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outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:33 PM

La Porte and Poker Flat on the F800 GS!
Here are some pics of my first Adventure on the F800! Started out in Quincy and rode to Pilot Peak, Howland Flat, Poker Flat, Saddleback Lookout and finally into Downieville.

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:36 PM

First is the view from Pilot Peak (excuse the finger in the lower portion of the picture)
Second is the road around to Howland Flat

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:37 PM

Expired volcano tube

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:38 PM

One of many grave sites at Howland Flat

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:41 PM

Now here is where things get interesting, this is the most direct way into Howland Flat from Pilot Peak. I would'nt reccomend this route for the bigger bikes..

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:43 PM

Riding on improvised roads was the whole idea of the GS right?

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:45 PM

This is the way OUT!

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:46 PM

Letting the clutch cool after the climb out

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:53 PM

The trail down into Poker Flat was the worst part. I came in from the La Porte side which was home to the bowling ball sized loose rocks in the trail. The Downieville side was much easier and doable for the bigger bikes. Be prepared to do some carrying on the La Porte side and dont make the same mistake I did and try it alone. I got the workout of a lifetime packing the GS over the rocks by hand!
Honestly the trail is steeper than the photos make it look.

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:56 PM

Rode out frome Poker Flat Ghost Town and off to Saddleback Lookout

outBackscout 08-05-2013 08:58 PM

Picturesque views from Salldeback all the way in to Downieville

outBackscout 08-05-2013 09:01 PM

The Buttes just above Downieville. From here it was all highway back to Quincy and done in half of a day.

The_Scottsman 08-06-2013 07:33 PM

Yeah! I bet that WAS a handful on that GS! But nice RR, and very nice pics! Sounds like a place I'll have to put on my list. Thanks for sharing!

Davethestick 08-06-2013 08:32 PM

I love riding up in that area. Quincy. The 70 is one of my Favorite roads. Nice RR.

outBackscout 08-06-2013 08:57 PM

Thanks for the positive input! Ive got a couple similar rides lined out for this summer that should be epic! Lucky S mine is next on my agenda, I'll keep the post up to date the best that I can. Im trying to bring some riding interest to the Quincy area as it has a lot to offer and sometimes just takes a local guy to show the ropes. Any body that is willing and capable is welcome to join any time.:thumb

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