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Old 02-11-2007, 07:53 PM   #1
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Bluhduh Got Mud? (Main Divide Road in the Rain)

A little group of soggy souls rode up the hill from Corona to the Main Divide Road (now known as the "Mud Divide Road") to Ortega Highway today. To sum up the ride in one photo:



It was a quagmire. Mud, rain, fog, mud, wind and mud. Pretty much in that order. Here's what my bike looked like when I left Long Beach at 0730;



And here's what it looked like when I got back;



Four of us met up at 'The Grind' coffee shop in Corona. We sat inside and talked for a few minutes thinking the rain might let up. It didn't. Ever. So eventually we suited up and launched.



TwoWheelsGood was there on his brand new Husky 450, but he was parked around the corner. Eventually a fourth guy on a green KLR met up with us on the trail, but I never figured out who it was. He splashed water on me going through a puddle and sprayed us with mud whenever we took off from a stop. Funny guy...

Frank on his Beemer.



This was the view we had pretty much all day: fog



When it rains it pours.



Carl on his red KLR.



Most of the road was like this. Slick, sloppy and zero traction. I think I washed out my front end about 50 times, although to my knowledge nobody actually went down.





TWG dumped about four gallons of water out of his boots. He did not appear to be having a good time.



This was one of those trips that was fun *in retrospect*.





We eventually made it back to the pavement and Ortega Highway.



There was no discussion at all about going back via that road. Those four went east back to Corona, I went west on Ortega to the 5 freeway and back home to Long Beach. I stopped here for lunch - it was pretty good.



I had a glorious ride home on Ortega. The sun was out, it was warm. I have no idea why these kids were over on that rock, but they were. So I took a picture.





Like I said, I'm glad I went. But if I had the opportunity to do it again tomorrow...?

...I'd pass.

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Old 02-11-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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Looks a little soupy for CA. But then the high today here was 27, which is 20 degrees warmer than yesterday.
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Old 02-11-2007, 08:02 PM   #3
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Wow. This looks like work. Glad nobody got hurt. Also glad that you stopped and took some pics for us.
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Old 02-11-2007, 08:26 PM   #4
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Cool Report.
I have been up there many a time. Were all the gates open?
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Old 02-11-2007, 08:39 PM   #5
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A day of that is better than any day working the case.

I haven't been up there in a lot of years.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 02-11-2007, 09:37 PM   #6
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ride #2

Here's some pix from the "2nd wave" ride me and Wzltech were on. We decided to let the rain pass before we headed out. I think they had more rain but we had more mud.



Top of the hill w/ radio towers.



My new Airoh S4 helmet. Like it so far


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Little mud



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Old 02-11-2007, 09:51 PM   #7
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:19 PM   #8
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Got to love the mud

Great report and nice pictures, I think we are trying to get to the high places a little early, my son and I went for a ride in Idaho Saturday. Keep up the good work.
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:59 PM   #9
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Stopped on the way to put on rain pants


Got to coffee shop late, saw familiar truck



Chased them up the hill, got to the gate first



Group shot. 2 KLRs, 1 KTM, 1 2007 TE 450 (~4 days old ) , 1 2007 GSA (526 miles on the clock in this picture ).


Money shots







It was raining and my camera got wet... So did I.

We all were a bit soggy by the end of the ride, but the sun came out on the ride home.

Super day, super ride, super company.
I had a hoot.

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Old 02-12-2007, 01:05 AM   #10
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Just a few more picts.

Fmfpunk's new Dunlop D606 Zero Clearance Soil Sampler.


Seems to work pretty good judging by the quality high clay content specimens that made it back to the lab.


Maple Springs Road (the route up from the OC side)


Sorry we missed you guys, but glad we missed the rain. I've had enough of these to last me awhile: "This was one of those trips that was fun *in retrospect*."

Love that LC4 Rick, and we ran across a guy on a new Husky just like 2Wheels, looks like a fun scoot...though, maybe not today. Until next time.

PS. Stu, I thought you were getting your hair frosted and wouldn't make it.
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Old 02-12-2007, 03:01 PM   #11
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I have been up there many a time. Were all the gates open?
All the gates we passed were open, which was surprising since the Forest Service usually closes them at the first hint of rain. It'll be a while before it dries out, though.

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