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Old 04-22-2014, 07:15 PM   #4621
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Great pics, John. I was in MI last week for work and couldn't make it, but for anyone thinking about it, simply amazing view. From the last time I went:


Hey LTS,

Love this pic, thanks for posting!
Every few years the weather is perfect on Easter Sunday ...

see you at the Mendo Rally!
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:36 PM   #4622
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So, the next dual-sport rides for me are:
The Mendo Rally, 4/30 - 5/5
The Sheetiron, 5/16-18
The Funduro, 5/30-6/1

Anyone else planning on any of these
dual-sport/adventure rides?

Be cool to say "hey" to some BAARCers!

see you out there,
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I'm riding The Sheetiron this year (first time for me). I'll be up there with the MotoShop SF crew. We're a few first timers on the Sheetiron. I'll be riding up Friday and the others will be trailering. Any plans to ride up? If so, care to compare notes and maybe join rides? I was thinking Berryessa and Cache Creek up the east side of Mendo to Stonyford.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:20 AM   #4623
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Hey leo_jb and r3r3r,

Can't wait, should be lots of fun!
I'm going to try to be there Wednesday, too ... hope so, anyway ...

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Hey John, what route you taking up?
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:32 AM   #4624
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Laugh Dualsport route to Stonyford/Lake Pillsbury ...

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I'm riding The Sheetiron this year (first time for me). I'll be up there with the MotoShop SF crew. We're a few first timers on the Sheetiron. I'll be riding up Friday and the others will be trailering. Any plans to ride up? If so, care to compare notes and maybe join rides? I was thinking Berryessa and Cache Creek up the east side of Mendo to Stonyford.
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Hey John, what route you taking up?
Hey tedski,

Sheetiron rocks, you'll love it ... I have to come check out MotoShop SF on DeHaro, very cool you are in the city now! I always ride up and camp on Friday, but am thinking (vaguely) about doing the SI on my '73 Triumph Tiger streetbike this season, so I don't think I could keep your DR in sight very long ... ha.

Hi leo_jb (and tedski),

Here's the way I'm going to try to go next Wednesday (4/30) to the Mendo Rally and Lake Pillsbury (to get to Stonyford for the SI in May I turn right at Bartlett Springs/Walker Ridge (instead of left to get to Lake Pillsbury) to drop down to left on Bear Valley to Stonyford) ...



Anyway it is not a very good map, but it shows Napa, Lake Berryessa, Knoxville BLM, Reiff/Rayhouse and Walker Ridge dirt and fire roads and Indian Valley Reservoir ... for the SI ... The blue line goes on to Twin Valley and French Ridge to Elk Road ...

leo_jb, I'm still not sure when I can get away for Mendo ... The gate at Reiff/Rayhouse is still locked, I think ...



Here's a map that shows the jeep trails through Knoxville on the south side of Knoxville Berryessa Road and Reiff/Rayhouse north to Rt 16 ...



And Walker Ridge Road ... a more fun dirt road than Bear Valley ...

So anyway, there you go ...

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Old 04-23-2014, 12:41 PM   #4625
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leo_jb, I'm still not sure when I can get away for Mendo ... The gate at Reiff/Rayhouse is still locked, I think ...



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SFMCjohn - that's more or less the route I took last year. Let me know if you want to ride up together next Wednesday. I'll probably head out late morning. btw, its supposed to be relatively easy to get around the gate these days. Not sure I believe it though.

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Old 04-23-2014, 01:06 PM   #4626
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Hey BAARCers,

This ride was epic, as always ... 500 bikes at Tam Junction at 5am ...
We saw a bunch of ADV Riders ...

sfcootz snapped this 4/20/14 sunrise pic:


Thanks for the pic, sfcootz!



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I'm glad you like it! FYI, I work a block from your clubhouse.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:00 AM   #4627
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I'm glad you like it! FYI, I work a block from your clubhouse.
Hey Sfcootz,

Cool! Wonder where? it's a nice busy neighborhood ...
I'm sure our paths will cross soon ... we're at the
clubhouse every Thursday and are pretty
boring compared to Jo mamma, ha!

see you on the sidewalk,
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:12 PM   #4628
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Mendo Rally IV, 4/30 - 5/5/14 ...

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We have a couple of spots open. Unfortunately we've had some cancellations
due to rider injuries.

So if anybody wants a last minute in let us know.

Some good news. Looks like it's going to be raining there
the next few days but not when we're there.

That should make for great riding conditions!
If you are looking for a ride next weekend, this one is fun ...

Right on Lake Pillsbury at a big PG&E group campsite ... I rode right
through this area my first three or four Sheetirons, only stopping at Soda Creek ... never even saw the lake, ha.

Anyway, super great riding, and one year I saw a couple of black bears ...

Great warm-up for spring Mendo NF riding ...

Here's the link to the thread:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=949437

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Old 04-24-2014, 07:28 PM   #4629
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That's a bummer. Hope you heal up soon.
healing up fast thanks walking good again rash is almost gone and the ribs are jacked but two weeks and I feel good. Todd, I am still on the Mexican drugs, just less
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:36 PM   #4630
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Snowy

Little Ride that was supposed to be dry, became snowy...




RR Here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=973651

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Old 05-05-2014, 01:53 PM   #4631
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Old Toll Road and Mendo Rally 4 ...

Hey BAARCers,

Had a wonderful time at the Mendo Rally this weekend ...
Great ADV Rally, saw a bunch of guys who post here and in the West Forum ...

Leo_jb tells me the gate is unlocked at Reiff Road ...
I had to go through Petaluma to visit Mike at EdCo
(has a KLR cylinder needs a re-bore), so I got a chance to do
Old Toll Road, instead of the usual Reiff Road/French Ridge route the gang did ...

I've been riding past this stretch of dirt road for
years on 175 cuz ima idjit ...



Old Toll Road runs parallel to 175 to the south between Hopland and Lakeport ...





About 15 miles of graded gravel road ... fun ...
Thanks to mootsuno for posting about it so I could find it ...

The Mendo 4 Rally was epic as always, especially when the weather co-operates ...
Hull mountain was open ... I got to ride up a couple of times to watch the
sunrise from the 6800' peak ...



Cruised Anthony Peak ... turned back by a small snow drift a short way from the top ...





A scene from 23N69 a short fun fire road that runs between the
campground at the top of Anthony Peak to M2 ...
bunch of small water crossings ...



Lots of wildflowers on Bentley Ridge ...



M1 winding down to Lake Pillsbury ...



Lake Pillsbury is maybe three or four hours from San Francisco,
with hundreds of miles of fire roads to explore ...

Thanks to mootsuno, SanGJan and everyone who puts on
the Mendo Rally, looking forward to #5!

see you around the campfire,
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #4632
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Great Pics John.... Another great Mendo Rally! Great seeing you again
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:27 AM   #4633
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I've been riding past this stretch of dirt road for
years on 175 cuz ima idjit ...
I dunno, that part of 175 looks pretty sweet...

I have never checked it out. Now I have 2 roads to explore there... Thanks John!

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Old 05-07-2014, 09:38 AM   #4634
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Great Pics John.... Another great Mendo Rally! Great seeing you again
+1 It was a lot of fun - good to see you guys there!
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:49 PM   #4635
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I dunno, that part of 175 looks pretty sweet...
Right now, the pavement on the clearlake side is a bit torn up and has loose stuff. It's still good, but needs work.

The other side, though, is mostly pristine pavement and is hellaciously fun to ride.
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