Due to a whole lot of badly needed rain this year, Highway 1 / Pacific Coast Highway has been extensively damaged, especially north of Gordo and through Big Sur. Since this is the primary route, which the NorCal riders use to ride down to Cambria, and because this constitutes our Friday ride to Bixby Bridge, we've decided to scale the rally way back.
For 2017, we will be turning the clock back to the first couple years. At that time, the majority of riders were camping at San Simeon State Park, a few miles north of Cambria.
With this in mind, there will be no registration, no fees, no organized dinner, no raffle tickets, swag or prizes. It will just be the few hardcore riders that choose to ride, enjoy time along the beautiful central coast under the stars and share the experience together.
All you really need is a bike, tent, bag and a few sundries. For those who absolutely must have a motel room, you're welcome to stay in town, but don't sell the camping part of this adventure short.
Cambria XIV is only one day away!
All of the arrangements have been made and we're ready to go. This year, the event schedule will remain the same as last year. If you need a hardcopy of that, just go to the resources tab on this page and print out the schedule. Or you can simply use your smartphone to access the schedule by bookmarking the page.
There have been a couple concerns this year. One is the continued increase in hotel rates. Everything has gotten more expensive over the past 14 years, including hotel rooms. Just a reminder that splitting a room is still an economical option. You can reach out and make contact with other riders to share rooms by either going to the New Bonneville forum on Delphi OR you can simply show up and ask around the Palms Motel. Chances are, someone there would be happy to split expenses.
The other big concern has been the Sobranes Fire burning around Big Sur. The fire is only 25% contained and has burned over 45,000 acres. CalFire reports that they don't expect full containment for another 2 weeks, and the fire line is moving in a South-Eastern direction.
The concern for us is the Bixby Bridge ride on Friday. That ride takes us along Highway 1 North, directly through Big Sur and adjacent to several evacuation areas. PCH around Big Sur is currently open, however several areas off the highway are being used to stage fire crews. Combined with ongoing construction and one-way controlled traffic, the conditions are far worse than during any previous year.
We will approach the Bixby Bridge "Scott Forsythe" Memorial Ride on Friday on a wait and see basis. The last thing we want is to contribute to any traffic delays, especially with firefighters relying on this route to do their jobs.
You can find information about the fire and road conditions by going here: http://thebigsurblog.com/ .
For riders coming down South, I would strongly advise you to consider taking the 101 Freeway instead to arrive at Cambria.
Whether we ride all the way North to Bixby Bridge or decide to stop at some point sooner, such as Lucia, we will definitely ride somewhere fun and challenging on Friday.
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
Cambria XIII was a blast!
Big thanks to everyone who showed up and supported number 13... While the attendance was down a little this year, the vibe and good will was incredible!
Big thanks to Jerry Bodine for setting up the Legion and hosting. Big thanks to Mike from CalMoto for some cool raffle prizes. Same goes to Santa Maria Triumph, Triumph Corporate and a few individual donors. Big thanks to Reed for planning and leading a great Saturday ride. Thanks to the organizing committee, and especially to Nikki for selling raffle tickets.
Great riding, perfect weather, no crashing, good food, excellent bark off (congrats to Scott Feemster!) and our special guests from Triumph and Rider Magazine were amazing.
As Mike spoke about, if you enjoyed Cambria this year, then don't keep it to yourself. Bring a friend or two next year, which is August 4-7, 2016.
For 2016, the Cambria Palms management will hold all the rooms for our group again until July 1st. It doesn't cost anything to place a reservation and several of us have already made ours for next year. Just mention that you're with the Triumph motorcycle group and they'll make your reservation for that weekend.
On the prices, they said they will try to give us a price break next year. For those not sharing a room with anyone, you probably noticed the higher prices this time.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next year...
Cambria XII was perhaps the most perfect one to date!
The weather was perfect all four days. Road conditions were excellent! The rides went without a hitch with a little something for everyone. No crashes for 2014! The band Rough House was excellent and did a fine job of keeping everyone entertained on Saturday.
Thanks to Cal Moto and a few dedicated attendees, we had an excellent raffle with lots of merchandise to give away! The bark off this year was legendary as all contestants simultaneously barked off following Kari Brashinger's celebrated win. The roar was loud enough to stop traffic on Highway One.
And of course there were some fantastic conversations and a fair amount of fire walking going on around the fire pit each night. Big thanks to everyone who showed up and made this a weekend for the books...
The 11th Annual Cambria Rally Was Perfect!
Ladies and gents - What a fantastic weekend! Big thanks to ALL of you for attending Cambria in 2013 and continuing to make this my favorite motorcycle event each
For those who couldn't drop by this time, we truly missed all of you. However we did have quite a few new faces this year. Here were some of the highlights...
I cannot thank the following folks enough for their contributions and help with the event in 2013...
Our Website is Up and Running!
We are pleased to announce that our revised website is up and running. Find out more about the Cambria Rally and be sure and bookmark us. If you encounter any website problems - tell our webmaster.