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You Bet Diggins
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You Bet Diggin's Dual Sport Adventure ride weaves a tapestry of remote dirt roads and Gold Rush history. You will explore some of the most remote and historic mining sites in Nevada County, from the historic You Bet Diggin's to the abandon Red Dog cemetery.

 

This adventure begins in the Gold Rush town of Auburn and soon leaves civilization behind as it explores dirt mining roads and hydraulic diggings in the ancient river beds filled with gold deposits high above the Bear River Canyon. During the 1800s Gold-seekers with the hopes to strike it rich traveled from all corners of the world to prospect in this remote area known as the Northern Mines of the California Gold Country. During the early years of the gold rush many of the mining improvements originated in the remote mining camps in Northern Mines. The sluice, long tom and mining ditch were first used in the Northern Mines of Nevada County including the stamp mill for crushing gold bearing quartz. The process of cement mining was also pioneered in this region due to the gold bearing gravel and dirt were so tightly packed that instead of a slow pudding box a faster method to separate the gold was needed, and in much like the quartz-stamp mill, a cement-stamp came into use.

 

Many cement deposits were sunk deep into the earth and mined through extensive shafts and tunnels. Much of this type of mining happened in the remote mining areas known as You Bet, Little York and Red Dog. The modern form of hydraulic mining, using jets of water directed under high pressure through hoses and nozzles at gold-bearing was first used by Edward Matteson in Nevada County in 1853 during the California Gold Rush. Matteson used canvas hose which was later replaced with crinoline hose by the 1860s. In California, hydraulic mining often brought water from higher locations from long distances to holding pods several hundred feet above the area to be mined. California hydraulic mining exploited gravel deposits, making it a form of placer mining. Although hydraulic mining generated millions of dollars of gold it also had a devastating effect on the natural environment and agricultural systems in California. Millions of tons of earth and water were blasted from the mountains and delivered to streams that fed rivers flowing into the Sacramento Valley. Once the rivers reached the flat valley, the water slowed, the rivers widened and the sediment was deposited in the floodplains and river beds causing major flooding, especially during spring melt.

 

North Bloomfield hydraulic mining carved a 7,800 ft. long drainage tunnel through solid bedrock at Malakoff diggings. After the tunnels completion, the company reached its peak processing over 50,000 tons of gravel each day by operating seven giant water cannons known as monitors which operated twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. During this period vast areas of farmland in the Sacramento Valley were deeply buried by the mining sediment creating devastating floods which brought forth the demands by farmers to put an end to hydraulic mining. In the most renowned legal fight of farmers against miners, the farmers sued the hydraulic mining operations and the landmark case of Edwards Woodruff vs. North Bloomfield Mining and Gravel Company made its way to the United States District Court. On January 7th 1884, judge Lorenzo Sawyer handed down what became known as the Sawyer Decision, among the first environmental decisions in the United States.

 

While North Bloomfield Mining and Gravel Company was notable for operating the world’s largest hydraulic gold mine in 1884, the Sawyer Decision abruptly ended hydraulic mining in the California Gold County. Today the thundering sounds from the hydraulic monitors are long gone but the scars in the mountain sides still remain as a estimate of time. The Red Dog, You Bet Diggin's is a sight to be seen with colorful layers of the earth within massive cliff-sides that were exposed by hydraulic mining which uncovered ancient riverbeds filled with gold-bearing ore. You will also visit the historic town-site of You-Bet, Red Dog and Omega including an opportunity to explore some of the best remote dirt mining roads in Nevada County.

 

Single-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 lots of gold rush history & adventure.
Ride distance 200+ miles round trip (75 miles dirt roads)
One gas stop (125 mile range required)
Bring water & picnic lunch

 

Date: November 11, 2017

Meeting: 9:00 a.m.

Meeting Location: Starbucks Folsom

195 Placerville Road Folsom CA. 95630

Ride returns to Folsom CA (approx. 5pm)

 

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Questions: mark@SierraNevadaAdventures.com

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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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