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    Downieville Post-Stoke pic thread

    I'll start:

    I missed the Saturday ride by about 10 minutes at Packer Saddle. I was running late to begin with, and I got pulled over by the local PoPo for crossing the double yellow line. No biggie. Cop gave me a warning and let me go after 10 minutes.

    I got up there, all ready to do a solo ride, and try to catch the group ride. Omar, Gwen and Bob roll up. I joined their ride. We hit Butcher's Ranch, Pauly Creek, Big Bolder to Third Divide... or something like that.

    We had a great ride. No crashes, only one pinch flat. It took us a while to get down to the bottom, but it was a blast.



















    Sorry I couldn't come back for beerz and hanging out. I had to get back to the world, and I had no cell phone coverage to say I was going to be late.

    Thanks again for letting me join your ride, Omar, Gwen and Bob!!

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    Well we have an official Downieville legend. The tour driver was telling us about a guy who on his second run wheelied his bike on the pavement at the top of Packer and wrecked so hard he couldn't do the DH. Hoolie you da man !! Good to meet you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Pitueee View Post
    Well we have an official Downieville legend. The tour driver was telling us about a guy who on his second run wheelied his bike on the pavement at the top of Packer and wrecked so hard he couldn't do the DH. Hoolie you da man !! Good to meet you.

    Oooops!

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    Pimpbot, it was a true epic. I have completely forgotten how freaking hard the climb on Big Boulder is. It was great fun riding wih you! We should totally ride together again, maybe at Joaquin Miller?
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    Heck yeah!

    Quote Originally Posted by rhynolite View Post
    Pimpbot, it was a true epic. I have completely forgotten how freaking hard the climb on Big Boulder is. It was great fun riding wih you! We should totally ride together again, maybe at Joaquin Miller?
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    More pictures please!

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    Full set here:
    Downieville 9/2011 - a set on Flickr

    Hiking to the lookout on Friday night.
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    lovely views on the hike back down
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    Too busy to take pics while riding - a couple of the other fun...


























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    Sat ride pics. Led by bailout who said prepare for lots of hike-a-bike.

    Even with three maps we seemed to have no clear plan
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    1st regroup of about 50. Spring is in full bloom.
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    Ran into another group
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    He said there would be hike-a-bike.
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    switchbaxr!!!!!!! Thanks for the paella!
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    Night time shots

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    Mr Paella!
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    Amazing photos from others!

    Some firsts for me:

    1) I did not do Butcher, Pauley, or Big Boulder. But I still managed some of the best riding in my old age.

    2) I did not hit the two full kegs of microbrew from Auburn Ale Works. But I still got hammered. Both nights.

    3) I hiked for two days. One to the Buttes and one around Mt. Elwell. And had fun...

    4) I rode flat pedals all trip long and lived to tell the tale.

    5) Tripped over a rock while running to take a picture. And messed up my shoulder

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    some photos: Instead of Taco Bell, we had road food at Thai Garden in Auburn. They have the finest beer selection in thai food history.
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    Not even a wheelie! Rear wheel never really moved. Just backwards flat on my arse. First time in Downieville, one run and done (paid for 2 shuttles). Mark (knife thrower), Justin and I had 5 shuttles reserved-Mark did all 5! we hiked to lookout instead. Can't wait to go back. Awesome trip anyway.

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    awesome pics from all so far but a special shout out to d bug for having mad foto skillz yo!

    keep the pichurs coming folks, this thread is the next best thing to being there.

    i'll make it one of these years, i swear....

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    hoolie!!! you are the man.
    despite the misfortune,, served-up THE BEST fire pit pork loin I have ever tasted.

    The only thing better was the forbidden fruit to Deer lake trail back to camp Huck Pitueee and I indulged in after the afore mentioned shuttle ride. "Rock-On Huck!"
    Wish I could take credit for knowing the whereabouts of this bad ass route but "Big Boulder" gave me that apple to eat the day before. What are friends for?
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    Thanks for the rad photo set d-bug!

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    Sat ride pics. Led by bailout who said prepare for lots of hike-a-bike.
    Inspired to tote the dslr along now...just need to find that same chest mount setup you have
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    Looks like an incredible time only if I could have convinced my better half to move her bday.

    Fast Eddy's pictures with Jdub wins!

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    Great shots boys. Wish I could've gone.

    I really liked the pic titled,"Lost" with two riders pointing opposite directions. That should be submitted to Dirt Rag !!
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    some pics to add

    Thank you everyone that was a part of such a wonderful weekend. I met a lot of neat people. Here are some of the pics I took.
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    Just got home a couple of hours ago. Three days of hiking and two days of riding. Sorry to see so many Norcalers leave on Sunday morning. Enjoyed both kegs. Kudo's to Big Boulder and Doug.. Even had some at Dville Outfitters on Sunday afternoon thanks to Big Boulder and Doug leaving them there while they were out riding. Best hike was on Saturday when I witnessed Andy, Big Boulder, Drew, Jake, John and one other crest Mt Elwell from on top of the rocks next to the trail. Took a bunch of pics and will try to post some. North Yuba trail from Dville to Goodyears Bar is sweet. Good climb, narrow, exposure, switchbacks etc. Swimming at Rocky Rest never felt so good. Many thanks to Kyle and Andy for planning this event and being great hosts. Even got a ride in at Auburn late this afternoon in the extreme heat. Ouch...Nice to meet up with Aussie Bob, Huck, Don Despascio (sp), Gaylin, Hoolie, Oolie and family, Socal group (nice folks for sure), Trailseeker, Jrm, Moschika (thanks for the Pliney Growler, Evan, Kyles buddies, Tommy (hope you're ok), SparkyJay, Sarah (glad you make it back ok), and of course Fast Eddie...Hammer time at his finest. Nice pics Pimpbot. I camped next to your riding buddies. Thanks to all for such a good time.

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    Downieville Gatering Adventure 2011

    this year adventure ruled...
    started the gathering Friday for a Bullards Bar point to point ride.


    Downed trees, landslides, missing trail, we move on forward






    With camp set up, we set off to hike to the watch tower...


    Saturday, Lakes Basin day (bonus Deer lake)

    Hike a bike



    Switchbaxer and jdubs play along



    Francois testing the blur's trail capabilities

    Alex's shock to hear of more HAB!




    Sunday, Mills Peak... testing the limits of 4x2


    we climb from the bottom and stop at fire road intersection. The peak is right above tburgers head.


    so we turn around and enjoy the lower part of singletrack


    lunch!


    after lunch I headed home and saw some riders parked along hwy 89 by Prosser Creek reservoir. So I turned back and stopped to check it out. Stampede Reservoir-

    "Commemorative Emigrant trail"

    all is good

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    some more pics.
    1. gratuitous wildflower pic
    2. on a HT, v-brakes and later to be singlespeeder she's a rockstar
    3. like all good mtbrs we stopped and let the horsies pass
    4. MTBR well represented. they are discussing "how lost will we get today?"
    5. strippin' down for a dunk
    6. at the proverbial fork in the trail, where we should've gone right instead of left, though left was probably a funner little descent
    7. glad to have made it out alive
    8. the walk of shame actually making it out with no chain, blown up rear derailleur and then pinch flatting he did alright!


    the rest are here

    it had been too long since my last d-ville gathering. will definitely not let it go by that long again. great time, great trails, new friends, old friends, couldn't really have been better.
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    We were desperate because we missed TNGR this past week.
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    Wow what a weekend! Thanks to all that came. Pictures will come later-now is the time for work.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by moschika View Post
    some more pics.

    it had been too long since my last d-ville gathering. will definitely not let it go by that long again. great time, great trails, new friends, old friends, couldn't really have been better.
    So awesome to see you man! Great meeting the mumble too. Did that pig eventually get cooked?

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    Not looking "Fast" now, no one remembered to bring the permanent marker to help decorate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy aka Rut View Post
    Wow what a weekend! Thanks to all that came. Pictures will come later-now is the time for work.....
    You guys actually rode?

    Thanks for the rescue efforts btw!! Two wives were biking and still missing by 9pm as they went out for an easy ride at 2pm.

    Socal went into rescue patrol mode the minute the heard about it. The riders were rescued and returned by strangers and all was well in the gathering of adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tburger View Post
    We were desperate because we missed TNGR this past week.
    It was no TNGR feast but we always manage to find grub...

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post

    Thanks for the rescue efforts btw!! Two wives were biking and still missing by 9pm as they went out for an easy ride at 2pm.

    Socal went into rescue patrol mode the minute the heard about it. The riders were rescued and returned by strangers and all was well in the gathering of adventure.

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    Andy, seeing you and your posse dressed with lights ready to head off to look for our 2 riders left me speechless. Thank you.

    Those rescuers go to CalPoly and race with Menso on the Wheelmen team! Small world heh?!

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    This photo by Dan King just needed better cropping.

    2 clue rider 1 -
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    shiloh rider 3 -
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    Video highlight reel...Downieville Gathering - 2011

    Epic weekend, thanks to you all who make riding great...scenery, struggles, joy and pain are best experienced with fellow riders who share the passion!



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    Quote Originally Posted by switchbaxr View Post
    Epic weekend, thanks to you all who make riding great...scenery, struggles, joy and pain are best experienced with fellow riders who share the passion!


    Switchbaxr

    Howard Jones.... hee, hee, heee!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Evan and Fast Eddy on a log bridge, but who's that dude on the right?

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    Excellent to say the least ... Cheers.

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    Good job! Great shots!

    Thanks for posting all the pics. Sounds like a fantastic trip.

    I'm heading up with a few riding buddies for next week. 7 days in D'ville.

    What rides did you all do? I've done the XC race and most of the "traditional" Downieville routes, but never really explored the Lakes stuff. That's high on the list.

    Any other recommendations while it's all fresh in your mind and you're looking for distractions from work...

    Thanks!
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    One of the best parts of the weekend had to include Jenn. She is the woman that did all the clap push-ups for you a few years back. She is now 7 months pregnant and still rocked it up there; including Big Boulder, Pauley Creek and hiking up to the fire lookout. She is an A.N.I.M.A.L!

    Huge thanks to Big Boulder (Steve) for signing up to guide SoCal out around to Graegle! Deer Lake, Lakes Basin, Mt Elwell (up and over) and down to Graegle. One of the most epic rides I've been on in years! By the way my Niner was flawless!! (shameless plug)

    Francis-Always great having you out there keeping the stoke on the riding.
    Kyle-my brother from another mother. We simply need to step it up for next year.
    Everyone else-thanks for letting Kyle and I take a year off and allowing us to simply enjoy the fun of D-ville!!!

    Francis-Next year you will officially be incharge of the official beer tasting.
    Fast Eddy-please try to stay awake...
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    Next year... I have to budget more time for the party. Ugh... really sorry I missed it. Seems like I burned half my tank of gas between Auburn and Packer Saddle and didn't notice until the light came on when I parked at the top. Man, that turbo just slings buckets of gas out the window when you hit it hard. I spent the post-ride party time basically looking for a gas pump that would take my card. At that point, I was out of time. I ended up getting back to the world at 11:00 PM when I promised to be back at 8, and my Sprint phone didn't work until Auburn. Wups. Wife has infinite patience for me and my bike habit.

    Also... I need to pack more water on the trail next time. My 100oz camelbak of water and 2 20oz bottles of sugar water ran out near the bottom. Any hotter, or any more delay I woulda been in trouble.

    Bike felt great. Spot on all day. No mechanicals, no brake rubbing... I glazed my rotors and pads a bit, but not surprising considering how steep some of the stuff was. I love my RX29er with Lefty. I put some beefier WTB Stout 2.2 29er tires on there, and they were prefect for terrain and conditions.

    I think this may have been my first ride where I rode with pads and I actually did not crash. I came close once...

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    I didn't take many pics, and most were hurried.

    Sunrise in the pink tent:
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    K-max riding the log bridge:
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    I was alone on the climb up Elwell and I thought I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye, but all I saw were these trees:
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    Badly edited panorama, on the no-hike-a-bike way up to Elwell.
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    "all I saw was trees."

    lol love it!!
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    If you posted earlier than 8am, I grabbed your photos and put it in a video.

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    Never thought I'd be schooled by a single speed hardtail. 6 inch travel is mostly a crutch till the speeds get higher. Good fun and can't wait till next year. Hiked Spaulding lake trail Yesterday and we should go ride it. lots of stuff on you tube on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    So awesome to see you man! Great meeting the mumble too. Did that pig eventually get cooked?
    yeah the pig got cooked, but let's say I really appreciated the paella that much more when i found it. i think we should've pulled it out of the coals/fire while we were eating the paella and drinkin' your beer.

    you gotta come up to annadel soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moschika View Post
    yeah the pig got cooked, but let's say I really appreciated the paella that much more when i found it. i think we should've pulled it out of the coals/fire while we were eating the paella and drinkin' your beer.

    you gotta come up to annadel soon.
    I will come. But not yet. I have to drag my azz to Vegas and Bend first. Keep Santa Rosa singletrack and breweries warm for me.

    Real good converstations man. Although I don't remember much.

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    Unlike all y'all, I'm actually working as I relive this. Look what I found on CNN

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    The last day I was there I rode "Big Boulder" with Big Boulder (Steve) to "Second Divide". That run may have been the best run I have EVER done. The trail is in super shape unlike Butchers heavy traffic and breaking bumps. (dont get me wrong Butchers is sweet fun) but nothing like this.
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    I'm with you Fresh! We did the XC loop and added the 2nd Divide to it. Oh, the fun! Pauley Creek and the 2nd Divide were the best on that side of the mountain!!!
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    burnt pig

    For some reason this seemed really funny at the time of the photo.
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    I'm claiming the 1st place 2011 Downieville Weekend Trophy for EPIC FACIAL.

    Unless, of course, somebody else face-planted a rock garden only a short 20 minutes after shooting right over the cliff on 3rd Divide.

    Yep, joined the forum. And yep, I was wrappin up the drunk dude with the toilet paper.

    Classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SudoBasher View Post
    I'm claiming the 1st place 2011 Downieville Weekend Trophy for EPIC FACIAL.
    May I suggest people take caution if you need to Google that term. That's all. Just sayin'.

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    I'd rather google "epic facial" than "santorum". Try that on for size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SudoBasher View Post
    I'm claiming the 1st place 2011 Downieville Weekend Trophy for EPIC FACIAL.

    Unless, of course, somebody else face-planted a rock garden only a short 20 minutes after shooting right over the cliff on 3rd Divide.

    Yep, joined the forum. And yep, I was wrappin up the drunk dude with the toilet paper.

    Classic.
    Is that you Tommy? Good to meetcha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Next year... I have to budget more time for the party. Ugh... really sorry I missed it. Seems like I burned half my tank of gas between Auburn and Packer Saddle and didn't notice until the light came on when I parked at the top. ...
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    Fast Eddy: Best Post Ever!! LOL!!!
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    That food looked killer. I shoulda grabbed a plate............

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    Quote Originally Posted by protecthabitat View Post
    For some reason this seemed really funny at the time of the photo.
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    Another awesome weekend in the books!

    It's that time of the year again


    Saturday's Lakes Basin ride was saved by Mark (Thanks again!) when his perseverance paid off at the elusive Oakland Pond trail.

    Queued up for the fast descent to Wades Lake


    Tburger on the trail to Rock/Grass Lake




    Good thing this chunky chute wasn't as tight as the rest of the switchbacks on this trail!


    En route to Forest City, had to snap my only photo of the Buttes this year


    High up on Mountain House (dirt)Road


    Open range


    The locals are friendly


    Ponderosas, firs and cedars shelter the aesthetically built Sandusky trail




    The "Pearl Necklace" is a fun little feature


    In sharp contrast to Saturday's ride, you can't get lost here






    Elements of a perfect recovery ride






    View from the top of lonely Pliocene Ridge


    PVD - Next time for sure


    I tried to convince a few riders to explore the Forest City trails but no one wants in on my rides now after the Lakes Basin experience from the previous day. I was glad that I found that spirit of adventure that's driven me on many solo explorations. I'm also glad that I have high durometer tires on my little old Corolla. 10 miles off-road over a mountain had me checking my cell phone every 2 minutes for cell service. At a main junction, some cowboys pointed me towards Sandusky trail. After a boulder-strewn detour on Heness Pass Road, I found the sign to the trail alright but it was at the top of a steep and loose jeep road. That looked like a graveyard for my car so I backtracked and went down the original route. The good thing is that the Truckee Ditch Trail starts at the same junction and the track looked mighty nice! Now I have a geographical idea of where the western end of it is. Next year I'll explore that 9-mile ribbon of trail, that along with the PVD
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    Another Fun Gathering

    Thanks to everyone for all the good times and good rides in Downieville. Nice to see old friends and to make some new ones. Our adventures in the Lakes Basin were over the top. Trying to route find while off the back of our group was quite challenging. Coasting without a chain all the way from Mt. Elwell was a thrill. Thanks to those who waited for me.

    Special thanks to Ebo for kindly sharing his campsite with us. Only took a couple shots this year, none too great, See y'all next time...
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    Switchbaxr - kick @ss video recap man. Thanks for sharing!

    Dbug- what kind of camera where you carrying on you? It looked gigantic on the video!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailseeker View Post
    Thanks to everyone for all the good times and good rides in Downieville. Nice to see old friends and to make some new ones. Our adventures in the Lakes Basin were over the top. Trying to route find while off the back of our group was quite challenging. Coasting without a chain all the way from Mt. Elwell was a thrill. Thanks to those who waited for me.

    Special thanks to Ebo for kindly sharing his campsite with us. Only took a couple shots this year, none too great, See y'all next time...
    Trailseeker and Son. Good hanging out with you boys. Wish you two lived closer.

    How do you raise a good kid like that? Nice bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bailout View Post
    Another awesome weekend in the books!...
    Thanks for leading the group on Saturday. We just did not know how much hiking we were in for. But the pictures are epic and it was just key for me to hang out with everyone.

    Our Sunday ride was truly incredible. It's the best run in Gnarcal!!

    Looks like Forest Hill is another gem. Sparkyjay was raving about it.

    We will do another Downieville trip after the first rain. Toads, Graegle, Forest Hill.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott forty G. View Post
    Dbug- what kind of camera where you carrying on you? It looked gigantic on the video!

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    It's a Canon XSi. It can be a pain to carry at times, but the pictures are always worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy aka Rut View Post
    One of the best parts of the weekend had to include Jenn. She is the woman that did all the clap push-ups for you a few years back. She is now 7 months pregnant and still rocked it up there; including Big Boulder, Pauley Creek and hiking up to the fire lookout. She is an A.N.I.M.A.L!

    Huge thanks to Big Boulder (Steve) for signing up to guide SoCal out around to Graegle! Deer Lake, Lakes Basin, Mt Elwell (up and over) and down to Graegle. One of the most epic rides I've been on in years! By the way my Niner was flawless!! (shameless plug)

    Francis-Always great having you out there keeping the stoke on the riding.
    Kyle-my brother from another mother. We simply need to step it up for next year.
    Everyone else-thanks for letting Kyle and I take a year off and allowing us to simply enjoy the fun of D-ville!!!

    Francis-Next year you will officially be incharge of the official beer tasting.
    Fast Eddy-please try to stay awake...
    Right on Andy. We need to hang out more!

    So that is Jenn huh?

    I want to give props to Jan aka Janimal. People often wonder how to get in these cool rides and gatherings, etc. It mostly happens by people showing up in the small weekly rides and getting to know others.

    The key is to GET OUT THERE!

    I met Jan last Wednesday at Skeggs as he introduced himself to the group and said he was new in the country. I told him about the gathering and he said he was in. He had a POS bike, drank Gordon Biersch, and didn't know anyone but it was all good. His spirit of adventure was high. He had the time of his life and we really enjoyed his company.

    So get out there. Join the weekly rides, start a ride. Meet new people and get out of your weekly grind and do something memorable with the Norcal group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Seems like I burned half my tank of gas between Auburn and Packer Saddle and didn't notice until the light came on when I parked at the top. Man, that turbo just slings buckets of gas out the window when you hit it hard.
    I filled up in Auburn on the way up and made it all the way up, shuttled four dudes to Graeagle at a not-slow pace, then made it all the way to Morgan Hill with about 40 miles of gas to spare.

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    Oh, you know....

    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    WHAT are you doing??
    ... a little heel-toe to keep the turbo spinning, a little rushing to get to the top to meet up with the ride, a little making up for lost time after two 'tree' breaks and being pulled over.

    I could only day trip the D'ville gathering this year. Wife had major work projects going on and her cousin was staying with us. I planned to leave at 5 am which turned into 6am.

    Next year I'll plan to camp... enjoy the party.

    The real trick might be to convince the wife and kids to come up next year. My wife thinks it's going to be a bunch of Mountain Dew and IPA pounding guys geeking out on bike stuff all weekend. She's not entirely wrong, but the trick is to get her to think that is actually fun.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy View Post
    I filled up in Auburn on the way up and made it all the way up, shuttled four dudes to Graeagle at a not-slow pace, then made it all the way to Morgan Hill with about 40 miles of gas to spare.

    Yeah, shoulda filled up in Auburn, but I was running late. I figured I had enough fuel to make it back to Auburn at the end of the day. I started with 3/4 of a tank in Oakland. If I had filled the tank the night before, I would have been okay. Turns out the automated gas station in Sierra City took my card on the second pump I tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    ... a little heel-toe to keep the turbo spinning, a little rushing to get to the top to meet up with the ride, a little making up for lost time after two 'tree' breaks and being pulled over.

    I could only day trip the D'ville gathering this year. Wife had major work projects going on and her cousin was staying with us. I planned to leave at 5 am which turned into 6am.

    Next year I'll plan to camp... enjoy the party.

    The real trick might be to convince the wife and kids to come up next year. My wife thinks it's going to be a bunch of Mountain Dew and IPA pounding guys geeking out on bike stuff all weekend. She's not entirely wrong, but the trick is to get her to think that is actually fun.

    Yeah, shoulda filled up in Auburn, but I was running late. I figured I had enough fuel to make it back to Auburn at the end of the day. I started with 3/4 of a tank in Oakland. If I had filled the tank the night before, I would have been okay. Turns out the automated gas station in Sierra City took my card on the second pump I tried.


    DUDE. Stop screwing around and just camp. That's what the gathering is all about. Bring cash, relax.

    Do not bring the family with toddlers. Just treat your family like royalty before the gathering so you can take off and enjoy your time. Unless they're hearty cyclists, they're not going to enjoy their time in the elements and you won't enjoy yours.

    All that said, I'm glad you made it and good seeing you out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by switchbaxr View Post
    Epic weekend, thanks to you all who make riding great...scenery, struggles, joy and pain are best experienced with fellow riders who share the passion!Switchbaxr
    Great Video Ron & Francis !!!
    Incredible food Ron !!!
    The wheelies you do are off the hook Ron !!!
    I had so much fun trying to ride behind you Ron !
    I hope you make it next year !!

    This is by far the best event of the year for me.

    I wish I had more time to ride with the So Ca crew .

    Andy let me know when your having a ride in So Ca that shouldn't be missed
    and I will try and make it.

    And to think I was almost going to blow this year off , thinking that I have been to this event the last three years why go again ?

    Thanks Kyle and Andy for putting this together !

    And a big thanks to the organizers who put the rides together that I rode on , ( Saturday was a fun adventure ride I really enjoyed )
    I had no idea where I was going or where the hell I was but the leaders of these rides
    and all the organization of these shuttles did a great Job !!

    It was great to see Jan from Germany having such a great time !

    We need to have two of these gatherings one at the start of the year and one at the end of the year !

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    Haha...thanks Mark59!

    Quote Originally Posted by mark59 View Post
    Great Video Ron & Francis !!!
    Incredible food Ron !!!
    The wheelies you do are off the hook Ron !!!
    I had so much fun trying to ride behind you Ron !
    I hope you make it next year !!

    This is by far the best event of the year for me.

    I wish I had more time to ride with the So Ca crew .

    Andy let me know when your having a ride in So Ca that shouldn't be missed
    and I will try and make it.

    And to think I was almost going to blow this year off , thinking that I have been to this event the last three years why go again ?

    Thanks Kyle and Andy for putting this together !

    And a big thanks to the organizers who put the rides together that I rode on , ( Saturday was a fun adventure ride I really enjoyed )
    I had no idea where I was going or where the hell I was but the leaders of these rides
    and all the organization of these shuttles did a great Job !!

    It was great to see Jan from Germany having such a great time !

    We need to have two of these gatherings one at the start of the year and one at the end of the year !

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    Always great riding with the Mark59 on the phat Jones! And a big thanks again to Andy and Kyle for starting this tradition!

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    no one wants in on my rides now after the Lakes Basin experience...

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    Another awesome weekend in the books!

    I tried to convince a few riders to explore the Forest City trails but no one wants in on my rides now after the Lakes Basin experience from the previous day.
    Bailout, count me in for another Bailout epic. Just so you know that Lakes Basin Loop was definitely one of the most challenging 18 miles I've ridden/hiked in my life, but that journey was exemplary of the true soul of mountain biking. Adventure and struggle combined with camaraderie amidst a little danger (those heinous ankle breaking hike-a-bikes) and fast, chunky and technical descents. We experienced open fireroads, lush green fern lined trails with tall forest canopies, crossed rivers, enjoyed high Sierra lake view vistas, got cuts, bruises and were crushed by demoralizing and daunting acclivities, but in the end we all succeeded in having a very memorable day out in the wilderness...all good in this hood brother!
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    Quote Originally Posted by switchbaxr View Post
    Bailout, count me in for another Bailout epic. Just so you know that Lakes Basin Loop was definitely one of the most challenging 18 miles I've ridden/hiked in my life, but that journey was exemplary of the true soul of mountain biking. Adventure and struggle combined with camaraderie amidst a little danger (those heinous ankle breaking hike-a-bikes) and fast, chunky and technical descents. We experienced open fireroads, lush green fern lined trails with tall forest canopies, crossed rivers, enjoyed high Sierra lake view vistas, got cuts, bruises and were crushed by demoralizing and daunting acclivities, but in the end we all succeeded in having a very memorable day out in the wilderness...all good in this hood brother!
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    agreed! That was one of the best rides in a while, but that's likely due to the company.
    I'd do it again next year.

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    What an awesome weekend and great pictures. Jeanie and I will have to join one year soon. I think I scared her too much about the difficulty of the trails, but now that she rides (most of) Demo, she can handle Downieville too, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d-bug View Post
    agreed! That was one of the best rides in a while, but that's likely due to the company.
    I'd do it again next year.
    Agreed +1.

    I can ride flowy, cool, fast, fun trails any time. Getting out in country that I would never go by myself is a treat. There isn't anyone on the ride that didn't love the spectacular views. I actually wish the ride was longer, and we dropped down into Greyeagle, or went to the top of Elwell. Next year.

    Bailout, after seeing your Forest City pics, I'd ride that next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    Agreed +1.

    I can ride flowy, cool, fast, fun trails any time. Getting out in country that I would never go by myself is a treat. There isn't anyone on the ride that didn't love the spectacular views. I actually wish the ride was longer, and we dropped down into Greyeagle, or went to the top of Elwell. Next year.

    Bailout, after seeing your Forest City pics, I'd ride that next year.
    It was a great adventure!! But that is a once every 10 years ride. I simply cannot recommend that ride to anyone without telling them to expect 3 hours of hike-a-bike.

    The Sunday ride however is A+ and could be a once a month stoke filler.

    The shuttle ride from Packer to Graegle sounds like a real winner. Andy's group left a car in Graegle and they said it was a top 5 ride!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    Agreed +1.

    I can ride flowy, cool, fast, fun trails any time. Getting out in country that I would never go by myself is a treat. There isn't anyone on the ride that didn't love the spectacular views. I actually wish the ride was longer, and we dropped down into Greyeagle, or went to the top of Elwell. Next year.

    Bailout, after seeing your Forest City pics, I'd ride that next year.
    I'm glad that you guys enjoyed it! There certainly is a way to incorporate Elwell into that loop with a few modifications. Diesel was also throwing around the idea of doing the big daddy loop around Mt. Washington (+16ish miles). Maybe I'll actually be in shape next year and give it a shot. I'd be partial to a big loop with Elwell though so we can hit either one of the Long Lake trails downhill. Fun, chunky stuff for sure. Thanks to everyone who helped in navigation and to the lead guys who took over and kept the group going in the right direction. Kinda hard to guide from the back, even when I'm not having trouble remembering the route. Lesson learned though, a few maps for everyone would've helped with some of the anxiety/frustration/aimlessness. I underestimated the off-the-beaten-path factor for some as I am fairly familiar with the geography of the area even when there are gaps in my recollection of the specifics. More importantly, people just want to keep riding. That's hard to do with a large group where the guide is just happy to putz along and make it out before sundown

    Oh yeah, Forest City trails are a blast to ride. Thanks to SparkyJay for the 411. I was debating whether to just ride one of the yuba river trails as those are proven to keep me entertained but there's just something about riding loops that drew me to Forest. Anyway, the FTA did a good job in constructing a remarkable network of trails, from what I've seen. Perfect switchbacks galore... I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few technical trailside features as well! I didn't even ride the allegedly most scenic one (Truckee ditch) and the most action-packed one (PVD). That's another 15 or so miles worth of trails. I really regretted not getting an early start and was feeling rushed in the end. At least I have something brand new to look forward to next time. I reckon that those trails would be sick if you add a little moisture to make the dirt tackier, the greens greener and the reds/browns brighter. I wish I could do a fall trip but that's unlikely.

    Thanks to everyone for the awesome company. The camp chefs and organizers rock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    It was a great adventure!! But that is a once every 10 years ride. I simply cannot recommend that ride to anyone without telling them to expect 3 hours of hike-a-bike.

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    Come on, you had the shoes for it! I think that the frequent re-groups killed what little flow primitive areas like most of the Basin had. First HAB was bad but short. Oakland Pond trail search definitely sucked but if you think about it, had we not had that problem, promptly continuing on such an awesome trail would've added a gold star to the whole experience. Same with avoiding the confusion at the first snow patch and second-guessing ourselves at the PCT junction. That ankle buster of a hike a bike I was mentally prepared for as I've done it before but admittedly, it's the single most sucky HAB that I've ever done. Everything after that wasn't too bad. I guess if you like a tech uphill challenge you'd love it but a waiting car would've been just as welcome at the end of a long day. On that homestretch after the Graeagle Lodge regroup, I personally only rode about 30% of what I normally did in the past years. Something about feeling less and less inspired to challenge myself as the day wore on. Anyway, I agree that a point to point ride would potentially have more flow since a loop in the basin will always be like riding skeggs from skyline. Next year, I'll either go big or stay in the basin/Elwell area and connect the smaller loops in there for less HAB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bailout View Post
    Come on, you had the shoes for it! I think that the frequent re-groups killed what little flow primitive areas like most of the Basin had. ....


    I definitely had the right shoes Teva Links Freeride Mountain Bike Shoe Review | Mountain Bike Review. I had two pairs, one for biking and another for camp. It was just really cool to ride flats and learn a couple things in my old age. The only hard part was a stretch of downhill, rocky, straight fire road on my Sunday ride as I was afraid of ejecting.

    A lot of the hike-a-bikes were rideable. You just get sooooo tired since there was too much tech in one lunch plate. I just need more endurance and core strength. Maybe I'll do the Los Gatos Dogmeat uphill loop 5x and get some muscle.

    That Lakes Basin area will develop. And there's many creative routes to enjoy all those lakes.

    The greatest thing was this event was so short but it is so memorable looking back. I guess adventure does that. My friday travel day was really awesome.

    - Drive with Alex and Derek
    - Stop at Nevada City and have a beer/pizza and check out the town for the first time
    - Stop at Downieville
    - set up camp and talk To Socal and the gang.
    - Do a Sunrise trail loop and go down the super awesome Deer Lake Trail that ends right at camp.
    - Go off-roading to the Buttes.
    - Hike to the Buttes and drink beer.
    - Dinner, Campfire, beer testing.

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    Good times, good people, good riding. Thanks to Bailout for planting the Lakes Basin seed.

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    Looking forward to the next trip.

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    Thanks for sharing your pix Diesel!

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    Looking forward to the next trip.

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    Some nice captures there bro! For anyone who cares to venture out for a ton of hiking and biking on the Lakes Basin loop, note Diesel's marking for critical turnoff and maybe borrow his gpx tracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by switchbaxr View Post
    Some nice captures there bro! For anyone who cares to venture out for a ton of hiking and biking on the Lakes Basin loop, note Diesel's marking for critical turnoff and maybe borrow his gpx tracks.
    Switchbaxr
    Here's a worthy picture. Thanks to everyone involved with the bottomless Paella.
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    Wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Here's a worthy picture. Thanks to everyone involved with the bottomless Paella.
    Best pic of the whole thread.

    I had a roommate from Madrid back when I was 20. She made the most awesome paella.

    ... brings me back.

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    I AGREE! Pictures looks amazing man! My wife told me that as soon as i stop breaking our $100 point and shoot i can buy a nice camera cross my fingers

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    It's a Canon XSi. It can be a pain to carry at times, but the pictures are always worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Here's a worthy picture. Thanks to everyone involved with the bottomless Paella.
    Hey now... I see what you did there....


    (Only cuz I took that pic)

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    Ok-here are some of my pictures as well. These are from Saturday with Steve aka Big Boulder as we rode to Graegle! One of my most fun rides in the last 5 years. It really brought my stoke back.
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    The adventure continues....
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    and on and on.... the last photo here is from Pauly Creek with the SoCal Crew!
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    Ya always have to look out for the fuzz in Sierra City....
    He just waits there patiently hoping someone will zoom by.
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    Quick video of last year on Dear Loop in D-viile
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    Ya always have to look out for the fuzz in Sierra City....
    He just waits there patiently hoping someone will zoom by.
    ... what's he gonna do? Give you splinters?

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    Nice vid. I bet it's tougher than it looks.

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    Good job! Just recovering plus "lost & found"

    We were the last to leave the campground although the hardy folks from the south left only shortly before we did on Tuesday morning.
    Found a mt bike Oregon t-shirt at the water pump. A blue travel mug in our campsite (Big Boulder?) and a dute earring but the bathroom. I think there is a moon on it.

    Weekend was great but I've been tired all week. I didn't realize I had signed up for a 7 to 8 hour motorcycle ride when I suggested Chimney Rock. Definitely easier but mt bike! All the pics are great. Sunset at the lookout looks awesome. Going to make it back just for that!
    I am going to try attaching a pic of the lookout from Chimney Rock.

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    OK...I will try emailing it to someone that knows how to do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikermom View Post
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    I am going to try attaching a pic of the lookout from Chimney Rock.

    Kathleen

    OK...I will try emailing it to someone that knows how to do it!
    Here it is...
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    I've been to Spain 5 times and that is the best looking Paella I have ever seen! Wow!

    For the Lakes Basin portion of this adventure, here is a map of the big loop that allows a round trip adventure from Graeagle and minimizes hike-a-bike. It also shows the key linkup to Oakland Pond Trail.



    The shot of folks hike-a-biking up the Long Lake slide trail made me cringe. That is rideable downhill by a solid and brave rider (thanks to fellow mtbr'r Erik of the SBTS) but uphill it's one long hike added to the top of Elwell hike-a-bike. Ouch.

    If you're descending the Jamison Basin, be sure to make the side trip to remote Rock Lake, the best lake in the Lakes Basin area.

    Sounded like you guys had a great trip!

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