Polar Bear Ride III
March 26 @ 9:00 am - March 27 @ 9:30 am
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!
This is our postponement date from December 2020.
Oakhurst will be the termination / destination for Day 1.
Return trip to the Santa Maria area will be the termination / destination for Day 2.
Ride Rating: Moderate
Well….let’s try this ride again. Due to COVID-19 state restrictions this ride was postponed in December 2020. While we are not getting away from the Christmas hustle and bustle at this time of year we can still enjoy a great ride and still go to Oakhurst for a one-nighter. 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 III and we will spend one night of socializing and relaxation 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. Everyone that went on the last two Polar Bear rides have had an absolute BLAST! So let’s make some more great memories this year!
Hotel Rates (Harley rate shown @ 10% off normal price):
Tell the hotel you are with ‘Santa Maria Harley’ for these rates.
RATES WILL GO UP AFTER NOVEMBER 12
1 Queen Bed = $116.99 + Tax
2 Queen Beds = $125.99 + Tax
1 King Bed = $125.99 + Tax
2 King Beds = $143.99 + Tax
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 24-hours before check-in 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 (58.6 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 76 Station in Kettleman City topping off the tanks (57.4 miles). We will continue north on Highway 41 to Exit 132 / E. Shaw Avenue and turn right. We will travel east a few blocks and turn left on N. First Street and travel a few blocks north and our destination will be on the right. We will stop for a light lunch at a Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria.
After lunch we will turn right out of the parking lot and left on E. Bullard Avenue and travel west to Highway 41 (.9 miles) and head north. We will then be 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 (39.3 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: 218
After arriving in Oakhurst and getting settled in we will discuss dinner activities, socialize, and relax at the pool / hot tub.
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 the 76 Station in 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