Saturday, December 15 - Sunday, December 16
Road Captain: Phil
Departure Briefing: 8:45 am
Departure Time: 9:00 am
Departure Point: Pappy's Restaurant on E. Betteravia
CE - THIS IS A CLOSED RIDE TO THE PUBLIC. MEMBERS MAY BRING ONE GUEST WITH THEM.
PLEASE ARRIVE 20 - 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PRE-RIDE BRIEFING! (This will allow you time to visit other riders, use the restroom, fuel up, get a cup of coffee, etc.)
PLEASE BRING YOUR SM HOG MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR CURRENT STATUS!
So it is almost Christmas and all of the stress from shopping has you wanting to just get away for a day or so on your Harley….so why not go on a ride? I am leading a ride to Oakhurst near Yosemite and would like for you to join me! This is going to be the Polar Bear Ride and we will spend one night of socializing and relaxation before the Christmas Season at the Best Western Plus Yosemite Inn in Oakhurst just outside Yosemite National Park. This is one of my favorite places to go and for several members this place has created some great memories. So let's make some more!
Hotel Rates (Harley rate shown @ 10% off normal price):
1 Queen Bed = $98.99 + tax (normal rate is $109.99)
2 Queen Beds = $107.99 + tax (normal rate is $119.99)
1 King Bed = $112.49 + tax (normal rate is $124.99)
Call the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn at 1-559-683-2378 while rooms are available.....do not hesitate as you can always cancel by 4 pm the day of the ride if something comes up.
After our pre-ride briefing we will head north on Highway 101 to Highway 46 west Chevron / McDonalds and pick up north county riders, take on fuel and take a break (54.8 miles). After our break we will continue north on Highway 101 for a short distance to Highway 46 east. We will continue east and turn off on the Highway 41 exit to Fresno and we will make our next stop at the Chevron Station in Kettleman City topping off the tanks (57.3 miles). From here we will continue east on Highway 41 to Fresno and pick up Highway 99 north to Highway 180 and take Exit 133 / N. Abby Avenue and make a stop at Matthews Harley-Davidson (57.5 miles). They have a very nice museum upstairs in their facility which is a must see! From here we will get back on Highway 180 and head west back to Highway 99 north to Exit 138A to W. Shaw Avenue and turn right onto W. Shaw. We will travel a short distance to Harley-Davidson of Fresno (8.1 miles) and make a pit stop here and check out the merchandise. After we leave here we can make a short stop for a light lunch at a Me n ed's Pizzeria (Frontage Road, right on N. El Capitan Avenue, left on W. Sierra Madre, left on N. Sierra Lane, to our destination on the left).
After lunch we will continue west on W. Shaw back to Highway 41 north traveling from the plains and we will start getting into some twisties, elevation changes, start seeing lots of rocks and a lot more trees as we head through Coursegold and on into Oakhurst and our destination (46 miles). We will stop at the Chevron Station on the right as we come into town and before we go to the hotel so we don't have to fuel up when we leave on Day 2. Total mileage: 225
We will discuss dinner activities after we settle in, socialize, and relax.
After breakfast on Day 2 we will head back south on Highway 41 and head to Kettleman City where we make a fuel stop at Kettleman City and say our goodbyes as we head back into Paso Robles and Highway 101 and back to the Santa Maria area to terminate the ride.
Now….I just hope it is cold for the Polar Bear Ride! If you have any questions please let me know and you can contact me at PhilipRietz@comcast.net