This trip took place over April 1, 2, 3... Total mileage: 712 Bike: KTM Adventure 990S Total dirt: over 150 miles Critters encountered: bobcat, pronghorn antelope, snake, jackrabbit, lizards Gpx track is here http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=15589092#post15589092 This picture is taken just as the road turns to dirt in the Carizzo Plains The Carizzo Plains are known for their beautiful wildflowers. They are just beginning to bloom Our entire route was rich with off road tracks. This area was closed (along with many others) but we will return in a few weeks. The landscape through out the route made us think we were outside of California. Many scenes were reminiscent of Colorado and Utah. I love shadow shots... The KTM is great for hauling firewood. We burned it all before sleep that night. Thanks Mike for putting in the extra petcock on my aux gas tank. Boom... fire lit instantly. Camp host... nice guy, no fees. Tour guide on one of our dirt routes... This guy was up for for the tour guide job also... Jack was threatened. This little town was right out of the old west. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheideck,_California Scheideck's Lodge made it clear what kind of music was acceptable. Dollar bills are written on and stapled to the walls and ceiling as people want to leave their mark... Morg... need I say more? This is the local jail. If you look closely, you can see the current resident If you want to get married, you're good to go here. Weddings are actually performed in this little chapel. Hey! Where's the ATM? On our loop we went up and down both sides on the Carizzo Plains. COWS!! These guys were here to keep us company and keep us under the speed limit. After leaving Carizzo, we entered Los Padres National Forest. There are numerous campsites. Much of the park was gated since there had been so much rain (and snow at higher elevation). As previously stated... we'll be back! The views were endless. The pictures do no justice to the beauty of the terrain. See it for yourself! The weather on this trip was perfect. No rain, the clouds only added to the scenery. Great riding temps too! I called the local BLM office to make sure Carizzo Plains was open and not too muddy. The officer confirmed that they were open but warned of muddy roads. We didn't see any mud the entire trip and I took my front fender off for no reason. blm THis was especially fun when riding through puddles (the water hit me in the face). See creek crossing... KTM 990 + creek with concrete bottom + moss that is slicker than ice = a free bath in some very cold water. We were riding and then suddenly swimming in the water. We couldn't even stand up without sliding to get the bike back up. In 20 years of riding and hundreds of creek crossings, this was my first motorcycle swim. This dirt road went on for 50 miles and we hit 89mph. This herd of pronghorn antelope was startled by the loud rumble of the KTM. They started running and soon after crossed the road 5 feet in front of us then proceeded to run parallel next to us for over a mile. It was an amazing sight. This fellow was out in the middle of nowhere... I think he wanted to race Riding off into the sunset. The End.