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« on: February 04, 2018, 11:26:18 pm »

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2018, 02:33:45 pm »

In recent years the NorCal coastal mtns have been reliably rainy and sparsely attended. John Day/Baker City have been dependable, but I nearly froze solid on the way up a few years ago. We’ve never been to the Southern Sierras - some great roads from Sequoia NP south. Sierra Rally used to be based in Porterville which gives good access to roads but the town is iffy - maybe Visalia. If the lack of snow persists, central Sierra passes could open early.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 07:56:25 pm »

I rode into Yosemite NP today up to 6,000' and there was NO snow anywhere.  If this keeps up the Sierra passes may open earlier than usual and the towns around the foothills should be nice and dry and warm.  Rides over one pass and back over another can easily be done in less than a day with plenty time for stops and pics.  I would post a pic of Yosemite Valley but this frikkin website doesn't allow jpeg pics.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2018, 05:10:48 pm »

Just checked a lot of the web cams along the Northern Sierras, from Tahoe up through Lassen. Not a lot of snow to be seen.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2018, 06:46:28 pm »

Well, my organizationally inclined friend, how do we er ...  rofl Lmao ... you, ... go about gathering the “few” who must ride, herding said scarce and fragile thingies, undt create the Meet hoff our dreemz?  
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2018, 11:19:48 am »


Well, my organizationally inclined friend, how do we er ...  rofl Lmao ... you, ... go about gathering the “few” who must ride, herding said scarce and fragile thingies, undt create the Meet hoff our dreemz?  
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Somehow, I think you were referring to me! LOL  Bigok

First, I think we ought to select dates and a locale. For me, some time in late May I am considering a trip to the UK for a bit. So, I'd like to keep that in mind. I also have a commitment on June 4 that I cannot escape.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2018, 11:24:56 am »

Snow ought not to be a big concern this year:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/weathermatrix/webcams-show-stark-difference-in-california-snowpack-2018-vs-2017/70003892
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2018, 03:07:42 pm »

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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2018, 06:49:18 pm »

Dragging this one out for old times sake.  Sierras in mid May?  Sounds interesting.

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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2018, 12:50:23 pm »


Dragging this one out for old times sake.  Sierras in mid May?  Sounds interesting.

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Could be. Go to Caltrans and look at their web cams. Not a lot of snow up there this year.
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2018, 11:39:11 am »

Sierra snow pack was only 20% of normal as of last week. I doubt snow is going to be much of a factor there this spring - drought seems to have set back in across the region
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2018, 11:56:10 am »

I am likely going to be going to the UK this Spring, late May, so I am thinking I will be out for this one.
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2018, 12:10:39 pm »


I am likely going to be going to the UK this Spring, late May, so I am thinking I will be out for this one.


Tell me you're going to Duxford Air Festival 2018!!!  

https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-air-festival-2018
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2018, 08:23:33 am »

It is getting pretty close to Spring. This year I have MUCH more time than in the past. I have ride plans set up with motorcycle buddies already but I would like to see some of you again, or for the first time, this year.
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2018, 12:04:31 pm »




Tell me you're going to Duxford Air Festival 2018!!!  

https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-air-festival-2018


Dang, that looks fun. However, I am not sure I will have the time to get there, as I fly in the 18th, back the 27th. It is also mid term break, so my sister will likely have a ton of stuff planned for her family and I to do (camping in Wales, etc). But I may just have to go up on the Thurs before, and come back the Sat. It would be cool to attend.
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« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2018, 01:05:33 am »

Here is a suggestion for dates.  Smile

May 31- June 3rd, This is the weekend after Memorial Day. Camp grounds are typically not as crowded, Everyone went to the Lake/Beach/Mountains, etc etc, and camping the previous weekend. Traffic is lighter and easier to navigate the twistys.


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« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2018, 09:35:06 am »

I support this proposal.  Bigok
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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2018, 10:31:01 am »

I support the support of this proposal.



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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2018, 12:25:27 pm »

I support the support of the support of this proposal.

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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2018, 01:18:13 pm »

That is a lot of support!
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« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2018, 06:18:33 pm »

Sounds good to me.
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« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2018, 11:05:08 pm »

Where?
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« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2018, 06:10:19 am »


Where?



Check this place out between Auburn and Placerville, CA.


https://colomaresort.com/



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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2018, 10:57:24 am »





Check this place out between Auburn and Placerville, CA.


https://colomaresort.com/



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That place sounds real nice. The only "hook" in the bait may be the Southern location. I'll go with the crowd's decision though.
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« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2018, 05:05:33 pm »

Might be an interesting place. Kind of pricey except for the “Boom Town” Cabin’s. Restaurant doesn’t mention beer or fried food but there’s the Coloma Club not too far down the road. The passes are reasonably close.
It’s a bit early to decide on a central Sierra location - March and early April sometimes bring lots of snow which would delay pass opening - snowing like hell at the moment. There are some great roads in the foothills but I’m only familiar with a few - need some local knowledge.
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« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2018, 01:11:59 am »

There are some great roads in the foothills, but if the passes are closed there goes the major draw for the area.
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« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2018, 07:27:52 pm »

Hmmmm.... M.Brane's offspring graduates on Thursday, May 31, but it's in Visalia and Auburn/Placerville would be within striking distance. Three Rivers has motels as does Visalia. We often stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites downtown which is within walking distance to many bars and restaurants. There's covered parking but no pool or anything like that.

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« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2018, 11:47:20 am »

Definitely out this year. I have a commitment on June 4 that I cannot escape. Have fun one and all.
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« Reply #28 on: March 11, 2018, 07:59:37 pm »

I'll be out in New Mexico third week of May, and am considering continuing west to Sacto to visit rellies and friends if I can swing it $-wise. That would at least put me in the right place at the right time, so I'll watch this space.  Cool
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« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2018, 11:09:17 am »

I would love to come to the WCRM this year, but I am still having flashbacks to 2010 when I froze my ass off in the rain. Hell, there was even light snow on the way there.

I know the timing is because of the potential National, the BBBBQ and whatever else. But it still annoys me that I have to worry about rain when riding in “sunny” California.

Is everyone still happy with May/early June?


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« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2018, 12:16:01 pm »

Well, as luck would have it, my issue that would have required me to attend a trial June 4 has been settled, so it looks like I ought to be free for this shindig.

Please excuse me for seeming ignorant, but are the dates still set for May 31 to June 3? Has a locale been specified?
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« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2018, 12:14:40 pm »

If we go with the Auburn/Placerville suggestion, then we will likely get some good riding in.

I checked the snowpack levels yesterday, and they are currently at or under 50% of historic norms. While there was snow in March, it was no where near what they were hoping for. Web cams on CalTrans are showing a distinct lack of snow, and the highway closures map shows most roads are open. There is potential for some nice loop rides.

So, the question is, are peeps gonna attend? And do we stay in Auburn or Placerville? More hotel options in Auburn.
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« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2018, 03:16:24 pm »

If we are thinking of riding the passes, a bit further south might be better. We were in Arnold in 2012 and it was quite nice. Food, lodging and it’s on hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass).
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« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2018, 03:17:37 am »

The Calaveras Big Trees SP is just east of Arnold and their north grove is well worth the walk.  The local news tonight said the Tioga pass thru YNP will open tomorrow the 27th of April!  Highways 108 & 4 can’t be far behind.  88 has always been open and there’s very little snow on the summits anyway.  89 over Monitor pass should open as well connecting 4 and 395.
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« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2018, 12:04:03 pm »

I just checked Arnold out on Expedia. Ouch! Hotels there are pricey! Unless someone knows of a cheap hotel there.
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« Reply #36 on: April 27, 2018, 03:18:40 pm »

Yikes, you’re right! Seems things have changed since 2012.
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« Reply #37 on: April 30, 2018, 01:49:30 pm »

Placerville, Auburn and Rancho Cordova all look to have reasonably proced hotels and motels? Preferences?

Do we even have a head count?

Will the dates be May 31 to June 3 as suggested by some?
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« Reply #38 on: April 30, 2018, 02:49:04 pm »

Well Placerville is kinda close to Grass Valley (sort of in the country) but Auburn and especially Rancho Cordova are in highly populated areas (Sacramento area).  Is that the kind of area where everyone wants to meet?  BTW, I spoke with park management today at YNP and despite what the local news said about opening highway 120, the park said they can’t say exactly when the Tioga pass will open even though there is no snow on the road.  Glacier point road was opened and is now closed again for example.  The other popular Sierra passes over 108, 4 and 89 are still closed even though they too do not have any snow on the road.  The roads north of Grass Valley and up thru the Quincy area should all be clear except for 89 thru Lassen NP which usually stays closed until June sometime.  
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« Reply #39 on: April 30, 2018, 03:48:35 pm »

This is where we stayed in 2012 - http://www.arnoldlodgeca.com/

Looks like it's available but avg $120 per night for 2 qeen bed room.
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« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2018, 11:03:51 am »


This is where we stayed in 2012 - http://www.arnoldlodgeca.com/

Looks like it's available but avg $120 per night for 2 qeen bed room.


Nice looking place, but with the current exchage rate that is getting up over 150.00 a night for those of us on the North side of the border.

So far people have mentioned the following venues:

Visalia
Placerville
Auburn
Coloma Resort
Three Rivers
Arnold

Things to consider:

1. Need cheap hotels
2. Need cheap booze
3. Need cheap eats
4. Proximity to good riding
5. Ease to travel there

Shall we pick a place pronto and start looking at local hotels? I have already booked the time off. I am GOING to go riding somewhere, and would prefer if we can get this meet sorted as I like hanging around other slightly abnormal people  Lol
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« Reply #41 on: May 05, 2018, 02:00:33 pm »

The Sonora and Ebbetts passes have opened, highways 4 and 108.  The Tioga (120) is clear and should open soon.
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« Reply #42 on: May 05, 2018, 05:00:44 pm »

Those routes look gopod to me. Now, where to stay? If we are going to do 4 and 108 and any other raods in the area should we rack out in Angels Camp or Sonora or another place nearby?
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« Reply #43 on: May 05, 2018, 10:03:07 pm »

Has anyone thought of the east side of the Sierras on 395?  Those coming from the south could ride 395 all the way on the east side or take several two lane foothill roads on the west side and cross up and over.  Since all the passes except for 120 have opened I’m taking advantage of it and riding over 108 to NV just across the border on Monday and then back over 4.  There’s a nice Super 8 there and it’s location is great for all the Sierra passes as well as Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City and Reno if anyone’s interested in that area.  There’s a casino there too.  The Super 8 is actually on Topaz Lake south of Gardenerville.
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« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2018, 12:33:46 pm »


Has anyone thought of the east side of the Sierras on 395?  Those coming from the south could ride 395 all the way on the east side or take several two lane foothill roads on the west side and cross up and over.  Since all the passes except for 120 have opened I’m taking advantage of it and riding over 108 to NV just across the border on Monday and then back over 4.  There’s a nice Super 8 there and it’s location is great for all the Sierra passes as well as Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City and Reno if anyone’s interested in that area.  There’s a casino there too.  The Super 8 is actually on Topaz Lake south of Gardenerville.


What is the name of the town with the Super 8?

Seems the thread has died some. No one seems really interested.

If we can peg a specific locale, I will finish research into hotels to get this thing firmed up.
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« Reply #45 on: May 07, 2018, 02:54:09 pm »

I will riding home from way south that weekend. Might catch folks Friday night depending on where.
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« Reply #46 on: May 07, 2018, 03:40:15 pm »

The Super8 is in Topaz Lake, Nv. There seems to be only one restaurant in town at the other hotel- Topaz Inn. I’ve no idea if it’s good.
I’m not 100% sure I can make it, but will try if something happens.
There are quite a few hotels with availability in the Sonora- Jamestown area, but several of the inexpensive ones
have few rooms left per Hotels.com. Lots of eating/drinking there.
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« Reply #47 on: May 07, 2018, 04:37:08 pm »

The Country Inn in Sonora has quoted 79.00 per night for the 30th through the 3rd. They will not block off rooms. Seems like a good deal, and close to some of the nice roads in the area. Any other ideas?
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« Reply #48 on: May 07, 2018, 04:42:47 pm »

The Mother Lode in Placerville has rooms for 67 a night. I vote for Placerville. It's on US 50 and lots of good looking riding there.

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« Reply #49 on: May 08, 2018, 04:47:32 am »

Both of your alternatives sound fine to me. Is anyone else interested?
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« Reply #50 on: May 08, 2018, 04:10:50 pm »

Let's call it Placerville, then. Mother Lode Inn. 67 bucks a night or there abouts.

I'll start up a sign up thread.
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« Reply #51 on: May 09, 2018, 10:54:26 am »


Let's call it Placerville, then. Mother Lode Inn. 67 bucks a night or there abouts.

I'll start up a sign up thread.


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