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Old 02-16-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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MotoCamping in Los Padres

Hi Group, Long time lurker & dreamer. It started with a mini-bike, then a Suzuki 50cc 2 stroke when I was 10-13. Fast fwd to the '80s, on an extended trip to N.Z. & Aust. bought a XR250 in Brisbane, and Adventure-Backpacked up & down the east coast of Aust. for a few months, reselling the XR to the same dealer. 30 years later, not many miles ridden as my wife & I raised a pair of great daughter & son, 25 & 22.

Now to the present, for the past couple of years, I have been enthralled with (RR) 800days RTW, Radioman RTW, then hosted Radioman at our home last year, as he came thru So.CA found his viewpoints & travel discussion sort-of mind-blowing. My wife observed all this with either amusement or distain, as she has little interest in these RRs. So in January I took the plunge with a nicely farkled 2012 S10. Bought used in Orlando, rode her home to Los Angeles. Was racing to stay ahead of a storm-front as I rode west, so no great adventures other then a new to me bike, new riding gear (Shoei/FirstGear), and 2500mi, cross country, about 4-500/day.

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ps: my handle is from another passion in life; building of, precision hand-loading for, and shooting long-range specialty pistols.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:46 AM   #2
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So after a few weeks at home, the weather was improving, and the following week had higher then normal temps for So.Ca up thru San Francisco. PCH is always on my list for a ride. After reading NSFW's RR about adv-rides in CA, his notes about Los Burros Road and Naciemento-Fergusson Rd. got me thinking. I set up one Pelican case to hold a gallon bladder of water (2/3'ds full) as well as the backpacking stove, fuel, kitchen, cup/plate/etc. Thru a couple of dehydrated meals in, a few trail bars, and a bag of peanuts The other Pelican held my BOB daypack, with many survival/firstaid items onboard, Warmer gloves, a monocular, and a cable to lock bike or helmet/cases if needed. On my AltRider Rack went 3 stuff sacks with tent, sleeping bag, and clothing/gear. 3 extra water bottles nestled under the racks top, and a one gal. Rotopax gas can was carried inboard of the right side bag, on a mount that I added to the H&B side racks.

So after a nice few hours riding out of Los Angeles, finally on PCH for a bit, grabbed lunch in Cambria, and after gassing up, I filled a small collapsible ice chest with a beer & OJ for the morning.

Headed up twds Los Burros road,
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:47 AM   #3
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:04 AM   #4
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Best of luck, from a fellow Super Tenere owner.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
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Very enjoyable, wish I could see more stars, dehydrated meal was at least filling, realized that if I could have brought a beer, could have been had better food. When backpacking I'm used to this hardship (esp of 5+ day trips), now realizing that moto-packing not the same.

Also started to use a new lightweight chair "Monarch" by Alite. has only 2 legs, you can rock or strecch out legs to sit (but packs sm & light). Was pretty sore from a day of riding with the off roading of my heavy Tenere. The off-road ride in took about an hour & half, only had one mishap on the fireroads, was concentrating hard on keeping those Ankee 3s in the middle of the road. as I came around a turn, a rare home was visible at the top of the hill, broke my concentration for a sec to look up, and the Tenere's back tire slipped sideways into a rain-rut (6-8"), the front followed, and I layed the loaded bike against the mountian side at about 45 deg angle. Now I found how heavy she really was!!

But an hour later with the help of a fellow 4WDer was back on the fireroad, the Givi bars were dirty, but kept the bike from damages, right pelican also filthy, but a nice roadside waterfall made it a little worth the trouble...
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:22 AM   #6
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After a morning cuppa Café, I broke camp and headed back into cellular coverage to contact Wife in LA, and daughter in SF, the road back down to PCH was beaut, a perfect day so far. I headed down to PCH for Breakfast in a favorite stop in Big Sur "Deetzns" their Bkfst/Lunch a highlight of any trip in the area (specialty is eggs-beni), not roughing it after a night in a tent! Into Carmel for gas, talked to Wife (upset @ no contact for 24hrs) to daughter, told her was not making it up to SF this time.

Looked up Naciemento-Fergusson Road as mentioned by NSFW, and headed south for my next days off roading, and camping, bought beer, juice, and a BBQ beef sandwich for dinner.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:34 AM   #7
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After turning off PCH onto (paved) Naciemento-F Rd. it went winding up into the hills about 7-8 miles still paved but sometimes only a one truck wide, not very well maintained, but passable.
as I hit the Forest Service Road (Coastal Ridge Road) notice a milage sign that mentioned Los Burros rd (yesterdays fireroad) at 15 miles, and I thought about that really nice mount-top campsite I found on my way out this morning. Had a 360 deg view, looked down on the PCH & ocean, was nice...

So for the next couple hours I man-handled the Tenere down the fire-roads, was pretty east to follow this "Ridge Road" and I finally approached Los Burros Spur from the other direction I had approached yesterday.

To be continued
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:50 AM   #8
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My Mountain Top Campsite had amazing 360 deg views, looked down on PCH from 2580 ft. Was a little exposed to the wind, but the view evening and AM should make up for it. The evening was very enjoyable with a beautiful sunset. The BBQ beef samdwich went perfectly with a nice cold Heiny, and the stars came out. Was at peace with the world...


Note; avoid dozing off in Monarch chair, nuff-said.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:56 AM   #9
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Beautiful view down into the ocean...
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:58 AM   #10
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Nice temps, no rain, what a beautiful day..
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:14 PM   #11
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That first camping site on Los Burros road looks very inviting! And beer to go with it, oh yeah.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:36 PM   #12
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sorry for the sideways pics, they are right side up as uploaded, maybe a moderator could help? or tell me what I did wrong. In hindsight, would rather have the pic on it's side, then the Tenare, she is Super Heavy!

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Old 02-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #13
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That first camping site on Los Burros road looks very inviting! And beer to go with it, oh yeah.
No kidding, for all my life I have been backpacking, & climbing, dreaming of a cold beer after those 5 nights to 2 weeks in the wilderness, just remember a canned adult beverage, not a bottle. First night a Fosters paired with Dehydrated Alfredo Noodles w/Chicken. Second night, a Heiny with BBQ Beef samwich. Peanuts as a nibbler, I'm a happy man.

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Old 02-20-2015, 01:14 PM   #14
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Love camping out there so many amazing views and the weather is wonderful more often then not.

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Old 02-20-2015, 02:55 PM   #15
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Great ride report, like you I found out about some great rides from NSFW. Keep the update coming

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