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Old 04-21-2013, 11:53 AM   #406
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I took a different route home.

john, you're a stud to be riding those dirt roads on street tires.

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:43 PM   #407
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Awesome

Awesome report, and excellent pictures. I love the fog pictures. One of my best memories is an early morning ride at Pismo Beach with thick fog. All we could see was headlights through the mist.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:31 PM   #408
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john, you're a stud to be riding those dirt roads on street tires.

Their only 80% street tires
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:11 PM   #409
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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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Old 04-22-2013, 10:27 PM   #410
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Littlerock area is where I used to go as a teen to "ride the desert"

If we made it up to the dam, that was a long ride day.. I gotta go back and see what might still be open. I thought it was all closed to off road riding.



Side note 2. A friend of mine was camped in Devils Punchbowl during the Northridge earthquake. All those rocks made a hell of a noise he said. Let alone the fear of being squashed by them rolling over your tent.

He had a hell of a time getting back to Ventura County with all the bridges that were down .

Nice ride report Todd.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:53 AM   #411
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Nice R R Todd. That's my backyard!
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:56 AM   #412
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>"one of the inhabitants, there was also a barn owl in the next enclosure"

That ain't a barn owl! I believe it's a 'Great Horned Owl'

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:32 AM   #413
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geez, that brought back memories. it's been 30+ years since i was last at the punch bowl. i recall the vis. center had some BIG snakes, when asked what they fed them, we were told they had a deal with a local egg farm.
when the hens stopped being productive they were 'donated'

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #414
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BigTodd's RR Part 2 - Browneye

What a fun day for a California Adventure Ride. Weather was great, we covered 230 miles, even a little dirt, saw some brand new stuff.

I've been over Angeles Crest a few times, but never on the north side, and always rode it up from La Canada or Sunland.

We left Yorba Linda about 8:30 and met Bill (conteacher) at the 138 cutoff on the 15. Then out toward Wrightwood, and wouldn't you know it, 5 miles out the hiway is closed. WTF??

Here's our little group at the bottom of Big Rock Creek Road. We look lost, don't we??




At Devils Punchbowl. I gotta take ol'lady for a ride and go back there and to the Little Rock Reservoir. Way nice and hardly anyone there at either stop.




And BigTodd ordering a dam-beer. LOL




Burgers were good with an ice-cold beer. The place looks like a throw-back from the 40's. The caretaker there said the road used to go all the way up to Angeles Crest but now it's closed off. There are a couple of campgrounds up that way as well, everything closed for some toad or something. Our state/national forest service at work.

Currently the dam and reservoir are open during the day, but they are thinking of allowing some campers in, maybe some RV and/or tent camping. Apparently there are bass and trout in the lake.

While we were there a group of HOG riders rolled in. They were a friendly bunch, out with their wives for the day, and were all gaga over our adventure bikes. I told the one guy on the Dyna lowrider I would trade him.

I was glad I installed my road tires back on, we burned off some rubber doing twisties up there. Loads of fun, passed a bazillion cars. I was on fumes by the time we got to La Canada.

Here's our visitor from NJ on his Tenere with his 'service trainee' dog. Had a nice conversation with him. He said he had put 40K miles on that bike in the past year.






Surfing here yesterday I think I came across his thread, "Sallydog": http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=880902


Thanks for a great day on the bike guys!
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Is that an animal cage on the back of that bike?
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:31 AM   #416
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Chris, Todd;
Is this the spot where you guys took the 'detour' and what is the condition of Big Rock Creek rd?
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:42 AM   #417
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Chris, Todd;
Is this the spot where you guys took the 'detour' and what is the condition of Big Rock Creek rd?
Yes, it is. Big Rock Creek Road - we rode down on street tires fully inlfated...it's a smooth dirt road. Nice campground down there towards the end as well.

We were looking for a way back up to Angeles Crest but everything is closed except the main roads.

There's a gate that closes off the hiway at your SPOT.

We should have gone up the other road, Pinion truck trail to check it out. We just weren't sure of the area or terrain. Bill was the only one fit out for off pavement on his GS.

He did make it back home okay, right??
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:43 AM   #418
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Is that an animal cage on the back of that bike?
Yes, for his dog. There's a hole cut out in the top of it so he can stick his head out.
Was an interesting chance meeting. Our timing is impeccable.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:58 PM   #419
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awesome

very nice RR and looks like the weather wasn't too warm. wish i could joined you but getting busy prepping for the next adventure...this coming weekend.

thanks todd and chris.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:01 PM   #420
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hot weekend...about 105F in the afternoon. have to find a way to stop the itch and ride the little 350. also need to try out the new mods - a steering damper and bar riser.

yeah, really glad to get be out and got some riding before it starts sizzling.

met david at rowher s1 @ 8am



did some drills and bike shakedown before heading up the hills













stopped for a cold lemonade at the oaks



david and jennifer



wow, they're ready for us when do the night ride







i told you guys, the ground is probably still wet from tuesday's rain



no problem. ersin early in the week showed him how to do steep downhill..hehe



rest in peace


ohv fee got this tractor to grade the road



damn, i got passed by this rider....hahaha



heard there's a cooling off, maybe a couple more good rides.
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