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post #1 of 10 Old May 12th, 2015, 2:33 pm Thread Starter
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Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

I've never been to Bodie, though I've been as far as the Markleeville area a couple times (Grover Hot Springs.)

I'm looking into a loop that includes popping into Bodie. In doing a little checking I've found mention of "keep going until the pavement ends" and that you spend a few miles on an unpaved surface. Nope, no Google street-view up there either.

Does anyone know much about the road? Specifically, is it maintained well enough that we could include this location in a LT High Sierra loop?

I did some searching and the only reference I found here on Bodie was a GS trip. I'd happily take the GS but from when the weather is somewhat tolerable until it gets totally intolerable the GS sits as the wife always insists on the LT.

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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

I have been down that road many times both on a Harley and the LT. It is gravel but nothing that is un-manageable.
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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

I've been on it in a cage many years ago, and from recollection, I don't think I'd be interested in taking the LT on the road, as I wasn't that impressed with Bodie once I got there... Can't have changed too much, other than getting older and dustier.

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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

I've been there also on a LT and Harley and it's not bad. Slow and easy, and that will also keep the dust down.

It's definitely worth a visit. Shuffle your boots while you walk and you might find an old square handmade nail in the dirt. But of course you can't take it, it's a State park and that's not allowed. Lots to see there.
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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

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I have been down that road many times both on a Harley and the LT. It is gravel but nothing that is un-manageable.
Thanks! On my Dyna I rode many roads I'd not take a car down (or up). But the LT I now am a bit more cautious.

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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

Appreciate the responses. Looks like I'll proceed with the plans (and caution.)

Might have to do Markleeville/Grover Hot Springs after to soak in the hot springs and un-dust a little as our base for that day would probably be Gardnerville/Minden.

I love the desert and ghost towns both and have always wanted to see Bodie in person. Life was on hold while the kids were in school but the baby graduates shortly and the LT is ready to resume our "before kid" habit of just hopping on the bike and going (though 20-some years ago it was an old Goldwing with an 8-track of Merle Haggard rather than a LT with an iPod, haha.)

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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

Bridgeport is always a nice town to stay in if you want to be close to Bodie, we like the Ruby Inn. They have a huge jacuzzi and clean rooms.
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Yes it is hard pack and dusty and I did it last on my Harley Dresser but
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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

Take the June Lake loop if you have time. And you might consider staying in Mammoth Lakes. Lots of reasonable motels, plus the Chart House steakhouse to eat at! We usually stay at the Mammoth Creek Inn, you can get a great room for about $100 usually.
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Re: Are last few miles to Bodie LT-able?

Wow, I appreciate all the tips. No excuse for a bum trip now

We lived in Gardnerville but never went further South into CA much deeper from that side than Markleeville (I so love Grover Hot Springs.)

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