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Old 03-24-2010, 11:14 AM   #16
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What's the dirt like down there from what you remember?

Looking at the weather forecast we've got rain and showers
next week starting Wed thru Friday - Saturday and Sunday
are too far out yet for weather.com.

Wet clay might make things real interesting.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:28 AM   #17
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Is it possible for the dirt to be a combination of sand and clay?
I have been there in the dry season and it was dusty with an inch or 2 of sand in places. I have been there a week or so after rain and there were still lots of puddles making me think of the clay??
Anything is possible, but unless there is alot of rain, it shouldn't be bad.
I have only ridden my GS there and for the most part the roads were pretty good.
David, I will try and make it for a Saturday adventure! There might be some people on SBR that would join on this, seems to be some D/S interest??
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:18 PM   #18
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There might be some people on SBR that would join on this, seems to be some D/S interest??
This looks like a lot of fun, Bob. Unfortunately, that is SBR's dirt day at H.H., and I volunteered to help. Another time, perhaps. BTW, that improved creek crossing can be real slippery, when the water is slow moving. . . . . . .






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Old 03-24-2010, 04:39 PM   #19
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Rain next week? I got a set of Sahara IIIs on the scoot right now... was hoping to run them until Kernville @ end of April.

Shall we start making detailed plans? Such as a start time on Saturday morning for exiting Mercey HS, crossing Little Panoche Road (Co. Rd J1) and entering Panoche Hills?

I should also put a note on this: only plated bikes are allowed in these BLM areas; sorry, no dirt bikes. That is what the signs mean at the entrances (per BLM manager in Hollister).
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:54 PM   #20
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Friday, 3/26 ...

Hi All,

I can't make the 4/3 date [committed to help at a track day at Infinion on 4/4], but am heading down to Mercy Hot Springs tomorrow and hope to explore the Panoche/Tumey Hills Friday and Saturday and then head towards the Carrizo Plain after that ...

We'll be on KLRs, if anyone else is going to be around ... wave as you pass us ... my bike has an ADV sticker on the front ... may be checking out the Panoche Inn on Friday night ...

I'll try to report back on the road conditions in the Panoche Hills when we return ...

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Old 03-26-2010, 07:03 AM   #21
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Looking forward to the scouting report SFMCjohn

For those of you showing up Saturday morning for the ride, what time sounds decent:

0600

0800

1000

meaning how does 0800 sound for a target? Folks that are at Mercey will be prep'in for the ride, with a departure slightly after 8am.

I hope there is several hours of exploring in Panoche, then lunch at an as-yet undecided location, before another few hours in Tumey, followed by some road-sodas at the Panoche Inn and a blast back to Mercey for those staying another night.

Now that I think of it, I am not sure two nights at Mercey are necessary... who's thinking what?
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:01 AM   #22
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I've got Friday off so was hoping to ride down mid-day, set up camp
and maybe do a little exploring. Then kick back in a hot tub and
relax.
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:05 PM   #23
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I've got Friday off so was hoping to ride down mid-day, set up camp
and maybe do a little exploring. Then kick back in a hot tub and
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Excellent plan. I am working on my departure time too.

EDIT: I am trying to confirm a post-lunch departure from San Jose. I estimate 2-3 hours to Mercey, depending on routing and dawdling.

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Old 03-28-2010, 10:03 AM   #24
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I have transferred the BLM's current open roads map (from the PDF link in post #1) to my topo map and I will see if I can get these into MapSource - Bob, are you going to be bringing your GPS? Anyone else? It would be nice to have the capability, so we can stay legal...
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I'll have mine along on the ride.
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Old 03-28-2010, 06:38 PM   #26
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I have a GPS but I just bought it and still learning how to use it. It's just got the basic map in it right now, until I get the money for a topographic disc. Is Saturday still the planned day?

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I have a GPS but I just bought it and still learning how to use it. It's just got the basic map in it right now, until I get the money for a topographic disc. Is Saturday still the planned day?

Jason.
Saturday April 3rd, 0800 prep at Mercey Hot Springs.
- Crossing Co Rd J1 and entering Panoche Hills, exploring green lines.
- Lunch at Panoche Inn (unless someone raises another nearby option).
- Heading up Panoche Rd (Jackass Grade) and entering Tumey Hills, exploring...
- If time allows, a quick trip to New Idria & moment of silence for Clear Creek.
- Back to the Panoche Inn for a cold one and ?
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- Lunch at Panoche Inn (unless someone raises another nearby option).
If you like real Mexican soft taco’s and burritos, just on the other side of highway 5 off of Panoche rd there is a roach truck that caters to the big rigs.
She is there during the week, I suspect she is there everyday. For 3.50 she has a very simple but tasty Asada Burrito.
It is a fun loop for me going down there but part of it is getting one of her Burritos. And then having lunch at Tumey Hills.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:45 PM   #29
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If you like real Mexican soft taco’s and burritos, just on the other side of highway 5 off of Panoche rd there is a roach truck that caters to the big rigs. She is there during the week, I suspect she is there everyday. For 3.50 she has a very simple but tasty Asada Burrito. It is a fun loop for me going down there but part of it is getting one of her Burritos. And then having lunch at Tumey Hills.


Maybe THIS is it?
Una Mas?
I'll have to dig thru THIS one...


I'll offer this idea as an option - there is a taco truck near my work that makes me miss my trips to Mexico.

EDIT: while I was looking, I came across this:
http://mototrip.wordpress.com/
containing the best place to eat in the Hollsiter area:
http://www.flapjackscountrycafe.com/
a bit far from the Panoche Hills, but worth a stop if you are in that area.

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Maybe THIS is it?.
Yep, I think so. I was there is February too and she wasn’t there. The field she parks in had been flooded and the big rigs could not get in. Anyway, she was there last week.
The dirt part of Panoche rd is in great shape for my GS and the Tumey Hills were as Green as Green can be

I have seen the Taco truck on Russell and Ness but have never stopped. He has not been there on the last 3 or 4 times I have made that loop
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