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January 14th, 2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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'Who is from California?

Hello guys,

as you know I´m from Germany and I´m planning
to visit california in summer 2005 with my girlfriend for holidays.

Can some people of you tell me where are cool spots, tracks
and motocross shops? And maybe I could visit one or more of the UHE members
at home or where you ride.... would be pretty cool I think.
And maybe someone could borrow me a bike!!

We will rent a car for 20 days and we want to explore the landscape and cities
between San Francisco, LA, and San Diego. Right now I´m not sure about all the distances, but I think we will see a lot of the area.

So, please let me know if there is something interesting.

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January 14th, 2005, 03:09 PM   #2
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Hi Hribman:

I am 30 miles North of San Diego 90 miles or so South of Los Angeles in Escondido. Once you firm up the arrival date let me know and we can do something while you are in the area. It would be much, much better if you came before May 30 because 99% of riding here is desert and it is way too hot to ride. I have got heat stroke trying to ride when it heats up.
The beaches will be nice though and you should make a trip to Oceano Dunes if you do come out in the summer. We ride mostly in and around Ocotlillo Wells but not in the summer. Ocotillo Wells, Desert USA website.
Berg #3 is on its way so I will have a bike for you to ride. They are not street legal though.

As I come across interesting links of places to visit I will PM them to you.

Try to get here before summer or just plan on surfing your way across Southern California.

Riding in the San Francisco area should be fine but once you get near L.A. its over.
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January 14th, 2005, 03:17 PM   #3
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Here is a real good list of all the major off road riding areas in the State:

California Off Road Riding areas
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January 14th, 2005, 03:25 PM   #4
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Hi Hribman,
San Francisco "East" Bay Area!

Best Regards,
Dale

Ps.
Bring a bullet proof vest and sidearm as this is indeed the wild west .
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January 14th, 2005, 04:32 PM   #5
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hribman,

I must agree with husabut on desert riding. Ocotillo Wells is my second home, but the summers are too hot. Most of the summer riding I do is in the mountains; Big Bear Mountain (east of LA), the Sierra Nevadas (eastern/central/northern California), and the Sequoias (central California). I live in Riverside County, 60 miles east of LA/Orange County and there are a couple of tracks out here; Perris Raceway, Lake Elsinore, and Starwest.

Renting a car and driving from San Francisco to San Diego is a great idea. Make sure you drive the coast down. It's about 500 miles, 700 km, and the coast line is beautiful. Take your time and enjoy yourself. There are a couple of riding areas along the way, Oceano Dunes and Hollister. At Oceano Dunes you can rent quads and single seater buggies. It's the only place in California that you can legally drive on the beach.

You will definitely enjoy yourself here. Be prepared for a difference in weather from Northern (San Francisco) to Southern California (San Diego). The northern coast line can be cold and Southern California will be hot. "The coldest winter I ever experienced was a summer in San Francisco" - Mark Twain.

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January 14th, 2005, 07:30 PM   #6
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I am from northern California on the east side of the San Francisco bay. I ride at Hollister hills year round It is about a one hour drive from my home in Fremont. I would be happy to set you up with a bike and take you there for some trail riding. Here is a link to Hollister info www.hhora.org .Let me know when your plans are set .

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January 15th, 2005, 02:43 AM   #7
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Hi,

thanks for your replies. I wouldn´t have expected so many invitations
in that short period of time...
Glad to see you as the the one who invited me first, Husabutt!
But sorry, calendar says: July 18th - August 5th. I didn´t think before
about the temperatures, that it could become a problem...but this year it´s
impossible to go on holidays earlier. Maybe next year, if I´m able to
achieve everything I want in my job.
I must admit: In the first place we want to have holidays, if you know what I mean...
Maybe, you know that I´m a motorcycle maniac, and every free minute I spend some time on it, but I don´t really know what my girldfriend would say,
when I take a bike there and do what I´m already doing over the rest of the year...
I don´t want her to get bored.
But I also think, under special circumstances I´ll get some support from her. I´m sure she won´t grudge me the pleasure.
She told me that she´s also a bit interested in having a look into the offroad scene over the great sea.

Wow, I´m still happy about your invitations. I´m sure we will do something together.
Cool tips till now. Great. I can´t await summer.

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January 15th, 2005, 09:51 AM   #8
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Hi Hirbman:

If you have never been to Las Vegas you may want to consider it. It is only a slight detour and would be about an extra 6-7 hour drive (one way)as you work your way down the coast. All of my relatives from Germany have really enjoyed going there. From there the Hoover Dam is close and is quite a feat of human achievement. Another Hoover Dam/Colorado River link. It will be hot in July averaging 104 degrees, bring plenty of water.

If you rent from Enterprise Rent A Car I can probably get you a good price on rental with a couple of phone calls.
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Hi Hirbman,

Since you are starting your trek in the SF area, I would suggest a visit to Monterey CA. Not far from SF, they have a really cool aquairium there and there is Canery Row which has allot of great restaurants. The legendary Laguna Seca road course is also nearby, although I don't what kind of tourist opps there are there.

As you work your way down the coast there is also Big Sur, Half Moon Bay, Montecito, Santa Barbra, and a great little suedo Dutch town called Solvang. Be sure and hit one the Anderson's (a chain of restaurants) for some of their split pea and ham soup. There is also a nice little town of Arroyo Grande which is close to Pismo beach. This area is a good spot for wine tasting and if you're interested I know of a good wine tasting, and cycling tour company called "Breaking away Tours". It's run by a High school aquaitence of mine

If you are interested I might, I stress might, be able to get you some free passes to DisneyLand as my best friend is an Electricial there.

If you venture inland a bit from the coast on your drive down you will be in the classic california area with rolling brown hills, and lot's of Oak Tree's. There is also another great wine area in Sonoma which is closer to SF area. Since you are driving you might even consider a trip through Yosemite, but, it will be very crowded that time of year, but, I would think less crowded during the week.

Everything east of SF and Sacramento is Gold Rush country and there is allot to see in that area as well. It would be a great drive if you visited Coloma, site of gold discovery in 1948, and took Highway 49 south from there and visited GeorgeTown, starting point of the infamous Jeeper's Jamboree. This route will take you through "Gold Country" and past the Forks of the American River where you should be able to take in some white water rafting as we have had record snow falls (19 feet) in the Sierra Nevada's so far, and we aren't really into our rainy season yet!

I don't do much riding in the desert during the summer either, although there is a couple of races on the calendar for August this year. My friends and I usually go up to the Sierra's in the Sequoia National forest which is just north of Lake Isabella at about 8400'. There are some nice drives in this area as well on narrow winding roads. I can even show you where to look for Indian arrow heads in this area. There are many trails in this area that are multi use trails, bikes, Dirt Bikes, horses, and hikers. There is a stereo type that Germans like to Hike, and if you do, there is plenty of hiking in this area as well. There are also some hiking only area's in this area as well. There are known as wilderness area's.

Anyway, if you would like, I can gather maps and mark all of these places for you and send them to you if you like. There is much to see in California.

Hope this helps,
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Hi,

wow, that´s really cool, what an extensive flood of informations,
pretty cool insider knowledge! That´s what I was also searching for.
My girlfriend already knows the area there, but all these details you´re telling me are also new for her. She studied for half a year at the University of Long Beach. She has got good relations
to a few people there. She wants to visit a very good girlfriend who lives there.
She is a big fan of the land and wants to give me a little impression of that too.
For me it will be the first time in the US. Eagerly and curiously and maybe expectantly I´m looking forward to this journey.

I´m really glad to see that there are some kind people. That´s a good feeling.
In advance I wanna thank you very much. Let´s keep the contact.
And maybe there is something I can do for you..!?

best regards

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