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Old 04-22-2013, 10:11 PM   #409
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Location: Surf City, USA
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CA Discovery

So last Sunday I wanted to get the GSA out for some miles and clear out my head a little bit. I knew ol' browneye was feeling the same about getting some miles on his Tiger and asked him along. We were kicking around South Main Divide to Temecula over to Lake Henshaw and then up through Idylwilde. Found out conteacher had the day off and we thought why not Angels Crest from Wrigtwood to La Canada. Angels Crest was sure to be open right ... guess we should have checked cause it was closed.

At the gate a guy in hiker gear ambled over, looked over our bikes and told us the dirt road off the side would lead us down into the canyon and we could work our way around and back up to Angels Crest. Cool! Discovered a great canyon and some campgrounds that neither of us knew were there. Then we found our next gem.

A sign said Devil's Punchbowl and we needed to check that out. Again none of us had even heard of it so we decided to have a look.

The host at the visitors center was a neat guy who told us all about the canyon and the park



one of the inhabitants, there was also a barn owl in the next enclosure



The wonder of geology



We saw this girl climbing and in typical fashion, yelling at her boyfriend on the belay rope below that he was an asshole and there was no peton up there ... then she found it.



One of the unusual but beautiful tress at the park



We rolled out still looking for a road back up to Angels Crest and discovered the Litte Rock Dam and Recreation area. Stopped at the dam lodge and met the husband and wife caretakers.

Welcome to the dam bar



browneye ordering a dam beer



the dam burger was really good ... dam good!



They had some great stories about the place and some of crazy stuff that happened out there going back to the 30's. They still have an original boat from when the dam was first built.



After all the little side trips looking for a way back to Angels Crest we ended up at Sierra Hwy and headed back up. Between Little Rock and the turn off to Sierra Hwy looks to be lots of great riding trails. Need to go back with someone who knows the area.

Rode up to Newcomb Ranch for an iced tea. Conteacher headed down towards the desert and browneye and I headed for La Canada. At the bottom of the hill we ran into an ADV rider from New Jersey riding a Super Tenere with a custom dog kennel top box ... crazy.

Our day that started with no real plan other than doing some miles led to finding some really cool stuff. California is a riders dream.
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