April 2011
Northern California Dual Sport Adventures

John Penton

 


October 2012

Ride report: 1st Annual Troy Rauh Memorial Dual Sport Ride!

Sweet! We heard nothing but positive comments from the ride, Troy would have loved it. We camped Friday at Chappie, clear skies and dusty trails despite rain dancing around the campfire. Saturday morning we left at the crack of 9 am, heading north out of the OHV area to warm up. Down "BLM Hill" and over to the Schell Mtn./Dog Creek Area. Some secret single track down to Lakehead and into the Basshole Bar and Grill for a yummy burger & cold beverage compliments of our friend Dave, the owner. Gassed up and up Dog Creek, Clear Creek Camp, Trinity Mtn. road and back into the OHV area, around Bohemotash and trails to staging, dinner waiting for us (thanks Kathleen!) Slept like babies awaiting Santa on Christmas Eve.

         

Basshole Bar and Grill, Lakehead, CA (thanks for the pics Paul!)

Sunday was designed to be easier, rode around Whiskeytown Lake, up Shasa Bally (see pic), we talked about our friend Troy and scattered ashes in one of his favorite vistas. The historic Lewiston Turnpike took us to Lewiston for bike & human fuel (Mama's restaurant). From there, Deadwood back to French Gulch and again into Chappie for some more trails. My odometer read 233 for the weekend, my body feeling it in that good way.


Nice panorama shot (nothing quite like 'em!) taken during our break atop Shasta Bally. Featured, from left to right: Brian, Glen, Darryl, Howard, Zaya, Chad (hiding?) and Karl (the phonetographer). Click to view full size--10 mb, will take a while to download.

Thanks to all of you that rode, the proprieters along the way, Sky at BLM for managing the Chappie-Shasta OHV area like no others could, Micky the camp host and to the National Parks Service for keeping the Whiskeytown area open to adventurers such as us. Tread lightly and keep your bikes quiet!

You were with us Troy. Next time we'll stage in Lake Siskiyou Campground and do it up Jefferson State style!

Ride safe, Karl


Panorama shot taken during a recent work party. Featured, from left to right: Mosquito Ridge, Castle Craggs, Mt. Shasta, I-5, Curl, East Fork Mountain, Hatchet Ridge Windmills, Burney Mountain, Lassen Peak, Lake Shasta and Kris. Click to view full size--8 mb, will take a while.

If you didn't know Troy, here are some of his words from an old email in response to someone not into trail work:

Jeez, the best part of the adventure is hucking the chainsaw, handsaw and loppers on a bike and hike to hell and back, while looking over your shoulders for bears (thank you pro moto billet kickstand!). And this time of year you can be treated to a little dry lightning and hail to cool 'ya off.
Troy Rauh


This ride is guaranteed epic!

Email karl@norcaldualsport.com to RSVP.

Ride safe my friends,
Karl Hankins


Troy, Military Pass, Mt. Shasta, July 2008

September 2012

Announcing the 1st Annual Troy Rauh Memorial Dual Sport Ride!

Yeah, baby.

When: October 20 & 21, 2012
Where: Chappie-Shasta OHV Area [info/directions here]
What: The Redding Dirt Riders and NorCal Dual Sport invite you to join us for a two day dual sport ride out of the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area and into the woodsy surrounds of same. You can camp in Chappie, it’s big enough for your 50’ motorhome pulling a 30’ garage. Camping is $10 a night, pay BLM. Arrive Friday or so, we’ll leave Saturday morning around 9 am and head out for a 9-5 or so ride, stopping for lunch & fuel in Lakehead. Then we ride back to camp via a different route. Sunday will be basically the same, different routes out and back and lunch will be in Lewiston. Ride both days or either one. Camp or not. If you don’t get your fill of riding or crave something more challenging at the end of these rides, Chappie has 200 miles of roads and trails on 52,000 acres.

This is a *free* ride, donations appreciated to offset direct costs (permits, rider fees & collectable t-shirts) and any remaining funds will feed Troy’s son Maxx's motorcycle fund. Everyone that makes a donation will receive a raffle ticket. A BIG thanks to Atomic Moto for their generous donation of raffle goodies. Atomic Moto is where we go to fuel our addiction: home of the Bomber Deals, fast shipping, tax free and no BS returns. Tell 'em we sent ya!

The routes will not be super technical, a decent rider on a KLR-type bike with knobby tires should be fine (alternate routes can be very long). Leave your big BMW’s in the climate controlled garage. Your bike must be street-legal as we will ride the roads, even a few miles of I-5. GPS tracks will be provided, group leaders if you want or ride in your own group.

RSVP please via email to me, Karl. # of riders in your group, what you ride and where you’re from. Include a Troy story if you have one to share.



Nice panorama shot taken during a recent work party. Featured, from left to right: Mosquito Ridge, Castle Craggs, Mt. Shasta, I-5, Curl, East Fork Mountain, Hatchet Ridge Windmills, Burney Mountain, Lassen Peak, Lake Shasta and Kris. Click to view full size--8 mb, will take a while.

If you want to come out and help do trail work for these rides, let me know! We’ll be out there until the event date.

If you didn't know Troy, here are some of his words from an old email in response to someone not into trail work:

Jeez, the best part of the adventure is hucking the chainsaw, handsaw and loppers on a bike and hike to hell and back, while looking over your shoulders for bears (thank you pro moto billet kickstand!). And this time of year you can be treated to a little dry lightning and hail to cool 'ya off.
Troy Rauh


This ride is guaranteed epic!

Email karl@norcaldualsport.com to RSVP.

Ride safe my friends,
Karl Hankins


Troy, Military Pass, Mt. Shasta, July 2008


February 2012

Sad news for the dualsport community. Norcal Dualsport founder, my friend and yours, Troy Rauh, passed away on January 24th, 2012. He was only 51 years old and died of cardiac arrest in the hospital with his family beside him. As you may or may not have known, Troy was a two-time heart transplant recipient. I think that because of this he lead an amazing, fearless and worry free life. His goal was to help us all see the world from a different vista than is commonly seen. To pause the ordinary and experience the extraordinary. To experience the vision that his eyes saw. To have a sore mouth from smiling as we ride and laughing as we talk about it later.


Want a free sticker or two?
Just email your favorite memory of Troy
along with your address to Karl
 

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of Life
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I was honored when Troy asked me to partner with him in 2008 to help put on dualsport events in the Redding area. I was the man behind the curtain, the one eating Troy's dust and I was happy to be there. We put on AMA sanctioned dualsport rides, Big Bike Weekend dualsport rides, Redding Dirt Rider sponsored dualsport rides and many fun rides. We spent countless hours finding, clearing and linking trails. We rarely rode just for fun, we always had a mission and it was knowing we were about to experience something new that kept us going.

Troy’s passion and talent for entertaining like-minded moto-addicts has inspired me to consider what, if anything, to do with Norcal Dualsport now that he is no longer roosting me. It seems a memorial ride or two is required to honor the man. So look forward to two rides that were a couple of Troy’s favorites. A spring repeat of the Shasta 100 and late summer repeat of the two-day ride from Lakehead to Mt. Shasta and back are being considered. Maybe more, that’s for you to decide.

What would you like to see happen with Norcal Dualsport? While I wouldn’t attempt to fill Troy’s boots, perhaps all of us continuing to see the rarely seen is the right thing to do.

Email karl@norcaldualsport.com. Share your thoughts, share your Troy stories for this site, we'd love to hear from you.

Ride safe my friends,
Karl Hankins


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Thanks to all those that have recently added their new addresses and contact numbers for the 2011 season. We've had an overwhelming response to the club format for 2011 and have some exciting concepts in the works. Over 250 riders have signed up for the update list so far and we plan on keeping everyone in the loop. We have some new areas to explore and some virgin private land areas North of Mt. Shasta with incredible singletrack. It's nice to "know people"!

March 2011

The snow is melting and we're getting prepared for grooming season, be prepared for a barrage of emails with updates and fun info to keep you in the loop. We're always looking for volunteers to cut and huck, ride and drink!!

Our plan this year is to run loops between Redding, Mt. Shasta, Klamath Falls and all parts in between. It's gonna be good!

4/16/2011 Shasta Dam Grand Prix, Redding, Ca

2/7/2011 We rode to 5,000 ft, hit 2 feet of snow on Trinity Mt. Road, found an abandoned 2010 Chevy Silverado 4x4 and turned around.

2/16/2011 We have been receiving snow at 2,500 ft and above. High winds have been knocking down trees.

2/17/2011 Snow in Redding!

The denial process and hibernation. So begins our annual wait to see if there will be any more storms that will dump on the open stuff. The number 1 rule of thumb up here in the Redding area is "you're not goin' anywhere until the snow melts on the top of Shasta Bally". In reality we have to be patient until around July 6th at 1:00 PM when that final snow drift becomes passable to complete the most epic 130 mile Dual Sport loop you'll ever do. Patience Luke,.......and when the time comes, be one with your chainsaw.

In the future we will be having small invitation rides for members of The Norcal Dual Sport Social Club. Entry is simple, send an email to info@norcaldualsport.com, let us know what you ride along with your honest riding ability and we'll send you invites to upcoming rides suited for your bike, route preferences's and ability. We here at Norcal Dual Sport have determined that there's more fun to be had with smaller groups of satisfied riders, rather than a rider that travels six hours only to be dis-satisfied by either the route or the group. We have not yet decided what membership will cost or if there will even be any membership fee.....we'll have to go out, have fun and see what it costs to make everyone happy! In our future endeavors, we will be dividing event into two classifications: KLR and Enduro. With that said, send us an email and tell us a little about youself. The North State is an incredible place with even more incredible scenery and trails. Our mission remains as it has been from the beginning: "Invite riders to the North State to enjoy the ride".

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