30th Annual Redwood Run

I'm back from the 30th Annual Redwood Run. Actually, I've came back quite a while ago, but then I've been on a hiatus from blog...

I'm back from the 30th Annual Redwood Run. Actually, I've came back quite a while ago, but then I've been on a hiatus from blogging here.

If you're not familiar with the Redwood Run, it's often described as the last of the "old school" biker rallies. Biker rallies today are heavily commercialized, saturated with yuppies and rubbies.

30th Annual Redwood Run
What makes the Redwood Run unique is that it's hosted completely on private property, and limited to just 5,000 people. There are no police patrolling the area because they aren't needed with the smaller attendance. As a result, the Redwood Run becomes an "anything goes" affair, and pretty much everything happens, minus the violence. The Christian Motorcycle Association provided traffic control throughout the rally area, and kept people riding their bikes in an orderly fashion.

Tickets to this year's event sold at $120.00 a piece, and included music acts like Greg Allman, Molly Hatchet, and Joan Jett.

The best way to experience the Redwood Run is to pitch a tent on the rally grounds and camp out. This way you can saturate your blood stream with whatever substance you please, and not have to ride your bike back to somewhere else.

The gates to the Redwood Run opened up at 8:30am on a Friday morning (June 8). We had arrived in line around 6:00am, were already behind a couple thousand other bikers. There were four of us, Drifter, Trouble, Doc, and myself. We walked up to the front of the line to see what the scene looked like, and Trouble found a friend of hers standing at the front of the gate. She was hanging out with a group of guys who called themselves "The Weasels". They didn't describe themselves as an MC or RC, just a group of guys. We asked her if she could save a camp spot for us, and she agreed. I gave her my tent so that she could use it save our spot.

We ended up pitching our tents at the edge of "the hill", overlooking the concert area. I wanted to thank her and The Weasels for accomodating us.

That Friday afternoon, the four of us left the rally area to do some riding in the redwoods. We waited for a friend of ours to join us, Lewis. Lewis showed up, and we all took off into the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

We rode along Mattole Road, which takes you into a town called "Honeydew". At Honeydew, there's a general store situated by a stream, underneath shady oak trees. We rested there, and then continued down Mattole Road to the town of Petrolia. We wanted to eat some lunch there, but couldn't find any establishments. So we continued on.

Mattole Road eventually runs along the coast for a short ways, and then veers up the side of a mountain. The road gets very twisty with steep elevation climbs, but a very enjoyable ride nonetheless. It finally took us into the town of Ferndale, where we had lunch.

Saturday we had breakfast in Garberville. Garberville is the nearest town with a grocery store, and is where most Redwood Run participants go to get hard liquor and supplies. For the entire weekend, the Garberville is overrun with bikers, kinda like how Sturgis might be in August.

The cops Humboldt County are for the most part, lenient during this weekend. They will pull you over if you're riding with total disregard and disrespect. But I didn't really see a whole of bikes getting pulled over.

And the weather was just awesome the whole time.

Being it was the 30th year of the Redwood Run, I expected some more celebration, but didn't really see anything more than last year. The wet t-shirt contest wasn't as exciting as last year's. There was probably half as many women in the contest, and most of them were not willing to go topless. Even the weenie bite contest, most were not willing to bare their boobies as last year.

I've got photos from the Redwood Run here...

Note that Flickr has marked my photos as "adult", meaning that you have to have an account on Flickr, and set your preferences to view adult content, to see these photos.

Did you go to the Redwood Run this year? Post a comment and tell me about it.


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  1. Great Article, but the Modified Motorcycle Association of CA, was the the traffic contol and the runs security.

  2. This is the 2nd RWR for me. The 1st time was in 1987. 3 of us rode up in my truck with everyones stuff. Ended up, one of my friends that I followed up ran into people she knew she wanted me to go meet them.

    Just so you know, the whole month before the run she kept telling me she was going to "hook me up". My stand on that was NO.F*****G WAY.
    (I had just gone through an ugly divorce)

    On the way to their camp she tells me that she asked this guy if he would give me a ride on his bike. I almost turned around and went to hide in my tent. (Bitch!)

    So I meet all these people(abt 20)and she goes "and this is Bob", his 1st words to me,"Take off your sunglasses so I can see your F*****G eyes." Yeah whatever, You first. In secret girl code I let Marlene know it was time go I had to pee. I didn't really, I wanted to know what she got me into.

    To keep this as short as poss., The day went on, ate a good steak dinner, throughly enjoyed CDB & the Fryeds, and (shame) Bob woke up in my tent.

    His people were packing up and my "friends" hadn't even gotten up yet. He said if I wanted to ride he would drop me off at my house.
    4 hours later he did just that.

    My truck showed up about 12 hours later.

    Like I said, this is my 2nd time to the Redwoods, 20 years ago I met my Husband here.

    Bob and Kim Kramer

  3. Hello All.. missed the Redwood Run this year.. sadly but had an absolute blast at the 2006 Run... Did want to say that for those that attend annually a great place to see additional photo's.. is www.bikercrap.com Many people post their Redwood Run pictures in addition to Russ, the owner of the site. Wishing all of you a safe and wonderful riding year... Sharki



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