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Old 01-23-2011, 10:44 AM   #16
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Thanks for wading through the report, everyone!

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Absolutely outstanding! Magnificent country. Any camp shots taken?
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That's it. I'm going back.

Can you tell us more about the campground and do you think your van would make it there and make a good base camp? I have a week off in April

What kind of jacket are you wearing? Nice padding in the right places.
Hey, Suz!

My jacket is an Olympia Airglide Mesh. I love it and wear it year round with the liner. It is warmer with the windproof waterproof liner, even though it is totally see-through mesh, than my Kilimanjaro is with its liner. Sometimes I wear my Kili with the Olympia's liner. I replaced the armor (shoulder, elbow, back, knees) with something different/better after tripping in the parking garage at work and landing on my knee on the cement (got the pants, too)...it did not pass the test! I'm now in the process of replacing that latest armor with some new T-pro stuff.

Your van would make it up the road to Selby no problem if it's not real wet...as would my MR2. This is the lower half of the road...



It's pretty bedded in.




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Old 01-23-2011, 10:53 AM   #17
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Man, every time I read one of your reports I learn about a cool new place to check out.
Thanks for the inspiration!
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:06 AM   #18
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Man, every time I read one of your reports I learn about a cool new place to check out.
Thanks for the inspiration!
No, thank you for the kind words!

I love exploring, I love new places...I love the anticipation of seeing something new around the next bend. And I'd love to do the TAT, ride to South America, go back to Baja...all those exotic places, but there is so much in my own backyard that I haven't seen yet. How many years have I blasted up and down HWY 5 and not known this was here for the taking? There's just so much stuff here in California...an embarrassment of riches, really. I plan on seeing all of it before I do the big "hour out."




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Old 01-23-2011, 02:11 PM   #19
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Really great report and info for others to use

Thanks for showing up more of the area with such great pics. I have the pants and I'll check out the jacket with the liner.
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:17 PM   #20
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Thanks! Great pics and I always enjoy your writing.

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Old 01-24-2011, 04:49 PM   #21
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Awesome! Loved that pic of descending into the fog. Wish I could have had some of that sunshine for my own MLK Day ride!
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:28 PM   #22
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Great RR! Another area added to the list. Now if only this NW weather would improve! It was in the 50's last week and I should have been camping because that felt warm
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:35 PM   #23
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Interesting geology . . . . .

Great pix of the San Andreas fault . . . . .


Thanks for posting - beautiful country.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:55 PM   #24
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This is intriguing.


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Old 01-24-2011, 11:35 PM   #25
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This is intriguing.


What in the world went on or is going on there?

Do they really have to have so many wells in one concentrated area?
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:35 AM   #26
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really great pics caught.
providing a true sense of that ride and how much fun there.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:25 AM   #27
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What in the world went on or is going on there?

Do they really have to have so many wells in one concentrated area?
Well, you drill where the oil is, I guess. There were sections where there were wells on both sides of the road and it was just really bizarre-looking, but I didn't want to stop for a photo. There were big trucks everywhere, guys running around in safety vests and hard hats...just lots of buzzing activity all around. If you look up Taft, CA on Googlemaps and look at the aerial view of that place it's incredible...looks like a dirt-riding area kind of.


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Old 01-25-2011, 04:30 AM   #28
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Awesome! Loved that pic of descending into the fog. Wish I could have had some of that sunshine for my own MLK Day ride!
Yeah, that fog was really pretty while on this side of it! It was miserable winter down below So where did you go on your ride?

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Great RR! Another area added to the list. Now if only this NW weather would improve! It was in the 50's last week and I should have been camping because that felt warm
Yeah, I guess it's all relative 50 and foggy felt like the bowels of winter to me...and I didn't like it! We rode the 2-stroke dirtbikes the weekend before up in the mountains and it was 25 degrees when we rode out of camp so the sunshine felt good!



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Old 01-25-2011, 04:34 AM   #29
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really great pics caught.
providing a true sense of that ride and how much fun there.
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Thanks, Burgess. I always thought there were 2 roads there and that was about it...but it's not true! There's all kinds of cool stuff out there!

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Great pix of the San Andreas fault . . . . .
for posting - beautiful country.
Thanks, Watercat! Yeah, the country really makes it easy to take decent photos there...point in any direction and you're sure to capture something really neat! A beautiful sunny day helps

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Thanks! Great pics and I always enjoy your writing.

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Right on! Thanks, LT. I'm a wordy sort so I try to keep the dialogue to a minimum...something I cannot do in real life




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Old 01-25-2011, 05:06 AM   #30
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Thanks for the RR and the inspiration. I,m in Florida and bikeless. The bike is back north this year. No snow and warm weather here though. My rides have to be virtual thouigh someone else. Thanks for taking us along.
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