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Old 03-31-2017, 07:23 AM   #1
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Bodie State Park - Ghost Town

From a ride a couple of years ago. Bodie State Park - Ghost Town

These are rather large photos so the first one takes a few seconds to buffer in.

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Old 03-31-2017, 08:00 AM   #2
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Dig it. I always pass the turn off on 395 and tell myself I'll check it out some day.
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Old 03-31-2017, 08:10 AM   #3
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Been there once during an endurance rally. Had to go there to answer some trivia question.
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First time I went to Bodie must have been in the '70s with my family. There wasn't much money and my dad had a thing for ghost towns. Rhyolite, Bullfrog, and Chloride were the type of places on his list, but Bodie was the king!

Back in those days there had been almost no improvements. The road was pure washboard for the entire 15 miles off of 395 and seemed to take hours. All of the buildings were falling down, and you could simply walk into the Standard Mine processing plant - no fences or anything. But it was really awesome.

Now its a lot easier to get there, buildings are being restored, and I think you can get a Starbucks at the general store (kidding i think), but its still pretty cool... For anyone with a thing for the old west, ghost towns and such its a must-do.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:35 AM   #5
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Went there last year, but hadn't allowed enough time to look around as I found I would have liked. Will have to get back again maybe next year.
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The road was pure washboard for the entire 15 miles off of 395 and seemed to take hours.
Holy shit that's right!! It was BRUTAL. Washboard gravel all the way and back. Ugh

I remember thinking it wasn't worth the points I got riding on that shit.
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Yeah, the road sucks balls but it is now paved up until the last 5 miles or so. Man, I really hate that washboard crap.

The mine looks like one of the most interesting places but is closed for renovation. I definitely agree. It is the king of ghost towns and 395 has to be the best "highway" in California. At least I think so. The pass overlooking Mono Lake, Monitor Pass, Sonora Pass, Eastern Yosemite, Mammoth, Mt. Whitney are just a few of the things to see. I miss California.
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Yah! 395 is a fantastic "road trip" road in a car or on a bike!!


Well except in 07 when we were on it for about 3 hours in 90 degree temps and a massive
Headwind. Oy.
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