The May ride will be a three-day ride up to Eureka
Friday May 4th
We will meet and depart at 830 sharp at/from Shell gas station in
Suisan Valley Road (Fairfield) exit of I-80. We take Suisan
Valley Rd to Wooden Valley Rd to Hwy 121 to Hwy 128 East to Winters
(GAS). Take I-505 North for about 10 miles to Esparto Exit. Take
Hwy 16 all the way to Hwy 20 East. Depending on whether the bridge is
still out at Leesville we will take either Leesville-Logoda Rd or I-5
and Maxwell Site Rd to Logoda, Stonyford (Gas optional), Chrome,
Newvill, Corning and Red Bluff (GAS).
Lunch will be at a restaurant now called The Ranch House in Red
Bluff. (It seems to change its name every year!)
(Direction to The Ranch House When you get to Red Bluff, take Rt 36
WEST through Red Bluff. Pass through town. On the outskirts, when you
get to railroad tracks, instead of crossing, turn around and
back-track about 1/4 mile. The restaurant will be on your right hand
side as you are returning. It has a
very large parking lot.
Friday Night Lodgings
We have arrangements for group rates at the Best Western Humboldt
Bay Inn (formerly known as the Thunderbird) in Eureka.
232 W. 5th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
- They have set aside a number of rooms for us (@ $62). Each room
has two beds. They have blocked off Friday (5/4), Saturday and Sunday
even though they know we may stay only one or two nights.
- This is IMPORTANT You need to make your own reservations there
(along with dates of arrival/ departure). Make sure you mention the
magic phrase "Lost Coast Luau" to get the group rate.
(Mentioning "Northstars" will _not_ result in the desired
outcome. We are getting the group rates as well as a very nice and
free meeting room thrown in since another motorcycle club with which I
am affiliated -- The Village Idiots motorcycle club -- will also be
staying there at the same time as Northstars. We are all simply
attendees at "Lost Coast Luau." Any mention of "Village
Idiots" may get us tossed out before we even get there because of
some past history) Call them at 1-800-521-6996 or 707-443-2234 to make
- Reservations were taken by Chris, the Manager. Heavenly Sara no
longer works here; I like to think there is no association between the
Village Idiots' behavior last year and Sara's departure.
- I will be happy to act as a clearing house bringing individuals
who are looking for room-mates together. (I won't be acting as
matchmaker; I'll just be forwarding two email addresses to two
individuals who are looking for someone to share a room with.)
Nothing planned for dinner. We will be on our own.
Saturday (5/5) Rides
There will be two alternate rides planned for Saturday A short one
and a longer one
The Short Ride
From Eureka (GAS) on 101 to Ferndale. Onto Mattolle Road thru
Capetown to THE LOST COAST (!) to Honeydew. At Honeydew the GS riders
can take the 31 mile dirt road to Garberville (GAS)rest can continue
on the bumpy (but generally paved) Mattole Road to Avenue of the
Giants and Garberville for lunch. After lunch we can take Alderpoint
Rd to Bridgeville (on hwy 36) and then back to Eureka.
The Longer Ride
From Eureka North to Arcada. Hwy 299 East to Willow Creek (Gas
optional) to Hwy 96 North to Happy Camp (GAS) continue to Yreka. Hwy 3
South to Fort Jones and Etna (GAS). Continue on Hwy 3 to Callahan.
Take Cecilville Rd to Cecilville, Forks of Salmon, Soames Bar. Hwy 96
South to Willow Creek. Back to Eureka.
We have the upstairs room reserved for dinner at 700 at the Lost
Coast Brewery http//www.lostcoast.com/. This will be open to both the
Northstars and the Village Idiots.
Sunday Ride Home
1- Hwy 299 to I-5 South. Get off at Corning and basically take the
same route as we took on the way up.
2- Hwy 101 South to Leggett. Then Hwy 1, etc.
3- Hwy 101 to Ferndale and then Mattole Rd thru Petrolia and
Honeydee back to Hwy 101 and points south.