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Old 02-24-2012, 05:35 PM   #3046
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All I've seen on SBR is a guy with a 4x4 asking about the road and heading out there to scout it in his truck.
Thanks, Curt, I think I know who you're talking about.

It looks like Mehran is doing some local goat roads tomorrow, so I'm going to do that instead.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #3047
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Thanks, Curt, I think I know who you're talking about.

It looks like Mehran is doing some local goat roads tomorrow, so I'm going to do that instead.
Yeah, it's one of his usual routes. This one allows for a detour on Buzzard Lagoon. Virtually no one in the group will go for it, but that's never stopped me from heading down Redwood Retreat while they slogged it up 152 and through Mt. Madonna Park.



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It was due to this mudpit I ended up finally lowering my gearing as I just didn't have the low speed umph to quickly get the front tire up and almost ate it crossing this that mudpit.
You don't need to lift the front. Just weight the rear and don't tip toe through - give it some gas.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:41 PM   #3048
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Clear Creek 2/25

No word back from the SBR folks, but I am going out there tomorrow anyhow. I'd prefer not to ride the loop solo, anyone who is up for it is welcome to join.

Meet at 10 AM at Flapjacks in Tres Pinos and head out at 10:30. Out to Panoche, south to New Idria and through Clear Creek. If I am riding solo, I will skip the extra mud pit loop and the water crossing on Old H.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:49 PM   #3049
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Clear Creek Ride Report (Part 1)

I had a great ride through Clear Creek (and most of San Benito County) today. The weather and riding conditions were perfect.

I started in Tres Pinos, just south of Hollister and the Bay Area. Here is the route I took:



Up and ready to leave Santa Cruz in the early AM



Morning shots on the way to and through the Panoche Valley













Heading out towards New Idria



Stop at Griswold Hills for a snack break and rest





Cute horses at the Equine Rescue Center



Stopped and talked with folks at Woods Ranch, seems like a cool place to ride. So few public riding places nowadays, it is interesting to see a private riding area like they set up there.

I rode a bit further towards the mine and ran into a few riders who came in from the Coalinga side. We all checked out the buildings and talked with one of the locals (I think it was the owner of Woods Ranch) who came up to adjust his water supply valves.







The processing facility and mine were interesting to see. I heard from the local guy that the EPA recently worked to help clean up the mine tailings and runoff from this site.









Nice views on the way up into Clear Creek. The road up from New Idria is in pretty bad shape, but it was easily passable on a dual sport.









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Old 02-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #3050
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Clear Creek Ride Report (Part 2)

Conditions were really nice up at Clear Creek summit. I can see why people love coming up here to ride. I hope that the BLM will open more of the park back up to motorcycles in the future (I know, sensitive issue...) None of that got in my head as I enjoyed the views and nice weather while I was having lunch.









Rode down Clear Creek road and out along the creek. The group I had met earlier was coming back down and I rode with them for a bit. One of their riders bikes got flooded out in one of the water crossings and had a hard time getting started back up.





So long to Clear Creek, but the ride is not over yet.



I checked out some of the new BLM facilities and rode out on Coalinga Road to Old Hernandez.





Old Hernandez is closed at the water crossing (as many here already know), but you can get across if you find the right spot.





I had some extra fuel and time as I headed back up Hwy 25 towards Tres Pinos, so I decided to head up Gloria Road (another dirt stretch) up to the summit above Gonzales in the Salinas Valley.







On the way back down, many ground squirrels were trying to sacrifice themselves to the motorcycle gods (as they often attempt to do), but something more surprising happened about halfway back to Hwy 25. I was moving along at a fair clip and out of the bushes on the right side of the road, what I thought was a bobcat popped out and I had to swerve to miss it. I looked back in the mirror and saw the cat running back into the bushes with a HUGE, long tail. I quickly realized that this was a young (or small) mountain lion and I thought for a second about turning around to go and take a closer look or a photo. Then I thought again, small/young mountain lion, possibly a cub with a mother lion nearby...? No thanks, I will stay away from young renegade lions and their protective mothers.

I rode the rest of the way back up Hwy 25, and the wind picked up (noticeably absent for the earlier portions of the ride). Back to the truck in time to see multiple sky divers parachuting down nearby.



143 miles on the odometer. No crashes or incidents. Lots of great views and riding. Good way to spend the day.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #3051
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Looks like a fun ride in Clear Creek! Nice weather too...
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:12 AM   #3052
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:05 AM   #3053
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Clear Creek/Hernandez H20 xing ...

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Looks like a fun ride in Clear Creek! Nice weather too...
Hi r3r3r,

Great pics and map! Thanks for posting ... did you find the right spot on Hernandez Road to cross? Looks like they are spending more time closing the road than keeping it open ...

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:14 AM   #3054
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Looks like a fun ride in Clear Creek! Nice weather too...
Yea, I really had a great time. I also re-posted on Day Trippin' so other non-locals (who may still be snowed in...) can see how nice the conditions are here in CA.

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Hi r3r3r,

Great pics and map! Thanks for posting ... did you find the right spot on Hernandez Road to cross? Looks like they are spending more time closing the road than keeping it open ...
Hi John, yep, there is a short drop and about a foot of water on one side of the fenced in area (I assume that this is the width of the county right of way, but could be wrong... ) everywhere else the drop is a bit higher, but the real issue is that the water has scoured out some deeper spots that appear to have a muddy bottom. Someone would need to fill those deeper areas in the creek in addition to cutting the bank down on the south side of the crossing.

In terms of the effort to post signs instead of actually repairing the crossing, I agree completely. It seems that a tractor (even a small private tractor if the county is too shy about it) could spend 1/2 a day cutting a notch in the bank and filling in the deep spots with the river rocks that are right there. That would re-open the crossing to all vehicles in most normal conditions.

I started to think that even a few guys with shovels could make it passable with a few hours of work...

I have to assume that this crossing has been repaired in a similar manner dozens of times over the years.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #3055
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there is a short drop and about a foot of water on one side of the fenced in area (I assume that this is the width of the county right of way, but could be wrong... )
IIRC, the right of way is 40 feet from the centerline.

I agree, the crossing could easily be repaired with little effort. It's my understanding that the locals don't want it reopened.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:52 AM   #3056
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...I started to think that even a few guys with shovels could make it passable with a few hours of work...

I have to assume that this crossing has been repaired in a similar manner dozens of times over the years.
Or, a Kamaz truck could ferry traffic over...worked for Charlie & Ewan

Road repair seems to have become lost technology. We're all going to be scratching our heads wondering how the heck those guys built those amazing pyramids roads.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #3057
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Oyster Ride March 24

Oyster Ride March 24

There, thought I would add some adverising to get more visability

Hi Bert,

the date works for me. In.

Hey DarkRyder and others, lets go.

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Oyster ride is back on new date is 3/24. who is in?
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:01 PM   #3058
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Oyster Ride March 24

There, thought I would add some adverising to get more visability

Hi Bert,

the date works for me. In.

Hey DarkRyder and others, lets go.

Mike Z

good to hear Mike Beer and Oysters hey we come!
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:41 PM   #3059
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Hey Gang,

On Monday Mike A and I went for a ride.

I linked my favorite Dirt Roads in the Bay Area (100 Miles worth) and some of the best pavement roads also.. thought I would share it with you. see link below

If your a GPS noob you can go to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ and upload the track there and get a google map view.. no software needed takes 1 minute.

We crossed the stream at Old Hernandez Rd and it was about 12 inches deep with a 15 inch blind drop into the stream.. we took a video for the best spot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUApO...e_gdata_player


Hope to get out and ride with some of you this year..

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please let me know if this link does not work..
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:14 PM   #3060
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good to hear Mike Beer and Oysters hey we come!
March 24 sucks. Pick a better date!
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