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    Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    Death Valley STOC II – a.k.a “Lobotomy Bock STOC II”

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    UPDATE 02/13/13:
    Looks like this will be mainly a camping event! Rooms at the motel are all booked up now. The tent cabins are also booked, but there are campsites available. The group campsite is near capacity, so folks may have to get individual campsites. If you're looking for a room, *** See OTHER PLACES TO STAY below *** for alternate locations to stay.

    WHEN?
    Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16

    WHERE?
    Panamint Springs Resort, which is right off Highway 190 on the way down in to Death Valley, about 45 miles from highway 395. PSR is a western style “resort” inside the west entrance of Death Valley National Park. It has a small 1950’s style motel with 14 rooms with 1 to 3 beds each (some cots available), some tent cabins with 2 cots each, a campground with bathrooms & showers for RVs and tents, and a restaurant and bar. Its main feature is a large veranda where you can eat / drink while enjoying amazing views of the desert and the sand dunes of the Panamint Valley. There’s also a gas station (expensive) and a min-mart. It's hardly a 5-Star resort in the traditional sense, but this place oozes with character!

    WHY?
    Death Valley STOC I in the Fall of 2011 was a great success, so we're trying to see if the members want to make this an ongoing event. (Some pics of DV STOC I HERE). The Lobotomy Bock Ride tradition dates back to 2007 when Don Maldonado, Joe Wirthman and me were on a ride to Death Valley, and stopped over for the night at Panamint Springs. We went inside and asked a guy working there what type of beer he recommended to which he responded “Lobotomy Bock”. We had never had a Lobotomy up until that point so we went along with his suggestion. The tradition had been started! Since then we've made our annual pilgrimage there, and now the ST-Owners community has also discovered it. Don has made some videos of the 2009 Lobotomy Bock Ride , the 2010 Lobotomy Bock Ride, and the 2011 Lobotomy Bock Ride.

    WHAT DO I DO TO SIGN UP?
    ROOMS - The preferred method is to book online HERE. Alternatively, you can call all PSR at (775) 482-7680 to make your reservation. Here’s how many rooms there are at Panamint:
    • 3 rooms with one queen bed
    • 1 room with one king bed
    • 7 rooms with two double beds
    • 2 rooms with three double beds
    • 1 cottage suite with a queen bed in one room, and a full and a twin in bunk-bed style in the other

    GROUP CAMPSITE - I have already reserved the group campsite which is located near the back of the campground in a large "corral". It can easily accommodate 15 tents, or even more if you park your bikes just outside the corral. It has a large fire ring, as well as a cement stage area with electricity. No need to make a reservation to stay in the group campsite, but I would appreciate a post or PM so that I can keep track of how many are planning on using it. Pictures and campground layout can be seen HERE.

    INDIVIDUAL CAMPSITES - There are plenty of individual campsites if you don't want to camp in the group site. Many have their own shade tree, and also have a fire ring, but no electricity.

    TENT CABINS - Want to try camping but have no tent? There are now 2 tents cabins available, and maybe more by Spring. They include 2 cots, but an additional cot can be rented. Just bring your sleeping bag and pillow, or bedding is available for rent!

    ROUTES / AREA RIDES / PLACES TO SEE?
    Clearly, Death Valley is a great destination that everyone should visit. If you've never been to Death Valley, you’ll love it! If you've already discovered Death Valley, add a Lobotomy Bock Ride to your calendar each year.

    Check out Scotty’s Castle , Ubehebe Crater , the Borax mines, Zabriskie Point, Dante’s Peak, the Badwater Basin, the sand dunes, Rhyolite ghost town, and much more. Places to ride around the area are numerous, so I’ll leave that to the discussions that will follow. I’m sure group rides will be organized by folks as the date gets closer.

    *** OTHER PLACES TO STAY? ***
    • Stovepipe Wells is the closest place at about 32 miles away from Panamint Springs in the valley. It has a motel, restaurant, gas, camping, a store and more.
    • Furnace Creek is another 25 miles away from Stovepipe Wells. It features Furnace Creek Ranch, Furnace Creek Inn, shopping, restaurants, and more.
    • Beatty, NV just outside the east side of Death Valley, where you'll find several motels. However, my recommendation is the Stagecoach Hotel and Casino.

    WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?
    According to Weather.com, the average high for Death Valley in March is 82 degrees and the low 55. Average rainfall is 0.30”. Panamint Springs averages about 10 degrees cooler than the valley.

    ANYTHING ELSE?
    LOBOTOMIES. They usually have a good supply of Lobotomies on hand, but we can request more if attendance looks to be high. It's worth mentioning that they also carry 170 different types of beers from all over the world!

    FIREWOOD. We will have plenty of firewod for the event!

    I hope to see ya there!

    Rick
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    Re: Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    Updated 3/09/2013:

    The group campsite is at capacity! Please reserve individual campsites.
    We may be able to squeeze in a few more people that show up at the last minute, if necessary.

    Group Campsite - 13 tents (+ 3 part-timers)
    Barnyard
    John Diego
    MeanST
    STonyG
    STonyG friend #1
    STonyG friend #2
    BDonald
    Pnelson
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    Pnelson friend #2
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    Cason21 (Sat only)
    Tankereng (Sat only)
    VFR (Friday only)

    Individual Campsites - 10 campsites / 11 riders
    Rickj (#31)
    Temecula Steve (#27)
    Mandel (#30)
    xnedrger (#26)
    Arizona Jim (#38)
    Zooker13 (#37)
    Zooker13 friend
    transalp89 (#35)
    RickA (#?) (Fri only)
    Sscharf - Steve and wife Andi (#36) (Fri, Sat)

    Tent Cabins - 2 / 3 riders
    Cason621 (Thur, Fri)
    Tim4255
    Tim's cousin

    ** The following campsites which are near the group campsite are still available; 44, & 45. Note that there are a few other campsites still available, but many are not close to the group campsite. The campsites toward the back where the group campsite is tend to get booked first, as they are furthest away from the road. Contact PSR and reserve yours soon!
    Last edited by rickj; 03-13-2013 at 09:16 PM. Reason: Update count

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    Re: Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    Just got an email from Amanda confirming the reservation on the group campsite for March 14-16. Below are her recommendations about room reservations for those folls who want to stay in the motel instead of camping:

    "March and April are our busiest months of the year. We usually book out months in advance for the weekends, and a month in advance for weekdays."

    "It’s better to just book as soon as possible.Just make sure to tell you group that if they want rooms, full hookup sites, or tent cabins, that they should start thinking about making reservations soon."


    Note that they don't actually charge your credit card when you make a reservation, and that you can cancel up to 24 hours before the date of the reservation. I hope that people that don't like to camp will be able to get rooms. At DV STOC I we probably had a 50/50 mix of campers and riders staying in rooms.

    Rick
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    Re: Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    Reserved a room

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    Re: Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    During the last DV STOC, many of us went on a 300 mile ride that took us outside of the park to the north-east, across the Inyo National Forest on Highway 168 (one of my favorite roads), and then back down 395 to the Highway 136 which gets us back in to Panamint Springs. This is a great ride and I plan on doing it again this Spring. It's also fun to stop at Goldpoint Ghost Town along the way.

    By doing the loop counter-clockwise we get awesome views of the Sierra Mountain range as we cut across Highway168 toward Big Pine, and this road is one that should be on everyone's bucket list of roads! As we drop back down toward Panamint Springs we'll also have great views of Death Valley ahead.

    Consider going to GoogleMaps and taking a look at this route. Hopefully, many of you will want to do this ride again. It will most likely be on Saturday.

    Rick
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    Looks like fun... No deployments scheduled so barring a last minute TDY, I should make this one.
    Khris

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    Re: Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    Just discovered that Pashnit Tours is going to be on tour in Death Valley at about the same time as us, so we might run in to some fellow riders! Here are details of the Death Valley Pashnit Tour which is March 15 - 17. It doesn't look like they'll be going by Panamint Springs though.

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    Re: Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    Hello Folks,

    I'm looking forward to my first STOC gathering in March. I hope we can get a few Pacific Northwest STowners to come down with me. I'll actually be passing through on the way to Texas. We're planning our ride from Oregon in this thread. Looking forward to meeting you and doing some riding down in that area!

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    Re: Death Valley STOC II - Springtime

    Looks like this is shaping up to be mainly a camping event, as we have quite a few signed up for camping already!

    Just in case we need additional campsites, I've reserved the 4 individual campsites that are closest to the group campsite, sites 27, 31, 37, and 38. [Edit 3/12/13: All the campsites I reserved are taken. However, ther eare still campsites available.] You can reference the campground map HERE. If you want to take one of those sites, you can call Panamint Springs and request it. Just mention that you're with ST-owners and they'll switch the reservation to your name.

    When we're closer to the event I'll ask for the campers to indentify if they want to stay in the group campsite, one of the four I just reserved, or any other one. If the four additional sites don't get used, I'll release them back to Panamint Springs. The group campsite is actually pretty large, and I think we can easily fit 15 or more tents in there without being too close to each other. John Diego and MeanST had volunteered to bring the firewood to the last event we had scheduled, and I believe that will still be the case here.

    Rick
    Last edited by rickj; 03-12-2013 at 11:16 PM. Reason: Update campsite availability.

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    Still looking forward to this Hope work doesn't get in the way....

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