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Old 04-14-2012, 08:47 AM   #3301
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Laugh Let's Ride ... Hollister Hills

We're off this morning to Hollister Hills ... going to be camping in the Madrone campsite (the last one past the store) ...

Celebrating Aidan's 12th birthday with dirt bike riding ... cake and ice cream and maybe campfire guitar Saturday night ... here's a pic of Aidan from SouthBayRiders.com, from the Wild Piglet Enduro earlier this season:

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Camping is free if you ride a bike into Hollister Hills, otherwise they charge a parking fee for a car ... cheap, when you consider the feds charge over $25 to camp at Pinnacles ... Anyway, if you are on a streetbike, you get in free, too ... (I often camp here on bike trips heading south or on my way home from Baja, etc.) Anyway, you used to be able ride in free ... we'll see ...

We'll be riding down, probably through Alice's, this afternoon ... and then to Hollister ...

See you around the campfire,
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:33 PM   #3302
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Hollister Hills Birthday ...

Here's a map and a few pics from our weekend ride down to Hollister Hills for Lodi and District 36 racer Aidan's 12th birthday party ...



Tired to ride over Mt. Madonna on the way down, but took a wrong turn on Eureka Valley, which I'm used to having a barrier at the top to let me know I'm going the wrong way ... found out where Buzzard's Lagoon is though ... had a nice lunch in Corralitos ...

The crew!

The gang at Hollister Hills on Sunday morning ... ADVers shown are Puddles, Bicycle Phil, SFMCjohn and Lastplace ...



Around the campfire on Saturday night ...



We found our way over Mt. Madonna on Sunday ... coffee at Alice's at 5 pm on the way home, and checked out the bikes in the parking lot ... fun.

My KLR shook down well after the engine-transplant ... did a bunch of loops on Happy Valley, where the seat fell off ... bolts fell out, ha. Going to have to Heli-coil the footpeg bolts tomorrow, and then I'll be ready for the Mendo Rally (after a new chain and sprockets and tires) ...

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Old 04-20-2012, 12:33 PM   #3303
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Old hernandez road passable?

A friend and I (both noobs) are considering an early morning run to hollister to ride La Gloria Rd and Hernandez road.

Are those roads worthy of noobs?

I've done La Gloria once and it seems easy. Never done hernandez. north-> south better or other way?

we'll be on two F650s - one single and another twin.

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Old 04-20-2012, 12:45 PM   #3304
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Never done hernandez. north-> south better or other way?

Old Hernandez is easier than LaGloria (which can have a lot of silt, but is otherwise easy), but Old Hernandez is closed at the water crossing. You can get around it, but you have to veer onto private property, which might piss off the locals.

Personally, I like to stay on friendly terms with the locals as motorcyclists get enough bad press, but you know how well bikers take to being told what to do...

IIRC, I think the current crossing is best done south to north. When open, doesn't matter.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:48 PM   #3305
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Thanks!

Curt,
thanks for the quick note.

I'd prefer to stay out of trouble too. So if I just wanted to try hernandez to the river crossing, which part would be longer - starting from south or north?

assuming its a county road, a GPS incapable of tracks(just routes) should work right?

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Old 04-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #3306
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Curt,
thanks for the quick note.

I'd prefer to stay out of trouble too. So if I just wanted to try hernandez to the river crossing, which part would be longer - starting from south or north?

assuming its a county road, a GPS incapable of tracks(just routes) should work right?

Thanks!

South to north would be longer. But it would also have 8 miles of pavement before the dirt. It's an easy, pastoral ride.

The road should be on your GPS map, but it might not know of the closure.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:15 PM   #3307
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I learned a few things this weekend.

A Miata can haul a snow bike with 2 people and gear up to 7000 feet (just barely).



A KTM LC4 can be converted for snow, with some cursing, cutting, and grinding...



And it even works:



Sort of.



When a bike falls downhill into a snowy tree well, it's a bitch to get out. There's not much to grab onto when the handlebar is 2 feet underground and you can't get a foot hold.

Back on the trail. No OHV sticker required Smoky, it's got a plate



Note to self: pick an area with fewer trees next time.



Back on dry land.



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Old 04-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #3308
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Back from Baja

Ride Report here
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781954
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:25 PM   #3309
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Damn! Didn't think this machine could look any more mean

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Old 04-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #3310
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I put the round rubber things on the KTM and rode through Clear Creek yesterday. It's an awesome time to ride there -- the mud is gone, weather is clear and cool, and the scenery is great. Unfortunately my camera took a dump halfway through so I lost most of my pics in the dirt.

Looking down from Coalinga



San Benito Valley



Cows



Lovin' my new luggage setup. I ditched the steel sub-frame and hard bags for aluminum and a Giant Loop Coyote. I also got the Buckin' Roll tank bag. It's the first tank bag I've used that doesn't flop around and get in your way when standing up. The bed liner on my gas tank seemed to hold up to the straps. I'm very happy with this setup.



This must be a cow's paradise

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Old 04-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #3311
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Looking good john !
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:30 AM   #3312
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This must be a cow's paradise

That is a great picture Looks like the hills are carpeted.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:32 AM   #3313
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Baja, Clear Creek ...

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Hey Just Paul ... Thanks for the Baja RR ... Looks like you guys had a great trip, as usual! That taco'd XR wheel was scary ...
See you in Mendo,
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I put the round rubber things on the KTM and rode through Clear Creek yesterday ...

Looking down from Coalinga

Hi Katumo_jtb,
I like this pic ... Thanks for taking the time to post some Clear Creek photos for us here on the BAARC thread!
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:29 AM   #3314
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Sheetiron Mountain Lookout ... 6507'



Hi all,

Off to the Mendo NF Rally tomorrow, a day early ... here's a link to the ADV thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757208

According to Fred Johnson, who took this pic in 2005, that's St. John Mountain in the background ... There's a list of 501 California Lookout Tower sites, active and abandoned on (I guess) his peakbagger.com website here: http://www.peakbagging.com/Peak%20Li..._Lookout1.html

I've done the Oakland Motorcycle Club's Sheetiron 300 a bunch of times, but never found Sheetiron Mountain, so I hope to find it if it isn't still snowed in, during the next few days ... Here's a link to the ADV thread on the Sheetiron:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=778848

It's sold out this year, but is happening May 19-20th ... 500 of your best motorcycle buddies ... a real gathering of the clan ... hope to see some of you in Stonyford or Ft. Bragg in a couple of weeks, or up in Mendo this weekend ...

See you around the campfire,
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:02 PM   #3315
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