I know.. I know.. I can hear it already..not that Shleppy guy again with another ride report from the Santa Ana Mountains.. didn't he just put up two or three ride reports in the same area in the last few months?" Yep, guilty as charged.. but if the ADV guys keep showin' up.. I'll keep postin' Another weekend was on it's way so I decided to head up into the Santa Ana mountains once again. Instead of riding solo I decided to see if any other ADV inmates would join me. I slapped a ride posting on the adv board on Tuesday and by Friday night a healthy group had indicated they would meet up for the ride on Saturday morning. The game plan was to meet up at the Silverado Cafe parking lot and head up into them thar hills. I rode over to the cafe a few minutes before 9:30 and a motley crew had already assembled. From left to right above: DRConvertable, GoNow, DrzFire, MrMike, Wes Mantooth and fmfpunk hangin out at the beginning of the ride at the Silverado Cafe parking lot. We had a couple DRZ650's, a DRZ400, a KTM 950, a KLR 650, a couple KTM 525's and a BMW 1200GS in the mix piloted by Mr Wes Mantooth who was going to be hitting the dirt for the first time today . We headed out of the parking lot a bit after 9:30 and grabbed Starchaser on the way in who was waiting for us down the road a bit. Here is a shot of what Silverado Canyon road looks like as you ascend up the canyon towards the Santa Anas. The entire 6 mile stretch of the road is tree lined and quite scenic. The Well paved Silverado Canyon road transitions into pavement that is a bit more worn but still pretty smooth. After about 3 or 4 miles of the slightly worn pavement, the road turns into a fire road at this turn. Lance (Wes mantooth) will probably remember this corner very well because just a few hundred yards after this turn he decided that his BMW 1200GS was far too clean and decided to bathe it in dirt . His foot took a solid hit and his mirror had been broken but his resolve to continue on was not. Un-phased by his first dirt crash Lance continued on. Here is a shot of Lance a few miles later heading up Maple Springs road towards the main divide. Here's StarChaser at the same spot. We arrived up at 4 corners (where maple springs meets the main divide) and chilled out for a bit. We hopped back on our bikes and headed left (north) on the Main Divide towards Corona. Here is a shot looking at where we were headed. After a few miles we could look off to our left and see Maple Springs Rd that we had just ascended 15 minutes earlier.