Since temps were going to run short of the triple digits, figured it was a good time for my 2ed ride of the season. Though retired, I still have lots to do to maintain our 'homestead'. Guess as well, there is an age thing. Think one of my first major Nor-Cal off road adventures was on my silver Specialized "Sport" mountain bike (could not afford the first blue iteration). Rode Chico to Butte Meadow via Centerville rd, Center Gap to Garland then up Powellton to the old railroad grade. For many of you, these 'roads' may be unknown. Centerville still can be enjoyed. Center Gap, once steep, rough and ugly has been privatized and likely groomed for Porsche Cayenne's. Anyway, off to Garland and then Powellton. Being an older guy, I was still able to deal with a bit of history and at least see the remnants of the old railroad trestles between Inskip and Butte Meadows. Now, most of that is gone or gated. Today I fired-up the XT-225 and headed up Powellton to Inskip, then off on Brown Revine to Jones Meadows. My hope was to continue to Philbrook then back over to Inskip and back to Safeway in Paradise (close to home). For you hard-core unplated off-road folks likely this is not a real option for you. Not sure what opinions you plated riders have of my route. Let it be known, Powellton is the worst I have seen it in 40 years. Ruts an easy 20" and holes close to 3 feet. Guess with dual transfer cases and 38 inch tires it takes a lot to get stuck. It made clear, one reason logging companies want to restrict vehicular travel. For large adventure bikes, Powellton rd would be a nightmare. For general dirt machines, Powellton is no longer long enough to make trailering worthwhile. Glad I got out and rode as the experience suggested that at least I can still gut out a rough 75 miles.