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April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle

Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/24/17 09:07 PM

April 27-29 will be coming up sooner than you can believe so mark your calendar. I haven't gotten around to speak to the innkeeper at the Comfort Inn but I will in just a few days. For any new riders to this event it's held in Oakhurst, Ca. The Central California foothill riding is not to be missed. Come meet new friends that know the area for the best experience. In past years Yosemite National Park has had "FREE" days for us. And it's only 13 miles from the motel. Past riders have come from as far away as Austin, Tx, Washington, Utah. Come put your mark on the map. More info to follow. Anyone with pics of your past rides please post.
Posted By: Groanup

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/25/17 05:11 AM

Here's one I'm fond of...
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Posted By: eddd

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/25/17 11:40 AM


Good deal. Already had it on the calendar.
Posted By: Selden

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/25/17 03:01 PM

Is that Highway 49 between Mariposa and Coulterville?
Posted By: Groanup

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/26/17 03:07 PM

Originally Posted by Selden
Is that Highway 49 between Mariposa and Coulterville?


I don't believe so. Joe probably has a better idea of what the road is. I just remember it being a lot of fun to ride...
Posted By: David13

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/26/17 04:07 PM

I looked at it and said it was Old Priest Grade Road. But what do I know.
dc
Posted By: Selden

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/26/17 06:11 PM

Originally Posted by David13
I looked at it and said it was Old Priest Grade Road. But what do I know.


Old Priest Grade Road should be called the automatic transmission killer.
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/27/17 08:58 PM

If you are planning to attend, make sure your health insurance is up to date. Make Cornelius ride in the back. And take a satellite phone to call the ambulance because service is real spotty. No need to thank me, happy to help.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/28/17 08:09 PM

I can't wait to get on Granite Rd again, and hopefully there will have been rain in Feb and Mar. When the foothills are green it is just so BEAUTIFUL. Frankly I'm not optimistic though, seeing as how it is 74º today, and will be 77º tomorrow. I see more firestorms next year. damn.
Posted By: David13

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/29/17 04:27 PM

John
One of the nice features riding up that way in the spring is the smell of the orange blossoms, if the time is right.
If I go, I won't be going that way.
dc
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/30/17 01:53 AM

Hwy 49 between Mariposa and Coulterville is about 15 miles of curvy cliff hugging road the locals call the Little Dragon. It's a good one. I enjoy going south to north. Priest Grade is a different road. It's the old Hwy 120 that goes from Moccasin to Big Oak Flat. It also was the stagecoach road. I imagine it knee deep in mud with highwaymen relieving you of your shiny possessions..

Mark enjoyed every second of Friday's ride until he suddenly stopped short of Oakhurst. You see in Texas the roads are straight. On our roads they are curvy and often times suck you in and spit you out. I hope Mark joins us.
Posted By: stubble!

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 12/31/17 05:08 AM

Been looking forward to it since getting home from DV.

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Posted By: mrduck

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 01/01/18 11:25 PM

There will be an invasion of southerners on Friday, led by the usual suspects!

Utah riders will get special accolades as our guests of honor,


Texans will be required to sign a waiver.........


Don J
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 01/12/18 06:48 PM

Alright folks the Comfort Inn is now taking reservation for your stay on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28. The room rate is 89.00. Apparently April is becoming the "IN" month probably because we are the big group. The Wood Cutters will also be there as they have in the past.
Call the Comfort Inn at 559-683-8282 tell them you are with the BMW group.

See you all there.
Posted By: Brian Louw

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 01/14/18 05:45 PM

I'm in! Reservation made.
Posted By: Ken S

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 01/18/18 03:18 AM

What road/weather conditions would you expect in late April in Death Valley, Sierras, Yosemite? I'm planning a ride in April, probably starting in Albuquerque, and considering heading in that direction. Any particular areas/roads to avoid that time of year? Thanks
Posted By: Traveler1

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 01/18/18 02:44 PM

IN - Reservation made at the Comfort Inn.
Posted By: David13

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 01/18/18 03:28 PM

Ken
I have experienced every type of weather imaginable over there in April.
Warm and beautiful, orange blossoms blooming, just perfect weather.
Another time it was pouring rain, rain like a solid wall of water. But then a few hours later, sunny and dry.
Another time, in the park, 27 degrees; just nice and cold. Later in the day it warmed up somewhat.
Road conditions, mostly good.
Going past the Glacier Point road, even tho' the weather was nice, there was a foot of snow on Glacier Point road and it was closed.
From the east 120 usually doesn't open til May or June. The other pass roads from the east may be open earlier. This year they probably will all be open early, if they are not open now.
One year when I didn't go, they all reported rain, just a whole lot of rain, except Sunday, when everyone was leaving, then it was nice.

You might want to approach from the west, travel south til you are west, then head north. You might head up thru' Kernville, but that might be closed. So you might need to go further west.

This year it looks like it will be beautiful weather, just all sunshine and orange blossoms (from the west).

Unless a late, and severe winter comes in, then you might have a serious blizzard.

You just have to check when the time comes.
dc
Posted By: Ken S

Re: April 27-29 2018 North Meets South in the Middle - 01/19/18 04:05 PM

Thanks David for the road info. I’ll check into it more as the date gets closer.
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