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Sierra Opener

santacruzrider

Member
Member
I'm pining for some Sierra scenery and have been contemplating a High Sierra four-pass ride as soon as they get the roads open.

Anyone interested in joining. I'm thinking about setting a base in Angel Camp area Friday and Saturday nights with Saturday loop on 88 past Topaz Lake to 108 and Kirkwood (maybe a quick side trip to Tahoe) and Sunday loop up Hwy 4, then down past Mono Lake and 120 through Tioga and home.

Open to reversing any loops (or changing combinations) if others have a better formula. Even open to making Sunday a bigger day and a Sunday stay in Angels Camp or setting the entire basecamp or one night in the Eastern Sierra if that works better for others.

Thinking about doing this as soon as the roads open. Currently no projected time, so quite possible it will be in June. Doesn't need to happen first weekend roads are open, but maybe a week or so after as planning allows.

Any takers?
 

Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
I am in!! Love those passes!! Let's get a good turn out for this if we can!

:motonoises:  :motonoises:  :beerchug:
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
Date is TBD. Those passed are NOT open and there is currently no projection on when they will be.

A guess from some past years when there was this much snow is sometime in June, but we'll have to wait to see.
 

CaffeineMan

In the shadow of the Valley of Death
Member
I used to live in Reno and rode those passes regularly.  Once Ebbetts (CA-4) didn’t open until July!
 

Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
Any new thoughts about a ride through the passes! I for one am ready! Have a couple of others that may join me especially if it's in September....Let's do it!!

:motonoises:  :motonoises:  :beerchug:
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
I've got an open window the weekend of Sept. 21-22, but I think some of you SoCal folks (and beyond) are headed to Devil's Cut.

How about first weekend in October?    :motonoises:
 

Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
Hi Dan! First weekend in October is good for me! Yes I will be going to the Devil's Cut! That is a lot of fun...hope you can make it! Riding the passes is so much fun ! I am looking forward to it and I think I can get at least a couple of others to play too!

:motonoises:  :motonoises:  :great:
 

OMoaC

Member
Member
Knock it down Dan for the folks that may be not be able to make it for the Devils cut. The Mo' the Betta'.
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
Here's what I'm thinking:  (post modified from original to avoid confusion -- the plan IS coming together)

Friday, Oct. 4: Those who want an early start to the weekend meet at motel (TBD) on west side of Sierra, likely in the Jamestown. So.Cal contingent and others encouraged to meet for lunch in Oakhurst, then ride north on 41, then 49 through Mariposa and Coulterville --  the "Mini-Dragon."

Saturday morning, Oct. 5: Early start with counter-clockwise loop through 120 Yosemite (photo ops at Yosemite Valley entrance, drink stop in Tuolumne Meadows) ride over Tioga Pass (9,943 feet) to Eastern Side of the Sierra -  and then return on Hwy 108 over Sonora Pass (9,624 feet). Back to Jamestown for dinner/drinks.

Sunday, Oct. 6: Counter-clockwise loop up Hwy 88 over Carson Pass ( 8,573 feet) to lunch stop in Markleeville. Group will likely split here, with us Central Cal and Sac folks needing to get to work Monday taking Hwy 4 through Ebbetts Pass (8,736 feet) toward home. The SoCal folks have option of that route or turning southeast over Monitor pass to 395. Sounds like Russ and company may go that route, but toss in a Sunday night stay in the Bridgeport area -- so there may be an option for more cruising for those staying longer.

Thoughts?
 

OMoaC

Member
Member
I like it buddy. Wish I could play. This would be epic. You get ahold of Keith for this? He may be able to get it on the calendar. Nice adventure! Awesome ride! :great: :beerchug:
 

Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
Sounds good to me Dan! I would probably come up Friday with a friend or friend(s)! Those days look great!  Would likely like to stay on the 395 side on Sunday and head home Monday. Sonora or Bridgeport area are fine with me with probably a preference for Bridgeport...so it might be possible to head home Sunday. But that's just me and maybe most riders are coming from the Central to North area. I like the shirt a lot and would be interested! Come on OMC you can make it!  :)  ;)
 

CaffeineMan

In the shadow of the Valley of Death
Member
Enough time has passed that now this is the Sierra Closer.  ;D

I'm thinking about this.  First question is:  Is Yosemite gonna be a parade?  Maybe not that time of year.

Here's our ride Old Man:

- Friday:  US95->NV266(Lida/Dyer)->NV264->US6(Benton)->CA120(Lee Vining)->US395->CA89(Monitor Pass)->CA4(Ebbets Pass)-CA49(Jamestown) - 456 miles from Pahrump, a little more from Hendo

- Saturday:  what Dan said

- Sunday:  CA108(Sonora Pass)->US395(Lee Vining)->CA120(Benton)->back the way we came

You done these roads yet?  I have when I lived in Reno.  They must be ridden if you haven't.  ;D
 

OMoaC

Member
Member
Coupla times  :) Looks like a blast. Need to check time off and tire condition. Wanna.............
 

dgold

Member
Member
This sounds to my liking. . Maybe even coming back Monday.
If someone negotiates lodging please keep me informed.
 

CaffeineMan

In the shadow of the Valley of Death
Member
Cali Cruiser said:
You’ll need a Doctor on site.

The Continental Doctor?

“What sort of movement am I looking at?”
“Well, if you’re looking to heal, then keep it marginal.  However if you still have... business to attend to, take two of these beforehand.  Your stiches’ll tear and you’ll bleed, but you’ll have full function.  Do you need anything for the pain?”
“[Looks at his glass of Bourbon] No I’ve got that covered.”
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
Ride central will be at The Royal Carriage Inn on Main Street in Jamestown.

Address: 18239 Main St, Jamestown, CA 95327

I've reserved a block of rooms, all with private bathrooms and at rate of $99 plus tax per night. The rate includes free wifi, free parking, and continental breakfast for 2 per room

The rooms are a mix of "cottages" which have a queen bed and a fold out couch and upstairs "standard queen" rooms with one queen bed. The cottages represent the biggest discount, down from $130 quoted per night, and I think they have a small kitchen, in case you want to get domestic. First come first served on grabbing what you want.

To reserve a room, call  (209) 984-5271 and mention that you are with the "Concours Owners Group". Unreserved rooms will be released on Sept. 15.

This hotel was selected because it has some key elements, including:
- An onsite restaurant
- An outdoor gathering area where folks can relax and swap lies without necessarily annoying other guests
- Ample parking, including potential for a full row of Connies on the street fronting the hotel
- Proximity to restaurants/bars (4 within a block)

For anyone desiring accommodations options, National Hotel and Restaurant (~$160) and Jamestown Railtown Motel ($90) are both a couple of blocks away.

Also, if you go online and find The Royal Carriage Inn on a travel site, you may see rates as low as $89. They will show the rooms having a private bath, but the owner has told me these rate are only for rooms with shared bathrooms. Not sure what the truth is, so you take your chances but may be getting a deal going this route.

Hope this works for folks!
 

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Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
Yes! Great job Dan!! Looking forward to the adventure! We sure have a super group of riders and people in the Southwest!

:motonoises:  :motonoises:  :great:
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
Here's how the ride schedule is shaping up:

October 4-6, 2019

Friday - a chance to meet up at ride central (The Royal Carriage Inn, Jamestown, CA), do some talking, eat some food and discuss the next days route.

Saturday - Early start to beat the crowds, heading east on Tioga 120 through the beautiful Yosemite NP with stops at Yosemite Valley overlook, Tenaya Lake and Tioga Pass Summit. Lunch in Bridgeport. Return to the west slope on Hwy 108 over super curvy Sonora Pass with more photo opps along the way. Dinner in Jamestown, followed by drinks and lies in garden at The Royal Carriage Inn.

Sunday - You Got Options
  1) East on Hwy 4 over twisty Ebbetts Pass with stops in Murphys & Lake Alpine. Lunch in Markleeville. Then...
- - - a) Return to the West via Hwy 88 over the awesome sweepers of Carson Pass to home
- - - b) Take HWY 89 over high altitude Monitor Pass to Hwy 395 and bail for home (North, East or South)
- - - c) Extend your weekend, ride some Sierra roads TBA (Tahoe, Monitor, Etc.), stay at the Best Western in Topaz Lake - home Monday AM
  2) Go home on Sunday AM (unless you have a morning sermon to preach, this shouldn't really be an option, should it?)

Don't forget to register at http://www.cog-online.org/ClubPortal/EventDetailPublic2.cfm?clubID=1328&eventID=258474
 

Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
Dan I am registered and ready for this fun Meet and Greet! Not sure what I am going to do on Sunday but I will be riding!! Likely staying one more night and head home Monday! May have a few coming from SoCal but we'll see. Thank you so much with setting this up with help from Keith. Been through Jamestown but never stayed there.  Cool town as I remember. I will be making reservations in the next few days. Are we still thinking about having shirts made? Think I can give away a few gift cards to some lucky riders that come for the fun!! See you all there!!

:motonoises:  :motonoises:  :great:
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
I'm cool setting up a shirt design, but shoot me over a contact for a decent printer (if you have a good one you've used). I did a quick search and they looked pretty pricey for a short run order.

I'll need to update the graphic too to have the right dates and pass names. Could also modify it to be a bit cheaper to print.
 

dgold

Member
Member
Signed up. Hoping to leave leave from Valencia on Friday afternoon on the 5. Still have not decided my return. Anyone planning to come by this way I would appreciate company.
 

OMoaC

Member
Member
DGOLD said:
Signed up. Hoping to leave leave from Valencia on Friday afternoon on the 5. Still have not decided my return. Anyone planning to come by this way I would appreciate company.
Check your patch glue  :) :beerchug:
 

Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
DGOLD said:
Signed up. Hoping to leave leave from Valencia on Friday afternoon on the 5. Still have not decided my return. Anyone planning to come by this way I would appreciate company.  Hi David, Good chance I will be coming up your way on Friday. Maybe a couple of other riders too. As we get closer I will send you a message. Be great to see you again!

:motonoises:  :motonoises:  :great:
 

Motomaniac

Street Cruiser
Member
SantaCruzRider said:
Took a crack at creating an event shirt. Black T with large image on back and COG name on front pocket area.

Just under $29 each (not cheap)    :-\

Front:  https://www.zazzle.com/z/pfbgp

Back:    https://www.zazzle.com/z/pfb1h

Thoughts?

Looks like a very nice quality shirt! Like the prints on the front and back. Be nice to get the COG emblem on the front too. Price is a bit high but I am good for one if others want to buy one. Otherwise I still have many COG shirts to wear!! Thank you for checking on it Dan! Appreciate it.
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
I'm betting Russ was trying to ditch you!  :D  But shoot me a PM after you book your room and Ill contact the hotel and see if they can put you in a room that adjoins Russ's so you can give him wake up calls and borrow coffee.  :great:
 

CaffeineMan

In the shadow of the Valley of Death
Member
Registered and reservations made.  Lemme know if you wanna ride up together on Friday, Old Man.
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
Here's a taste of what we have planned for the weekend. This is an excerpt from the Ride Guide we'll have at the event:

SATURDAY
Mileage: 235 miles
Ride time: 5.5 hours

This ride will take us on a counter-clockwise loop down to 120, then straight through Yosemite National Park and Tuolumne Meadows.

After cresting Tioga, the highest driveable pass over the Sierra, we descend 3,140 feet down the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada to Lee Vining. Turning north on 395, we’ll stop at the Mono Lake Visitor Center, then continue north to lunch in the town of Bridgeport.

After lunch the ride gets more technical as we turn off 395 and head towards Sonora Pass on 108. The road here is narrower and paved pullouts are few. Views are amazing. Once through Sonora Pass, we will all gather up at Donnell Vista, just under 6 miles past Dardanelle Resort.

From here the road opens a bit with sweeping valleys but still lots of twists. We’ll make a stop at the alpine Pinecrest Lake campground (there is a lakeside restaurant and coffee bar). Then it’s back on the bikes and more downhill to return to Jamestown.

Here are our planned stops, some brief for a pic and and stretch, others for a snack and to allow everyone to regroup:

Olmsted Point, Tioga Road: turnout on right, 5.5 miles past Porcupine Flat Campground
Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center: on right, 9 mi. past Olmsted
Tioga Pass: National Park exit kiosk, small parking area on right
Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Ctr: on right, 1 mile from 120/395 junction
Sportsmen’s Bar and Grill - LUNCH:  271 Main St., Bridgeport; on left past General Store
Sonora Picnic Area: parking area on right side of 108 1.5 miles past 395/108 junction.
Sonora Pass sign: small dirt turnout immediately after “Stanislaus National Forest” sign.  :great:
Donnell Vista: small gated road on right, 5.7 miles past Dardanelle Resort
Steam Donkey cafe: Pinecrest Campground, lakefront  :beerchug:
Royal Carriage Inn: clean up, dinner

That's the FIRST DAY. More to come.



 

mxhead69

Big Wheel
On the room charges..
I just called and booked a room for me and FTB350, and they charged me $120 per night. It was for one of the cottages, since I really don’t want to share a bed with him, even though he’s really cool LOL. So was the $99 only for regular rooms with one bed, or was that supposed to be the charge no matter which room we booked?
  Either way, we’ll be there!
 

OMoaC

Member
Member
When you folks stop for breakfast order Keith the choriso plate. He really likes it but won't admit it.  :beerchug:
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
Shredder said:
On the room charges..
I just called and booked a room for me and FTB350, and they charged me $120 per night. It was for one of the cottages, since I really don’t want to share a bed with him, even though he’s really cool LOL. So was the $99 only for regular rooms with one bed, or was that supposed to be the charge no matter which room we booked?
  Either way, we’ll be there!

Hey Shredder,
Sorry about that. I just spoke with the hotel and they WILL BE getting you the $99 rate for the cottage.
Sounds like the manager may not have fully communicated our COG rates to the whole staff, but you should be good now.
I'll reconfirm again when I talk to the manager next week.

And just to restate for everyone; if you mention you're with the COG group, you should be able to book either a queen room (one bed) with private bath or a queen cottage (1 queen bed and 1 foldout couch) with private bath for $99 per night.

Looks like about half the rooms I reserved have now been taken. Once the rest are gone, the hotel may not honor the lower rate -- so book now folks if you plan to ride.

Cheers

 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
For those riders looking to make Friday a bit more interesting: There is some nice riding on Hwy 49 north from Oakhurst to Jamestown. I'll be riding east from Santa Cruz and probably joining 49 around Mariposa, so maybe other riders will be coming north and we could meet up.

Also, for those arriving in Janestown with some time on their hands, this is one of the Top 3 towns identified by National Geo Travel for people wanting to experience Gold Country (the other two are Sonora and Columbia -- which we ride through on Sunday).

Here's some info on Jamestown:

Jamestown is a gold-era landmark with a couple of blocks of historic buildings strung along Main Street. To boot, it boasts a train attraction for fanatics, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. The undisputed star of the park is Sierra No. 3, a circa 1891 steam locomotive that made appearances in Back to the Future Part III and High Noon.

Nearby is a historic water tower (which made a prominent appearance in television’s Petticoat Junction).
National Hotel, one of the first permanent structures in this early gold-rush town. The Main Street guest house has been in continuous operation since 1859. The hotel has a restaurant and I expect some of us will at least have a drink there -- if not more.

Also set for that weekend in Jamestown is the annual apple festival. Some of us may be be muling home some pie!


 

mxhead69

Big Wheel
That’s great news, thanks. The manager had stepped out for something so wasn’t available for consultation. I figured they’d make it right somehow.
  I’m really looking forward to this gathering, those hills (haha, hills...) have always been on my list of future rides. Thanks for putting this together!
 

OMoaC

Member
Member
CaffeineMan said:
Registered and reservations made.  Lemme know if you wanna ride up together on Friday, Old Man.
Still iffy Cman. If'n I go prolly ride out on Sat and meet up, Hang out Sat night and home on Sunday. True props though to all that are playing. The SWCOG is strong thanks to you folks.  :beerchug: :great:
 

santacruzrider

Member
Member
Sept. 15 is LAST DAY to lock in motel SPECIAL RATE. Also, shared room NOW AVAILABLE for $55 per night -- very limited offer!  Update: 9/17, room block has been released. No guarantees on getting the negotiated rate, but may still be worth asking if you give them a call. The hotel staff seems very accommodating (see what I did there), so it's worth checking if you still need to make your reservation.

Quick reminder that the special rates I locked in for The Royal Carriage Inn are good through Sunday, Sept. 15. After that I need to cancel the unreserved rooms I am holding. You can likely still make reservations after that, but the motel may go back to their  published rates (which are ~$20 per night higher).

Also, the king cottage with 3 king beds was released to another COG member -- so good for you for scoring a great deal on a crew-size "condo".

3 weeks to the ride -- so make your reservations if you haven't already!
 
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