This was my first rally and first GS ride. I met up with the folks in Hayfork and followed the GS route given to Salem (option 1). All I can say is that it was FANTASTIC! The on-road route was perfect, the offroad portions just right, and the camp sites were great.
I just want to thank everyone involved with setting this up and making it a great trip. And thanks to the forum I was able to meet up with another GSer in San Francisco and have a partner to ride up to the rally with, (thanks Randy!)