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    New question here. Ca Roadie Trip - HELP

    Hi all

    So Peeps. The big if!

    If you had 10 days in early July to do a roadie trip, where would you go... Departing from Ventura, Ca

    Take into account, I have ridden Sedona, Tucson, Flagstaff, Moab and Fruita....

    Would really like to head up to Medford Or.....

    And dont want to be driving 12+ hours every 2nd day.....

    Have some buddies I very much want to hook up and ride with in Denver Co....

    Sheesh, your country is fockin HUGE and time is not our best friend...

    Fully appreciate your thoughts and input on this one....
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    It's going to very hot in July for the desert areas, including Flagstaff...last July it was 98 in Flag.
    Anything on the Western Slope would be hot. The Colorado Front range has tons of riding.

    ----------------------------OR---------------

    Try a NorCal Run...Santa Cruz, over the mountains to Mammoth, then Tahoe, then hit Downeville.
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    Thanks for that.....

    That for sure entered my mind, as mentioned above, very much want to go to Medford, Or. Was then thinking to head to Tahoe, some of the epics there look magic, thanks to Wherewolf's photos over the years. And didnt think of the big Downeville...
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    Medford.... couple more hours and you'd be in Oakridge OR.

    A REAL mtbike mecca. Mind blowing ST decents and utterly beautiful trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB
    Medford.... couple more hours and you'd be in Oakridge OR.

    A REAL mtbike mecca. Mind blowing ST decents and utterly beautiful trails.
    You reckon ride Medford with JJ, then cruise up to Oakridge, then head down 58 onto 97 to Tahoe then back to Downeville then to So Ca

    Is there the huge Redwoods in Oakridge, come now, sell it to me
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    what kind of riding are you looking to do?
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    I know it's not close, but you could look into this one if your schedule matches....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    I know it's not close, but you could look into this one if your schedule matches....

    http://www.mtbikeoregon.com/
    I had attended this event in 2006. 350 hardcore riders (guys AND gals), insane trails and all the Fat Tire you can drink....... just can't be bad. Middle Fork is a MUST!!!!

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    mammoth mountain...hook up with fo'shiz for local ventura county rides.

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    I second the Santa Cruz, Tahoe, Downieville trip... done this 4 of the last 5 years and it's great - breaks up the driving and you maximize riding time with some of the best riding...
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    Oakridge is a place to go !

    See this thread from last years MBO August trip.

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    Loads of food for thought...Thank you

    GMoney - you make sense bro, thank you

    Will suss out if the peeps from Denver wish to come and meet up instead of heading to Denver.... Be a sh!t load of driving and not enough riding...
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    Whafe,

    Chose one or two areas and stay put. Especially if the area has plenty of great trails. Tahoe is my favorite, and it offers everything. Northstar for downhill, plenty of great, gorgeous long XC trails, and the Flume and Rim trails are perhaps the most famous trails in the west. Also in Tahoe you have the lake which is amazing...Casinos for gambling, great weather everyday in July, and plenty of things to do after you have been pounding it all day on the trail.

    Only problem is that it will be expensive if you want a nice place...and you need to be on top of reservations as things go fast. But Tahoe is worth every penny.

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    Okie Dokie matey potatey.... No in all seriousness, you make a very good point, need to ride Tahoe and Northstar park. Be nice too, have spent a week in Tahoe snowboarding, so be good to see it in summer....

    Thank you for the headsup
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    If you end up in OR, check out Bend. Was up there a couple of summers ago (have old friend there). Really fun stuff, and great bike friendly town.

    Late June / early July I'll be stopping by to visit Ventana, then Downieville, and then on to Tahoe (for a few days around the 4th), and then on to Mammoth.

    Heck, I'm still trying to talk "Fo Shizzle" into joining up for the Ventana / Downieville part of the trip.
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    Whafe,

    Departing from Ventura will be good in avoiding any really long drives. There's riding about 3 hours to the north around San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.

    Then another 3 hours of driving would put you in the Santa Cruz region, with lots more riding spots.

    From Santa Cruz, it's about 5 hours of driving to Downieville or Tahoe.

    If your friends in Denver can't make it west, you could fly over for a couple days. You can fly to Denver from Reno via southwest Airlines in just a couple hours. Reno is about an hour's drive from Tahoe.

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    Okay here are a couple of other ideas Whafe.

    Start in Ventura, head north up hwy 101 or the freeway. Take the 80 towards Tahoe. Downieville is right off of the 80 so that would be a great place to stop and ride some though I never have ridden there so cannot tell you specifics. Or you could keep on going and stay in Tahoe (either Truckee, Kings Beach, North Star, South Shore. I guess Reno too and would be bit cheaper but bit more driving). To bad that I am not going to be in the area or I would let you crash as my family has a place in Incline. From Tahoe there are numerous days worth of riding to do. After you have your fill you could then head toward Denver (but only if you are going to fly out of there..driving there and back not worth it). Or you could head south on 395 and hit Mammoth for a couple of days. After that continue south to Ventura.

    You could modify this trip very easily and on your way north hit Santa Cruz, Monterey, or anyone of the great places between Ventura and Tahoe. Also you could go the other way as well and hit Mammoth first..then keep going up 395 and hit Tahoe. You would miss Downieville that way unless you headed back home via the 80. (you confused yet??)

    I think that Medford would be a reach..most people dont realize that the Oregon border is a long long way north of San Francisco. From Ventura it is probably a whole day of driving (12-15 hours). If you had flown into San Fran I think it would be doable but not Ventura.

    Sorry for long post...just hoping to help our a Kiwi in need To many good drinking days throughout the world kiwis not too. If you have any questions feel free to email me.

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    Okie D - Thank you for you lengthy reply, appreciated.

    In case you hadnt noticed, in a bind as to what to do. I had another buddy whom was coming on the roadie trip, so that would have meant the ability to share the driving.

    You are very correct in saying that Oregon is a long drive from SF, for sure it is...

    If I dont get a commitment from my buddy, i will re adjust my thinking..

    I for sure know I want to ride the Tahoe area...

    And also, thank you for the kind offer of crashing if it was available.... Am not too fussed about finding somewhere to stay, something will be available.

    El Salt - We should keep in touch, may be able to time something....

    Harry C, you are adding more options.... Mmmm a kiwi is feeling nutty about what to do
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    Hey Whafe,

    I missed your follow-up post until tonight. Yeah, it's a big country. I looked at google maps a little and considered your earlier posts. Let me tell you what I found and fill in a little more local knowledge.

    Google shows Medford as a 1,000 mile/15 hour drive from Ventura. I'd say they are optimistic on that time unless you have a driving partner and can hammer the whole way, no mishaps, no miscues. Likewise, they show Ventura to Truckee (just north of Tahoe) as 500 miles and 7.5 hours. Again, pretty optimistic on time, but more do-able.

    I've driven Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo many times, and on down through Ventura frequently as well.
    Ventura to San Luis Obispo is an easy 3 hours. There's riding around SLO and at a state park called Montana de Oro.
    San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz would be another 3 or 3.5 hours. You could hit Soquel Demonstration Forest and Wilder Ranch State Park, each for a day's riding.
    Tahoe or Downieville would then each be about 5 hours away, and about 1.5 hours apart.
    Mammoth is about 3 hours south of Tahoe, and from there you could loop south back to Ventura or Los Angeles.

    The other thing to consider is are you bringing a bike or hoping to rent one? Renting should be no problem at Tahoe or Mammoth, and probably not at Downieville. the other places? I don't know.

    I'm going to be away rom the cmputer until next week. Good luck with the trip planning.

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    I'm sure riding in the Rockies would be very cool although I've only rock climbed there. I've never ridden there so I can't make any recommendations.

    Of the areas I'm familiar with, the riding in the Sierras is incredible. Tahoe riding has a mix of gorgeous views, great summer temps, technical trails and flowy singletrack. Downieville isn't as technical as some Tahoe trails, but the trails are extremely fun and very scenic. It's not real far from Tahoe either. There are many other excellent trails on the west and east side of the Sierras.

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    Whafe,

    I assume you are bringing both the Jones and the Nicolai?

    If you get to Denver, there are some really good front range trails. "Front Range" refers to the mountains right at the edge of Denver. Hook up with "Steve71" for front range goodness, and "Ithnu", "Godzilla", and the DH boys to head down to Colorado Springs for their secret stash. AND THEN get your but to Keystone and Winter Park, Sol Vista, for the vertical and drops. All the guys above go there pretty much every weekend in the summer. After you ride there you won't want to go anywhere else.

    If prior or after you head to Medford to see JJ (the drive is about 20 hours to Medford from Denver I believe) head up to Bend, Oregon to ride with "Inkpad" and his wife (Stu and Linda). More DH oriented folks. Lots of driving from Denver to Medford though bud.

    BTW, before you leave the Ventura area let's ride Tunnel and Cold Springs! YeeeHaaaww!

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    Hi all, thanks for the help, appreciated immensly. Has taught me that there is so much riding in the US of A.

    Mouse J - Had a rejig of plans, going to head to Gallup, Crested Butte & Durango with 3 of your SD crew....

    But for sure it has enlightened me that there is so much to ride in the US of A
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Hi all, thanks for the help, appreciated immensly. Has taught me that there is so much riding in the US of A.

    Mouse J - Had a rejig of plans, going to head to Gallup, Crested Butte & Durango with 3 of your SD crew....

    But for sure it has enlightened me that there is so much to ride in the US of A
    Hmmm, do tell....Are you still going to be in Ventura for some SB riding?

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