so last week my friend K100Steve (not his real name) calls and asks if I want to go for a ride Sat. or Sun. Sounded like a good idea so I was supposed to meet him at his place Sunday morning for a quick jaunt out hwy 4 to 89/395 to 108 and back home. 500 miles, a couple mountain passes and hopefully some fresh air. (in case you've been in a cave for the last month there are 800+ fires burning in calif. and we hadn't seen the sky in the bay area for a week). I was having GPS issues so we left "Steve's" a half hour or 45 minutes later than we planned. Luckily he had gotten up early, changed his FD oil and washed his bike so it was nice and clean for the ride (damn posers!) The ride started out great - not too much traffic, not too hot and hwy 4 is pretty fun once you get into the foot hills. We stopped for gas in Angels Camp and like I said we were running a little behind schedule. "Steve" had his heart set on stopping to eat at some BBQ joint in Sonora on the way home so he studied the map when we stopped. His super-duper AAA map showed a road (#52) from Dorrington south to 108 near Strawberry (blue line on the map). Looked OK to me so i said sure, why not? Started out great - good pavement, twisty, no cars. After a few miles it turned into a gravel road - no problem for "Steve" on his K100GS. I guess it's still spring in the Sierra - there were wild flowers everywhere.