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Old 05-01-2013, 08:56 AM   #316
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Anyone got an inflator (and vinyl patch kit, just in case)?

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:28 AM   #317
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[QUOTE=K. L. Rocket;21308413]Anyone got an inflator (and vinyl patch kit, just in case)?


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I have a 12volt electric pump and a portable deep cycle dry cell battery. The pump is designed for inflating car/moto tires. I'm not sure if i have the right air valve adapter to inflate the floating beer station. I'm guessing it will need one of those universal rubber cone shaped air chucks. I'll check when get home this afternoon and report back.

I'm still not sure when I'm going to arrive at the rally. My plan is to stop by the site of the 8 hour mountain bike endurance race at boggs mountain (near cobb on rt175) Friday late morning to pre-ride the course with some friends. What's still undecided is when I will leave boggs. Its probably a 2 1/2 drive to lake pilsbury via potter valley from there. I may camp at Boggs to watch the race start Saturday morning and drive up after that.


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Old 05-01-2013, 09:41 AM   #318
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Ravine,

I don't think it'll quite take 2 1/2 hrs from Boggs. I'm thinking may 1:45. You might
also think of going straight up to Upper Lake and in on Elk Mountain Rd.

As long as your not pulling a long trailer.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:43 AM   #319
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:49 AM   #320
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We'll have plenty of hot water for whatever you bring for hot drinks.

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Old 05-01-2013, 10:14 AM   #321
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Ravine,

I don't think it'll quite take 2 1/2 hrs from Boggs. I'm thinking may 1:45. You might
also think of going straight up to Upper Lake and in on Elk Mountain Rd.

As long as your not pulling a long trailer.
Thanks Dean. Are you sure sure going via Upper Lake is the best route? Last time I went that way I found it to be steep, bumpy, and dusty slog. I'm not towing a trailer but that's still the kind of stuff a 2 wheel drive 6000 pound diesel van hates. But it's been a while so road conditions may have changed. Potter Valley may be a longer drive but it's a lot smoother if I recall correctly.

By the way, is there anything else I can bring to the rally? I will still have room inside for any smaller items we may need.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:38 AM   #322
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Ravine,

I rode the the first part of Elk Creek earlier this year just past Penny Pines.
It was super easy, on a bike.

With the van could be a different story. Of course the road in from Potter Valley
could be good or bad. I'm going in via Potter Valley.

Maybe some of the folks who've ridden up there recently could chime in.

Gillafunk, are you there?
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:04 AM   #323
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Anyone got an inflator (and vinyl patch kit, just in case)?

I really do not see a need for one.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #324
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There will be several old school roll charts of this route available, too. You'll need your own roll chart holder, scissors, tape and a back-up map.

This is my first shot at creating a roll chart and I simply transcribed the Google directions. Be aware that it has not been pre-ridden, so it's acuuracy and passability have yet to be tested.

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I have a Garmin gdb and gpx files of this route. PM me with your email if you want a copy.

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Bear Creek, Hot Springs and Lookout Loop, approximately 70 miles

A = Fuller Grove Group Campground: 39.439607,-122.969306
B = Forest Route M10/18N01/Bear Creek Rd: 39.304019,-122.933407
C = Bear Creek Crossing/Rice Fork: 39.32726,-122.871075
D = Hot Spring: 39.290053,-122.82114
E = High Glade Lookout, elevation 4843’: 39.2096109, -122.8111038
F = Pine Mountain Lookout, elevation 4400’: 39.367009,-123.020398
G = Fuller Grove Group Campground: 39.439607,-122.969306

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Road conditions: here.

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Bear Creek/Rice Fork cossing can be challenging. Polarized sunglasses help you see beneath the surface of the water to choose your best line.
The hot spring is on private property, but you may be able to see it from the forest road.
Lookouts are below 5k', but still may not be accessible due to snow; this route will get you close, though.

Can some early birds pre-ride this with a bold n00b ride in mind? Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #325
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There will be several old school roll charts of this route available, too. You'll need your own roll chart holder, scissors, tape and a back-up map.

This is my first shot at creating a roll chart and I simply transcribed the Google directions. Be aware that it has not been pre-ridden, so it's acuuracy and passability have yet to be tested.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:17 PM   #326
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I'm gonna say that I was channeling JoefromSF.

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Old 05-01-2013, 02:38 PM   #327
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ShortFatSally came up with me a few weeks back. He drove in through Elk Mtn and out via potter valley. All this in a jeep towing a pop-up with no problems at all.

Potter Valley way is doable in a car if you don't drive like a meth-addict. I cant recall what Elk looks like.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:08 PM   #328
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K L Rocket,

The better way to do it would be to create a gpx file of the routes that you could email to people or post a link to. It would require a mapping program, but it is pretty easy to do and is easier to manipulate. We used roll charts (Write2ride) and GPS routes/tracks (on my bike) for the TAT and the GPS is a lot easier to use and more people have GPS than roll chart holders. The other thing about roll charts is the lack of availability of roll chart holders. The $20 models from RockyMountain ATV and other sources are junk, but there is no "medium grade" model, the good ones start at about $120.

Maybe that is something you all could discuss for next year and get a few volunteers to get tracks over the weekend and post them up for next year.

Have fun! I'm still jealous that I don't get to go!


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Old 05-01-2013, 03:25 PM   #329
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My calendar just reminded me MNFR was this weekend. Sad I'm not going to make it, looking forward to the after photos!

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:53 PM   #330
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Sorry, I don't know much about GPS, but surferbum already took care of that anyway. That said, the Sheetiron still uses roll charts and so do some other local dual sport rides, so a lot of folks around here already have roll chart holders.

For those who don't know what we're talking about. Mine is probably 'junk', but it's holding up fine.

Yeah, I'm hoping my small attempt at route creation sparks others to contribute likewise, so we'll see what happens.

You'll be missed!

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K L Rocket,

The better way to do it would be to create a gpx file of the routes that you could email to people or post a link to. It would require a mapping program, but it is pretty easy to do and is easier to manipulate. We used roll charts (Write2ride) and GPS routes/tracks (on my bike) for the TAT and the GPS is a lot easier to use and more people have GPS than roll chart holders. The other thing about roll charts is the lack of availability of roll chart holders. The $20 models from RockyMountain ATV and other sources are junk, but there is no "medium grade" model, the good ones start at about $120.

Maybe that is something you all could discuss for next year and get a few volunteers to get tracks over the weekend and post them up for next year.

Have fun! I'm still jealous that I don't get to go!


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