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Old 03-17-2014, 10:14 AM   #4516
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Yes you guessed it, the gates are still open! Highly recommended day trip.

I met up with Tim in San Jose and we buzzed down to Tres Pinos to meet up with the gang. The owner of Flapjack's saw us congregating in the parking lot, came out to ask how many - he's good to us m/c folks - I should have gone down early to eat but it was good meeting Tim.

So we buzzed down 25 to Coalinga Rd, and to the west end of Clear Creek Rd. A trickle in the creek - damn its a dry year. Fortunately there's lots of springs in the region, so we had little water crossings in the lower areas and little mud holes in the higher parts. We got to Mexican Lake Rd and Bob caught up with us. Good to see ya! We rode up to the Lake, found a shade tree and had lunch. It was in the mid-80s down there.

Then we checked out the County Road loop around KCAC mine, which includes Sawmill Rd (aka Wild Ass Rd - my 9yo thinks that's inappropriate, but I tell her its a horse-donkey hybrid not her butt). Sawmill was a hoot! I did a couple of near get offs, including one Superman, and finally dumped in some rutted mud. Tim said it looked like I was going to ride off the road and jump the creek! The drought made for easy travel but the springs gave us a little mud.

We also think the BLM has been through with a grader, as the road was in better condition. I'm ambivalent about that. No trouble in New Idria, but its half the ghost town it used to be - literally. The EPA contractor was there cleaning it up, but I wonder what the large pool of bright orange water (acid mine drainage) is still doing next to the old factory. We buzzed through Panoche Valley to the Inn - most I'd seen there. You know your in the stick when some ride quads to get there, on the road. Then it was back to Hollister for fuel and home. A great day trip.

Sorry to say I have no pics - I was point and navigator (when I wasn't making a wrong turn... ) or sweep. Too busy enjoying the day. Thanks again!
Thanks again for the nav & sweep...it was good to see people waiting at turns, and watching out for everyone else.

It was very disconcerting to see the orange water from the mine washing through the creek below New Idria. :(

Rachael & I met up again in Tres Pinos with the farmer who we all spoke with at the Panoche Inn. He's very interested in gaining support to keep the CC area open. I'll PM you with details.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:53 AM   #4517
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Descending in to New Idria. Quite a view
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Wonderful pics, thanks for taking the time to
snap them and post them!

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Old 03-17-2014, 10:57 AM   #4518
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Thanks for taking pictures, and video. If only there were setup video or photo spots along Sawmill Creek Rd when I was being reminded of my skill level... those would be very entertaining.

James, sorry but I have to spill the beans: when Rachel was getting ready to go thru the largest muddy creek crossing of the trip, and we were all getting ready to help out, James yells "wait!", I say "I think he wants to spot you Rachel", but then I see he only wants time to setup with the camera... true love ADV style.

With a more aggressive tread Rachel would have needed no assistance with that either.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:46 PM   #4519
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James, sorry but I have to spill the beans: when Rachel was getting ready to go thru the largest muddy creek crossing of the trip, and we were all getting ready to help out, James yells "wait!", I say "I think he wants to spot you Rachel", but then I see he only wants time to setup with the camera... true love ADV style.
You guys clearly had her covered, so I had a rare opportunity.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:31 PM   #4520
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Ok this is really lame, but I have some photos and a video to upload and don't remember how. Do I use the "insert photo" icon and type in the link to the photo (its hosted in the cloud)?
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:08 PM   #4521
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Ok this is really lame, but I have some photos and a video to upload and don't remember how. Do I use the "insert photo" icon and type in the link to the photo (its hosted in the cloud)?
Yes!

What 'cloud' are you referring to? Like iCloud or some online storage like photo bucket or something. If iCloud, i don't think it will work. If the latter or similar, it will work! Right click on the photo, then "copy image address". click the image icon in here, and then paste!

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Old 03-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #4522
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Oh, it the same procedure that BARF uses. My bad.

Photos from yesterday's ride to Clear Creek. I didn't know anyone prior to this ride, but they are all great people. We had big bikes, little bikes, older guys, younger guys, and even a married (I assume?) couple on his and hers bikes. It was a fun ride, though my 990 was aching to get out of 2nd gear and it was way too warn for March. My advice: go soon while there's still a little greenery (and before they put gates up). It we don't get any more rain its gonna look like late summer in a couple of weeks out there.








If you look closely you can see a couple of bikes making their way up the road in the distance.















Stopping for lunch. So, I checked my tracks on Garmin Basecamp and it turns out this is NOT mexican lake. Mexican lake is another, only slightly larger mudhole a bit further down the road. I was able to confirm this on Google earth as well.



Into the mud



Whoaa! Why does there always have to be some clown taking a picture? Just part of the fun of traveling with a group.



Entry to one of the mines.



Doesn't go very far



Looking down on the old mine buildings



Panoche Inn. Great place for a beer or three, but not when there's still a couple of hour's riding to get home. I think all of us but one (no names) had sodas.
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Crossing the mudhole

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Old 03-17-2014, 07:51 PM   #4524
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Nice meeting everyone. I had a good time. Nice to see no locked gates yet.

Rachel...NICE JOB!!!!

Leo...Sweet Bike.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:54 PM   #4525
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Bob looking good on the 250!!!!
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:21 PM   #4526
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Can someone provide or point to a set of GPS tracks with the legal dirt roads for Clear Creek?
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:01 PM   #4527
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Send me a pm with your email address and I'll send my tracks to you. Don't know any other way of doing it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:09 PM   #4528
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Really bummed I missed out on all this! Looks like a blast! I hope to be able to join next time!

Thanks for the pictures and videos!
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:31 PM   #4529
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Great pics, thanks for taking the time to share them. I hope that you don't mind that I've saved a couple to my own gallery.

Also, good assumption

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Old 03-18-2014, 05:43 AM   #4530
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Thanks for posting up your pics Leo,

so I had more than one navigation failure - I took you to an unnamed mudhole for lunch instead of glorious Spanish Lake, the one with the nude beach. Luckily nobody was interested in sunning themselves!

I saw at least two with barley pops, albeit only one each. Here's a funny thing: the DMV sends out this little mailer with your license that has a chart showing # drinks before your likely drunk by body weight. At 200lbs it shows almost a six pack for me... no way I'm testing out their ratio.

PS - San Benito Co roads are Clear Creek (R001), Mexican Lake (R011), Sawmill (T158), and I think... KCAC (R015, the paved bit at the bottom of Sawmill). The bit that got us from Mexican Lake down to KCAC after lunch was (we assumed) opened by the BLM as part of their new vehicle route, according to their maps. It might be also labeled R015, but opened according to their new document.

If they ever get this crap sorted there should be some other roads and trails opened south of KCAC Rd.
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