California - The Adventure Republic
hello. for a change, i will start posting my ride reports here rather than keeping them in the regional west - california so that we can share our dirty treasure with everyone else, especially those from out of states.
this is kind of the adv version of huell howser's california gold....haha, got the idea. i am hoping you people come and visit ca - spend your $$$ and help our economy....:D
as far as the title, that's not me but a fictional rider or any rider who doesn't want to start a new thread or have limited materials to make a ride report. it's all about adventure or dual sport riding and want to share their experiences.
the 1st report - central coast ride
home is about 15 miles north of los angeles.our destination is central coast, north of san simeon (hearst castle)
my bike is a 2002 640e with 3.8 gal tank
since there's a lot of pavement involve, i put on a tkc 80 front and metzeler sahara 3 rear; ususlly i run dunlop 606s
wolfman enduro tank bag for this ride, and the explorer lite for longer trips
giant loop coyote - they're the best set up for this bike
wolfman expedition small duffel bag is good enough for tent and beddings
riding north on the freeway
enjoying the shade - duy, blake, isaac, and bob; meantime, the rest of the group are already in the campground
on the most part, we took 2-lane back roads
tax dollars at work
because of late start and a major delay, we made it to camp in the dark. my camera didn't start clicking again until the next morning. i'm sure the other PPs have pics to share riding and chiling out in camp.
Joel's Adventure Rides
What a great idea for a thread!
Now, what NSFW doesn't tell here is that he is the ride master guru for hundreds of noob and experienced riders alike. He puts together the best tracks and ride adventures in So-Cal.
On this particular ride I got aced out at work and had to stay late so didn't get to leave the city 'till 7pm for a four hour ride to the first campsite. I'm old and don't see so well at night so it was a real adventure to cover a couple of hundred miles after dark. The 20 miles of dirt road into camp in the dark I made about 35 miles an hour. The next day in the daylight 65 was no problem. What a contrast. Some of the peeps were still up when I got there and I got the kings welcome. A beautiful night on the plains.
I just got a new bike and this trip was the maiden voyage. What a trip indeed.
Carrizo Plain National Monument was our first stop.
First things first: Joel is the master of planning amazing rides and Spafxer put on the Ritz for us at KCL.
Spafxer and his esteemed colleagues
I don't have much to add to Day 1, aside from the sunset we rode into on our way to KCL.
We woke up to a beautiful sunrise at KCL. Isaac and I rode to camp under the veil of darkness, so I had no idea what the terrain looked like beyond my headlight.
Joel laments about the beautiful bird song that kept him up all night while John and Isaac turn the bullshit to 11.
Joel lead us to Pozo and over the hill into Santa Margarita. Paso Robles is a very beautiful place.
Somebody's happy about his burrito in Cambria
A quick stop to say hi to the elephant seals
I spent the next two hours focusing on keeping my bike upright, but here is our group collecting at the end of the coast ridge road.
Day 3 started much the same as Day 2
Our fearless leader speeds on
I split from the group outside of Chumash and set up camp in Carpinteria
Then, a stranger took my picture and sent it to Todd as I rode home on Monday
July 20-22 Central Coast ADV Ride, lead by Joel
Alright, here is my report on this fabulous ride led by Joel.
Heading out with Joel, Bob, Duy, Blake on Cerro Noroeste Road. The five of us initially met at McDonald's in Castaic, and then headed north from there on our way to Carrizo.
Riding into the sunset on Cerro Noroeste Road after a delay.
And by night
Big thanks to Jim/spafixer for driving out to BBQ for us and bringing a fully stocked bar! This man is a real mensch.
KCL camp in the morning, at sunrise. Perfect sleeping temps.
Jim's dog exploring around.
Blake, John, and Chris ready to roll.
Joel and crew, sun is up but not too warm just yet. Heading north through Carrizo Plain.
Some dirt roads lead us towards Pozo. Ersin chillaxing with the others.
Pozo Saloon, but early in the day.
John and others in Pozo.
Santa Rosa Creek Road, heading west towards Cambria.
We grabbed lunch in Cambria at the first Mexican flag establishment that Joel laid his eyes on. It was quite tasty Mexican food, exactly the fuel we needed to get through the rest of the day. A lot of cool classic cars were rolling through town as well for some festival or show.
Elephant Seals are always fun. San Simeon.
Heading north up the coast on CA-1.
Blake and Ersin on CA-1.
Joel, Ersin, Blake, and crew at the start of Los Burros Road...this road is quite a gem!
On the way up Los Burros. I took my windscreen off and am really digging it...the clean air flow (no more turbulent wind buffeting on my helmet), plus it has more of a roadster/Mad Maxx look to it now.
The view down Los Burros towards the coast. 60F and chilly down there, and over 90F up here. Quite the difference in temperature!
We stop on the way up to shed some layers and talked with an older gentleman who lives up there. Quite an isolated place, as there is no easy and quick drive into town for supplies.
Diego, Ersin, Blake, and John, ready for more.
John heads up the ridge.
Bill trying to keep cool on his big Wee Strom.
Riding along the ridge road.
Duy and Joel, on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road heading into Fort Hunter Liggett.
On board on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, Fort Hunter Liggett.
It was close to 100 F in Fort Hunter Liggett, quite hot, so a few of guys took off to fulfill a life aspiration of camping in King City. The rest of us set up camp, and once we were in the shade it was actually not too bad since it was so dry.
Duy, Ersin, and I did a supplies run into King City to pick up beer, ice, and some snacks while the rest cooked up their camp food. We, on the other hand, dined like kings at the Taco Bell! Much better the a boiling bag of camp food! :evil
Getting ready to break camp the next morning.
Joel in the middle of packing his lumpia pad.
John, heading back west on Nacimiento Fergusson Road towards the coast. Nice and cool still.
Duy and Joel getting ready to drop back into the fog.
Bill helping John out.
Loving this bike! :D
One picture of yours truly.
And finally, the GPS tracks of our ride, or at least what I rode. I had to bail near the end so I missed some of the dirt near Lake Cachuma and Santa Barbara. All in all, a great ride with some great tracks, and great people of course. I'm not always a huge fan of big group rides, but these rides with these guys are always a blast and I truly enjoy them. Thanks everyone!
chris, just say there's a soft spot in me for noobies.....:lol3
hey congrats on the maiden voyage, we love the sound of the triple when you pulled in camp friday night.
What a great ride, fantastic roads and terrain. Joel put together some great tracks, some of the best I've ridden on the big GSA.
Lunch stop at the Rock Inn
Camp #1 luxury
And then the camera died ... I thought. Turns out the memory card popped out. Glad to see lots of other pics though. We didn't stop much and I'm not as good as John at snapping shots on the go.
nice one todd......:thumb
pretty much sold to KCL c.g. now, i always thought selby was much better. maybe in some ways (less crowded, and less like no crazy folks driving in at 1am and talking loud)
130 miles from home and waking up as the sun comes out
partial view of carrizo plains
an old west structure, could be a barn
last night's left overs still on he grill
loading up to start a long day
you gotta ride before it's too late
the day will be hot, leaving this nice campground wasn't difficult to do
if you want to see more of carrizo, check out these linkies
we usually do an annual run in january, and should have another one next year
Great report guys...
Great trip last weekend. Thanks, Joel.
Slideshow is all I got...
saturday morning pics, from kcl camground - pozo - cambria.....all big bike friendly...:clap
regrouping in front of the pozo saloon
the beautiful hw46
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