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Old 11-16-2010, 12:03 AM   #931
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I also took a couple with-snow/without-snow trail comparison photos...
They're kind of fun.
So, in the name of "From whence we came"/"circle of life" or something like that...


LittleWan,

I don't have any without snow pics, but I have some pics that are strikingly similar to the ones you took dropping down to Gold Lake. This area is right in my backyard, and I knew that when we crested the ridge we would be dropping down a Northern exposure (holding more snow later in Spring) to Gold Lake. Our main concern from up at this point on the hill was that the snow might carry all the way to the North edge of the lake in which case we were truly screwed.

Mine were taken on June 19, 2009. Here's a quick comparison, your pics on top and mine right below. Pretty cool, huh?
















Great RR! I've really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to the re-ride photos!

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:02 AM   #932
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Hi Brent! I thought you would have had a lot more snow in June.
I guess 2010 was a year with late snow, considering that BigWan and I were there in July...


Snow-free photos coming up!


Okay, as you may or may not remember, we started our Summer of Stupid with a couple days from R-dubbís Pacific Crest Quest (pages 1 and 2 of this report).
We did our best to follow the GPS tracks, but due to the aforementioned unexpected snow, we missed part of the trail.
It seemed wrong to claim to have ridden those days, when we were unable to ride portions of the PCQ, so in September 2010, we went back.


We went South to North in July, and North to South in September.
In order to keep it from being too confusing, Iíll try to just give you the most interesting parts of the trail


You guys know I hate Google Earth, and vice versa.
Here is a rough map of our tracks - I added the city/hwy info by hand.
We covered the PCQ from Lassen (R-dubbís day 8) to Hwy 88 (R-dubbís day 6).








City/Highway map with key towns highlighted.







PCQ: bay area to Chester 325 miles


After leaving the bay area, we took Hwy 505 to Hwy 16.








We got on the gravel, near Stonyford, and made our way towards Red Bluff.














Thereís Mount Lassen!







We rode through the park.
























Lassen has several geothermal areas.







It was getting late and we needed to find a place to camp.
We found a nice one near Wilson Lake.







Up this road...
It looked like it *might* have been closed, but we weren't sure.







Iím a jumpy free camper. I like to be pretty far off the beaten path.






This was perfect. Except for the Prophecy vibe...
(I think of that scene every time I zip up my mummy bag )







325.7 miles today.






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Old 11-16-2010, 09:16 AM   #933
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PCQ: Chester to Lake Basin (near Gold Lake) 171 miles



It was a beautiful morning.
We stopped to consult Norm and I noticed some movement in the plants.
Chipmunks!
They were climbing up the stalks, in search of something tasty.















Alright, so hereís the trail.







Very lightly used...















In July, we missed this due to snow.







Hereís the spring...








































Caribou Rd was a twisty one!







The PCQ could use a little work - thereís too much slab...








And closed roads.
We went down this one...






Until it dead-ended.






We bent our front rim somewhere around here.
Whacked a square babyhead - we just nicked the corner, but we were going fast enough to do this:















More slab.






Was this another closed road? Not sure...








There were a few leaks. We took a look around, for journalistic purposes.







Thereís this.







And this. And another gate at the end.





Do yourself a favor - donít bother with this section.
Instead of going through the gate, continue on the main road for a little bit (1/4 mile or so) and make your first left (going North to South).
Itís really not worth taking the closed road, and that 2nd gate is pretty tough to get around.
Um, I mean, in theory.




It sure is pretty up here.









































We stayed at Lake Basin campground.
If you continue on to Gold Lake, thereís a free section of the campground.
Itís after the rocky part (if youíre going North to South).
Go there instead.








You can see Gold Lake below...



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Old 11-16-2010, 09:18 AM   #934
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Fall of Follies?

Is this the Fall of Follies?

They're BACK!!

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:50 AM   #935
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Haha!
Hy Pyrate!
Naw, this is just a one day dealie...




PCQ: Gold Lake to French Meadows 131 miles


We were using tracks from R-dubbís day 7.







Gold Lake







There was a rockier section, but some jeeps were blocking the road so I didn't get photos.
BigWan couldnít pick a line - he just took what was open.
Of course, what was open had the biggest rocks.



We came through here in July, but we were so tired after struggling in the snow, I didnít take any photos.
Now, I'm making up for it!



















This is the video I posted back on page 21 (post #305).
Iím trying to keep all of the PCQ stuff together (this RR needs an index ).
Back in July, we had had a bunch of watercrossings.
I think thatís what weíre talking about in the video - it was hard to recognize the road when it was dry.





That video ends close to the free section of the campground.
We talked to some guys who were staying there - they said it was great.
The rocks really keep out the riff-raff!



Hereís a video you havenít seen yet.
This is leaving Gold Lake on Butcher Ranch Road.
In July, we blasted down this hill, so happy to get out of the snow!





This started to look familiar...






It was kind of hard to take snow-less photos in the right spots.
We were just guessing where the snow-covered pics were taken.

I got lucky with a few of them!



Here's a reminder of how our ride was going in July:






BigWan left that stick at the base of the tree...














This one is a little tougher.
I was standing too far to the left for the non-snowy picture.
You have to use your imagination...









The ride was a hell of a lot faster without snow!
That section was over in a blink.






















We had some ďfall colorsĒ





















Watercrossing





























Butcher Ranch was awesome in either direction.
Itís a real highlight of the trail.
Going North to South youíll hit more uphill stuff,
but South to North was just as fun.





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Old 11-16-2010, 12:53 PM   #936
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PCQ: Gold Lake to French Meadows continued...










Hmm...
Should we check this out?
You know we like big buttes...(hi questor! )







We didn't notice this road last time...
It was pretty fun!







Hey, a lookout tower!
Letís go up there...







Thereís a gate on the road to the lookout tower.
(No pics)
When we got up there, some official looking jeep guys were unlocking the gate...
We tagged along and took a quick peek.





I wish I had taken video - the road up to the lookout was pretty steep and rocky.
But, it was dusty with the jeeps.








You can see we were just as overloaded as ever...






I walked around and took photos once we stopped.






Hereís a pic of the road.
You can kind of see the line we took...






Looking back down at the trail...














Check out the view...














I think thatís Sierra Buttes road - weíll be taking it later...
(see it down there in the green stuff?)






Okay, we need to get out of here...
Weíre getting nasty looks from hikers and it doesnít seem like weíre supposed to be up near the lookout...
Thatís what we get for hanging out with jeeps.













I totally forgot to take a video going down the steep section.
Gah! I suck at this.
Well, hereís part of our descent (after the good stuff, of course )
You can hear me laughing in the middle of the vid.
I had just told matt to ride carefully, there were a lot of hikers around.

He assured me, ďdonít worry, Iíll ride cool...Ē
Uh huh.
(sorry for the wind noise)








I love Sierra Buttes Road...
Itís so pretty, I took a ton of photos the first time through.
I'll try not to repeat myself (just look at the pics from that link).













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Old 11-16-2010, 04:19 PM   #937
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PCQ: Gold Lake to French Meadows concluded...



Leaving Sierra City, you go towards a small subdivision called
Green Acres.
The GPS tracks are pretty jacked up in this section.


This is where youíre supposed to turn onto the trail...







Yeah, that's not going to work...







Instead, we took this path, further up the road.







It was being blocked intentionally.






Oh, riiight.
This is close to where we found that scary axe murderer camp in July...
(scroll down to bottom of post)

If you're on FR 54, stay on it.
(donít go right if youíre doing the trail N to S,
donít go left if youíre doing it S to N)
Thereís definitely something sketchy happening at that camp.
Meth lab, maybe? Dunno.


Hereís the "trail."






This creek crossing kind of sucks in either direction.
Maybe worse going North to South.













I think this is FR 54.






Mmmm...silty.






Camped at French Meadows.
Elevation 5368 ft






Maybe this post will make more sense with a map:
Our GPS tracks are in blue. Our jacked up detour didn't show up for some reason. The creepy camp is roughly where that X is.
The pink dots show the route you should take (FR 54).





See, this shows that FR 54 should work out...







Haha, I'm finally getting the hang of this...
One more map for good measure





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Old 11-16-2010, 05:36 PM   #938
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Next time, we would stay at Hell Hole instead.
Itís only $5 (no water) and we would have had it all to ourselves.






This section of the PCQ is mostly pavement.
It really sucked.
Thereís all kinds of good dirt around here...someone needs to draw up a new route!



BigWan took me here just for the photo op.
(He had been here once before, on a Gold Country Dual Sport ride)
Uncle Tom's Cabin.






We were so sick of the slab, we started to improvise.
This one looked good...






























The trail was pretty much washed out - most of the road was gone.







We found a workaround and continued...






Hey, is that bear scat?














Uh oh. This pile was really fresh...just riding near it, we could smell the aroma of berry jam!







We kept riding a little further...







Okay, itís probably not a great idea to sneak up on bears, in the bush...
We stopped here and turned around.







Washed out road from the other side...








On the way back, we noticed this for the first time...





Crap.







Letís get out of here!




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Old 11-16-2010, 06:35 PM   #939
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So much for exploring...






Lunchtime. My burger.
BigWan had a cheeseburger.






Kyburz.
Got fuel, too.







































Found another lookout.







This was a fun ride.















Here we go. Leek Springs Lookout.




























Okay, that was the last of the interesting stuff.
There was a little more dirt,
then the rest of the day was boring slab.

I like this shot, though.






So, our little excursion was just over 900 miles.
Mostly really fun.

We toasted the front rim, but Matt had been expecting it.
The stock KTM rims are pretty shitty.






Our new Woodyís rim has arrived, and matt already put it on...
Excel A-60, superlaced.
Haha, all the money we save on haircuts, maps and doctor visits goes right to the bike...






All righty, now I feel like the ride report is complete.

Are we done?
Yeah, weíre done!







I leave you with one last video, taken on Sierra Buttes.
Again, BigWan was supposed to be "riding cool," but he gets progressively faster.
At the very end, it looks like the video is fast forwarding - but it's just him hitting the gas!
I needed to stop filming and hold on.





(Bronco3738 and I had a weird psychic moment on 11/14...
I was uploading this clip, just as he was posting his comment [post #930]...

Spooky!)



Thanks for stopping by (again).
Now, go hit the dirt!
And then do a ride report...

We all need something else to read!




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Old 11-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #941
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Way to go LittleWan! You have set the standard for what I ride report should be like, and your husband has certainly set the bar for two up adventure riding.

You guys......two up on the school bus going down the steps of black bear pass . I'm still amazed!!!
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:54 PM   #943
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Where did you get that version of the song? I need it to pester other people with mindless music.
It's Cake! From B-Sides and Rarities.

It was quickest to pull it up on Amazon for this post, but you can probably find the MP3 somewhere else, too...



Hi Bob!
What did you tell them?


If you can stand it, here's one more version...





Hi Tn Walrus!
Thanks, so much.
We're already getting suggestions for our next time in Colorado...

Quote:
Originally Posted by fooswolf
are you ever going to try Pearl Pass or Schofield Pass 2-up? Hell if anyone could, you two could.
Dan
Matt is intrigued...




P.S. I wanted to add - thank you for the very nice ride suggestions and invitations (via comments and PMs)!
I wish we could just ride around and try out all the great dirt trails you guys suggest for us!

We aren't sure what we're doing next summer, or if we'll even be able to get to do a long ride...

But, If I had to guess, I'd say it'll be someplace in Idaho/Montana/Oregon...



We won't know until June/July.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:52 PM   #944
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Great Picture LittleWan. I've added to my ADVrider desktop collection.

Thanks again fro the great RR.

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Thanks, WOXOF - I love the clouds in that one!



I haven't gone back to read much of this RR, but with 63 pages, it's a challenge to find anything!
The freaking pages take forever to load, too.
Sorry.


This morning I renewed our photobucket pro account for a year - the photos should be safe until next december...


Anyway, if I can't find anything, I guess no one else can either.
I added a very basic index to the first post, and I'll put it here at the end, too.
Here you go:



The Stupid Index

Pacific Crest Quest: starts on page 1, and there's an update (PCQ days 6,7 and 8 without snow) here.
Oregon Back Country Discovery Route: starts here.
Continental Divide Trail: starts here.
Trans America Trail: starts here.

And for those of you who have questions about the GPS tracks we used for this ride, the info is here.


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