Group Camp B is located at the San Luis Creek Area along the shoreline of O'Neill Forebay. The site offers shade ramadas, tables, fire rings, flushable toilets, and hot pay showers. Also the club has reserved this site for Friday as an "early bird" option for those wanting to go a day early.
Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass, San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is noted for boating, board sailing, camping, and picnicking. But its anglers who find this unit's three lakes most inviting.
We will be meeting for breakfast at 8:00 AM on the 29th at the Black Bear Diner, 700 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, kickstands up at 9:00 AM!
San Luis Reservoir was constructed as a storage reservoir for the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project. It stores runoff water from the Delta that would otherwise flow into the ocean. The water arrives through the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal, and is pumped from the O'Neil Forebay into the main reservoir during the winter and spring. The Los Banos Creek Reservoir was built to prevent storm runoff from flooding the canals.
A visitor center at the Romero Overlook provides full information on the reservoirs and water projects through audio-visual and printed materials. Telescopes are also available for viewing the area.
Long before the dams and canals were built, this land was the home of the Northern Valley Yokuts, native Americans who harvested seeds, acorns, and the roots of the tules that grew in the marshes of the sluggish San Joaquin River. There were also fish, geese, and ducks for food, as well as huge herds of pronghorn antelope and tule elk on the plains. With the coming of the Spanish, though, this way of life disappeared. Many of the valley people were taken to missions around 1805, and an epidemic, possibly of malaria, decimated the human population of this area in 1833. In the 1850s, the survivors were killed or driven off by American settlers.
Pacheco pass was named for Don Juan Pacheco, who settled here in the 1840s. The pass was used by Native Americans, Spanish soldiers and missionaries, Mexican ranchers, and gold miners, as well as more recent travelers. In 1856 Andrew Firebaugh improved the pass and made it a toll road, with a toll house two miles west of the summit. He had hardly finished when the Butterfieid-Overland stages began using the road as part of their route from San Francisco to Missouri.
The first water works in the area were constructed in 1871, when farmers built a canal from Mendota Dam to Los Banos Creek to irrigate their wheat crops. Many canals were added over the years, until they totaled 180 miles in length. Ground was broken in 1962 for the San Luis Project, which created the current reservoirs. Today, Los Banos area farmers cultivate alfalfa, grapes, tomatoes, melons, corn, cotton, beans, sugar beets, fruits, nuts, and raise dairy and beef cattle
If you have any immediate questions please shoot an email to our Nick Gloyd, Tour Captain at email@example.com.
Do you have an idea for a Second Sunday Breakfast Ride? The format is simple, we meet at 8:00 AM for breakfast, kick-stands up at 9, we ride until about 1:00 PM. It's fun to get out with new and old friends alike and appreciate the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area! Email those suggestions to our Tour Captain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer, Make a Difference!
The 2017 49’er Rally promises to be another blockbuster event and we need your help!
Please sign up for a shift in registration, the beer garden, country store or help with the GS skills class! The 49’er is a lot of fun and through volunteering, you’ll enjoy that added sense of satisfaction from knowing you’ve made a difference! The rally is a non-profit we count on volunteers like you to lend a hand, do you part so that everyone can enjoy the experience!
To sign-up, please use the following link to indicate where and when you'd like to volunteer and we'll circle-back to sign you up to a specific date and time.
Note, you MUST register and pay an entrance fee to volunteer at the 49'er!
Off Road Skills Clinic
7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
(You must purchase a ticket to attend the 49'er Rally to register and participate in this event!)
Learn/improve your dirt skills at one of our two sessions lead by professional BMW trainer/coach Lance Thomas (Formerly of RawHyde Adventures.)
Registration check-in starts promptly at 7:45 AM, at the Fairgrounds arena, followed by introductions, basic & advanced skills concepts, and training on a closed course.
Riders must have full safety gear including helmet, gloves, boots, riding jacket, etc...
After lunch (on your own), guided off-road ride with Lance observing/coaching riders through on-trail obstacles and more challenging sections. Some dirt experience suggested, but all are welcome.
Pricing for the training this year was set by Lance at $65 and space is limited to about 25 riders each day.
You must register and pay admission to the 49'er Rally to attend this event!
Questions or more information, email Buddy at email@example.com.
Big Bike Adventure Challenge
Mendocino National Forest
This is a 110 mile 2 day off road ride on forest service roads with single-track options along the route. The route will have both skill and navigational challenges along the way. GPX files will be provided. All riders and bikes are welcome! Here are all the details:
The entire ride can be done on forest service roads if a rider chooses not to do the optional trails. A stream crossing is included. The optional trails will have hill ascents and descent, mud and ruts. The stream crossing is not optional. The optional trails require intermediate to advance riding skill level and all riders must ride in pairs.
Registration opens to club members on April 3rd, 2017, $35, & April 17, 2017, for the general public, also $35. For any and all questions, contact Buddy at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Brannan Island State Recreation Area is a maze of waterways through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This park northeast of San Francisco Bay, has countless islands and marshes with many wildlife habitats and many opportunities for recreation, including boating, windsurfing and swimming.
We will meet for breakfast at 8:00 AM with "kick stands up" at 9:00 AM. Our final destination is Brannan Island State Recreation Area17645 CA-160, Rio Vista, CA 94571
One of the outstanding water-oriented recreation areas in the world, the area offers great fishing, including striped bass, sturgeon, catfish, bluegill, perch and bullhead. Frank’s Tract, a protected wetland marsh, is home to beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink and 76 species of birds.
The park is on Highway 160 a few miles south of the city of Rio Vista in Sacramento County. The park is located on the lower peninsular extension of Brannan Island, and is surrounded by the Sacramento River on the west, Three Mile Slough on the southeast, and Seven Mile Slough on the northeast.
The park has a ten lane launch ramp, over 140 campsites and areas for picnicking and swimming.
Day use areas include the Windy Cove windsurfing access, the group picnic area located at the Ramadas, and Seven Mile Slough picnic area. The group picnic facility and Seven Mile Slough day use area close at sunset. Windy Cove closes at the hour posted at the entrance road to Windy Cove.
Seven Mile Slough picnic area includes picnic tables, barbecues and drinking water. New restroom facilities were completed late in 1997 and include flush toilets and outdoor cold showers. NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY for the 2011 season. A Life Jacket Lending Board will be available. Ample parking is close to the beach.
The Ramadas have shaded picnic structures with large barbecues, picnic tables, water and trash receptacles. A large open grassy area is adjacent to the site for games. The closest restroom to the Ramadas is located north of the swim beach along Seven Mile Slough.
In all of these day use areas possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
At Seven Mile Slough and Windy Cove, beaches are off limits to dogs. Dogs are allowed in the picnic area north of the restrooms, along Seven Mile Slough. Dogs must be on leash and in the owners control at all times.
If you have any questions shoot an email to the email@example.com.
MOA International Rally
July 13 – 15, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT
The BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California has secured forty tent spaces at the MOA Rally in Salt Lake City in the chartered club area. We will have a canopy, display our club logo, and provide refreshments to members.
There will be no cost to our membership for a tent space. However, there is a registration fee charged by the MOA each attendee is required to pay upon entry to the event venue.
We will need a head count in order to assign tent spaces. If there are more members that want to attend we might be able to increase the size of our camping area. Please register today to secure your space!
Please contact Fred Montano if you have any questions!
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