Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie

A lot of our buds make the trip up the 395 from San Diego and LA to get to the Sierra Stake Out. This strip of road is one of our favorites to run because its a corridor to the mountain roads we love to ride. Along the way are some hidden gems we figured we’d share with those making the trek from Southern Ca who’ve planned some extra time in their routes to the Sierra Stake Out. Introducing one of our favorite ghost towns we are sure you’ve heard of, Bodie, CA.

Bodie State Historic Park – Bodie, California - a town frozen in time in a “state of arrested decay”...

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Bodie is an original mining town from the late 1800’s. What’s left today stands in a state of “arrested decay” and is maintained by the California State Parks System, who took over the town in 1962 to make it a State Historic Park.

In 1859 William (a.k.a. Waterman) S. Bodey discovered gold near what is now called Bodie Bluff. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began to grow. It started with about 20 miners and grew to an estimated 10,000 people by 1880 (that’s aggressive) By then, the town of Bodie bustled with families, robbers, miners, store owners, gunfighters, prostitutes and people from every country in the world. At one time there was reported to be 65 saloons in town just in case you were wondering the priorities. Among the saloons were numerous brothels and ‘houses of ill repute’, gambling halls and opium dens – an entertainment outlet for everyone.

On a daily basis miners would emerge from the mills and head for the bars and the red light district to spend their earnings. The mixture of money, gold and alcohol would often prove fatal. Newspapers report that towns people would ask in the mornings “Have a man for breakfast?” Meaning ‘Did anyone get killed last night?’

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Today, even though Bodie is down a dusty, bumpy, slow 13 mile long road off of State Highway 395, it’s amazing how many people are aware of this once glorious town. You can visit the old graveyard, see the bank, saloon, church, and even children sized caskets displayed in windows untouched for decades. The rules are simple, look but don’t touch, or you’ll be victim to the ghosts of Bodie’s past. These spirits are very active in the area or so we hear so watch your manners while visiting.

There’s a story about a little girl whose family was moving from San Francisco to Bodie; Depending on who tells it, she wrote in her diary either: “Good, by God, I’m going to Bodie”-or-“Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie”. More on that later….

Sierra Stake Out
Sierra Stake Out

Sierra Stake Out 3 Tickets Are L-I-V-E

Sierra Stake Out 3

Welcome to the 3rd annual Sierra Stake Out in beautiful Northern California Gold Country. This are is home to pine forests, raging rivers, clear lakes, and some of the best riding in the world. The Sierra Stake Out is a 3 day 2 night motorcycle campout. Located at the private Cisco Grove Campground just 80 miles east of Sacramento, this event serves as a prime kick off spot to explore the Sierra Nevadas.

Head over to pristine Lake Tahoe, pay homage to the Donner Party where they met their demise in 1846, cross some epic bridges, or hang back and cool off in our private river fed watering hole. Our campground provides tons of shade, dozens of places to charge equipment, fresh spring water, and even some real bathrooms to accommodate our guests. Fuel and a mini market are conveniently located nearby for quick top offs before or after your ride for the day. The Sierra Stake Out will also have live entertainment both nights, a bike show, food trucks, adult beverages, and a fully stocked espresso and coffee bar if you need a little pick me up. Grab your friends, pack up your gear, and join us July 19-21st for a weekend of moto camping and adventure in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS 21+, RAIN OR SHINE, AND ALL TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE 

Your Ticket Price Includes:

  • 2 nights of camping in the beautiful Sierras

  • Bathrooms and showers + additional portos cleaned daily to ensure a good experience

  • Route maps for various day rides

  • Bike show 

  • Karaoke Show Down Friday night 

  • Musical performances by (TBD) but you'll be stoked!

  • Spring fed potable water (this means it's drinkable from the tap) 

  • All you can drink 805 beer (while supplies last)

  • One hell of a weekend 

  • One serious hangover 

  • Mc'd by Dumptruck so get ready for some hecklin'

 Our Campsite Offerings:

  • Private river and watering hole

  • Food for purchase (don't worry, we got rid of Drewskis for good)

  • Healthy snack and breakfast options 

  • Bar with other beer and mix drinks for purchase

  • Espresso drinks and coffee for purchase

  • Gas station at exit for easy refueling (ATM access) 

  • Gorgeous views of the Sierras

  • Lots of shade and places to hang your hammock. 

FAQs

Is your event all ages? Pet friendly?

The Sierra Stake Out is 21 and up! Since you are allowed to bring in your own adult beverages, we cannot have anyone on the grounds under 21 as we are regulated by the local Sheriff's Department and they have a zero tolerance policy.  NO PETS. 

Are we pre-assigned camping spots?

You'll be able to pick your spot when you arrive. There is tons of room, shade, and bathrooms in the area for your convenience. No,  you won't have a 10 acre plot all to yourself so be ok with getting to know your neighbors. This is what moto camping events are all about. Did we mention there's dozen of places to charge your stuff as well as spigots to fill up your canteen with fresh spring water!?!


Are tickets refundable or transferable? 

We are sorry but we are unable to refund. But you can transfer up until July 17th. Click HERE and do it yourself as the ticket MUST be in the new attendees name.  Sierra Stake Out is not responsible for tranferring your tickets. If you miss the deadline, sorry, after July 17th 6:00 pm sharp, we are in full production and have gone to print. No exceptions. 

Can I buy multiple tickets? 

We wouldn't do it as it over complicates things for you but you can buy multiple tickets for your group. However, please realize you will be the sole person in control of collecting and distributing the tickets if they are in your name and email. If you are going to buy for the group, make sure each ticket is in the correct attendees name along with their email address to make for a smooth check-in upon arrival.

What does a ticket cover? 

A ticket gets you 2 nights and 3 days camping at our reserved campground, live entertainment & music both nights, and all you can drink 805 beer while supplies last. You can expect to get your money's worth as we are big on under promising and over delivering.

I see tickets went up a few bucks... what gives?

The crowd has spoken and there is a clear demand for more space at Sierra Stake Out. For 2019, we've tripled the amount of room we'll have for camping which costs substanially more than year's past. With additional space comes more requirements for staff, bathrooms, etc that also increases the costs to produce a quality event. We also have some great entertainment we are adding for Friday night which we know you'll love!

Are Cars / Pull Behind Trailers / RVs Cool?

Cars and Trucks: We do encourage you to ride your motorcycle but understand that “things” happen or you need a chase vehicle.  If you do bring a 4 wheel vehicle, you will have to pay additionally for a Vechicle Pass cause they take up 4 x more room. Moto camping will be in one section and cars in another. They are within a few hundred feet, but the best spots will be reserved for everything on two wheels. By no means whatsoever will cars be allowed in the motorcycle camping area no matter what you are hauling for a pal, and no motorcycles will be permitted in the car parking section. This is for safety reasons and enforced by the property owners, our security, and staff. Be prepared and plan accordinly as distances can be is 100 yards to 1/2 a mile to haul your gear down and camp with your friends on bikes.

Trailers: Sorry, no trailers of ANY kind (including ones that are pulled behind your moto) will be allowed into the event space this year due to space restrictions. 

RVS: This event cannot handle rvs/motorhomes at this time.

I am arriving late, what do I do?

We've hired 24/7 check in staff and security to help you get in no matter what time you arrive. We do recommend getting in for the night by 6:00PM as that is when most of the festivities will kick off.

Are services close by?

There is a gas station with a convenience store, ATM and a Subway right off the exit for the event site. 

How do I eat? 

For your convenience, we'll have some vendors on site where you can buy a meal, coffee, and/or adult beverage. These vendors can be expected to be open for breakfast and dinner, but will most likely be closed down during the day while everyone is out exploring the area. Please bring cash as wifi is hit or miss. 

I am a brand and want to get involved, whom do I speak with?

Our events are private so please contact us by emailing sponsors@sierrastakeout.com  prior to sending anyone out on your brand's behalf. 

What type of motos are allowed?

All street legal motorcycles are welcome. 

I don't ride, can I still attend? 

You might get bored during the day while everyone is out riding the local roads but we'd be happy to have you. We hope this event acts as a catalyst to get you on a motorcycle if you decide to come in your car the first time around.

How do I become a vendor?

Sorry, this is a non-vending event. This event is about exploring the Sierra Nevada area on two wheels and making friends around the camp. Ask us how to get involved by emailing sponsors@sierrastakeout.com for sponsor opportunities 

Are you going to have campfires?

Depends on the weather and owners weekend of event. We'll have 4 different designated burn barrels set up and going if they give us a greenlight. Besides that, there are no other fires or charcoal allowed due to excessive fire danger. 

Will this event sell out of tickets?

We hope to have tickets for everyone that wants to attend, but it's sold out 2 months in advance last year. Our suggestion is to not wait if you are interested in going. If it does sell out, you most likely won't have a problem selling your ticket to someone who missed them while they were available. 

Are Colors allowed?

Due to our agreements with the campground, we can not allow anyone wearing club colors into the venue. 

Ready to roll!? Let’s get you registered!