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Polar Bear Ride IV
December 3, 2021 @ 9:30 am - December 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
- Road Captain: Phil ‘Rain Man’ Rietz
- Departure Briefing: 9:30 am
- Departure Time: 9:45 am
- Departure Point: Chevron Station at the corner of Bradley and Santa Maria Way
- Second Departure Point: McChevron (McDonalds / Chevron) Station on 46 West, Ramada Drive
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!
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
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 IV 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. Everyone that went on the last three 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) and like most hotels the rates are a little high post COVID :
Tell the hotel you are with the ‘Santa Maria Harley Group’ for these rates.
1 Queen Bed = $144.00 + Tax
2 Queen Beds = $153.00 + Tax
1 King Bed = $157.00 + 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 grab a bite to eat here (Subway located inside the station) or you can walk across the street to one of the local fast food places. This is so we are not eating so late by stopping in Fresno and end up having a late dinner in Oakhurst.
We will continue north on Highway 41 through Fresno. If the group would like to stop at either of the Harley-Davidson dealerships in Fresno then we can do that and this will alter our route and timelines slightly. After passing through Fresno 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: 220
We will discuss dinner activities after we settle in, socialize, and relax at the pool / hot tub (they are currently open). Currently the on grounds restaurant is open for indoor dining according to the hotel staff. Some like to eat at the restaurant on the property while others like walking a short distance to the Smokehouse 41 BBQ. Both have pretty good food.
After breakfast on Day 2 we will head back south on Highway 41 and head to Lemoore where we make a fuel stop at the Chevron Station in off the Bush Street exit and just before crossing Highway 198. From here we will get back on Highway 41 and continue to head towards Paso Robles passing through Kettleman City. We will stop off at the Highway 46 west Chevron / McDonalds for a break, fuel up, and say our goodbyes as we head 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