!

We left the bay area on friday afternoon and spent the night in Sacramento, which allowed for an early start on saturday morning. Friday traffic starts getting sucky any time after 2pm, so I guess one would have to decide if it's better to lane split and spend spend the night somewhere outside of the bay area or if it's better to get up super early and have a really long saturday.

I started to write out these directions and then realized it was easier to just get them from google. Here you go. Print them out or write them down 'cause otherwise you'll be screwed when our photobucket account craps out and the images get lost!

Day 1: These directions start at the Vallejo bridge, eastbound on I-80.

LINK: vallejo bridge to cache creek casino




Update / Alternate route to Highway 16 - Matt refreshed my memory about Reiff Road. So, instead of all that freeway stuff, you could try to take this route: napa to 16 via Reiff Road. You would pick up the route on step #12 (on the above map), where it says to head "north on CA-16 toward Wintun Rd."



We haven't been on Reiff in a while, but last time we had to go around some closed gates. It was a neat road, though.

Oh, here's a thread about the current status: reiff road
Hmmm... you make the call.


We definitely took Walker Ridge, and then Bartlett Springs Road up and around Indian Valley Reservoir. But ignore the milage and the minutes in steps#15-18. If you look at a map, you can see that they squiggle all over and criss cross each other. Just wing it. The only important part is to get to the point where you can catch M5 (see below).


Going from Bartlett Springs to M5 is a little tricky. Google maps refused to do it and then I remembered that we had to cross a river bed. Here's a closer look.
LINK: bartlett springs + M5




This map shows (roughly - we did a lot of side trips and whatnot) how we went from M5 to M10/Forest Rte 18N01/Fouts Spring Rd. I think that white dot is where we missed the turn for Upper Letts Lake. Close to it, at least.

LINK: this map was a real bitch to recreate. whew. I don't know if it's exactly the same, but it's close enough. M5 to M10




Matt really wanted to take me to Letts Lake but we blew right past the turn (we do that a lot). That's the problem with blasting along in the forest. We didn't know if we had enough gas to backtrack, find the turnoff, go to the lake and back, and then still make Ukiah. We didn't. Instead we went to Upper Lake and got gas. He said it's not much of a lake, but we manage to miss it every time and I've never actually seen it.

We played around in the forest for a while and we took a bunch of different roads and trails...so I'm not going to bother trying to figure out the rest of it. From M10 to Upper Lake, you're on your own. You'll have more fun getting lost than you will trying to follow our exact route anyway, right? Getagripgreg suggested Elk Mountain Road (comment #195 - here's the link ) - is that paved or dirt? Matt thought it was paved.

Trail 20 was somewhere off of M5. I'm sure if you look on a Mendocino forest map you can find it. We didn't even have a forest map with us; Matt was going by memory.
Oh, look - you can find them on the interweb: Mendocino Nat'l Forest OHV maps

Here's the google map route we took after leaving Upper Lake - this will bring you to the Hendy Woods Campground. These directions include the f'ed up part from Low Gap Road to where we hit Masonite Industrial and the locked gates. I would suggest finding alternatives for #8-10.

LINK (the linked version isn't exactly the same as the screen shot, but close. you need to fiddle with it, anyway, to avoid the locked gates): hwy 20 to hendy woods campground



We stayed at Hendy Woods Campground It was nice, but pricey. $35 a night, $8 for each additional vehicle. Pay showers (didn't take one, but I think we heard they were $1.25 for a few minutes). Our friends spent the big bucks! There's a cheaper ($15 a night) campground just down the road. I'll let you google that yourself.

There's also camping in the Mendocino Forest, but I don't like to camp too close to OHV areas. I just can't deal with the noise and overall jackassery. I think one of matt's worst camping trips EVER was at Davis Flat, but it was cheap ($5). You can find more info at the Mendo Forest link (see above)

Day 2: leaving Hendy Woods, make a Right on Hwy 128 towards Boonville. Get gas.

Continue southeast on Hwy 128 towards Yorkville. It's about 8 miles to Fish Rock Road. Also look for signs for Mailliard Redwoods State Reserve - you'll be riding through it.

Turn Right onto Fish Rock Road. You'll stay on this wonderful road for 15-20 miles.

It dead ends at Iverson Rd/Old Stage Rd. Make a Left, towards Gualala. Somewhere in there Old Stage Rd turns into Old State Highway. Old Stage/State spits you out on Hwy 1 at Gualala.

here's the google map version LINK: fish rock road to gualala



Turn right for pizza, turn left for great riding. You can find your way home from Hwy 1, right?

I wasn't going to use this (not very interesting video), but you can see parts of Fish Rock Road. I think the pavement ends towards the end of the vid. I added music for your aural pleasure.
here you go:








I'm pooped.
950 vs. 990S still to come...

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Old 10-06-2009, 06:06 PM   #200
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Jeeze, this went on forever. Did you miss me (you being the 3 people who are reading this. hi mom!)? I forgot how long this RR stuff takes. I wanted to add some stuff about comparing the 950 to the 990S, but I don't know if anyone cares.

Well, I guess I do.
So, maybe tomorrow I'll add that. And, I have another video, too.

Hey now, don't alienate the audience. That or you can't count.

Glad to see you guys got a new bike. Guess I was right, you 990 ADV.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:26 PM   #201
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Hey now, don't alienate the audience. That or you can't count.

Glad to see you guys got a new bike. Guess I was right, you 990 ADV.
Hi Mike,
yes, you were right! That's why I called you a "smarty pants" back there in post #187

Oh. No, I'm not so good with the maths, but I certainly don't want to alienate "the audience."


(this is how I picture them)
(hope that's not even more off-putting)

Only kidding, guys! It's just that, with my writing, it's hard to believe those views. Thanks for stopping by and reading this junk!
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:50 PM   #202
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(this is how I picture them)
(hope that's not even more off-putting)

Only kidding, guys! It's just that, with my writing, it's hard to believe those views. Thanks for stopping by and reading this junk!

It's more like this:




Really great ride you guys had and a perfect job of telling it to us!!!
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:52 PM   #203
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On with the show

No offense taken. Now that you have a new bike, when and where is the next big trip? Only you gotta promise no major crashes this time...
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:14 AM   #204
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Are we still watching?!?!??! Of course!

I love reading your take on the ride, the bike, what's unacceptable, how you almost didn't get it, what's not fun, yadda, yadda.

Hell yes!
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:28 AM   #205
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thanks for the maps!

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Okay, I hit some snags in mapping the first day (bay area to stonyford area) and I need matt's help identifying the roads we took to get to Trail 20, etc.

I'll have to come back and edit this mess later.


We left the bay area on friday afternoon and spent the night in Sacramento, which allowed for an early start on saturday morning. Friday traffic starts getting sucky any time after 2pm, so I guess one would have to decide if it's better to lane split and spend spend the night somewhere outside of the bay area or if it's better to get up super early and have a really long saturday.

I started to write out these directions and then realized it was easier to just get them from google. Here you go. Print them out or write them down 'cause otherwise you'll be screwed when our photobucket account craps out and the images get lost!
thanks for the stuff so far! in addition to the screenshots, you could easily direct link us to the directions that you so painstakingly created... click the "Link" in the top right of the map on google maps, and copy paste it here... that way, even if photobucket boots you, it'll still be somewhere.

[ URL=http://maps.google.com?big-long-google-link ][ IMG ][ /IMG ][ /URL ]

or... you could create a "map" of the whole trip in google maps, and make it public. to do so, you just make each "section" of the route the way you want it, and then just below the "destination" click on "Save to My Maps". once it's in "My Maps" you can change the colors of the lines, play with stuff... and make it public. then, just share the whole route.

ie: BigLittleWan 990 first ride

and... because it's google, they'll save it forever!
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:55 AM   #206
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D'oh!

Dammit, kaia! I didn't see your post until I was done.

Thanks for the excellent suggestion, but I'm completely over google and their maps. I hate that stupid hand!!
It really didn't want to show my routes and kept defaulting to the main roads.

Anyway, if you can somehow take the info I've given and make some linky things, have at it. I gladly hand this project over to someone else who is better with computers and more patient with that bullshit. This is not my thing - I'm so not into planning.

sigh.

I do appreciate the suggestion, though. And, really, if you want to make a permanent copy, that's fine with me. Go test it first, though. It's still pretty loosey- goosey right now.

edit: I had lunch and another cup of coffee and I was able to recreate and link the last 2 maps.

Okay - the maps all have links now. hope the MFs work.

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Dammit, kaia! I didn't see your post until I was done.

Thanks for the excellent suggestion, but I'm completely over google and their MF maps. I hate that stupid hand!!
It really didn't want to show my routes and kept defaulting to the main roads.

Anyway, if you can somehow take the info I've given and make some linky things, have at it. I gladly hand this project over to someone else who is better with computers and more patient with that bullshit. This is not my thing - I hate planning.

sigh.

I do appreciate the suggestion, though. And, really, if you want to make a permanent copy, that's fine with me. Go test it first, though. It's still pretty loosey- goosey right now.

edit: I had lunch and another cup of coffee and I was able to recreate and link the last 2 maps.

Okay - the maps all have links now. hope the MFs work.
good job! sorry to make you do all the work! i actually plan some of my rides with google.maps, and print up screen-shots, as i don't have a GPS either. i find that between the satellite view, and the roads, i can get a pretty good plan together. then, i print up overview ones, with a few detail ones when i'm not sure of the route. then, when i get home and write a ride report, i already have the route and just have to make adjustments for diversions. it'll be so much easier once i (and you too!) get a GPS with tracking and software like basecamp... no more futzing with google maps.

here's the link again, with it all on one map. i added a google.maps auto route between M10 and CA20.

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Old 10-07-2009, 04:15 PM   #208
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oh, no.

the linked map for fish rock road is messed up. it defaulted to another road.
crap.

Okay - fixed it.

sorry, kaia - can you fix the link for that big map?

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Old 10-07-2009, 04:43 PM   #209
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*Insert huge F bomb here*

the linked map for fish rock road is messed up. it defaulted to another road.
crap.

Okay - fixed it.

sorry, kaia - can you fix the link for that big map?
done. PM me your email, i'll add you as a "collaborator" and you can edit it.
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:22 PM   #210
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Wow Kaia love the colors on the G Map!
Little Wan thanks for the info I need to keep this for future reference!
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