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Let’s Go Bike Camping at the Russian River Rally!

| July 4, 2012 6:52 am


As an ACTC Member, you are invited to attend a FREE OF CHARGE* (deposit required) annual bike camping at the Casini Family Ranch Resort during the ACTC Russian River Rally August 17-19, 2012!

NOTE: A link for the paper registration form has been updated at the end of this post.

*Registration (per person):

$20 deposit/pp – July 1 – 21 OR:
$30 deposit/pp – July 22 – 28  OR:
$40 deposit/pp – July 29 – Aug 10, if space is still available.

Sign up Online  (faster) here, OR do a mail in registration with your check (below):

Golden Gate 1000K Fort Ross photo by USA Randonneur Norman Rohr June 22, 2012

Rally is for all campers, all ages, and even if staying elsewhere. All monies returned as long as the registrant attends the RRR 2012. If registrant does not attend, the deposit is forfeited (unless space is unavailable) and contributed to the event. Rides form at camp.


___Deposit ___Potluck item___License plate # of vehicle___tent, bag, pad, bike & clothes___other: (sunblock, etc.)

___Carpool?__Bike in?___ACTC membership___Camp Shift Sign Up (~60′ per camper) via: Task Sign Up Sheet

FAQs: What to do, where to ride, what to bring for potluck Saturday, what’s for camp meals other times, showers?:

Many activities nearby: wine tours, dive, kayak, explore, swim, hike, shop, nap, beach comb, with or without biking!Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner on Saturday. Club will provide some Webers and some grilled meats. Club supplies:

Friday’s camp dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, and PBJ level supplies for packing Saturday and Sunday lunch. Rally opens Friday August 17th at 5pm, closes by 2pm on Sunday August 19th. You may also stay in separate lodging or RV sites at your own expense (in addition to the Rally Deposit), contact Casini Family Ranch Resort/local inns for availability.  To avoid long lines on Friday, arrive by bike or carpool. Hot showers:  nearby our camp sites, in common restrooms, quarters are not required. Bring camping gear: flashlights, goodies, jacket, tent, bag and pad. Club reserved sites are first come first served but all sites are nice.

Extra: This event corresponds to the 200 year celebration of the Fort Ross Bi-Centennial for the Russian settlement of the Pacific Northwest (Contact Robin Joy, Fort Ross State Park Interpretive Specialist, for details)For more details about this event, please refer to the prior webpage descriptions for RRR2011.

NOTE: ACTC Members should use the link below as the central information form for All RRR2012 Members to record their license plate #s, and for one-stop communication, even if they have deposited online (via Eventbrite/Paypal/Credit Card). Or course, if a registered member does not attend, then they need to tell me via email ASAP,  as this change is not automated…Brian Chun

Chilly Chili Campout 3/16-18/2007

| March 16, 2007 11:56 am

by Jerry Schonewille

This 3-day campout at Sunset Beach is a long time ACTC tradition usually held in the middle of March. The odd name is derived from the typically cold conditions (chilly) and the Saturday night feast (chili). Sunset Beach is only about 40 miles from Los Gatos so riding to the campout Friday and back Sunday is a good option. I’ve been leading rides to and from the Chilly Chili campout the last few years with some riders going self contained and others arranging to have their gear transported.

Saturday includes a nice 40 mile out and back ride along Elkhorn Slew to Phil’s Fish Market at Moss Landing. Great early season camping and touring warmup.

Coalinga Loop Overnighter

| March 15, 2007 6:32 am

by Jerry Schonewille

This weekend adventure started over twenty years ago by Brad Wade. In recent years Pam Downs has led both a spring and fall edition. If you like riding lonely remote roads with little traffic then this tour is for you! The ride starts in King City and goes to Coalinga where everyone spends the night at Cambridge Inn before returning to King City the next day. You’ll cover about 130 miles total with 7500 ft of climbing. It is supported, sometimes by a dedicated sag driver, other times by sharing driving duties. You do not want to do this ride unsupported, particularly in the fall, as it can get very hot and there are no services along the way on either day.

King City is less than a 2-hour drive from the Bay Area and many people drive down Saturday morning and drive back Sunday afternoon. Others arrive Friday and spend the night at Keefers Inn.

In recent years this ride has been done in a clockwise direction but in October 2006 Pam tried counter-clockwise and many riders were pleased with the change. I suspect both directions will be ridden in the future. Last year Mylo and I turned this into a 6-day self contained tour and I expect to do that again next time. We discovered a great campground along the Salinas River right in King City so camping at San Lorenzo Park is definitely an option for those so inclined.

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| February 28, 2007 7:42 pm

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