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Old 01-07-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Clear Creek 1/12/2012

Anyone want to ride through Clear Creek Saturday?

Planning breakfast in Tres pinos around 8:30 or 9. Ride through Clear Creek with an out and back on the county roads then out through New Idria, out to I5 on Panoche Rd./Jackass Grade. Lunch there or snack then hit the Junction for late Lunch around 2 or 3pm.

With a week of no rain it shouldn't be messy and is big bike friendly.

Teaser pics from the not so distant past.

Main road near the top looking at Idria Peak


Mmmm brown ice...





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Old 01-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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You riding out from Oakland? What time?
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:55 PM   #3
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From San Leandro actually.

Leaving 238/880 area at 7am gets me to Flapjacks by 8:30am.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:10 AM   #4
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Thats my Bday, a chance I may show up, keep posted please.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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Local News is calling for possible snow down to 1000ft on Thursday. We'll be up over 4000 ft through Clear Creek so may run into some snow. It may be gone by Sat but may need to turn back. Going into New Idria is more shaded than the West side is steep twisty and rutted. With snow could be gnarly.

I'm still planning to go and make the best of it.


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Old 01-08-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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I've ridden it in 2+ feet of snow. It can get wild.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:29 PM   #7
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Snow and mud. Should be fun. Happy Burp Day, Monogox. I'll bring some candles for your Birthday pancake.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:51 PM   #8
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here's what it looked like on New Year's day...


conditions were near perfect

choclate cake with white frosting...

plenty of snow and ice, have a good ride.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:07 PM   #9
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I rode partway up Tassajara Road today, southeast of Carmel Valley, which is probably similar conditions to Clear Creek. There was snow starting around 4000 feet. It was packed in places and icy on the north facing shady sections ... my DR650 with D606 tires took at least one nap. Not much mud; either frozen or drying fast.

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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Can't make it tomorrow, GoldenTaco. Post some pics if you go, ride safe.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:59 PM   #11
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Can't make it tomorrow, GoldenTaco. Post some pics if you go, ride safe.
No worries. You will be warmer than me for sure.

I'll try to get some pics. Sometimes I'm having too much fun to stop and smell the manzanita.

i've been fighting off a cold cough all week. I'm going to leave by 8 so I won't completely freeze and stop for breakfast at Flapjacks by 9:30.

Mongox are you still planning to go?


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I had been on the fence about the timing of this excursion what with fighting off a cold for the last week, and the recent cold and wet weather.

I hit the road at about 8:30am bundled up like Ralphie's lil brother Randy from a Christmas story. I was not going to be cold. Temps were high 30's to low 40s all day. I stopped at Flapjacks for breakfast and a little warmth.

I was being careful on the North facing turns especially the shaded ones. Then I hit ice. Just a little squiggle mid turn going about 40mph. Bike recovered, but my nerves didn't for some time. Many of the turns I could see the roadsurface covered in ice crystals.

Coalinga Rd was fine and dry except on the North facing turns where there was ice and at times snow. I was concerned about the tight sections right before the Laguna Mtn. camp turnoff but they were fine and the snow I did hit was only a few meters in length.

Coalinga Rd.


Clear Creek was muddy most of the way until you climb up from the creek towards Idria Peak. Quite a few oh Sh*^ moments but no mishaps. I didn't stop to take many pictures of the obstacles due to the slop and needing momentum but the following are some I did manage to take both in Clear Creek and the surrounding area.

In memorium



Entrance



Looking West from Aurora Cutoff/R1 Ridge



I was planning to go exploring once in Clear Creek but the mud was tricky enough to just get through I decided not to. I did want to take Aurora Cutoff down to R11 proceeding down through New Idria. I though it would be less snow covered...it wasn't. It was a fun slide down through the mud and snow.

View from Aurora Cutoff





Riding out New Idria Rd. Lots of green as far as the eye can see













I usually do this ride many times throughout the year, I think I'll wait for it to dry out first.


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Old 01-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #13
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next weekend should be warmer down there.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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From San Leandro actually.

Leaving 238/880 area at 7am gets me to Flapjacks by 8:30am.

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No photos of new idra? hear that all the buildings are gone.. I may be persueded to take a spin through there soon!
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No photos of new idra? hear that all the buildings are gone.. I may be persueded to take a spin through there soon!
the mine buildings are still there...I did'nt take pics of the buildings either.

the riding was great !




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