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    California Five Passes Ride


    I thought many moons ago, there was a 'designated' California Five Passes ride out there...might be five, might be seven - I just don't recall.

    Now, there's a *lot* more passes crossing the Sierra:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...da_road_passes

    Now, I thought at one time there was some sort of an organized event. Hmmm. <scratch>

    An article, where I found the listing of five passes:

    https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...s-zmmz11sozraw

    Wait - wait...it *was* five!

    http://carsontahoemoto.com/five-passes-sierra-nevada/

    https://www.advpulse.com/adv-calenda...ug-21-24-2014/

    When I click on "http://www.tahoeadventuremoto.com" - nothing - dead link.

    What? This ride's not been done since 2014? Really? There could have been details over on the pashnit.com forum, but that's gone - and nothing indexed in the Wayback Machine from the forum.

    Ideas? History to share?

    Thanks!



  • #2
    On Sonora Pass we always went North on 395 to Walker for burgers and if need be an ok motel there also. I don't know why they write about Just the big name passes and leave off hwy 70 from either Yuba City or Oroville on the West to Hallelujah Junction on the East at 70 and 395. Or go up to Mt. Shasta at hwy 5 and 89 and take 89 East and at Old Station it will become 89 / 44 then back to 89 through Lassen National Park. When you fork take hwy 36 South East, to just South of Chester go right and it will be 89 again. It take back to 70 then East to the Junction and on to Reno or where ever. Or catch 89 again at Blairsden to hwy 49. Take it West to Sierra City - Food and Motel or on to Downieville and West from there back to Hwy 80.
    I used to Deer Hunt the back side of Mt. Shasta. We went into McCloud for supplies and you could go East to The Bartle Lodge and get a shower. Ask the bartender for tokens at $.25 each. The shower meter was a self serve car wash machine. Put in the token and you would get I think 4 or 6 minutes of hot water. Get at least 3 tokens. This was back in the 80's. I've ridden 89 and others back after I visit my brother in Oregon a couple times for the memories.
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    • #3
      Oooh.... copy/past for future reference - thanks, Ron!


      So, eons ago (it seems), we spent the night in Sonora before doing a fairly quick pass through Yosemite, then over to Sequoia before having to head south-east toward home. This would have been early May of 2011; my wife had a conference in Palo Alto. From there, we took just a little bit of time to see those parks before we had to head for home.

      I suppose it might have been around that time that I'd heard about an 'organized' ride...and it must have been that Carson / Tahoe Moto link I have above that I may have heard about through third-hand sources.

      I just think it might be a great ride, just ripping up and down a few passes...I mean, get up in that area as you described, then work your way south. I may need to play with your routes and actually see 'em on a map.


      biglefti glarson3 Tiny Tim Any ideas??

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      • #4
        I never heard of the Carson / Tahoe Rally. That would have been a fun weekend.
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        • kwthom
          kwthom commented
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          Seems like that it was done maybe once or twice then nothing more...unless they're now advertising in places I don't go (FB, for example)

      • #5
        Appreciate all the info so far. I really have nothing planned at this point - just doing the research & reviving a long-decayed brain cell that had something about this.


        So, it would seem to me that if there'd been an 'organized' passes ride, it was (a) short-lived and (b) nothing in recent times. Fair enough.

        My thought was simply considering my next ride to NorCal, probably on the way back south, doing one (or, several...) passes as just another way to get home.

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        • #6
          biglefti

          You ever do anything like this??

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          • #7
            In 2005 or 2006 there was a ride listed by GWRRA Chapter D in Nevada. It was a Brothel tour. I found a paperback book at Barns and Noble called " The official guide to the Best Cat Houses in Nevada " by J.R. Schwartz
            It was a good thing that I bought the book as there are Houses Women are not allowed on the property. So my wife just kept her helmet on. I got a vest pin for the ride. It was only held once. Too bad as it was a fun ride.
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            • #8
              Just screwing around with Google Maps...

              https://goo.gl/maps/ynGmARpgcXrqQhu38

              Donner, Echo, Luther, Carson, Monitor, Ebbetts, Sonora, Tioga passes.

              Nearly 900 miles to get there, two days of riding 675 miles, almost 750 miles home.

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              • #9
                I'm working my way from north to south, so LV is the end, not the beginning. It was also laid out so that I could get the passes at a specific direction (eastbound on Ebbetts, west on Sonora, etc.), but that routing is kinda generalized.

                The stuff up around Donner - well, I've never been up there, so doing that part in turista mode and seeing the sights would be 'the plan'.

                I'd definitely want to get up in the region, and right now, I don't actually have a date to do this - just predominately some thinking out loud. Figure a day and a half to get to Reno (I'd take the scenic route to get there...) chill out, then two solid days to zip back & forth, ending up on the east side to make the trek home.

                In an alternate reality, I did hear from the guy that was a part of the organized ride - 2012 thru 2014 - and there were financial issues which was why it ended (go figure).

                I've got an inquiry in to a two-digit IBA member with some additional questions.

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