I have direct knowledge too, the Firefighters will NOT go into certain forests around Hayfork without Law along! Its not terribly bad, so worry little, just KNOW what's up and to be found if you're a real backwoods GS guy/gal. PICTURE. Well, the points would be a great laugh, BUT stopping with camera is a "risky business" and WORTH a lot of BS Points in my book, as I see it. These fields can be guarded very well at times, so be wise!!! Maybe a GoPro camera would be best approach, just keep moving and video it, lol. I've actually never stepped/rode into one of these incidents, new to me. I'm more interested in my BIGFOOT BS Points, maybe a 1000 point pic, as HE TOO has a history around Hayfork and NCal. Very serious tales of the furry one around there. Been covered on TV too, years past. A BIGFOOT smoking WEED, now that's a show stopper, WINNER of whatever gets given out!!! Never in all my rallies has this topic appeared(to me) and all BMW folks I know are respectable with their "habits" around rallies I've been too. I don't mean to offend anybody, talking MJ here, so take it in fun and do not show up with a harvest of it in your bags in Salem. We're going to HAYFORK in fine fashion and leaving their the same, tons of fun....Randy
That is funny..
Also thanks for the help with google maps I will try that.
The GS Giants go commando... very cool, Dean Hoopes!
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Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
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Many know I have a girl kid at 30 now, also a GS Rider, F650 and her Hubby, F650dakar in Va. Beach. US Navy, Pilots both. Jessica's other m/c is is a F18Hornet. WISH she could come to Salem! THANK God for all you folks wearing your PRIDE on the sleeves, MILITARY Rocks. Jess flies everyday out of Oceana NAS, guarding our lifestyle. SHE loves her off road adventures too on her F650 when not doing her F18 piloting. You hear that F18 roar about the NC Coast or thereabouts, its likely HER, a fellow MOA'er. I'm on the wrong coast to see her much. This will change, as I retire. See y'all in Salem. Hayfork first for me, GSA/GS Giant fever. Save some BIGFOOT for me, although I don't think I want to eat any if ya into cooking em. Just into shooting one with my GoPRO. My avatar "Polarbear" may have other ideas! Later, Randy
Many of our BEST cannot attend, because of service to country comes first. They miss us very much at rallies, know my Navy Daughter does on her F650. She wants new GS1200 next. I always hold a spot for them, close in heart. This one can Navy retire early at 38 if she desires and I'm hoping I have grit enough in my elderism to share rallies then. Jessica is a MUSTANG Officer, flying F18s today, went in Enlisted at 18 years old(2001), got smart, real smart. Served in Iraq, HC4...Aerospace Engineer(per Navy), her degree, University of AZ and on to Pensacola Flight school, where she got introduced to her first BMW ownership in AZ, F650 after growing up on back seat of my GSs in her youth. She was GSGiant roughrider, long before the name became known. Today, I HONOR those daily as I ride my GSA1200 about NAmerica. IF youre riding a GS/GSA and serve, proudly display it on your saddlebags as I do my Kids Units on my GSA Jesse Bags. VFA34 Blue Blasters, OceanaNAS, in my case. HOPE to see some of ya in Salem or even HAYFORK, CA GSGiant Camp prior to Salem, JULY14. Tales to tell, riding to do. Randy PS; Son in Law flies COD, biggest of the carrier birds. VRC40,Rawhydes. PIC of Jessica at work, MOAer
Im getting so bored sitting here, I may join somebody on the open road. We need to stay in touch, once you're out on the road. My IPhone is my only link once away from home and it does all emails. The Pony Exp Byways in Utah are cool, Arches, Canyonlands and so on. ITS very HOT there in July so go wet as you can, carry more water than you normally do in that region. I RODE it last year coming East. Its a favorite of mine in Utah and Utah is almost all a favorite, cannot miss kind a state. The White Rim Trail around Canyonlands is a HOOT, but HOT. Most do it in Spring/Fall when its cooler. VERY dangerous place inside Canyonlands and solo is not a good idea, find a partner to ride with. Just South of MOAB an hour, you find a turnoff onto dirt to the WEST that will take you too Natural Bridges and into Glen Canyon Rec Area for over a hundred miles all dirt, I did last year too. I was solo and found myself never feeling so alone out there. You have this all to yourself, for the most part, no people. SOME of it is CLAY like and when wet, turns to ICY like slippery and nearly impassable. PICK your time in there wisely and avoid the Utah rains. Watch for DEER in the wilderness of Utah, lots of them. Take the FIRST cutoff from Interstate 70 coming West out of Colorado and follow Colorado river into Moab, a very nice road you'll enjoy. The road continues PAST Moab, Crossover 191), following the C.River West and a few miles in, you'll find first cutoff to the right onto DIRT again and its a COOL Trail to the top of the rim, CanyonlandsNP side entrance to park. Its VERTICAL riding up this. Way cool. Camping in MOAB is fine at several private campgrounds in town. Camping alongside C.River is there too, before you get into town, not many facilities, just the river within feet. Mosquitoes love it there too, anywhere near the water, be prepared. The HOT is worse than the bugs to me, so the river is cool and "in it" is good. ENJOY that area, wish I was there with ya. The BURR Trail further West is another favorite, from BullFrog to Capital Reef NP, runs South to North or other way. Its GS heaven and another one of those feeling alone moments in time out there in no mans land! Keep your GSA running well, carry water. See ya soon. PS; Jessica sent this pic a while back in F18, unknown locale, just her in her other gear. Randy
Just inside that Colorado Passage near MOAB, West of town. Dinosaurs left footprints in the rocks around there, very cool if you find one and some are right alongside road. NOT BIGFOOT as we seek in the NW, but cool enough still. Maybe some GS Giant BS POINTS if ya manage to get a pic. That loop into CanyonlandsNP is my favorite off road around the City of Moab, as its nearby enough to enjoy that loop as the day ends. Couple hours. Find that hill climb, vertical ride to rim I mentioned and get a WOW GS moment. Its right off the C. River road, West of town. Don't forget Arches NP, also too cool to miss. You wont want to leave Moab. Randy
As time approaches, we must stay in touch for this option out on the road. UTAH is such a favorite of mine. Somebody GS in Montreal was looking above to meet up, I mentioned you in NH..I am 800 miles from Utah mid state and know it quite well. Never gets old. MY Wife, Gini rides with me to Hayfork on her KLR650, so I must be back to meet up with her somewhere not far from home. She joins us all the way to Salem. She is FAST on pavement twisties, novice slow on dirt! Another Friend, JOE Hutt is out there somewhere and he too on my list to find ahead of this Hayfork Camp. WE will talk this up more, as time gets closer. ANYHOW, we plan on a Saturday(July13th) depart from home, CLOVIS, Northbound for Hayfork and its roughly 350m for us. WE camp Saturday night somewhere in the middle(many options), just a leisurely pace and be in HAYFORK by mid day Sunday, July14th. It should be very nice there, with temps very comfy daytime to cool at night. Going North from Hayfork towards Salem is a riders choice thing, with dozens of options, ALL GREAT. Many will likely share the road North, a discussion point, while camping Sunday night indeed. Stay tuned, Randy
I have been through Hayfork several times in the last month on both my bike (07 GSA) and my work truck due primarily to the road work on highway 299 out of Redding. There is major road construction that will still be ongoing all summer with 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, traffic control. Expect up to one hour delays and incredibly long lines of slow traffic ahead of you. Daytime temps in July are usually at or above 100 degrees. Unless you get lucky or like or like sitting for an hour in 100 degree heat I suggest avoiding Hwy 299 and using Hwy 36 to get to Hayfork. If the wait and heat aren't enough to convince you, beware that the escorted section is a few miles of watered hard packed dirt that can get slick at times and the escort vehicle is often traveling less than idle speed in first gear (at least on my R1200GS).
Another thing to be aware of is picking off road routes from a map without any knowledge about them. Court rulings that have made land owners responsible for fire suppression on their property regardless of who started them have resulted in an increasing number of locked gates on many non-paved roads that had free access previously. By July all but the most remote roads and trails will probably be cleared of fallen trees and other debris but you need to be prepared to backtrack if necessary. I was stopped by fallen trees earlier this year when I attempted to ride to Hayfork thru Deerlick Springs.
Hope you all have a great time. Even if you stay on the pavement there are fantastic roads that seem to be made for GS type bikes all over the North State. Hwy 3 is one of my favorites. I may get a chance to pop by and say hello to the group in Hayfork and maybe even ride with you a little.