Posted by: caryandjohn | May 20, 2013

Funduro, Sheetiron, East Park

May means Mendocino! The plan this year was to meet Shawn up in Deer Valley, near Lake Pillsbury, on Wednesday …

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Packing the bikes …

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Cary was rocking her new Aerostich on her 1999 Honda VFR 800 …

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Lagoda Road …

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Cary in the yellow tube, with Captain Chuck, Baja Benny and little Ben …

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Cary in the Stonyford Rodeo Grounds …

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Our campsite under a huge Heritage Oak … We had maybe a dozen riders and four kids ages three to thirteen …

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The Stonyford campfire … The Oakland Motorcycle Club puts on the Sheetiron 300 every year, and 500 riders showed up for the 2013 version …

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The picnic site on East Park Reservoir … we saw a bald eagle with a fish in its claws, osprey and grebes doing their mating dance …

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Becky, Super Sue and Rob …

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Becky and Rob rode up on his hot-rod GS and camped with us … Rob’s bike was only running on one cylinder … he is an master mechanic, and fixed the bike after finding a spark plug wire that had burnt on the hot cylinder …

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Ryan, Ben, John, Alicia and their three year old, Lilly …

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The Murphy clan getting ready to ride …

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We could not find the hose to inflate the Avon … Captain Chuck Wagon solved that problem, wolf-style!

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Little Ben, ready to go fishing …

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Cary ran over this rattle snake with her bike … He lost a bit of his rattle, but was acting pretty spry … we think he was no worse for wear …

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Brian’s camping supplies … in his top-box cooler …

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My friend Bart, making me a breakfast burrito in Deer Valley …

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On the M3, above Lake Pillsbury …

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A couple of views from Mt Hull … Lake Pillsbury in the distance …

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Breakfast at Deer Valley … thanks, Shawn!

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Zero-ton causeway over Cache Creek …

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Lake Berryessa …

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Knoxville …

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Views along the road above Cache Creek …

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Bear Valley from Walker Ridge …

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French Ridge …

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Pano from Mt. Hull …

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We stopped by the club to watch MotoGP … pretty good turn out of race fans …

See you around the campfire …

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Responses

  1. Great report, Dave and I did all the hard expert splits we could find, missed a couple on cow mountain due to poor roll chart directions but was still an epic ride. I missed the Murphy clan entirely and arriving at our empty camp was deflating. I use to ride Knoxville when I was a kid.
    Happy trails.

  2. Hi Steve,

    You and Dave did a great job, the hard splits looked harder this year, good for you! It is a bummer to see the empty rodeo grounds on Sunday afternoon, and think about loading up and the long ride home … Knoxville was fun to find to add a few more miles of dirt road on the way up to the Mendocino National Forest …
    see you soon,
    — John A


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