Carizzo Plains and Los Padres National Forest

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Just Paul, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    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

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    The Carizzo Plains are known for their beautiful wildflowers. They are just beginning to bloom
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    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.
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    The landscape through out the route made us think we were outside of California. Many scenes were reminiscent of Colorado and Utah.
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    I love shadow shots...
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    The KTM is great for hauling firewood. We burned it all before sleep that night.
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    Thanks Mike for putting in the extra petcock on my aux gas tank.
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    Boom... fire lit instantly.
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    Camp host... nice guy, no fees.
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    Tour guide on one of our dirt routes...
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    This guy was up for for the tour guide job also... Jack was threatened.

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    This little town was right out of the old west.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheideck,_California
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    Scheideck's Lodge made it clear what kind of music was acceptable.
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    Dollar bills are written on and stapled to the walls and ceiling as people want to leave their mark...
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    Morg... need I say more?
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    This is the local jail. If you look closely, you can see the current resident
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    If you want to get married, you're good to go here. Weddings are actually performed in this little chapel.
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    Hey! Where's the ATM?
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    On our loop we went up and down both sides on the Carizzo Plains.
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    COWS!! These guys were here to keep us company and keep us under the speed limit.
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    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!
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    The views were endless. The pictures do no justice to the beauty of the terrain. See it for yourself!
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    The weather on this trip was perfect. No rain, the clouds only added to the scenery. Great riding temps too!
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    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. :dizaveblm
    THis was especially fun when riding through puddles (the water hit me in the face).
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    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.
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    This dirt road went on for 50 miles and we hit 89mph.
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    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.
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    This fellow was out in the middle of nowhere... I think he wanted to race
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    Riding off into the sunset.
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    The End.
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  2. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    I've gotta get down there. Does one need an offroad bike, or can a GS-type bike handle much of the riding?
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  3. Spartandude

    Spartandude Been here awhile

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    Ooo, pretty.
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  4. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    You could do this ride on a honda goldwing !
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  5. zeegman

    zeegman Been here awhile

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    Awesome trip report Paul.

    I did a trip to some of the same places last year in May with Richard B.

    http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90910&page=6

    post #87

    It was pretty chilli then. Freezing at night.

    How were the temps for you, although I see you had a sleeping bag warmer along? :evil

    Did you hear any owls?

    Mike Z
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  6. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    the temps were not cold at night.. I was comfortable in my 35 degree bag

    nope didn't hear any owls..
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  7. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Very nice, thanks for the pics and narrative Paul :thumb
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  8. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    ill be camping the Carizzo the end of April......SHould be flower city by then
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  9. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

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    BASTIGE!!!!

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  10. Gester

    Gester Master of my domain

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    Hey JP! Totally awesome photos and write-up. Two HUGE thumbs up!! :thumb:thumb

    As for that other thing you said...

    I've been to Carrizo twice on my F658GS and I can confirm that it is fully GS-able and loads of fun. A Honda Goldwing? Hmmm, I'm not too sure about that one. :scratch There are some ruts and mildly sandy stretches that could give you some real quality pucker moments on a Goldwing. :eek1 Just saying... I'm sure it's been done before. To each his/her own. :lol3

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  11. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Awesome Trip Paul! Looks like a great time!
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  12. ian408

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    Good job Paul!
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  13. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice pics!
    I think I missed when you got the new bike?
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  14. ian408

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    If she was any kind of adv GF, she'd have taken pictures :lol3
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  15. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    No new bike.. I have 2. a plated Honda 450x and a KTM adventure 990 S. I got the 990 in 2008 and the honda in 2007



    Ok this is a funny story.. Last week we were in REI. I happened to stuble on a pelican cell phone case. This one
    http://cell-phone-accessories-wholesale.com/pelicanproductspelicanwaterproofcellphonecaseclearblack.aspx

    I had a bunch of dividend dollars so I said what the hell and bought it. We checked and both of our iphone 4's fit perfect in the case.. Great !

    so this weekend we were crossing the stream and bam we are in the water on our right side.. the pannier lid comes open from the force of the fall. I land on my ass in the water and jill lands on her stomach. she grabs the pannier lid to keep it from being swept away and I try to stand the bike up... NOPE I can't get any grip on the ground its worse than ice. We finally get the bike upright and everything in that right case is SOAKED !! Our Iphones were in the pelican case and totally dry... The only thing that got broken was my new camera that I bought in Costa Rica. So I replaced it with the new waterproof 16 megapixal sony camera CLICK HERE FOR INFO

    nobody got hurt so I was happy how the entire thing turned out.. we dried out in about an hour and lucky the dirt section was just 10 minutes away because going freeway speeds when your soaking wet sucks..

    thanks for coming along !
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