Saturday morning ......I heard that K60ST had ridden back to camp the night before with no brakes on the rear of his bike. I headed over to his camp spot and found him working on his brakes.
Sure enough.. his brake pads had liberated themselves on the dirt ride up the day before leaving only the backing plates.
Resulting in a rotor with some pretty good gouges
20 feet from K60ST's campsite there was some work going on to replace a flat on a DR350. From what I understand the owner of the bike had flatted the day before while riding the dirt up to the campground. Rumor has it that after he flatted he somehow found a ride out and then called for reinforcements back at the camp to pick his bike up later that night.
At 9:00 we gathered up for a ride with all the troops. The plan was to split into two groups, each of which would be doing the same route. I headed out with first group of 21 riders, and the 2nd group headed out with steve (AKA K6OST) about 30 minutes later.
The ride plan for the day as to head up Polique canyon (2N09), and hang a left on 3N16 and follow it all the way down to Cactus Flats and Green Valley lake. We would then hang a right on hwy 18 and ride it down to where it intersects 1N09. From 1N09 we were going to head to 1N04 and follow it to Clarks Grade that would take us back up to Big Bear.
Here's a map of the days' ride.
So we headed out.... up Polique Canyon (2N09) and regrouped at 3N16.
We followed 3N16 for quite a while until we crossed a stream about 5 miles out of Cactus Flats.
OrangeHeart crossing the shallow stream
We took advantage of the shade and took a quick break.
Then continued on towards Green Valley lake. We regrouped at the pavement.
Somewhere along the way a few guys took a side route and someone ended up damaging a radiator. Riceless950 rode back to our group and let someone know of the situation and mentioned that that group would head back to the campground. We continued down to Hwy 18, hung a right and rode down to where it intersected 1N09
We headed down to 1N09 and hung a left.
By this time it was about 1:30 and it was freakin' hot hot hot. We stopped a few times along the way at stream crossings to cool down.
Somewhere along this stretch MrMike (who was kind enough to ride sweep on the ride) came to an intersection (where he should have run into another rider waiting for him) and ended up turning down a different trail. A while later at the next regroup spot we noticed his absence and headed back to find him. We did eventually run into him again. Apologies were said and Mike soldiered on.
A few more shots along the route...
It was now around 2:30 and the heat was really starting to hit the group pretty hard. A combination of heat and fatigue started to take its toll.
OrangeHeart had a close call crossing a rocky stream crossing but managed to avert a digger with some quick throttle control. BionicBushwacker also had a small spill a few minutes later.
We continued on towards Clarks grade
A few minutes Later just before a stream crossing Bionic Bushwacker's right foot peg became loose. A few quick turns with a wrench and he was ready to roll once again.
We continued on towards Clark's Grade.
More to come.....