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post #1 of 9 Old 11-22-2010, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ghost Town Rides?

I bought this book called Backcountry Adventures (Northern California Version) and it's really good.

One interesting aspect to it is all the Ghost Towns scattered all over the place left over from the mining days.

Seems to me that would be a really cool trip to plan. Riding in between Ghost Town spots. Getting lots of photos, etc.

Has anyone ever done anything like this or would be interested.

PS. One of the more famous ones is called Bodie

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I've ridden to Bodie twice. It's very interesting and there are some awesome rides in the area, including Sonora, Tioga, Ebbets, and Monitor Passes as well as Yosemite.








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A few of us who attend the annual Labor Day rally in Ohio have talked about something similar, visiting "ghost towns" as well as supposedly haunted locations in southern Ohio. Surprisingly, there are quite a few, mostly old coal mining towns. We started this year with Moonville (and the haunted Moonville Tunnel).

It was fun, and the fact that half the roads qualified as "occasionally maintained gravel" at best made it a good "adventure ride". I am already looking forward to next year.

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Have the same book.
I am surprised that it is not discussed more in the adv type forums.
Excellent book, very clear and good directions for the routes.
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maybe a group day ride is in order? Bodie, anyone?:beatnik:

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Wow, looks like a great spot, count me in!

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I bought this book called Backcountry Adventures (Northern California Version) and it's really good.

One interesting aspect to it is all the Ghost Towns scattered all over the place left over from the mining days.

Seems to me that would be a really cool trip to plan. Riding in between Ghost Town spots. Getting lots of photos, etc.

Has anyone ever done anything like this or would be interested.

PS. One of the more famous ones is called Bodie

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I have been to so many Ghost towns that I can't even remember half of them. Bodie is a great trip-and if you go continue on the dirt North to, Chemung and Masonic mine. A great site is Ghost Towns and History of the American West. It is broken down by state and county.
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Great pics eye!

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I would be down for a trip like that.

I also 3rd the recommendation of that book(s). The one mentioned, "Backcountry Adventures" is a complilation of the individual "California Trails" series of books. There are also versions of the book for several other western states such as "Nevada Trails," "Arizona Trails," etc.

I use them for both dual-sporting and for 4x4 adventuring. They contain lots of detailed "milepost" directions, some crude maps (better maps are HIGHLY recommended... they could never print the detail of a USFS map in there for example), and good human and natural history writeups for each trip.

Each trail is also rated 1 to 10, 1 being safe for passenger cars (but mostly off-pavement) and 10 being pros with specially-built equipment only and it will come out with damage. Most trails are from 1 to 4. I would have no qualms taking my VStrom on any of the level 1 or 2 roads. I have done some level 3's that the Strom could do with some white-knuckle moments. My DR350 could easily handle probably up to level 5 or higher. I have also taken my Subaru Forester on 3's with no issues... have not tried any 4's in the Subaru yet but it could probably do it no problem.

The family and I have travelled many miles of adventure using these books as a guide. If you want to see some examples (GPS tracks and pics) you can check out my website... GPX Files of Adventures - Porter Family Random Adventures and Whatnot

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