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Old 04-10-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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The Hills have Eyes

A little ride report I pasted together from today;s loop up in the
mountains south of Santa Cruz.

Yes, there still is a little dirt left up in them thar hills.

Be careful though.....
It was a gloomy, overcast day today so it seemed like a good time to head
up in the hills.

I stopped by early at Yamaha/BMW to grab some oil for an oil change (panniers
are handy little buggers) then headed east out of Watsonville on Green Valley Rd.

I took Green Valley out to Casserly and then up Old Mt. Madonna towards Summit.

I found this little section of trail but apparently its in a county park. They really
need to mark these things if they don't want people riding on them.








It dead ended in a parking area so I flipped around and
backtracked beforeanybody noticed. Considering it was cold,
windy and starting to drizzle rainI was quite alone.

Next it was up to the Summit/Redwood Retreat/Poleline Rd
intersection. I saw a couple of guys coming up on KLR's from
Redwood Retreat but they didn't follow me north on Summit.





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Old 04-10-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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Up Summit I went and then took a cutoff leading down towards Upper
Highland and Buzzard Lagoon Rd. It was really cold, windy and damp up on the ridge but
looking down into the Pajaro Valley below it looked like conditions were much
nicer lower down.

Up Buzzard Lagoon and then off for a bit of trail riding. It's still pretty nice and damp
up under those redwood trees, good stuff.






















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Old 04-10-2010, 07:42 PM   #3
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I spotted a side trail I'd never noticed before - tire tracks show up
better in the wet dirt.

Anybody out there missing a Toyota?

or two??









The hills have been busy lately.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:46 PM   #4
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Back out again to BL road and then off for another little side trip.















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Old 04-10-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
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The wildflowers are not too shabby up in the Santa Cruz Mountains right now either...



















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Old 04-10-2010, 07:58 PM   #6
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Out again to BL rd. and then I tried another stretch of trail. Low and behold,
another whole new section popped up.

The hill people have been busy up there.























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Old 04-10-2010, 08:01 PM   #7
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Looks like people poaching firewood up in them thar hills.

Plenty of big, beautiful Redwoods though on the trail.









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Old 04-10-2010, 08:06 PM   #8
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And I found a couple of small pre-cut chunks!!!









Dead end - this trail is still a work in progress, Back out again the way I came.



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Old 04-10-2010, 08:16 PM   #9
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Down Buzzard Lagoon Road to Corralitos.



















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Old 04-10-2010, 08:27 PM   #10
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Capped the ride off with a little lunch at the Market!!

Corralitos Market - amazing applewood smoked sausages, hams,
turkeys, bacon......

Panniers definately come in handy!!!



Cheezy Bavarian sausage sandwich.





Then it was a short leg out to the beach and home.

Windy....











All in all from front door out and back home again just a short 60 mile
loop. Still a great way to spend a good chunk of a gloomy Saturday
in your back yard.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #11
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Awesome!! Looks like some very good riding Scottmac!!
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:48 PM   #12
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Wewt! Thanks for takin' us along for the ride Scott!! You sure did take the long way to the Market for some sausages...
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:23 AM   #13
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Those logs were rip cut, not crossed for firewood. They're gettting out planks for some reason.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:01 AM   #14
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The wall to wall crowds and bumper to bumper traffic on those trails must have been exhausting. I just loved some of those cozy little hideaways so ideal to camp for the night with a small fire. Fantastic!
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