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Old 08-30-2010, 10:00 PM   #166
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Just dont heal as fast at 50 as I used to....Actually rode my Mt bike today and yesterday, on the road, felt good to get out and exercise a bit....The radiator is good, matter of fact it is $580.00 good.....should be here next week. I could not find one used or aftermarket, so i called BMW of fresno and they ordered it and some associated brackets.
Been eying a Yamaha WR250R as a smaller bike for the trails, any comments/experience with that bike? Just thinking.....i also saw the BMW shop in Modesto has a KTM 5XX something for sale, nice price too....hope my wife doesn't see this posting!!!!
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:16 AM   #167
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I'll be headed out again this Friday, 9/10/10 if anyone is interested in riding. Was thinking about exploring Bower Cave.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:32 PM   #168
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Would like to join you but am taking the bike in for some warranty work..in Fresno....Where are the Bower Caves?
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:14 PM   #169
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I'll be headed out again this Friday, 9/10/10 if anyone is interested in riding. Was thinking about exploring Bower Cave.
I would be interested. If exploring the cave, you mean walking around. FS has it fenced but you can get a key from them.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:56 AM   #170
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Would like to join you but am taking the bike in for some warranty work..in Fresno....Where are the Bower Caves?
We rode right past it. It was between breakfast and the snake stop. I've been past it dozens of times, but never stopped to check it out. We were just talking about it a couple of weeks ago, though. We decided that if we ever did a two up ride that direction we might check it out.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:33 PM   #171
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I have never been there, but I'm told that it's just off Dogtown Road. We'll need to stop at the Groveland Ranger station to get a permit and the combo to the gate lock, but that shouldn't take long. I do think it's just a stop and look, I believe it is full of water.

So far it sounds like I'm meeting up with David from the DSROMC group someplace in Waterford.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:53 PM   #172
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:55 PM   #173
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I have never been there, but I'm told that it's just off Dogtown Road. We'll need to stop at the Groveland Ranger station to get a permit and the combo to the gate lock, but that shouldn't take long. I do think it's just a stop and look, I believe it is full of water.

So far it sounds like I'm meeting up with David from the DSROMC group someplace in Waterford.
If you have the new "Atlas" version of the Stanislaus NF map, and if you don't I highly recommend it, it is on page 43 at the very top of the page right next to the designation for county road 1 which is Greely Hill Rd. The unmarked trail starts directly behind the monument for the Old Coulterville Rd. The locked gate/fence is up the trail and back in the trees a bit.

If you have the fold-out paper map and you know how to read the coords it is in quad R18E T2S 19. If you've ridden the Briceburg to Coulterville route before then you've ridden right past it.

It is pretty much filled with water. It's hard to believe that there used to be a resort built on top of it and down inside the cave itself was a dancing parlor! The resort burned and was never rebuilt. It turned into a youth "party" place and a few folks have actually died falling in the many holes feeding the cave system. That and the fact that local Indian tribes consider it a sacred place have prompted the USFS to fence it off with access allowed only if you get a permit from the Groveland ranger station (it's free.)

Wish you were going on Saturday then maybe I'd tag along. I rode the Briceburg Rd Monday and had a blast. I was pleasantly surprised at how few people I saw for it being a holiday and all.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:35 PM   #174
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Sorry, not leaving you out, just saying that so far we are meeting in Waterford. So, if we head to the cave, do you want to meet at the ranger station in Groveland? I'm assuming that you are headed out of Sonora?
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:49 PM   #175
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:54 PM   #176
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I would be interested. If exploring the cave, you mean walking around. FS has it fenced but you can get a key from them.

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Old 09-09-2010, 11:20 PM   #177
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:41 PM   #178
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I'll be headed out again this Friday, 9/10/10 if anyone is interested in riding. Was thinking about exploring Bower Cave.
Ride report: Dogtown, Buck Meadows and home in the back of a truck.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:03 PM   #179
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Clint, just read your ride report. Glad you made it home safe.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:46 PM   #180
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Clint, just read your ride report. Glad you made it home safe.
Thanks, so am I.
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