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Old 06-19-2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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Fawnskin/Big Bear to Apple Valley

So I've got family in Apple Valley and I'm in Orange County.

I've been mulling hopping on the GSA and riding asphalt up to Big Bear and then taking the dirt roads down to Apple Valley.

What do I need to know before I do that?

Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:52 PM   #2
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So I've got family in Apple Valley and I'm in Orange County.

I've been mulling hopping on the GSA and riding asphalt up to Big Bear and then taking the dirt roads down to Apple Valley.

What do I need to know before I do that?

Thanks!
It's gonna get warmer ......
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Old 06-19-2014, 03:04 PM   #3
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It's gonna get warmer ......
Faaaaaaaaaack! WHY DON'T THEY ADVERTISE THIS?

"Welcome to Apple Valley, home of the heat stroke."

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the high desert. Or heat in general. I've turned on the A/C in my car before only to notice that the outside temp is sub-70.

But I'm a fan of my family, so I suck it up. I'm a freaking saint.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:15 PM   #4
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Faaaaaaaaaack! WHY DON'T THEY ADVERTISE THIS?

"Welcome to Apple Valley, home of the heat stroke."

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the high desert. Or heat in general. I've turned on the A/C in my car before only to notice that the outside temp is sub-70.

But I'm a fan of my family, so I suck it up. I'm a freaking saint.
It's cool in the morning. Start in Apple Valley
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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Was 95 degrees in Apple Valley at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
I'm very familiar with the route from Fawnskin to Apple Valley.

Leave Fawnskin at 5 pm and enjoy the ride!
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:06 PM   #6
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There's a dirt road that leads north out of Fawnskin out to the Lucerne Valley. Forget the name of it, but its pretty obvious which one - it's the big one that narrows down eventually taking you through an OHV area. It's not that long of a ride (at least ripping pretty good on my DR350) before you hit street.

From the San Fernando Valley I usually head up the 2, cross the 15, take Cleghorn to Silverwood Lake > dirt roads to Big Bear > dirt road to Lucerne Valley > route 18 > El Mirage to trail ride for a bit > home via Angeles Forest Highway. You can stretch it into a two day ride if you are riding leisurely. I camp in Holcomb Valley.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:16 PM   #7
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Take 3n14 from Fawnskin to Apple Valley.
All graded dirt, watch for on coming traffic.
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:06 AM   #9
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Remember, it is a dry heat.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:48 AM   #10
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Remember, it is a dry heat.
So is a convection oven.

Buddy of mine at work tried to convince me to buy land in the Phoenix area. Never freaking happen. I'm a water-oriented guy. Grew up in Solana Beach and live in Huntington Beach now.

I'd pick up and move to coastal Oregon or Washington or Vancouver Island in a heartbeat if I could figure out some things.
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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Take 3n14 from Fawnskin to Apple Valley.
All graded dirt, watch for on coming traffic.
What he said.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:17 PM   #12
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If you are a sit down rider coxley would be the best for the GSA down to A.V. Grapevine gets steep Bowen Ranch Rd.is a workout on the big bike ,but a strate shot to the Joshua Inn, Hit some of the singletrack on the way down and take pictues
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If you are a sit down rider coxley would be the best for the GSA down to A.V. Grapevine gets steep Bowen Ranch Rd.is a workout on the big bike ,but a strate shot to the Joshua Inn, Hit some of the singletrack on the way down and take pictues
I'm a "haven't been on dirt since the 1980s and that was an XL350" rider.

I'm screwed, huh?
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:18 PM   #14
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