CENTRAL California Spodefest

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Any suggestions for when/where? Somewhere in the middle would be really nice. Maybe Clear Creek before it gets too hot? What about someplace in the mountains above Fresno - anyone got any recommendations? We could always do Tahoe or California Hot Springs. Kennedy Meadows is a drive & half for us Northern folks.....

Anyone, anyone?

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Hey its about time. Those midwest guys have been having to much fun :)
 

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Any place with camping and trees sounds good to me. How about Georgetown on Bald mountain? Stonyford maybe? Clear creek is fun, just need someone familiar with trails to lead groups at the creek.
 

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Two things:

1 - I'm not up for organizing a Spodefest in the true sense of the word - ie Midwesterners/Casey, Ill.

2 - Somewhere central is the operative word. We didn't go to Gorman 'cause it's a 6 hour drive from Santa Rosa. I'm sure there are SoCal folks that feel the same way about Elkins Flat or Stonyford :( Clear Creek seems to be the logical choice unless someone can identify a place on the eastern side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Dates: someone familiar with Clear Creek chime in - when does it get to stinkin' hot & dusty to ride Clear Creek? Clear Creek dust is not a good thing - naturally occuring asbestos comes to mind....

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How about Miami creek if not Clear creek. The map shows it as north-east of Fresno. Clear creek was warm and dry yesterday, I guess it will only get worse with time.

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I've been to Miami 4 times, but always staged at a fairly rustic (unimproved) area just off Highway 41. It is about 1 hour from Fresno and close (15 minutes or so) to the south gate of Yosemite National Park. Hotels at Oakhurst or Bass Lake are maybe 15 to 25 minutes away.

There are a two decent staging areas/campgrounds, but they are further off the Highway than the area I've staged at.

Elevation is maybe 3,000 - 4,000+ feet, mostly pine trees. The trail network is OK, medium sized, maybe 60 miles of trails.

Quality of the trails varies a lot. Due to the soils in most of the area, erosion and ruts are a problem. There are a few really fun trails but some of the good ones have short stretches of nasty, steep rutted hills that might be a bit much for beginners.

Here is a link for more info:
http://www.offroadrider.com/wher/ccal/miam.html


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Spodefest.....sounds like a good time. Last Oct. I put together a ride (Nor.Cal Spodefest) up at Elkins Flat. We had a really good turnout. The weather was perfect and it rained a few days before the ride.

If this is going to happen the ball needs to get rolling. The weather is going to start warming up quickly and the ground will be drying out as well. I was up at Elkins Flat today look at a training area for my Marine Reserve unit. There is STILL plenty of snow in the mountains. A few more weeks of sunny warm weather will speed up the melt.

I would LOVE to head this up, but I have way too much on my plate right now. I'm moving from Sacto to Lodi, Ca. and my retirement from the U.S Marines in May and starting a new job, so I will be not much help.

From the members that post here on DRN from California were about divided between Nor.Cal and So.Cal. I can't shed any light on riding areas in Central Cal.

Keep in mind the the lower elevation riding areas will not allow Red Sticker bikes.

More to follow........

I'd like to see another ride late in the fall up in the mountains.




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Since 7 of us are interested why not make it April 7,8 at Clear creek, 1st staging area inside park. I'm just throwing around thoughts and dates. Every weekend is good for riding in my warped, scheme of life. Maybe by April I'll have Ktm cylinder back and can give the Xr4 a rest.
 

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I was hoping a little more towards May. I apologize, when I saw spodefest I just figured a large event requiring a ton of planning.
 

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Ditto to what RMjeff said. I'm moving into my new home in mid April, but I do have my priorities..... so when do we ride :)
 

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Originally posted by thumbs:
Ditto to what RMjeff said. I'm moving into my new home in mid April, but I do have my priorities..... so when do we ride :)
oooooohhhhhhhh. I see in Kali's post calling for May 12-13. I will be moving that weekend.

Man I really wanna make this happen. Why oh why is everything working against me. :)
 
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What about May??? I am going to throw this out to everyone. May 11,12&13, Elkins Flat, Ca. on SR88. The weather sould be nice and mild and there is camping near by at Pipi Valley and at the staging area. The trail net work will support all types of riders skill levels. D36 does not have any races over that weekend so there should not be any conflicts.



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