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Old 09-22-2020, 10:48 AM   #526
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This thread really shows me I'm not doing enough fun stuff on my DRZ, lots of good options in this thread it seems!


turns out having tricks to get me out on the bike has been more important (to me) than what equipment I use ...

for me, as I've gotten older, the annual rallies have been crucial.


The Rodeo Grounds, Stonyford, Oakland Motorcycle Club Sheetiron 300, June, 2012

The Sheetiron really got me organized, because we always camped in Stonyford ... so that was good practice.

BARF Baja worked in recent years, because the idea of meeting up with a group of riders appealed to me. When I went to Alaska, I had the Dust to Dawson rally to look forward to. Did Death Valley ADV rallies in the winterish-time for many years ...

taking a few days off to dual-sport/camp on the way to BARF rallies has also worked ... often ride by myself since camping on the bike is so esoteric, put then meet up with a big group at a motel after sleeping on the ground turns out to be prized ... finally did a StonyBARF, and can't wait until another one.

the motorcycle club has been a trick, too, joining that actually got me into dual-sport in the first place.

idk ... think left to my own devices these days, I'd sit on the sofa.
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Old 09-23-2020, 06:59 PM   #527
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Good call on the annual rallies, they sound like fun! I was hoping to make Stoneyford this year before Covid messed things up. I think I'd definitely benefit from meeting and riding with more experienced folks, and it'd be fun!
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Old 09-24-2020, 03:58 PM   #528
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Good call on the annual rallies, they sound like fun! I was hoping to make Stoneyford this year before Covid messed things up. I think I'd definitely benefit from meeting and riding with more experienced folks, and it'd be fun!


camping out in the Rodeo Grounds at Stonyford with 500 of my closest motorcycle pals is always the highlight of a year, when it works out ...
guess we've had a tough couple of years with cancellations, feels like it's been a while ...

anyway, had some small interest in a n00bie camp-out the Saturday before the next Second Sunday BARF Adventure Riding ride, did a post about that there:
Saturday 10/10/2020

hopefully we'll hear about a fall StonyBARF, too, soon ...
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Old 09-25-2020, 05:52 AM   #529
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weíll see ...

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Old 09-25-2020, 12:45 PM   #531
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my friend, bananachunks, turned me on to this dual-sport ride down by Santa Margarita on 10/17/2020 ... cool area down there, and the price is right for KLR guys ...

always wanted an excuse to check out Brown's Cycles, too ...
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Great stuff John. Lance & I rolled through the Lodge parking lot about 1 On Friday but it was empty. We found the Cabin under the Rock Saturday, and saw some other stuff out there. Such fun riding. Iím surprised we did not cross paths. Explored a few more roads above the Marine base, on the way home. Iíll post some pictures.
Been waiting for Eric B to post up his pictures. Figured I would put a little teaser out there to encourage him
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Been waiting for Eric B to post up his pictures. Figured I would put a little teaser out there to encourage him
ha, so cool!

how was the route in/out to the Cabin Under the Rock?
would it be unwise solo on a big bike?
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how was the route in/out to the Cabin Under the Rock?
would it be unwise solo on a big bike?
It would be tough on a big bike. Some bits of Baja like sand. Then rocky climbs and descents on the last stretch to the cabin. Rocky like the backside of Mt Patterson. Wouldn't do it solo on a loaded big bike.
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In preparation for the upcoming 2nd Sunday Ride, I got some info from SFMCJohn and headed up to Buck Island Campground this past weekend.

That's an amazing area as I'm sure you all already know. It was my first time there, and I'm always on the lookout for BLM that's close to SF, especially with most dispersed camping not allowed in National Forests at the moment.

Berryessa/Knoxville Rd is super fun. Everything is pretty burned out, though. For the most part, everything is windy/grass-burned - burned through too quick to take out the trees. But a lot of black. Up closer to Buck Island, it's like Road 40 is a cutoff. Everything south of Road 40/Fiske Creek Rd is burned, everything north of Road 40 towards Buck Island escaped the fires.

I was the only one at Buck Island. Originally I wasn't going to stay at the spot SFMCJohn spoke of because of rocks, but after checking out the rest of the area, I really wanted that part of the river's white noise, so I found a place for the tent in that area. So many bats swirled around in that little area of water like crazy for about an hour as the sun went down - icing on the cake!

The trash was disappointing - I filled quarter of a 4gal bag from that campsite before I left. Bathrooms were unlocked, but there were too many legged critters hanging around to entertain any idea of using them.

Found a few cool places that are campable on the Fiske Lake (pond) side of Road 40, but I figured it was best to stay out of the blackened stuff.

It's going to be a fun ride on the 10th if it takes place. In any case, I'll go (weather and fires permitting).

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In preparation for the upcoming 2nd Sunday Ride, I got some info from SFMCJohn and headed up to Buck Island Campground this past weekend.
Great recon

I looked on the BLM website, to see if the roads were open and couldn't get a clear picture if the road to Buck Island was open or not. Glad you confirmed it is.

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... especially with most dispersed camping not allowed in National Forests at the moment.
Do you know the details on that? All I could find was that dispersed camping wasn't allowed in the lower elevations, but is allowed in the higher, but what constitutes higher and lower?
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I've only seen anything somewhat specific for Stanislaus National Forest
Front Page: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/stani...d=FSEPRD807380
Order (and map): https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...eprd807371.pdf

Haven't seen (or really even looked) maps for the other NFs.

High Fire Hazard Area (Zone A, generally lower elevation; red areas on map) prohibits:
•No camping in any areas, including dispersed and developed campgrounds
•No overnight stays
•No campfires, propane or gel fuel camp stoves, no smoking materials
•No target shooting
•Visits to day-use areas from dawn to dusk are authorized.

Moderate Fire Hazard Area (Zone B, generally mid-elevation zone; beige areas on map) prohibits:
•No dispersed camping in all areas
•No campfires, propane or gel fuel camp stoves, no smoking materials
•No target shooting
•Visits to day-use areas from dawn to dusk are authorized.
•Camping is authorized in developed campgrounds only. For a list of open campgrounds visit the Stanislaus National Forest web page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus.

Low Fire Hazard Area (Zone C, generally high elevations; green areas on map)
•No campfires, propane or gel fuel camp stoves, no smoking materials
•No target shooting
•Visits to day-use areas from dawn to dusk are authorized.
•Developed and dispersed camping is authorized
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