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Old 04-02-2010, 09:23 AM   #91
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Have a good safe trip and remember take lots of pics.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:59 PM   #92
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Across middle of valley ...

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Can we cross the middle of the valley or too wet?
Hi MP,

I'm sure you're on your way by now ... sorry for the late reply ...

Anyway, the road that goes across the valley at the bottom of Hurricane is [was] dry, as of Sunday - Monday ... [San Diego Creek/Soda Lake/Paradise Drive] ... at Soda Lake Road, after crossing the valley heading west, turn left for KLC campground ... [trun right for Selby]... we found that eveywhere we went was dry last week ...

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PS: Hi Mudcat: the Carrizo Plain people call "car camping" setting up anywhere besides the established campgrounds at KLC and Selby ... generally you can camp in the foothills and ridges above the valleys ... It's much easier to meet people at one of the two campgrounds, though ...
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:02 AM   #93
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PS: Hi Mudcat: the Carrizo Plain people call "car camping" setting up anywhere besides the established campgrounds at KLC and Selby ... generally you can camp in the foothills and ridges above the valleys ... It's much easier to meet people at one of the two campgrounds, though ...
Hi John, thanks for the info.
I have not been south of hwys 41/46 on my bike. The Davis Rd./Bitterwater ride looks good to me and there are a bunch of interesting roads on my maps heading towards Indian Valley/Peachtree from the Carrizo Plain. Looks like a really fun ride for me.
Ill probably only spend day exploring the Carrizo area and camping late but I appreciate your advice
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:17 AM   #94
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Davis Rd/Bitterwater Road/Peachtree ...

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The Davis Rd./Bitterwater ride looks good to me and there are a bunch of interesting roads on my maps heading towards Indian Valley/Peachtree from the Carrizo Plain.
Hi Mudcat,

I really enjoy Peachtree and Davis/Bitterwater ... the flowers along Bitterwater were super-nice recently ... the Elkhorn Road side of the Carrizo is fun to explore when I only have half a day or we're only riding through ... that's the more dual sport side, I think ...

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Old 04-03-2010, 01:10 PM   #95
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Hi Mudcat,
the Elkhorn Road side of the Carrizo is fun to explore when I only have half a day or we're only riding through ... that's the more dual sport side, I think
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Thanks John, Ill check that out for sure.
I am on an R1200GS which is a pretty stupid dirt bike I think. And I dont run knobbies, no 21 inch front wheel, so, when I get into soft terrain it wants to have its way with me. I just have to go slow then.
This is a fun bike I have but I dont see myself going for a day of dirt riding anywhere unless I am traveling and that is what is there. The bike will go through and, in the end; Ill have fun doing it.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:30 PM   #96
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Back home safe and just unpacked the bike from our trip.
A BIG thanks to Meat, Gester and osakibill for making this
ride happen, a really great group of guys.

Just looking at my logs and doing a little rough calculating
it looks like we did over 800 miles in 3 days. Bay area to
Carrizo Plains, NM and then further south into Los Padres
Ntl Forest. Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Fresno,
Kern, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties!!!!

The wildflowers were beautiful and I've got a couple hundred
pictures to upload and edit. I'll be posting them up here soon
and will probably do so in a ride report.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:51 PM   #97
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Glad you had a good trip!
I went down yesterday and checked out all the flowers and people. I saw 2 D/S bike heading north on Soda Lake Rd. while I was up at the overlook. I figured you guys were out riding so I didn't stop by.
I did 160 miles from Paso to Paso on back roads and dirt, if I stayed any longer I would have had to continue south or east to find fuel.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:57 PM   #98
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Hey SFMCJohn, Yesterday I noticed the old General Store at Bitterwater and Annette Rd finally collapsed. I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was really leaning.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:11 PM   #99
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:59 PM   #100
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Collapsed store ... hundreds of photos!

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Hey SFMCJohn, Yesterday I noticed the old General Store at Bitterwater and Annette Rd finally collapsed. I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was really leaning.
Hey H2o ... I was sorry to see that store down a week ago ... looked like it dropped straight down just leaving the roof! Don't know why it never occures to me to stop and take photos of places like that (before and after the collapse) ...

scottmac: Thinking of you guys today as the rain pelted down here in the afternoon ... hope it held off down south ... looking forward to pics/trip report! :-) 800 miles and 7 counties ... epic! Way to go, everyone ... sorry I missed it ...

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Old 04-04-2010, 10:10 PM   #101
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I did 160 miles from Paso to Paso on back roads and dirt, l.
Oh, that sounds really good.
My maps show a lot of roads but not all will be roads I can legally ride. Do you recall any names?
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:57 PM   #102
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Mudcat all the roads are public, from Paso out Creston rd Cripple Ck, 229, Odonovan, 58, Shell Ck, Red Hill (dirt) Pozo (dirt) 58, Soda Lake, Simler, Elkhorn. Then back to 58, Bitterwater, Gillis (dirt), Shell Ck, 58, LaPanza, Creston, Linne, Niblick/Creston (Gas/Starbucks/Store/Subway...)

My GPS doesn't do a track, but I'll try and figure out a way to send one to you
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:20 PM   #103
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My GPS doesn't do a track, but I'll try and figure out a way to send one to you
What you gave is more then enough. Thank you very much.

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Old 04-05-2010, 02:36 AM   #104
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What a ride!

I too am back and want to thank my crew of sweepers: Meat Popsicle, scottmac and osakibill. You three made my first offroad adventure one to remember! Thanks for being patient with my nearly non-existent skillz. Can you believe I only dropped my bike once? I can't.

I have a lot of photos to sift through and will write up a report that hopefully will not bore at least one person. For now I offer up this little gem (hope it's not too big; I honestly have no idea what size I should make the photos I post here):



Gester (who maybe graduated past the dirt n00b level this weekend)
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:13 PM   #105
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Actually it was my first time (adventure touring) overnight and dirt riding too with my new gear... just have a lot more dirt experiance on smaller bikes.

Gester is the stud though. We went in at night over a dirt trail in the hills we never had been on. Gester did it on street tires, in the dark, first time. I think he gets the Cajones rewared for that!

Was a great trip and I really enjoyed the company. Looking forward to more!
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