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Bodie And Beyond Adv
Next Ride: July 20th - 21st 2019
Open Spots: 18
Cost: $225.00 (Member cost: $200.00) Login or Sign Up
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Here's your opportunity to explore one of the most rugged and remote gold mining towns from the wild west, with entire buildings undisturbed and still intact from the last day the towns people packed their bags and said goodbye to Bodie.


This is the perfect summertime adventure ride which begins at the beautiful South Lake Tahoe where you will experience the ideal temperatures for dual sport adventure riding. You will explore spectacular high mountain passes and historic dirt wagon routes to the most remote and pristine ghost town from the California Gold Rush.


Bodie & Beyond dual sport adventure ride will take you back in time to experience the best preserved genuine ghost town frozen in time from the wild west. Bodie is located above 8,000 feet elevation in the high plains desert east of the Sierra Nevada and north of the vast Mono Lake Basin. Your journey will explore the wide-open expanse of the Mono Lake Basin to the water's edge where ancient Tuffa rock formations rise out of the lake like something from another world. You will also have the opportunity to explore historic dirt wagon supply routes in the High Sierra to Bodie & Beyond.


In 1859 William S. Bodey discovered gold while prospecting in the remote high plains desert mountains near what is now named Bodie California. Although William S. Bodey seemed to live a respectful life in his community of Poughkeepsie his lust for a more adventurous life got the best of him when he heard the news of gold being discovered in California. Soon after hearing the news of gold being discovered, Bodey said goodbye to his wife and two children and set sail to for California in search of gold and adventure.


Bodie California was a rough and rowdy wild west town in its heyday and undoubtedly one of the most legendary ghost towns in the Western U.S. Gold was first discovered in this remote location by the adventurous prospector named Willian S. Bodey. His discovery sparked a gold rush to the area, and the town of Bodie California sprang up around Bodey's discovery. Unfortunately, Bodey never had the opportunity to prosper from his discovery or see the rise of the town that was named after him due to an unexpected blizzard that took his life while making a supply trip in the Sierra Nevada. Although the town was named after this adventurous prospector, the spelling of the name was changed due to a mistake when the first sign painter misspelled his name and the word Bodie stuck.


The boom of Bodie occurred in 1876 when a mine caved, exposing a profitable deposit of gold bearing ore, which transformed Bodie from an isolated mining camp comprising of a few hundred prospectors to a Wild West boomtown. Rich discoveries in the adjacent Bodie Mine during 1878 attracted even more hopeful people. By 1879, Bodie had a population of over 10,000 people and over 2,000 buildings. By the end of the boom, the Bodie mines had produced gold valued at nearly $34 million. As a bustling gold mining center, Bodie had the amenities of larger towns, including a Well Fargo, four volunteer fire companies, a brass band, railroad, miners' and mechanics' unions, several daily newspapers, and a jail. At its peak, 65 saloons lined Main Street, which was only one-mile long. Murders, shootouts, barroom brawls, and stagecoach holdups were regular occurrences its heyday.



Bodie like many other mining towns had a popular red-light district where ladies of the night set up inside one-room cabins “cribs” for miners and the badmen of Bodie. Women with colorful names such as, Beautiful Doll were sought-after every night, but the town’s most famous prostitute was Rosa May. Born in Pennsylvania, Rosa May ran away at age 16 and drifted west, where she worked as a prostitute in mining camps to survive. Rosa May moved to Bodie in 1890 where she became best known as (a hooker with a heart of gold) after giving life-saving care to many sick miners during a deadly breakout. During this time Rosa May contracted the deadly disease while caring for the menfolk and eventually died due to her illness in the winter of 1911. After her death, Rosa May was buried outside of the cemetery because she was a prostitute, and some of the “upper-class” women in town would not approve of her getting a proper burial among the more “respectable” folks.


During its heyday, Bodie was second to none for wickedness, badmen and "the worst climate out of doors." One little girl, whose family was taking her to the remote and infamous town, wrote in her diary: "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie." The phrase came to be known throughout the West.


Bodie is now an authentic Wild West ghost town. The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and in 1962 the state legislature authorized creation of Bodie State Historic Park. A total of 170 buildings remained. Bodie has been named as California's official state gold rush ghost town.



Multi-Day Ride (20 rider max)

This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with some "challenging" and lots of adventure.

Ride distance 400+ miles (75+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (125-mile range required)
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (meal Not included)


Date: July 20th – 21st 2019

Meet Time: 9:00 a.m.

Meeting Location: Starbucks S. Lake Tahoe

1064 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Ride returns to S. Lake Tahoe CA (approx. 5pm)


Hotels recommended for Saturday Night

Riders are responsible to book their Hotel reservations. (Not included)

-Ruby Inn 333 Main St, Bridgeport, CA 93517 (760) 932-7241

-Walker River Inn 100 Main St, Bridgeport, CA 93517 (760) 932-7021

-Bridgeport Inn 205 Main St, Bridgeport, CA 93517 (760) 932-7380

Additional Hotels available in Bridgeport all in walking distance.


Note: Riders have the 'option' to 'Camp" near Bridgeport CA.

Riders that choose to camp are recommended to make camping reservations in advance.


Note: Recommend staying in S. Lake Tahoe Friday Night

Riders are responsible to book their Hotel reservations. (Not included)

-Motel 6 2375 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Additional Hotels available in S. Lake Tahoe all in walking distance.


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Dates Selected: July 20th - 21st 2019

Cost: $225.00Open Spots: 18Ride Days: 2
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Starbucks 1064 Emerald Bay Rd, , South Lake Tahoe , CA 96150
Additional Info: One night Hotel (Not Included) Camping optional. Please have a full tank of gas and be ready to ride! Pack water & snacks / meals at restaurants (meals NOT included) Note:Check ride details within ride article for more details. Questions:
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Motorcycle Tours, Terms and Conditions:

Riders will be required to carry a valid U.S. or similar International drivers license with valid motorcycle license endorsement.
Riders must demonstrate solid riding ability.
Riders must be at least 21 years of age.
Helmets are required by law and must be worn by all riders.

Booking Requirements:
Tours: You will be responsible for your own motorcycle, food, gas, & lodging costs and any incidentals along the way.

Payments for the tour can be made in U.S. funds by VISA / MasterCard / AMEX / Discover. If completing the registration on-line, please remember to print and complete the waiver and bring it with you to the event. Tours require payment in full with registration.

Cancellation Policy:
Payment for the Tours is due at time of registration. There are no refunds 0-14 days before departure. If you do need to cancel, we would be happy to apply your payment to a future tour. There will be no refunds for unused services or accommodations once the tour has started. If you cancel a Tour 14 days or less prior to the tour date, there will be a $25 cancellation fee. There are no refunds if you cancel 72 hours or less prior to the tour, however tour fees can be applied to future tours. We rarely cancel or postpone a trip, but we reserve the right to do so when necessary: due to dangerous weather conditions or other reasons beyond our control. In the event of such an occurrence, we will refund your fees or apply them to another trip, but we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred.

Travel Insurance:
Participants are responsible for their own medical insurance.

Storing unneeded luggage or gear:
If you are coming in the region with more gear than you can carry on your bike, or possibly are on an extended vacation, it's commonplace to locate a place to store this extra gear. If you are renting a motorcycle, typically the rental facility will be more than happy to store your luggage or spare gear. This is also commonplace with area hotels. Arrive a day early at your local lodging facility and request they store your extra gear. They'll be happy to comply.

Meals are NOT included in the tour cost so please bring some extra money to be able to partake in the restaurant’s the group will frequent. What is commonplace on the rides is the participants all split the ticket, or simply get separate tickets.

Overnight Tours: Lodging is always pre-booked for you. However, you will be responsible for your lodging costs. Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours will reserve a block of rooms for our tour participants months in advance. Our lodging typically is in Best Western or Holiday Inn type motels that have a pool and jacuzzi, and typically are within walking distance to our dinner destination. Costs range $70-$150 per night depending on the region of California we are in.

Arriving early:
If you are arriving the day prior to the tour, refer to the tour description for a link to a local recommended lodging facility near the launch point for the tour. If you are traveling some distance to reach the launch point, arriving the night prior will ensure you're fresh and ready to ride Friday morning!

When riding in California, we highly recommend that you dress in layers, to adjust to change of weather. In addition, Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours strongly recommends you wear motorcycle specific protective gear while riding a motorcycle. Temperatures during California summers are warm, although the variety of terrain covered in your tours will experience a wide range of temperature and weather conditions.

Tour Safety:
Helmets are required by law in California and Nevada. Tour participants are responsible for any traffic violations they might incur during the tour. Alcohol or drug use during the course of the tour is not permitted under any circumstance or while riding the motorcycle. Over-consumption of alcohol during our evening stop-overs is discouraged also, though we want everyone to have a good time!

California Weather:
The weather in California is often rather predictable during the summer months, namely six months straight of sunshine. Our tour dates are chosen to take advantage of our beautiful summer days, but despite our best efforts, we cannot control the weather, so please come prepared for the possibility of spring/ fall rain showers or summer heat as we will be covering a wide range of climates from high mountain elevations, to coastal areas. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours reserves the right to make modifications to the tour at any time for any reason.

Bringing your own bike:
The majority of riders on Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours ride their own motorcycles. Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours is by no means a brand specific company. We welcome all makes of motorcycles and tour participants from all walks of life. We only ask if you bring your own motorcycle to ensure you have a new, or nearly new, set of tires and have your motorcycle in excellent running condition. Please ensure your motorcycle is ready to make a week long tour or more. Also consider obtaining some type of road side service for your motorcycle prior to arriving for your tour. You also might find it convenient to trailer your motorcycle to our starting point. If you need a place to store your vehicle and trailer, we can accommodate you provided you're arriving the day before the tour date.

Shipping your own bike:
Often, shipping your bike to your tour destination will about equal the price of a rental bike- however, you'll need to be in California at least 7-9 days to break even. If you plan on riding for a month, it will be cheaper to ship your bike across the domestic United States. Shippers may also require extended shipping times. For example, here for a month? Your shipper may require 2 weeks on the front side, and 2 weeks on the backside of your trip. Motorcycles normally ship uncrated with minimal fuel and are transported business to business. Our rental facilities will be more than happy to receive your motorcycle and have it ready when you arrive. If you would feel more comfortable aboard your own motorcycle, our helpful staff is happy to aid you with this option. We have also seen shippers deliver to dealers also to add to helping you providing a commercial setting to receive your bike.

Renting a motorcycle:
Sierra Nevada Adventures Tours does not rent motorcycles. However, we are more than happy to aid you in your rental process. BMW's and KTM’s dual sport adventure motorcycles are readily available in the San Francisco Bay Area. To ensure you get the bike you want, reserve at least 3 months in advance. Call the rental facility of your choice direct to have them familiarize you with the rental process and costs. Riders will typically pick up the bike the day before the tour date, and arrange to drop it off the following morning at open of business to return the motorcycle. Contact us for questions about rental options.

Non-U.S. Residents:
You must have your passport with you at all times when renting or touring with us if you are not a permanent resident of the United States or Canada.

Flight Arrangements:
Sierra Nevada Adventures Motorcycle Tours does not, and cannot, make flight arrangements, nor is the cost of your flight or travel cost to the starting point included in the tour price.
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Bodie And Beyond Adv Ride
Total: $225.00
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