Half Moon Bay to Portola Valley via Santa Cruz
The ride will start at the Main Street Grill at 547 Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Breakfast at 8:00 AM (restaurant opens at 8:00 AM) and kick stands up at 9:00 AM!
This is the start of Daylight Savings time so don’t forget to set your clocks forward or you’ll be an hour late. Also, the route may change based on road conditions, especially if we have anymore atmospheric rivers hit the Santa Cruz mountains.
We will take Highway 1 down the coast until we hit La Honda Road. From their we will head into the mountains and return to Highway 1 via Pescadero Creek Road. We’ll take Highway 1 to Santa Cruz and have a short bathroom and rest stop at Coffetopia. From there it’s Empire Grade Road, Jamison Cred Road and Big Basis road through Big Basin State Park and up to Highway 35. Then we will travel a short distance northbound and take Page Mill Road road down towards Highway 280 endng up at Alpine Inn Beer Garden (3915 Alpine Road in Portola Valley) if anyone wants lunch. If it’s a nice day we can sit on the patio...
If you are new to riding with us or in groups or just want a safety refresher, check out our Group Riding Guidelines and Common Hand Signals on the Safety page of our website!
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March brings us to the BMW Club of Northern California's annual trek to Death Valley! The member meeting and campout will be held at Furnace Creek. More details will be posted to the website in the near future. If you have suggestions for this event or any questions, please contact the club tour captain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 25h (location TBD) and 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 President, Dan Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Volunteers
49’er Rally 2017
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!
BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California’s
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.
The ride begins Saturday morning June 10th at a campsite location and ends at the same location Sunday afternoon. Sag wagon for gear and chuck wagon style dinner Saturday night will be provided at the remote camp sight. Sunday you navigate back to start and retrieve your gear.
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 1st, 2017, $35, & April 15, 2017, to non-members, also $35.
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.
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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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