Sierra Stake Out Proudly Welcomes Musician Shelby Cobra to the SSO2 Read About His Family Ties to the Donner Party, It Doesn't Get Much Tragic Than This...

It's not often you get a direct descendant from the Donner Party playing a show right in the location of where the ill fated journey ran into an act of God so severe, it made history that would jolt the new world and for generations to come. This year we have quite the surprise as Shelby Cobra from Shelby Cobra and the Mustangs will take the stage to open up Saturday night. It doesn't get anymore outlaw or solid country gold than Shelby Cobra

The Story

As we know approximately half of the Donner Party starved or were killed by cold in a stormy winter. The documentary of this event has produced a human saga of the ultimate in suffering, despair, and courage exceeding the extraordinary. Shelby's uncle was kind enough to give us some more of the story of their relative, William H Eddy, who saw what true hell was like and met the devil himself right here in these woods. Reader discretion is advised. 

William H. Eddy was identified by George R. Stewart in his book, Ordeal by Hunger, as a carriage maker from Illinois.  He was about 28 years of age in 1846 when he joined a wagon train from Springfield, Illinois bound for the Sacramento valley in California, the infamous Donner Party. Eddy was chronicled as a hero who demonstrated honesty in dealing with others, unselfishness in the face of inhuman callousness, courage beyond limit, and endurance greater than any man should ever be expected to demonstrate.  Stewart wrote, "He was... rough-and-ready, no man to be trifled with in a quarrel and for the same reason a man to be counted on in a pinch.  He was enterprising, straightforward, and much liked in the company.  Among them all he seems to have been the best hunter and the most skilled in the arts of the frontiersmen." 

William H. Eddy

William H. Eddy

Margaret Eddy

Margaret Eddy

After he and his family were trapped for some time, dying of starvation, Eddy, half dead as he was went looking for help. After days of wandering he came across Indians that helped him get to Ritter house at Johnson's Ranch in the Sacramento Valley.  His trail of blood in the snow was used by rescue parties to retrace his journey.  But Eddy wouldn't rest, he had to get back to save his wife and two children. Before he could recover he organized relief party attempting a rescue for his family and the other unfortunate settlers.  It must have been a bitter defeat upon arriving at the campsite to learn that his baby daughter had died of starvation, followed by his wife, and next his son who was neglected with no one left to care for him.  Even more devastating must have been the confession of one of the camp survivors, named Lewis Keseberg, that he had eaten the body of the young boy James P. Eddy.  Considerable evidence existed from hearsay that he might have killed the child first.  Other survivors accused him of killing and eating another child of the same age named Georgie Foster. Eddy was was a hero in a lost cause. He served his traveling companions with all he had, but received a most inhumanly callous reward in return.  

Eddy shown here in a painting was depicted as a hero by often bringing back meat and other sources of food for the camp in efforts to save everyone, not just his own family. 

Eddy shown here in a painting was depicted as a hero by often bringing back meat and other sources of food for the camp in efforts to save everyone, not just his own family. 

Legend has it that the ghost of evil that is Keseberg, roams this area to this day, luring children out of their tents at night to never be seen or heard from again.

Legend has it that the ghost of evil that is Keseberg, roams this area to this day, luring children out of their tents at night to never be seen or heard from again.

It was later claimed that Keseberg was the first member of the party to resort to cannibalism. Some people believed he was involved in the deaths of other children including George Foster and Tamsen Donner. After he was rescued Keseberg sued for slander but was only granted $1 and forced to pay the costs of the court. He was cursed for the rest of his life suffering countless tragedies until old age. Kenseberg died penniless and alone in Sacramento in 1895. 

In 1848 Eddy married again in Gilroy, California. The marriage was not a success and following a divorce he married for a third time in 1856. William Eddy died on 24th December, 1859 at the age of 43. 

As for the rest of the party, forty-two emigrants and two Indian guides had died. However, the remaining forty-seven travellers survived. 

After the thaw, the camp where the Donner Party was trapped claimed to have had 22 ft of snow. The tops of these trees would have been the ground, where they chopped wood for warmth. 

After the thaw, the camp where the Donner Party was trapped claimed to have had 22 ft of snow. The tops of these trees would have been the ground, where they chopped wood for warmth. 

Meet Buddy Pops and Cruise Their Offerings That Include Gluten Free, Vegan, and Other Fresh Made Breakfast Items and Snacks

BuddyPops offers mind-blowing popsicles, toasts, and treats made from farmers market ingredients. We're proud to be a small business dedicated to community and nourishment. Our local community in Los Angeles inspires us in terms of ingredients, menu choices, and laid-back vibe. We've worked hard to create a fun and versatile menu that everyone can enjoy...vegan or gluten-free? We've got you covered. Just want something delicious? Done. 

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Breakfast 7-12PM:

  • Team Toast (gluten-free and vegan options available for all toasts)

    • Avocado Toast: avocado, arugula, preserved lemon, black sesame seed, lemon juice, cayanne, edible flowers, radish (optional hard-boiled egg) - $10

    • Almond Hazelnut Butter Toast: with banana and raw honey and flake salt - $8

    • Cinnamon Toast: with butter and cinnamon sugar - $4

  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal Bar (gluten-free and vegan): Steel cut oats and DIY toppings bar with brown sugar, honey, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, berries, butter, milk (dairy and non-dairy) - $8

  • Grab and Go Baked Goods (gluten-free and vegan options available): muffins, scones, and hard boiled eggs - $2-$5

Snacks 12PM-8PM (gluten-free and vegan options available):

  • Pops and Frozen Bananas $4-$5

    • Chocolate Shell

    • Toppings: Coconut, nuts, rose petals, choc. cookie crumb

  • Brownies $4

  • Cookies $3

Sierra Stake Out
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Sierra Stake Out
Sierra Stake Out

Sierra Stake Out | Photo Feature by Geoff Kowalchuk

It's no secret that some of the best riding is located in the Sierra Nevadas hence why we decided to do an event up here. If you are headed to the Sierra Stake Out 2, rolling mountains, clear blue swimming holes, and endless roads await you. Take a scroll through last year's event to see what you just got yourself into if you are a first timer. 

COMPLETE SIERRA STAKE OUT 2017 SCHEDULE & WHAT TO EXPECT

For those of you who like to know a little more about what you just got yourself into, look no further. Give this a good read, review our rules and regs for the event, and also take a quick look at the FAQ. If you can't find it here or there, feel free to email info@sierrastakeout.com. We are happy to answer any questions you have prior to arrival.

SHELTER: Our campsite is sectioned off in the Cisco Grove Campgrounds. Our area has tons of shade, so bring your tents and hammocks. Every spot is beautiful so you really can't lose. 

WATER: Running water is everywhere and is drinkable from tap since it comes from a private spring fed well. We suggest bringing a refillable bottle. 

TOILETS & SHOWERS: We do have real toilets and showers in our section. We've also brought in more than enough port-o-potties to sprinkle around the campgrounds to help make it easier on our guests. These portos have scheduled cleanings so no dump runneth over! 

FOOD: We have Pie for the People on site with food for purchase so you don't have to go off foraging the wilderness. They will be vending various pizzas, roasted veggies, salads, and some sort of desert that we've never heard of before but sounds delicious. 

ADULT DRINKS: We do have a free 805 and Sailor Jerry each night until it runs out (and it probably will at some point). Our good friends Java a Go Go will be vending coffee, espresso drinks, and will have a full bar with mixed drinks for purchase. The $ from the bar goes to charity so oddly your drinking will do some good for once! You are also allowed to bring in what you want, but we kindly ask NO GLASS! The Campstore at the entrance sells can beer, water, fishing stuff, ice, water, energy drinks, snacks, bread, sandwich meat, and canned foods if you are wanting that hobo experience. 

FIRES: Despite all the water we got this year, the state of California is still insanely flammable. We will have burn barrels in the main area but sadly NO FIRES, HOT COALS, ETC can be lit other than these. We have off duty fire fighters patrolling so please respect this rule and don't make it hard on these guys as they are just trying to keep the Sierras from burning down. 

CHECKING IN & WRISTBAND PROCESS: When you pull up to the address for the event you will be flagged into a parking lot right before the kiosk to the campground in order to sign in. Here's what follows: 

  • You'll sign a waiver
  • We'll check your ID to verify age and confirm your ticket(s)
  • We'll give you a wristband to put on for access to the event
  • You'll get a raffle ticket (everyone gets one, so the odds will be equal!)
  • We'll set you up with a schedule of events and some info on the routes we suggest exploring.

Once you are sorted, hop on your moto, make sure your wristband is visible, and stop at the kiosk leading into the park. No need to turn off bike, once they see your wristband, they will be putting another band on your handlebars to show you already signed in so you can now come and go as you please. Each time you come back into camp, you must slow and show your wristband. This kiosk is manned 24/7 so you will have no issues. The campstore is on the left just past the kiosk. You can't miss it if you want to get some extra supplies or libations on the way in.

Take the main road into the campground for about a half mile and then follow the black and white directional signs towards our private area for the Sierra Stake Out. Cars will be sectioned off from motorcycles and all camping will be first come first serve. All spots are beautiful so don't stress, you'll be stoked. 

Schedule of Events

Nothing is better than riding all day and then partying in the woods with your friends at night. Here is our schedule of events:

Friday, July 21st

Gates Open 2:00PM 

Pie for the People | Food for Purchase 4:00PM - 8:00PM

Campfires in burn barrels lit in Main Area Only 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Karaoke Contest 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Dance Party 9:30PM - 11:00PM

FREE 805 & Sailor Jerry 5:00PM -  ? while supplies last

Bar with Drinks for Purchase Open 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Saturday, July 22nd

Coffee & Espresso for Purchase 6:00AM - 10:00AM

Breakfast for Purchase 7:00AM - 10:00AM

GET OUT THERE AND RIDE MOTOS! 

Merch Sales 3:00PM - 7:00PM (we do have limited supplies, so get there early if buying a patch or shirt is a priority)

Pie for the People | Food for Purchase 4:00PM - 8:00PM

FREE 805 & Sailor Jerry 5:00PM -  ? while supplies last

Bar with Drinks for Purchase Open 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Old-Stf Bike Show 5:00PM - 6:45PM

Bike Show Awards 6:45PM - 7:00PM

Bands: Pete & Repete 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Raffle & Long Rider Award 8:00PM - 8:30PM

Campfires in burn barrels lit in Main Area Only 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Pine State Ramblers 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Dance Party (time to get your freak on) 10:00PM - 11:00PM

Sunday, July 23rd

Coffee & Espresso for Purchase 6:00AM - 10:00AM

Breakfast for Purchase 7:00AM - 10:00AM

Pack it up! The event is over! Safe travels home and see you next year! 11:00AM

Photo @twofoursixer Geoff Kowalchuk

Photo @twofoursixer Geoff Kowalchuk

PETE AND REPETE | GREAT AMERICAN ROCK N' ROLL

Pete and Repete are heading to Sierra Stake Out. These guys will be playing classic rock n roll and if you ask nicely, might take a request or two. Guaranteed fast & loud times coming your way Saturday night at the Sierra Stake Out. 

Pete and Repete are one of the last great American rock and roll bands. Equal parts MC 5 and Kyuss, the band meshes generations and genres in a way that somehow comes out as sounding new and bold. Known for their live set energy, PnRP make believers out of all who are lucky to witness them live. Fast, loud, and always fun - there's something for everyone in a Pete & Repete set. 

 

A MINUTE W/ SHAWN MAHONEY OF RUSS BROWN MOTORCYCLE ATTORNEYS

We call him Captain Ron cause...well...he looks like Capt Ron and lives on a boat. Shawn Mahoney is literally everywhere you turn and he & the crew at Russ Brown Motorcycles have been helping to ensure hundreds of event attendees are provided roadside assistance as they come and go. Take a minute and meet the Captain, aka Shawn Mahoney. 

Shawn Mahoney  | Director Of Marketing and Business Development

Location: Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys is based in California with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a nationwide network of about 400 experienced, hand-picked attorneys covering every state. Shawn's wearabouts? Not sure but at a dock near you most likely. 
Website:  russbrown.com | Instagram handle: @russbrownmotorcycleattorneys

The Captain getting his swerve on

The Captain getting his swerve on

How did Russ Brown get started?

Back in the 70’s Russ Brown traveled to motorcycle organizations giving free legal advice.  He fast became the go to motorcycle attorney and created the first lawyer ever to exclusively represent motorcyclist.  He then organized all the top PI attorneys in the U.S, and created the largest, most experienced motorcycle personal injury network and knowledge base ever created.

What is BAM?  

BAM: Breakdown and Legal Assistance for Motorcyclists.  BAM is a unique volunteer organization of bikers helping bikers. Motorcycle Attorney Russ Brown started BAM over 30 years ago to provide breakdown assistance to motorcyclists across the country. BAM’s nationwide volunteer network of roughly 2 million motorcyclists can help you in an emergency. If you experience a breakdown or mechanical problems while on the road, call 1-800-4-BIKERS, and we will search our volunteer network and send someone out to help.

How do you sign up for BAM?  

It's easy and takes less than 3 minutes. Click HERE, or visit our booth, or speak to our reps at a motorcycle event in your area.

Do you have any BAM success stories that stick out?

“ I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for this organization and its members.  I signed up last year before I really started riding. Today, seven miles from home, my battery went dead. I was on my own, on a Sunday, a lone female biker.  All my friends had already left on our annual trip to Vegas, and I had no one.  BAM found someone with a trailer who dropped my bike off at my mechanic, and then dropped me at home!  I know I will not hesitate to do what I can when BAM calls me!”
- Saphyre R.

More can be read HERE

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycling:  

My entire family rode including dad, brother, cousins and uncles.  I was the kid with the Lazer lines, rat tail, and bandana making motorcycle noises… 

Any regrettable stories you can tell us from the rides and campouts you’ve been on?

During Sturgis 75th after a long day… I came back to my tent at Buffalo Chip to find it sitting in a mud puddle.  I had no option but to sleep in it…  Not a comfortable night… Woke up from Drowning a few times.  

Tips for camping off the bike?  

Get your roll tight… Forget real pillows…

How can a motorcyclist in need get a hold of Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys?

Call 1-800-4-Bikers or Russbrown.com

A MINUTE W/ THOM HILL CO-FOUNDER OF IRON & RESIN

Building a business is not easy. Infact, it's one of the hardest things you can do. When you meet people making it happen on their own terms and based on what they love, it's pretty refreshing. Take a minute and meet Thom Hill co founder of Iron & Resin , lover of all things two wheeled, and supporter of the SSO. Thom and the staff at their San Francisco location have organized a group ride to the Sierra Stake Out. Scroll down for all info on how to jump on board and ride with a solid crew of motorcylsits. 

Name: Thom Hill
Location: Ventura, CA / San Francisco, CA / Venice, CA
Occupation: Co-Founder of Iron & Resin
Website: www.ironandresin.com  @ironandresin


Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycling: 

My grandfather had a Honda Trail 70 that he put me on when I was about 7. I popped it into gear, let go of the clutch and promptly ran headlong into a tree. After a few more attempts, I got the hang of it and ripped that little bike through the woods for the next few years. Once I had a taste for freedom and speed, I never looked back.

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Current bike list:

Too many! Most of them not running…
’56 pre unit Triumph Chopper
49’ Norton ES2
’47 BSA B33
’74 Norton Commando
’62 Triumph TR5 hard tailed dirt tracker
’73 Husqvarna WR250
’70 Triumph Trophy Desert Sled
2003 KTM 640 Enduro
’67 Matchless G15


Tell us about what you do and how you got into it and how long you’ve been doing it: 

Wanderer. Wonderer. Cotton slinger. Founder, Iron & Resin. I'd been doing branding and manufacturing in the surf and skate industry for years and was  disenfranchised with what was happening. Maybe I was just getting older, but I felt like there was nothing that reflected all the things that I was into. InR started as a personal passion project that kind of spiraled out of control. I wanted to create more than just a clothing brand. We're all about building community, making friends and sharing experience. 

Best moto route or camping trip you’ve ever been on: 

Currently making plans to ride the continental divide from Mexico into Canada. 2000 miles, 100% off road and through some of the best country North America has to offer.  Pretty sure this will be my best trip yet. 

Have you ridden the Sierra Nevada area?

Hell yeah. You can't go up North without riding in that area. Too many hidden gems that I gotta keep to myself ;)

Who are you rolling with to the Sierra Stake Out and which route are you planning to take there? 

We’re bringing the party from SF, we got the whole InR SF family heading up and will have a ride set up that Friday morning leaving from the SF Store to SSO. Should be a great  turnout, our friend Mikey will be leading the ride and were confident the route he chooses will be one heck of a ride! 

All imagery by @_drew_martin_ & @_thom_hill_

Arrive with a full tank of gas and kick stands up at 10:00 wether you are "ready" or not. 

Arrive with a full tank of gas and kick stands up at 10:00 wether you are "ready" or not. 

A MINUTE W/ AARON MASON OF OLD ROSE TATTOO

We met Aaron a few years ago on a trip that was 2000+ miles of zigzagging around CA national parks and points of interest. He is the kind of guy that will let you cut in front of him crossing the border at Mexico (thanks man!), can fix a shitty tattoo that you got when you were drunk and make it look great (thanks again for that), and also a dude who can finish a 10 day ride by being resourceful even when his bike blew up on day 1. Get to know him and see what he's riding and where he is going on today's minute feature. 

Aaron Mason, @aaronmason81  

Tattoo Maker @ oldrosetattoo.com Temecula CA

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycling:

I hate sitting in traffic!

Current bike(s) you’ve got & what modifications you’ve done: 

Daily Rider HD 1957 FLH (best part is the tank painted by Matt Ross and Jen Hallett. 1950 Triumph that Wes White helped me with. 1997 sporty rigid chopper I put together for my girlfriend.

Tell us about what you do and how you got into it and how long you’ve been doing it:

I have been tattooing for about 17 years, professionally since 2003. I cant really remember exactly what sparked my interest in tattoos but I remember telling a classmate in the 9th grade that when I grow up I am gonna be a tattooer and ride a chopper hahah, I guess dreams do come true!

Best moto trip you’ve ever been on:

Every moto camping trip is the best!

Have you ridden the Sierra Nevada area before?

I rode the sierras a couple years ago with the Biltwell crew!! It was awesome! Belden Town is really cool and I love the eastern side of the Sierras. Looking forward to exploring more areas this trip, I can't get enough!!

Who are you rolling with to the Sierra Stake Out and which route are you planning to take there?

I am riding with the Biltwell guys again for Sierra Stake Out. They have some 2700 mile route planned, a sort of epic tour of California!!!!  I hope my shitty motorcycle makes it......pray for me!

Want to schedule an appointment? For appointments, contact Aaron at amasontat2@hotmail.com

Want to schedule an appointment? For appointments, contact Aaron at amasontat2@hotmail.com

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