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High Plains Drifter
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High Plains Drifter dual sport adventure ride explores the forgotten remains of the mysterious desert mining town of Lago from the classic Clint Eastwood movie High Plains Drifter. 

 

This dual sport adventure ride begins on the western side of the Sierra Nevada and explores a combination of fun back-roads, remote dirt-roads and scenic mountain passes to the Eastern Sierra.

 

 

Day one of your adventure explores remote dirt-roads through the Stanislaus River Canyon to the scenic Sonora Pass. After traveling over the scenic Sonora Pass your adventure ride explores the dramatic landscape of the Eastern Sierra to the town of Bridgeport, once known as "Big Meadow" for its fertile and open grazing land. Bridgeport is small mountain town located in a beautiful valley with spectacular views of the rugged Sawtooth Range. 

 

Your overnight stay will be spent in the

 

Historic Bodie Hotel. This unique hotel provides a glimpse into one of the most fascinating periods of America's history, the Wild West with boom town mining operations, open range cattle ranches, notorious outlaws and lawmen that would bring them to justice. The Bodie Hotel is a two story Victorian era boarding house of the 1860's. This hotel is definitely one of a kind from its rickety staircase, velvet wall paper, to its shag carpet. The rickety staircase only adds to the whole experience in this unique hotel. 

Day two of your adventure explores a dirt wagon route through a historic canyon to the massive Mono Lake Basin. Your off-road adventure continues as you explore the high plains desert to the mysterious mining town of Lago from the classic Clint Eastwood movie High Plains Drifter.

 

Lago, which means "Lake" in Italian is the forgotten town-site for the supernatural western film High Plains Drifter. In this Western, a drifter with no name (Clint Eastwood) wanders into the small town of Lago, where his gun-slinging abilities are in high demand. When the drifter rides into Lago, he is met with disapproval by the townspeople. But once he shows his skills with a pistol, the locals realize he may be able to help them fend off a band of criminals who have been terrorizing the town. He agrees to help the townspeople, but does so with his own secret agenda.

 

Universal Pictures wanted the 1973 film to be shot on the studio lot. Instead, Clint Eastwood had a whole town built in the high desert on the shores of Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra. Many of the buildings were complete and three-dimensional, so that interiors could be shot on location. The mysterious town of Lago was built by a 46-man crew of technicians and 10 laborers worked 10-hours a day for 18 days constructing 14 houses and a two-story hotel. They were burned down at the film's completion. The town of Lago suddenly appeared for a brief period of time, such as the mysterious drifter appeared across the high plains desert in the first scene and suddenly disappear into the history of time, such as the unnamed drifter disappeared into the horizon of the high plains desert.

 

After your visit at the mysterious town-site of Lago, your off-road adventure explores high into the Eastern Sierra to an abandon gold mine near 10,000 ft. elevation with spectacular panoramic views of Mono Lake. This remote gold mine has many interesting buildings still intact with countless mining equipment and machinery scattered about. The largest and most impressive structure at the mine is the massive wooden head-frame, which towers over the mineshaft including the unique gold mill structure. The gold mill itself is a fantastic blend of cylindrical steel bins, corrugated metal, enclosed conveyors, and complex angles. This is one of the most interesting mining structures I’ve ever encountered.

 

After your visit exploring the abandon gold mine your adventure returns back to Folsom via the scenic Tioga Pass with breathtaking views granite monoliths and high Sierra peaks.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Multi-Day Adventure Ride (14 rider max)

*Bodie Hotel in Bridgeport CA. (Hotel included) 

Hotel accommodations: 2 riders per room, 2 beds per room.

 

This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with lots of gold rush history & adventure.
Ride distance 450+ miles round trip (75+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (125 mile range required)

Yosemite National Park entry fee $20 per rider (NOT included)

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (meals NOT included)

Ride returns to Folsom CA (between 4pm & 5pm)

*Due to Hotel accommodations, No refunds on cancellations after Sept. 10th 2016

*more details listed under "Book this Ride"

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Date Selected: December 31st 1969

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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:
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.

Lodging:
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!

Gear:
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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