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Coastal Epic Dualsport Ride In California
ddennis, wallywhirled, h8chains, myself, and others have been collaborating on what should be a superior dual sport weekend that highlights the absolute best that the region has to offer:
Sierra Madre, Camino Cielo, Refugio Road, Foxen Canyon and Tepusquet, Hi Mountain Road, Pozo Road, Carrizo Plains, Hwy 33 just to name a few of the roads.
Jocko's, the Pozo Saloon, Cold Springs Tavern, just to name a few of the eateries to be sampled.
We're talking about well over a hundred miles of dirt.
Looking at the weekend of June 14-15. (maybe a day in front and behind if you have to travel far)
UPDATE: Here is the current route plan from WallyWhirled:
June 14, Saturday
get gas in Ojai before Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Deer Lodge on Hwy 33 in Ojai, Breakfast, mile 0
47 miles up Hwy 33, right on Quatal Canyon RD
62 miles, Left on Cerro Noroeste RD which becomes Klipstein Canyon RD
82 miles, Right on Hwy 166
91 miles, Maricopa, gas at Shell station, U-turn back up Hwy 166
93 miles, Right on Elkhorn Grade RD
xx miles, bear Left on Elkhorn
xx miles, Right turn on Soda Lakes RD
xx miles, Left on Pipeline RD
xx miles, Right on cowpath
xx miles, Right on another mo better cowpath
xx miles, Left at the next antelope trail (this one is more like a dirt road)
xx miles, after crossing through closed gate, re-close gate, then instead of going up the ridge at the small (dry) creek crossing hang a sharp Right u-turn
xx miles, Right on yet another cowpath, cross the dry-creek twice
xx miles, Right on Soda Lakes RD
xx miles, Left onto Crossover RD
126 miles, Left onto Elkhorn RD
141 miles, Left onto "Soda Lakes RD" at Hurricane/Elkhorn intersection
xx miles, Right onto the "real" Soda Lakes RD
167 miles, Left on Hwy 58, if you have a small gas tank contact Dave (ddennis) to arrange a fuel drop in the California Valley
xx miles, Left on Pozo RD
196 miles, Pozo Saloon (historic) Lunch Break
196 miles, Left on Hi Mountain RD
miles, Left at T-intersection at Lopez Lake
220 miles, Arroyo Grande
xx miles, Left when traffic is prevented from continuing on road
xx miles, Arroyo Grande, gas at Shell station (I think it's Shell)
xx miles, Left on Hwy 101, unless heading to SLO for Firestone's
xx miles, Exit Nipomo for Jockos and Dinner at 8:30 or if we somehow arrive early enough, continue down 101 to Santa Maria
xx miles, Exit Santa Maria at Broadway, head to Motel 6, shower before dinner at Jockos in Nipomo at 8:30 if early enough to shower before dinner
If some people get a late start it should be easy to catch us at the Pozo Saloon by blasting through the Carizzo Plains on Soda Lakes RD or Elkhorn RD because we'll meander through the National Monument. Don't be late, sleep at my (wallywhirled) place Friday night if it makes your life easier.
June 15, Sunday
8:00 a.m. Pappy's, Betteravia RD exit off Hwy 101, Breakfast, Gas, mile 0
0 miles, continue down Betteravia which becomes Foxen Canyon RD
7 miles, Left on Santa Maria Mesa RD
11 miles, Left on Tepusquet RD
15.5 miles, pass Colson Canyon RD.
If you missed the start and want to find us then turn Right and head up Colson Canyon toward Hwy 166 in the reverse of the following directions or continue on Tepusquet RD to Hwy 166 and take a right on Sierra Madre.
xx miles, Right on Hwy 166
xx miles, Right on Cottonwood Canyon RD, if you have a small gas tank continue up Hwy 166 to New Cuyama then return on Hwy 166 to Cottonwood Canyon RD
xx miles, Cottonwood Canyon RD pretty much becomes Bates Canyon RD
xx miles, Right on Sierra Madre at T-intersection at top of ridge
xx miles, Left on Miranda Pine RD (one of several possible turns)
xx miles, Left on La Brea Canyon RD (easy to miss, return uphill if you reach a locked gate and turn right on Miranda Pine RD)
xx miles, Right on Colson Canyon RD
xx miles, Left on Tepusquet RD mileage count begins again at 0 miles here
4.5 miles, Right on Santa Maria Mesa RD
8.5 miles, Left on Foxen Canyon RD
11.5 miles, Left on Foxen Canyon RD in Sisquoc (easy to miss)
28.5 miles, Left on Foxen Canyon RD near Curtis Winery (easy to miss)
33 miles, Left on Hwy 154 at Los Olivos, possible pit stop for refreshments at Matties Tavern (historic)
35 miles, Right on Roblar Avenue (at Roblar Winery)
35 miles, quick Left on Refugio RD immediately past Roblar Winery
xx miles, Santa Ynez, Gas
45 miles, Left on West Camino Cielo
xx miles, Left on Kinevan RD, extremely sharp left 0.2 mile past Right switchback after Camino Cielo become pavement again
xx miles, Cold Spring Tavern (historic), Lunch; or continue down Stagecoach RD past the suicide bridge to Paradise for eats
xx miles, U-turn, back up Stagecoach RD, cross Hwy 154 onto East Camino Cielo
xx miles, East Camino Cielo becomes Gibraltar RD; or take a left and get some more dirt roads to the Hot Springs
xx miles, Left on Mountain DR, zigzag to 192 closely follow 192 signs (easy to miss)
xx miles, Left on Hwy 150 toward Ojai
xx miles, Left on S. La Luna Avenue
xx miles, Hwy 33, Ojai, Deer Lodge, anticipated arrival 6:30 p.m. Farewells
This is a 'pick up' ride.. not sanctioned by anyone, loosely organized, no frills other than what YOU bring. None of it will be hard-core dirt, or anything beyond what an average rider on a BygPyg couldn't handle. The day's rides will be LONG though. You know, the kind of ride Gillifunk, MadBritt and AngryScot would go on.
Interested? Drop a dime in this thread.
Jeff E (what's your ADV nic. Jeff?)
Counter Clockwise Loop Review and $60 Motels in SLO?
Ho-kay, let's review the counter clockwise loop from the other thread. :deal
Saturday, June 14 - DAY 1
FUEL AVAILABLE in Ojai.
BREAKFAST and MEET at The Deer Lodge in Ojai
(This could be a tough one. Anyone ride it lately?)
Santa Barbara Canyon
FUEL AVAILABLE in Ventucopa
Quatal Canyon Road
Klipstien Canyon Road
FUEL AVAILABLE in Maricopa
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Soda Lake Road south
Elkhorn Valley Road
Hurricane/Crocker Springs Road
Midoil Road (Fellows)
FUEL AVAILABLE in Taft
LUNCH at the Pozo Saloon
(Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, will be appearing later that evening.) :lol3
High Mountain Road
FUEL AVAILABLE at Arroyo Grande
DINNER at Jocko's (in SLO?) :freaky
MOTEL at ??? (Wally, where di you see $60 per night?) :ear
Sunday, June 15 - DAY 2
BREAKFAST at ???
Cottonwood Canyon/Bates Canyon Road
Sierra Madre Ridge Road
La Brea Canyon Road
Colston Canyon Road
Tepesquet Canyon Road
Foxen Canyon Road
FUEL AVAILABLE in Orcutt
(We can use Walt's secret route in and out, see previous thread.)
Foxen Canyon Road
FUEL AVAILABLE in Buellton
West Camino Cielo Road
Old Stage Coach Road
LUNCH at Cold Springs Tavern
Old Stage Coach Road
West Camino Cielo Road
Romeo Canyon Road ??? And possible side trip to Hot Springs?
Casitas Pass (CA-150)
FUEL AVAILABLE in Ojai and DEPART from The Deer Lodge.
People are in awe of the complexity. I'll hate myself for it but I'm in. Luckily, I'm sure it won't be hot in any of these places.
Anyone done High Mountain Road lately? It was getting pretty rocky last time. Same with camino cielo. Oh crap I dropped my purse. Let me recant my earlier statement. I'm in unless I break a nail.
PS: Jocko's is in Nipomo. We could do the new Clubhouse (This Olde House) in SLO.
Interesting. Going to follow this thread. One question though? Are we camping somewhere?
Walt has indicated there's a Motel 6 or something like that near 101/166. That would be pretty close to Nipomo (Jocko's) and still along the general route.
I just visited motels.com and typed in Arroyo Grande and it brought up several motels in SLO that were under $70/night and some under $60. A bit further away from Jocko's though. Am thinking Walt's suggestion on this one might be better. Walt?
Hi Mountain Road and West Camino Cielo are a bit rougher this year from the rain. Yeah Baby! There are rocks-a-plenty and some nice deep trenches plus just enough sand in places to keep things interesting.
Slight modification to the route listed, come in on Foxen to or across 154 to Santa Ynez. No need to return to 101 from Foxen. Gas in Santa Ynez. Then up Refugio from there to West Camino Cielo. Lunch at Cold Springs Tavern then to East Camino Cielo and drop either down Gibralter to 192 and over to 150 and Casitas Pass or head to the Hot Springs (more dirt, out/back) then Gibralter.
Coming off high mountain road, you'll want to head south to Jocko's not North to SLO. IMHO The M-6 is about 7 miles south of there. SLO and its Motel Mecca are at least 20 miles in the other direction. You could head north into SLO on the back roads, but that will still be 20 some miles.
Dagnabit David. Ted Nugent is at Pozo on June 13, not the 14. Bring your guns. :gun1
We rode past the Tinta Trail sign on the 33 this afternoon. Didn't see any barricades near the entrance before the river crossing. But that turns into hardcore singletrack past the campground on the other side of the river. Don't think you're gonna get any big bikes up there to Cuyama Peak if that's what you had in mind, Walt.
But you can do Cuyama Peak from Santa Barbara Canyon.
MMMmmmmmm.......Jockos....:dg :yum :kbasa :dutch :slurp
SB Canyon Road is the only way to get in there. I haven't been up there since Janauary last year. I'm guessing the paved section is open for ranchers access, but I'll bet it's closed off where the pavement ends just because of the big fire last fall. We did Quatal Canyon yesterday. If this thread was started earlier, I could have done a recon for you guys. I'm supposed to meet some friends at Ballinger tomorrow, but haven't heard back from them yet. Might not be going at all.
There's some steep sections when you get up to Cuyama Peak.
But it's doable on a big bike. And the view is outrageous.
I hiked from Tepusquet to LaBrea Cyn today, and Colson Canyon Road has just been graded. No ruts, still some water crossings, but the surface has some loose spots, and a couple of corners where the dust is about 3 inches deep. Other than that, it's in fine shape. I didn't go far enough up the LaBrea to see how much they've worked on that.
So far the plan is to motel-it to save weight/space, etc. Plus, it's lots of riding and no one will really want to run a camp I don't think.
Stay tuned though, there may be some who want to camp.
Cool. I don't know that I could do both days yet anyways.
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