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Old 07-31-2013, 04:24 AM   #4066
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couple suggestions..

From SF... take hwy 280 south, to 92 west, to Skyline south.. to Alice's Restaurant, (Saturday 10 am hundred bikes there.). then south on skyline to hwy 9 south.. take to Santa Cruz.. Then back.. :-)

I am out n east bay, (so you'd gave to take 580 towards Livermore out of SF...but Mines Road is my favorite ride... (North Livermore road South off if 580...) make your way towards Lake Del Valle Regional Park, but turn left on Mines road befor you get there.. and great place Called the Junction..after 45min of beautiful roads.. meet the old husband/wife owners.. have a hamburger or pulled pork sandwich.. (and a cold beer if you dare..).. then on to Mt. Hamilton.. over the top.. (be careful tight turns and steep drops..), then down to 680... to get back to SF..

Fwy's blow around here, I'd suggest getting out at dawn, and getting out of town..

enjoy, be safe.


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I did the ride to Santa Cruz, well almost all the way to Santa Cruz and stopped at Alice's for lunch. Thanks again for the recommendation! I may try heading toward wine country this weekend....
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:42 AM   #4067
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nice! glad you enjoyed. I had fun on it..tho didn't stop at Alice's.. next time.

re north bay.. my buddy lives in Napa, and from Napa, to say Bodega Bay.. there is great twisties.. just take a look on the map..I only kno from Clear lake .. south to Napa, i come that way from family in valley..), but from napa, you can go out (east) 121 to 128, then onto small road, "Lower Chilies Valley, turns to Pope Valley, this is a great route.. no cars, beautiful and fun..turns to Butts Canyon, then exits you into Middletown, (small place, but does have dive bar w good food on main drag.. then go south on 29, you see those squiggly lines, inside "Robert Louis Stevenson State Park? nice..then 29 on out..to either 37 to 101, coming into SF thru GG bridge, or 29 to 80, then Bay Bridge..

only thing.. that's wine country, and if your still up there trying to get back to city at 3-4.... not to great in an air-cooled GS.. traffic can be bad.. but go Sunday am at dawn, and u can be back in SF by 12n.. it's really nice up there..

Bodega bay and coast is good too.. but can be touristy too..

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Old 07-31-2013, 05:25 PM   #4068
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Hey BAARC,

Pic from today's ride ...



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Old 08-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #4069
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Jealous I missed this ride.
Hey mbrick,

I think Catfish heads up there at least once a season ...
it's a pretty easy ride to do on your own from the Bay Area ...
we stopped at the ranger station on Hwy 4 and spent $20 on
Forest Service maps and had an easy time on fire roads ...

Catfish and Rob know a lot of single-track routes up there
(Calaveras Dome is one) ... here's a few more pics:


Water crossing on FRN02, down by Hell's Half Acre Road ...


Lunch on Calaveras Dome ...





So, Calaveras Dome is off FR7N09, just north of Hwy 4
near the Cabbage Patch Maintenance Station ...
miles of easy fire roads and--I'm told--single-track, too.



We found campsites at Silvertip Campground on Saturday night ...
the campgrounds close to Lake Alpine were full in Saturday ...
on Sunday night we found a campsite at the furthest
campground from Lake Alpine's east end ...



I met some very good riders, who had a ton of knowledge
about the area and were generous with
their riding time ... lots of fun ...

I'm heading back up there on August 9-11th to go to
Bungee Brent's Backroads Bash #6 in Long Barn, a 100 mile/day,
two day dual-sport ride based out of Long Barn on Hwy 108 ...
says roll chart is included, so I guess it's a roll-chart ride ...
I'm a map guy, so I think both roll charts
and gPs suck ... ha.

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Old 08-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #4070
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... here's a few more pics:
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Thanks for sharing more great photos John! It was a FUN trip and good to see you again.

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Old 08-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #4071
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Thanks for sharing more great photos John! It was a FUN trip and good to see you again.

Catfish ...
Hey Catfish,
Thanks again for inviting us all along ... Looking forward to next year!

See you soon,
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:00 PM   #4072
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Long Barn, Cal., 8/9-11/13

Hey BAARC,

Where you all riding this weekend?

Cary and I will be hanging out at Bungee Brent's Backroads Bash in Long Barn, on Hwy 108 ... Leaving Friday morning for the Long Barn Lodge ...

See you in the woods,
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #4073
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Bungee Brent's

Be sure and get some pics for those of us who can't make it!
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:44 AM   #4074
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Be sure and get some pics for those of us who can't make it!
Hey motowest,

Will do!

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Old 08-12-2013, 11:23 AM   #4075
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Bungee Brent's Backwoods Bash, 2013 ...

We're off on August 9-11th to go to
Bungee Brent's Backroads Bash #6 in Long Barn, a 100 mile/day,
two day dual-sport ride based out of Long Barn on Hwy 108 ...
says roll chart is included, so I guess it's a roll-chart ride ...
I'm a map guy, so I think both roll charts
and gPs suck ... ha.

In between Lodi and Copperopolis on the way to Long Barn ... Lots of fun riding yesterday in the High Sierras above Long Barn off Hwy 108 ...





Roll charts ... we're having fun now ...


Up above Eagle Meadow ...


Here's a map ... A ton of exploring to be done up here ...


We had a great rock band on Saturday night ...


Lots of this stuff all weekend ...mostly plated dirt bikes ...
Lots of single track, I've been told ... Forget the name of the OHV area
by Eagle Meadow, but it is there ... we'll be back!

See you in the funny pages,
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:00 PM   #4076
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Some awesome pix! Thank you for sharing them.
Hope to be able to join you on one of your trips in the future.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:51 PM   #4077
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Wow, John, I'd really like to come on one of your rides. That stuff is all simple overnighter for me and it looks like you've got a good lay of the land. Big bike or little, I'm down for whenever.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:32 AM   #4078
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Some awesome pix! Thank you for sharing them.
Hope to be able to join you on one of your trips in the future.
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Wow, John, I'd really like to come on one of your rides. That stuff is all simple overnighter for me and it looks like you've got a good lay of the land. Big bike or little, I'm down for whenever.
Hi bikyto and longtallsally,

Thanks for the kind words! I usually try to give a heads-up here whenever I'm off for a ride ... Would love to see you both around the campfire some time soon ...

This thread has sort of lost its way since Todd drifted off ... I like to post here because I think one of the best uses for BAARC is as a place to share some of the best riding close to home ... I grew up back East, so I'm sort of playing catch up here in beautiful California ...

I pretty much do what you seem to do, longtallsally, find a ride on ADV and go along ... enjoyed your posts on DVDays and the WMRS ride last weekend ... Gotta find Funnel Lake!

Here is a link to a post about Mt Patterson ... My pal Ryan has ridden up it a couple of times on a loaded KLR ... Some great pics and a map ...

Anyway, I'd love to see some BAARCers on a ride ... I'm trying to get to Buck Island in Sept or October ... Reiff/Rayhouse Roads ... would be quick and easy ... or a Mt Patterson assault! Maybe next summer ...?

OK, blah, blah ...

see you around the campfire,
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:13 PM   #4079
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Doing bike night tomorrow night at Buffalo Wild Wings at Westgate Mall in San Jose
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:50 AM   #4080
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To the V Strom rider on 17 this AM. Right back Atcha. Your salute had me grinnin. Glad you saw the ADV sticker on my little pick up.
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