Sunday, September 13, 2009

2009 Sep 11 - 14 AS 2.0

2009 Sep 11 - 14 AS 2.0
Chain Gang {BMW F650 dual sport riders} Altitude Sickness 2.0 held at the Hope Valley Resort in the California Sierra-Nevada Mountains in Alpine County.

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N6TQS has a problem with coolant overflow.
The symptoms point to a bad water pump seal

But it is Friday evening and Dinner Time. So we travel to Markleeville and the
Wolf Creek Restaurant and Bar. The Santa Barbara Mob stopped on their way and had finished eating before we got to the place.
Doug 2, jet doc X, Doug 1 and Gangplank.

Cyath and Señor are the last to arrive for dinner.
The Dinner Menu is a bit steep so we elect to sit in the Patio and order from the Lunch Menu.
My Clubhouse with fries

Señor greets the Santa Barbara Mob

Cyath eats while patbravo grins

Cyath, Señor are the last to eat

Patobravo has the part that N6TQS needs to repair his bike, but N6TQS decides to ride home Saturday morning and wrench it at home versus a couple of hundred miles away.

The meeting point for Saturday morning is the Hope Valley Resort Market and Restaurant.
Señor before his first cup of coffee

The bikes are standing at attention before the Saturday Ride start

Meanwhile straggler wants to take a ride to Silver Lake so he and I head over Carson Pass and a short Ride to Plasse Resort at the west end of Silver Lake.

Straggler modeling his T-Shirt at Silver Lake. Patobravo was responsible for getting the shirts designed and made, Thanks, John.

Then it is off to Walker and lunch at the Walker Burger.
My Bacon Walker Burger

Almost as soon as we finish eating the skies open up. A short T-Storm with a bit of hail mixed in.
We wait out the storm for about a half hour and get back on the road.

When we get back to the Hope Valley Campgrounds we find Will in CA already set up and cooking away.
Will has boiled a bunch of potatoes and is now making his mashed potatoes

The Riders start arriving about an hour later.

The ribs have been partially cooked and warming in the pot awaiting the BBQ sauce and their finishing touches.

Happy Hour at the Hope Valley Resort

Why does Señor not have a drink in his hand, both Cyath and Doug 2 have drinks?

Spook and Gangplank examining a bug :-)

Our token Texan brewer90 telling patobravo about something

Señor Peligro, our Instigator, wrote the following:

Postby SenorPeligro on Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:29 pm

Made it home safe, showered and relaxing with a cold glass of Marzen.

Altitude Sickness 2.0 was rather splendid (or if you prefer in Californian: freakin' epic!). Thank you to everybody who came, you're a fine bunch of people.

Some special thanks:

patobravo for the striking t-shirts and for organizing the camp sites (please make sure he isn't left holding the bag for your share of a site). Also thanks for picking up my bike in the Truckee Train Tunnel of Lesser Doom.

Gangplank arranging our donation to a very cool charity and for leading us on an epic dual sport adventure over the mountains and across two states.

JD for stopping Gangplank getting us lost during our epic dual-sport adventure (not that we would have known); also for sharing his special secret-sauce forest road and the Truckee Train Tunnels of Doom.

Will in CA for taking care of the weary troops with a fabulous rib dinner.

Straggler for coming all the way from Alaska via Pahrump (where the brothels are) and putting a cold beer in my hand at least once. The Yukon Pale Ale was delicious!

dinamasu for knowing more about the roads in California than Google Maps.

Brewer for coming all the way from Texas to let me touch his new KTM. Safe travels amigo.

Cyath for not crashing into me in the Truckee Train Tunnel of Greater Doom and the handy medical advice about emergency trauma surgery using a tent stake. :shock:

Photo taken by Brewer

Spook for riding really freakin' well for somone with such a low post count and also helping to make California oil-rich again.

n6tqs for making all the people who have fixed their water-pumps tell their personal anecdotes about fixing their water-pumps.

the other Doug for showing up to meet a bunch of lunatics while remaining smiling all weekend.

Most of all a hearty thanks for coming to EVERYONE.

The top-secret decision making cabal decided:

A) Altitude Sickness 3.0 will be held in Panguitch, UT on the weekend after Labor Day, 2010

B) We're adopting Austin's House as our official unofficial Altitude Sickness charity

And remember, if you can't prove it with a photo, it didn't happen. ;-)