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    I registered for the Salem rally, but didn't check yes to sign up for the GS Giant event. I've now changed my mind. What's the best way to change my rally registration preference (or to sign up to participate)?
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    Ken - check your Private Messages.

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    Anybody needing adventure, rides with me North this year.
    Randy,
    I just signed up for the GS Giant, I live in Nevada City and am looking to join someone or a small group for the ride to Salem. I am not sure how offroad I want to take my (new to me) GS 1200, but I am generally comfortable with dirt/gravel roads. I am into camping well, but not so much into cooking. I would love to see the rest of the country after the Rally, but I do not think I will be able to get away with that retirement present to myself quite yet.

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    Hi Dan;

    I am here, been absent a while. We are riding 4 GSs out of Clovis sometime before the rally for Salem. F700GS,F800GS,GSA1200 and KLR650 as a group to most probably Hayfork meeting place. Dates yet to be announced by IAN, GS Giant leader again this year. He is doing his LIONS share as usual for that guy, from afar in Georgia. Me too in past years and still here to promote GS as much as possible. All the above are family and we are still getting dates in order to leave, as some of the younger folk are stuck at work getting away. Stay in touch. WE WILL be sharing much more data soon enough. Look up Hayfork,CA, as its in the works to be N.Cal meeting place for GSGiants coming from South. Dates soon. I am always looking to grow this group. I teach(not for career) offroad skills on GSA1200 and other smaller GSs, family full of'em. So far my experiences I share with others is FREE, so abuse that if you will. My first GS was 1981 GS800, BMWs first model GS. Just a tad bit experienced here and I love the spirit of sharing it all. Happy Trails. Randy"Polarbear"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    I teach(not for career) offroad skills on GSA1200 and other smaller GSs, family full of'em.
    Dan - Mr. Polarbear is a great mentor. You will do well hanging out with him.

    Hayford is in the middle of the Trinity Alps area of Norcal, and the place where people will camp is very friendly to the BMW community. (we can thank the NorCal club for that!)

    From there, a 2+ day ride to Salem is planned, with options for routes and camping spots.

    One *very* nice spot is already reserved near Medford, OR and there's a spot near Crater Lake that is being worked on.

    Stay tuned... and be sure to click the GS Giant Event button as you register for the Rally. That's gonna be your ticket for getting all the info.




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    Polarbear and Visian,

    Looking forward to playing on some dirt roads. I did sign up for the GS Giant when I registered for the rally. I will wander over toward Hayfork when the time comes. I think I might do a Hwy 49-89-36-3 route with a possible off-route stop in Igo.

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    One ride option from Hayfork...

    ... spotted this ride from the "air" (google earth) and it looks fantastic. Seiad Valley Has anyone ridden it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kencollier View Post
    I registered for the Salem rally, but didn't check yes to sign up for the GS Giant event. I've now changed my mind. What's the best way to change my rally registration preference (or to sign up to participate)?

    I saw your response to another second-thoughter was a pm on how-to. I had to use the phone-in to sign up for the rally and when I went online later, after the bugs were cleared, found that sign-up link blocked to me. I'm coming from Raleigh, NC and would like to participate in the pre-rally cross country. When I follow the rally link looking for an independent sign-up, it leads me back to this thread. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 83014 View Post
    I saw your response to another second-thoughter was a pm on how-to. I had to use the phone-in to sign up for the rally and when I went online later, after the bugs were cleared, found that sign-up link blocked to me. I'm coming from Raleigh, NC and would like to participate in the pre-rally cross country. When I follow the rally link looking for an independent sign-up, it leads me back to this thread. Thanks.
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    Doug - please PM me with your email address.

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    My data:).

    GSA1200 home base for me and a garage full of GSs is in CLOVIS,CA foothills East of town 12 miles. I live right on TOP of byways central. From here you can ride the road right out of my driveway, without center lines or darn few making this GS foothill heaven. Time sometimes rules for the more direct routes, but at every occasion I get, I avoid the more travelled routes for more fun and adventure. Not always dirt either to find great roads, as this Western Slope of the Sierra's has so many exciting back roads, all the way to single lane paved byways, way less travelled to keep anybody with time to explore, happy for days. HAYFORK is NCal West of Redding an hour or so. Direct West, you'll see it on Hwy3. One of my kids worked last year, the Hayfork CalFire Station there! You think he knows the backcountry around there, hehe!!! ANY SW or South of me GS'ers can join in or meet in Hayfork for some sharing the camp there one night and even pal up with other like minded riders to Salem. My home base(Clovis East) is open for meeting too; gsarbear@gmail.com or 559-288-2555c. My getaway day is still open, so stay tuned. Some favorites from my home are thru North ForkCA, OakhurstCA and pick up Hwy49 all the way to its terminus at Hwy89, above Lake Tahoe and onward to Mt.Shasta region and Hayfork is West of Redding, remember! This is the famed GOLD COUNTRY discovery route, Hwy49. Very nice. Our famous 4 passes also link to this Hwy49, so take in as many of these as you can. Its time consuming to get all done and some have done'em all in a day!!! Not probable for most enjoying the sights. 2 days much easier to do 4 passes. TIOGA PASS Hwy120(YosemiteNP), SONORA PASS Hwy108, EBBETTS PASS Hwy4 and CARSON PASS Hwy88. Whether you're riding from out of state or even in state and not seen these passes recently or never have, they are a must see event on your bucket lists!!! All these passes are South of Lake Tahoe, Carson Pass nearly hits the lake with short Hwy89 jog. I am(CLOVIS) also 2 hours from the PACIFIC COAST HWY.1 and this has always been a super favorite of touring bikers. Its hard to do both of the above riding events in same vacation unless you have tons of time to invest. 3-4 days at least gets both in and even 5 days would be nicer to see all of Central Cal...BUT, Hwy 1 is a must see, especially between San Luis Obispo, CA. and Monterey, CA.. and even onward to SF and the Golden Gate Bridge, toll free Northbound only. That section below Monterey is our "premier" piece of coastal sights in this state for bikers. Of course others exist too further North in the Redwoods NP. All very exciting California. I had better stop for now. Just a few pointers above for tourers from wherever. Good luck picking your way to Salem, see ya there or en route. Randy'Polarbear"GSA1200

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    JUST one more!

    Ya'll wine folks needing to see wineries as in NAPA Valley? Consider this OPTION, very close to the Pacific Coast Hwy 1 I mentioned above...Paso Robles, Ca. is our much unknown Napa Valley competitor with so many wineries, you cannot count 'em all. The countryside their around Paso Robles is 1st rate biker heaven, rolling small coastal mountains region and gives Napa Valley a huge run for your money. I prefer this wine region as its less traffic away from the SF crowds! AND youre right on top of the PCH 1 heading North for Monterey, WOW. More millionaires live here, owning these fancy wineries than anywhere in California. JUST Incredible to see this and even if you don't stop and drink, you'll love the roads. Buy wine, drink later at camp. If you sample taste, ride very safe, KNOW your ability to do so. I just rode all of this last weekend. If you room it, expect to pay in Monterey, CA anywhere from 75-80$ inland city to 200$ a night at the ocean. The 200$ gets you a room on the water at Monterey and its one of the best coasts anywhere, period! Wildlife there is incredible, whales within sight. Monterey Bay National Santuary. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    I am here, been absent a while. We are riding 4 GSs out of Clovis sometime before the rally for Salem. F700GS,F800GS,GSA1200 and KLR650 as a group to most probably Hayfork meeting place. Dates yet to be announced by IAN, GS Giant leader again this year. He is doing his LIONS share as usual for that guy, from afar in Georgia. Me too in past years and still here to promote GS as much as possible. All the above are family and we are still getting dates in order to leave, as some of the younger folk are stuck at work getting away. Stay in touch. WE WILL be sharing much more data soon enough. Look up Hayfork,CA, as its in the works to be N.Cal meeting place for GSGiants coming from South. Dates soon. I am always looking to grow this group. I teach(not for career) offroad skills on GSA1200 and other smaller GSs, family full of'em. So far my experiences I share with others is FREE, so abuse that if you will. My first GS was 1981 GS800, BMWs first model GS. Just a tad bit experienced here and I love the spirit of sharing it all. Happy Trails. Randy"Polarbear"
    Hey Randy,
    Just wanted to let you know I am still planing on leaving NH on 7/9 -7/10 and riding out NoCAL. It will be good riding again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmahmet View Post
    I will be good riding again!
    No you won't... I know you... you'll be bad, like always...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    No you won't... I know you... you'll be bad, like always...
    typo IT will be good riding. Being bad is fun though! Right Ian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmahmet View Post
    typo IT will be good riding. Being bad is fun though! Right Ian?
    Big and bad... it's the Giant's way!

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