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Old 10-13-2020, 11:53 AM   #586
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thats some gourmet cooking there haha especially for how remote that place is. I was amazed how well you rode the Vstrom back up from Buck Island Tim that was awsome. The big bikes are so much fun in the dirt lets do it again soon
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Old 10-13-2020, 02:50 PM   #587
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SFMCjohn, your pics are awesome! I can't see your first set for some reason so I'm doubling down on some of the food shots..

A first for me is Moto Camping with Cast Iron pans..
Thanks Cabrito, I tried linking attachments from another thread post, guess that does not work ...

Like your cast iron pics better than mine, anyway, your's capture the campfire/firepit more ... noticed if I click on your pics they link me through, and I can check out the rest of your pics ... you have a great artistic eye, imo!

looking forward to next time!
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Old 10-22-2020, 05:36 PM   #588
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Had lunch at Buck Island today to make up for me missing the last ride there. It was glorious fall day with the aspen(?) raining their leaves in the wind. And I love this ridge, I feel like I could be anywhere in the world, with it's 360 degree vistas, really stunning.
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oops, here's buck island:

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Old 11-06-2020, 01:36 PM   #590
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Just wanted to post that I went back out to Buck Island last Friday for All Hallows' Eve Eve. I got to drop down into Buck Island in the quickly fading light.

The moon was amazing.



I woke up to the low 30s instead of the expected low 50s.
("Red" is in the hammock; "Green" is outside)



And since it was dark, I didn't get to see these until the next morning. Not sure how long they'd been there. About 3.5 inches across...



I then proceeded to meander my way up to Saint John Mountain for my first time, sleeping in a much more pleasant 54 degrees (really, the 32 wasn't bad at all!).

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(I found out about both Buck Island and Saint John Mountain via BARF!)
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haha, so awesome ... great pics and loved the vid coming down.

super impressed you got your streetbike up to the top!

no trees at the top of Mt St. John for the hammock? did you have Buck Island all to yourself yet again?

thanks for posting, jelly I wasn't with you, weather looked epic ...
such classic Mendo NF scenery.
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Old 11-06-2020, 03:10 PM   #592
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I was happy to get the vid(s) going down. I just need to not talk or make noises while doing so.

The whole time going up Saint John, I was thinking "Haven't I seen people commenting on the climb up? What the heck? Am I missing something?" I was missing something - the final stretch was a doozie. If I'd been on my own I probably wouldn't have tried it. I did get double-bounced at one point (also bottomed out, losing yet another kickstand foot) and was thankful to a) make it up in b) one piece.

The tippy-top didn't really call to me for camping. And I didn't want to attempt sleeping without first finding out whether I would live or die trying to get back down (turns out getting down is cake, even if only relatively speaking).

When first trying to go to Saint John, my GPS directed us onto a crazy-ish OHV trail out the back of Davis Campground. We decided half-way up, "Nope!", and we were somehow able to turn around mid-trail/hill and get back down without dying. We eventually figured out we were supposed to be on the main road.

I was at Buck Island by myself (minus the cat, if those prints happened while I was there), and then I met Ilo in Clearlake Oaks on the way up to Mendo.

I'll be sleeping near Walker Ridge Saturday night for another version of the Mendo loop on Sunday. It's supposed to be in the low 30s when I wake up again

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haha, so awesome ... great pics and loved the vid coming down.

super impressed you got your streetbike up to the top!

no trees at the top of Mt St. John for the hammock? did you have Buck Island all to yourself yet again?

thanks for posting, jelly I wasn't with you, weather looked epic ...
such classic Mendo NF scenery.
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Old 11-06-2020, 03:15 PM   #593
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I was happy to get the vid(s) going down. I just need to not talk or make noises while doing so.

The whole time going up Saint John, I was thinking "Haven't I seen people commenting on the climb up? What the heck? Am I missing something?" I was missing something - the final stretch was a doozie. If I'd been on my own I probably wouldn't have tried it. I did get double-bounced at one point (also bottomed out, losing yet another kickstand foot) and was thankful to a) make it up in b) one piece.

The tippy-top didn't really call to me for camping. And I didn't want to attempt sleeping without first finding out whether I would live or die trying to get back down (turns out getting down is cake, even if only relatively speaking).

When first trying to go to Saint John, my GPS directed us onto a crazy-ish OHV trail out the back of Davis Campground. We decided half-way up, "Nope!", and we were somehow able to turn around mid-trail/hill and get back down without dying. We eventually figured out we were supposed to be on the main road.

I was at Buck Island by myself (minus the cat, if those prints happened while I was there), and then I met Ilo in Clearlake Oaks on the way up to Mendo.

I'll be sleeping near Walker Ridge Saturday night for another version of the Mendo loop on Sunday. It's supposed to be in the low 30s when I wake up again
well, you're my hero for getting to the top.

your GPS should have an SFMCjohn BS detector. you know I always take the KLR/Honda Accord way ...

it's that second ledge on the way up, just after the first one, that gives me pause. I usually stop where you guys had a brief confab on the way down in the vid ... pretty short walk from there.

will you camp by the radio tower on Walker Ridge, with the view out to the Sutter Buttes on a clear day?
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Old 11-06-2020, 05:10 PM   #594
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Nice pics and vids. Where is St John Mtn? M1? Thanks.
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Nice pics and vids. Where is St John Mtn? M1? Thanks.
it's above the StonyBARF group campsite, about 1/2 hour climb on a KLR ... suitable for catching the sunrise/sunset ... it's an in-and-out, on it's own.



kind of a difficult map, but St. John peak is in the red circle, Fouts Springs/Grey Pine is right above the pink square on the bottom, and you can see Stonyford/East Park Reservoir to the RHS ... that's M5 heading straight north above the first "John" on the bottom of the map, intersecting with M10/Fouts Springs Road.

Once you spot Mt St. John, it is very prominent irl, because it stands out by itself on the eastern edge of the Mendo NF ... very easy to see as you approach Stonyford and even from I-5, I think ...

you guys are usually too busy doing single-track, but it's an easy evening ride. actually, wouldn't be surprised if you've been up there already ...
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Gotcha this the radio tower that folks ride up to. I've been up there. Thanks.
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exactly ... would've been much easier for me to just say "the radio tower!"

good example of the disconnect between ADV/KLR riders and plated dirt-bike guys ...
I seldom know what you fast guys are really talking about.
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