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Old 04-04-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Carizzo Plains and Los Padres National Forest

This trip took place over April 1, 2, 3...
Total mileage: 712
Bike: KTM Adventure 990S
Total dirt: over 150 miles
Critters encountered: bobcat, pronghorn antelope, snake, jackrabbit, lizards

Gpx track is here
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...2#post15589092


This picture is taken just as the road turns to dirt in the Carizzo Plains



The Carizzo Plains are known for their beautiful wildflowers. They are just beginning to bloom


Our entire route was rich with off road tracks. This area was closed (along with many others) but we will return in a few weeks.



The landscape through out the route made us think we were outside of California. Many scenes were reminiscent of Colorado and Utah.



I love shadow shots...



The KTM is great for hauling firewood. We burned it all before sleep that night.



Thanks Mike for putting in the extra petcock on my aux gas tank.



Boom... fire lit instantly.



Camp host... nice guy, no fees.



Tour guide on one of our dirt routes...




This guy was up for for the tour guide job also... Jack was threatened.




This little town was right out of the old west.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheideck,_California



Scheideck's Lodge made it clear what kind of music was acceptable.



Dollar bills are written on and stapled to the walls and ceiling as people want to leave their mark...



Morg... need I say more?



This is the local jail. If you look closely, you can see the current resident



If you want to get married, you're good to go here. Weddings are actually performed in this little chapel.



Hey! Where's the ATM?



On our loop we went up and down both sides on the Carizzo Plains.



COWS!! These guys were here to keep us company and keep us under the speed limit.



After leaving Carizzo, we entered Los Padres National Forest. There are numerous campsites. Much of the park was gated since there had been so much rain (and snow at higher elevation). As previously stated... we'll be back!



The views were endless. The pictures do no justice to the beauty of the terrain. See it for yourself!



The weather on this trip was perfect. No rain, the clouds only added to the scenery. Great riding temps too!



I called the local BLM office to make sure Carizzo Plains was open and not too muddy. The officer confirmed that they were open but warned of muddy roads. We didn't see any mud the entire trip and I took my front fender off for no reason. blm
THis was especially fun when riding through puddles (the water hit me in the face).



See creek crossing...
KTM 990 + creek with concrete bottom + moss that is slicker than ice = a free bath in some very cold water.
We were riding and then suddenly swimming in the water. We couldn't even stand up without sliding to get the bike back up. In 20 years of riding and hundreds of creek crossings, this was my first motorcycle swim.



This dirt road went on for 50 miles and we hit 89mph.



This herd of pronghorn antelope was startled by the loud rumble of the KTM. They started running and soon after crossed the road 5 feet in front of us then proceeded to run parallel next to us for over a mile. It was an amazing sight.



This fellow was out in the middle of nowhere... I think he wanted to race



Riding off into the sunset.


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Old 04-04-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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I've gotta get down there. Does one need an offroad bike, or can a GS-type bike handle much of the riding?
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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Ooo, pretty.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:06 PM   #4
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I've gotta get down there. Does one need an offroad bike, or can a GS-type bike handle much of the riding?
You could do this ride on a honda goldwing !
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:18 PM   #5
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Carizzo

Awesome trip report Paul.

I did a trip to some of the same places last year in May with Richard B.

http://www.southbayriders.com/forums...t=90910&page=6

post #87

It was pretty chilli then. Freezing at night.

How were the temps for you, although I see you had a sleeping bag warmer along?

Did you hear any owls?

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Old 04-05-2011, 12:21 AM   #6
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Awesome trip report Paul.

I did a trip to some of the same places last year in May with Richard B.

http://www.southbayriders.com/forums...t=90910&page=6

post #87

It was pretty chilli then. Freezing at night.

How were the temps for you, although I see you had a sleeping bag warmer along?

Did you hear any owls?

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the temps were not cold at night.. I was comfortable in my 35 degree bag

nope didn't hear any owls..
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:24 AM   #7
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Very nice, thanks for the pics and narrative Paul
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:36 AM   #8
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ill be camping the Carizzo the end of April......SHould be flower city by then
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:23 AM   #9
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:45 AM   #10
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Hey JP! Totally awesome photos and write-up. Two HUGE thumbs up!!

As for that other thing you said...

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You could do this ride on a honda goldwing !
I've been to Carrizo twice on my F658GS and I can confirm that it is fully GS-able and loads of fun. A Honda Goldwing? Hmmm, I'm not too sure about that one. There are some ruts and mildly sandy stretches that could give you some real quality pucker moments on a Goldwing. Just saying... I'm sure it's been done before. To each his/her own.

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Old 04-05-2011, 10:19 AM   #11
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Awesome Trip Paul! Looks like a great time!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:21 AM   #12
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Good job Paul!
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:58 AM   #13
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Nice pics!
I think I missed when you got the new bike?
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:42 PM   #14
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Thanks for documenting the carnage Paul.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:26 PM   #15
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Thanks for documenting the carnage Paul.
If she was any kind of adv GF, she'd have taken pictures
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