Kennedy Meadows 8/24-25/01

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** I'm posting this for Darla (KTMster) since she is having some difficulties with DRN being slow. Hope some of you can join in. **

We are planning a trip to Kennedy Meadows the weekend of August 25 & 26. We hope that if you don't already have plans that maybe you can come out & ride/camp with us all for a fun-filled weekend of fun and fellowship with other fellow riders.

Below you will find a list of the folks all definitely going or
contemplating. We hope that we can add your names to those "definitely going!"

Sincerely,
Thom & Darla Lyons

Mark Abbatoye & his two boys (Checkers M.C.) Definitely going!
Thom & Darla Lyons (no club) Definitely going!
Alice Bremer (no club) Definitely going!
Dennis & Sheila Patterson (Checkers M.C.) Definitely going!
Kevin, Sue & Amy Hasten (Checkers M.C.) Definitely going!
Dan & Nikki Stoy (no club) Definitely going!
Dean & Tim Alexander (Checkers M.C.) Definitely going!
Victor & Katie Romero (no club) Definitely going!
Eddie (TTRGuy) & Aimee Cser (gospeedracer) Probably going
Buddy & Mary Bosh (Checkers M.C.) ?
George & Frosty Cannon (Badgers' M.C.) ?
Alan & Amy Wright (100's M.C.) ?
Jeff Parker (Lost Angels M.C.) ?
Curt Reeder (Vikings M.C.) ?
Steve Fry (Checkers M.C.) ?

P.S. If you have never been to Kennedy Meadows we have a map that we can fax to you, and if you do not have a fax we can e-mail you the directions. Hope to see you ALL there!
 

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I'm a definite mabye!

After all the good thing that were said about KM at the big bear ride it sounds like this is another ride that I should not miss. And now that I am nolonger required to get a kitchen pass I see no reason why I can't join in on the fun.

GSR - How far is it from Los Angeles area and what kind of accommodations are there for tent trash like myself.:)
 
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It would be great if you could make it Tony. Eric was up there with us last weekend and had a good time. I believe it took him 3.5 hours from Hollywood.
Fish Creek camp ground is pretty nice and if we can secure one of the larger spots several of us can camp together. Troy Meadows campground is just up the road if Fish Creek gets full. Both campgrounds are improved, there are picnic tables, fire pits, water and restrooms. Drag Eric with ya while you're at it. :)

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And now that I am nolonger required to get a kitchen pass
:think Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
 

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Originally posted by gospeedracer
:think Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
At the moment it's a bad thing:( but time heals and in the long run it will be a good thing.:) The worst part is having to sell my home.:( and the best part is all the free time to ride with my other family (DRN).:)

I'll try and see what other So. Cal. DRNers I can drag with me.
 

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Hmmm, 319mi, 6.5 hr., not to bad. Sounds like a good destination for my Aug. vacation, if there's room on the list for a northerner. A ranger gal faxed me some info, just need to figure out how to get there and what campground every one's staying at.
 
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Fremontguy,
It's a crapshoot whether to take 58 across to Mojave or 178 across Kernville and over to 14/395. The drive across 178 is a bit nicer IMO but if I was towing a trailer I'd go across 58.

Brian
 

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I'm pretty sure I'm in. I'll probrably be headingup with thumbs. Does anyone Know the fastest way to go from south OC. I have Yankees tickets on the 24th. so I'd leave early sat am I just have to figure out hong long it'll take and when everyone on else is meeting up. :cool:

Just curious, does anyone know how the fishing is, if any, up there?
 
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Originally posted by scar tissue
Does anyone Know the fastest way to go from south OC.

Just curious, does anyone know how the fishing is, if any, up there?
1) Being south of LA, it's best to take the toll road to Corona, then up 15, 395, as opposed to going thru LA.

2) They plant weekly @ the south fork of the Kern near the bridge, >1 mi. west of and perhaps a second spot futher up near the community of Kennedy Meadows.

Another spot (seen several CEO/Orvis type on the way in) is Monache Meadows; again, on the south fork of the Kern (native fish?). A 4WD is needed to get there, although we (legally) rode in on the ATV/ M/C /4WD trail; my wife & I doubled up. When there last month, we scoped all of the trail spurs, and found one spot further back (north) in Monache where you are virtually alone; you'd need a map so I can point it out.

A third option, and my favorite, is Rattlesnake creek via the Rattlesnake M/C trail; there are native golden trout outside of the wilderness, adjacent to the M/C trail! Some friends & I did this in the early 80's - caught our limit (regular trout fishing reulations apply as you are outside of the wildnerness there). They are awfully coloful, but lose some of their luster @ the lower elevations; nonetheless, small stream fishing @ it's best

GSR, Eel: where's our report?
 
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Originally posted by placelast
GSR, Eel: where's our report?
Not really much to report. Had a great time as usual. Rode more than I have ever ridden in one day. Just over 40 miles on Saturday. I was pretty slow most of the weekend just pokin' along, at one point I actually began to hum to my self. :confused: Rode back of the pack... what am I talking about, "the pack" left me ;) No one played sweep to me this time, which is fine with me but on several stretches of the ride, one in particular, I was riding by myself for days!! Every bend in the trail I expected to see the others resting, waiting for me. Nope. I began to wonder if I was even on the right trail! :eek: I finally got a hold of TTRGuy on the walkie talkie and he assured me they were waiting just up the trail a bit. Had to go up that really rocky section we came down on the way to Monache Meadows during the last ride you led us on up there. :scream:
On the last stretch, Kiwi insisted on riding behind me. (I hate that!) So I figured I better step it up a notch. I didn't want him giving me grief about what a spode I am, "elbows up, yadda, yadda". ;) So I'm really pushing myself flyin down this rocky ass trail. Big mistake, now he tells me he was really impressed, that except for remembering to keep my elbows up I was doing great and that he thinks I'm ready to go on one of his "Kiwi rides"!! Hell No! I'm not crazy!! :p
And as usual it all came to an end too quickly.
 
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I'm pretty sure I can make those dates... might be able to wrangle Jack into it also.

As far as ride report - here's a quick one:

Got up there early Saturday morn around 1 AM ... saw Kiwi's trailer but he was asleep so I found an open spot and hit the hay. During the night I got out to relieve byself and got freaked out when I heard some very guttural growls about 15 yds. from my truck out there in the pitch black. Next morn I released it wa
 

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... realized it was only some dirty old bikers in sleeping bags !

The next hurdle was getting Kiwi to dress - this guy was difficult to motivate so early in the morning - though I guess me being suited up and ready to go at 7 AM was pushing it a bit.

Anyway - they took us out on a 40 miler on Saturday through some really great woods trails. Jackass, Albanita and some others. Lots of fun rock sections and trees to navigate through. I also got to ride some other bikes. The most fun for me was getting to really try out GSR's KTM 200 and Kiwi's GG 300. Thanks a lot you two - that was generous and very brave. They not only let me ride the bikes - they let me blast on their bikes ! I rode both for at least a half hour apiece on some gnarly trails. All I can say is that these are amazing bikes. Kiwi's beat me up pretty good though - very stiff for my weight. Getting back on my XR was a real downer after riding those bikes. Along those lines, someone said "That's why we don't swap w$ves." :p

Once again TTRGuy, Amy and Chris DirtJunkie were great hosts - they cooked up a feast for dinner and a feast for breakfast the next morn.

Anyway, if anyone's interested Jim at Smackover Motorsports in Arkansas has a 2001 XC300 and a 2001 XC to EC300 conversion that he will sell for $5,800 out the door. These were available as of yesterday. He also has an XC125 that he'll sell for $5,200 out the door. These prices include shipping in the continental US. Search for Smackover on the net ... these GGs rock !

I went home Sunday and frankly it was way too short. It's a long drive and I was kinda looking forward to one of Kiwi's torture tours. Alas, it was not to be.

Kennedy Meadows is an amazing place to ride. Red sticker is A-OK all year long and there are plenty of camping facilities plus a general store close by.

Thanks folks - I had a great time.
 
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Can I go, can I go? Huh, can I, can I?;)

Scar, LT, let me know when you guys are leaving. I will try to get dj129 to go with me. Scar, it takes a long time to get up there. About 2 - 2 1/2 Hrs. from here.
 
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