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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-16-2017, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Maiden Voyage... Father, Daughter and a Uni-Go...

Well, this is it.
The first motorcycle camping trip of my life.

My daughter Stephanie and I are about to embark on our "Test Camp" for the first time. She got me reservations for Father's Day at Pinnacles National Monument (which is only 30 miles out my back door). We've ridden there a couple times while she is on her Learners Permit... it's a relatively quiet road traffic wise and a beautiful ride south on Hwy 25.

This will be the first ride with a fully loaded Gold Wing (F6B)... saddlebags, tail bag, and the Uni-Go trailer.
We think we have everything, but I'm sure there is something we will wish we brought, and a few things we never use.
But that is the main purpose of this ride.

My son will be joining us later. He was going to ride his GSXR, but he's a little short on funds lately and now his tags are expired and I don't want any issues, so he'll be bringing his car to the campground after work.
He will also bring our firewood, as a call to the park on Tuesday revealed that they "may be out of firewood by Friday." So all is good.

I'll put an official Ryde Report on my website once we get back.

Wish us luck!

Jim (and Steph)
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-16-2017, 01:39 PM
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Have fun...I'm sure you will. I have long wished my son would have gotten an interest in motorcycling and doing rides with me , but it will never happen. I wonder if they will allow firewood brought into the Park. For several years now it seems there is a big concern about carry in firewood because of the pests that can be introduced from one area to another. Cut up kiln dried lumber scraps that haven't been painted and are not pressure treated would be an alternative as the kiln drying kills any pests living in the wood.


Camping is a learning process and everyone refines what they bring and what they don't use as they go from one camping trip to another. Don't let something you forgot to bring dampen the fun times on this camping trip....you'll remember it the next time. Learn as you go! Some bring along their food while others plan to eat out once or twice a day. It's all about what you want to do and plan accordingly. Take lots of pictures for the memories.


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Yeah, I had the same concern about outside firewood, but it was actually the Camp Ranger (on the phone) that told me I should bring my own wood.

I've camped in everything from tents, to tent trailers, to camping trailers, to huge motor-homes... but this is the first time I've gotten there by motorcycle.

Camera is ready!

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Motorcycle camping is great fun, you soon learn what is important and what is just taking up space. You learn to pack like a back pack camper who carries his camp in on his back .... if it isn't needed it doesn't go. If you're going to continue camping by motorcycle go and check out the back pack camping gear at the outdoor stores. They have some really neat light weight and compact gear. Size and weight are important.
Have a great time camping with your kids this Father's Day weekend.
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Well, we got back yesterday.
In a nutshell it was great!
Successes, failures, critters, everything.

I'll spare you too much detail here, but slip in a few picutures.
If you want to read the whole story, you can check it out my Ryde Report on my website.

https://www.rydepyrat.com/6-16-17-father-s-day-ryde

Thanx for the support everyone.

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Awesome, grats Jim and thanks for sharing!

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Haven't read your camping report yet but I will shortly. Lived in Fresno for 40+ yrs and my last 7 yrs. have been in Sanger and I've been to the Pinnacles many times on the bike with others to enjoy bbq's and some small MC events put on by different clubs.Your daughter will remember this camp out for a lifetime. When my boy was 12 yrs. old (46 now) we road over Tioga Pass and camped in a small RV park in Lee Vining on hwy 395. The best I can describe it was that "it was a comedy of errors". It would have made a great You Tube video on how not to camp. Later in that trip my boy came down with appendicitis and had to have emergency surgery as peritonitis had set in. We both won't ever forget that trip.

Edit: just now finished your camping report and really enjoyed it as I'm sure your daughter will remember for a long time. Even though some mishaps occurred your time with your son & daughter made it a great weekend.

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Haven't read your camping report yet but I will shortly. Lived in Fresno for 40+ yrs and my last 7 yrs. have been in Sanger and I've been to the Pinnacles many times on the bike with others to enjoy bbq's and some small MC events put on by different clubs.Your daughter will remember this camp out for a lifetime. When my boy was 12 yrs. old (46 now) we road over Tioga Pass and camped in a small RV park in Lee Vining on hwy 395. The best I can describe it was that "it was a comedy of errors". It would have made a great You Tube video on how not to camp. Later in that trip my boy came down with appendicitis and had to have emergency surgery as peritonitis had set in. We both won't ever forget that trip.

Edit: just now finished your camping report and really enjoyed it as I'm sure your daughter will remember for a long time. Even though some mishaps occurred your time with your son & daughter made it a great weekend.
Thank you so much for your kind words.

We have some property on Sutter Creek off Highway 88 where I, and my family, have camped since the late 60's. I'm so used to having my own private campground that I sometimes forget what a National Park or Public Campground really brings to the party. This was a great experience for all of us and we will not soon forget it.

Thanx again for taking the time to read the full event.

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