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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bob Tosi, Jun 25, 2010.
I have two different loops in mind. I want to do Collier Springs to Covolo but may need a gas stop. You could walk to Covolo from your house and still beat me.
I may indeed make a ride tomorrow down through Chico.
Got my ride on today, North wind, and you could see for days. The sun was lighting up the snow covered mountains and I could see them all as I pulled out of town. I could see over the close mountains into the Trinity Alps. Shasta was standing proud, even Burney's Mountain was doting the sky line.
Out 36 toward Lassen but stayed down in elevation and worked my way South on Plum Creek and the Pondersa way. It was a cold night and the road was still frozen in places.
I stayed safe but could keep a descent pace using lazer eyes out for trouble. There was plenty, and it came in every way possible. Leaves, acorns, pine cones, Ice, rocks and the theme of the day, Logs.
Here are a couple shots off Pondersa Way out by Black Rock
And this one is special as I have hiked around the jagged little mountain behind the tree. Two forks of Antelope Creek come together on the backside of it and I think very few people have ever been their.
Anyway the day was going great and I rode on, Until....
Oh you have to finish the story.
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I was worried about a flat tire, But then Ice became more of a threat at to not making my desired loop. I hate to turn around, so when I came to the first downed tree I realized first No one has been through here lately and that I could probably move this tree out of my way. But looking down the road I may be in trouble and have to turn around.
These logs are manageable and I moved them with little problems. But this slowed my ride as I didn't just come to a couple places I had to build new road on this outing.
After several similar sized obstacles stopped me I was A bit worried something bigger was sure to turn me around. and when I came to this one I was sure it was time to turn around. By this time I am past Black rock and turning around would mean more than defeat. It would have meant getting home after dark. I had put in way to many rough miles to turn around so I tackled this tree too with success.
But just getting by one tree doesn't mean much as there are lots of corners and you just never know what is going to stop you.
I could have took pictures like this all day as it was/has been windy. But I was having a first class day with everything in the right pocket and nothing was going to stop this old man.
So logs was a theme for the day. But It was an adventure and I am home safely and did make the planned loop. I can only post 3 photo's per post so my next post will show you some road conditions.
Great story thanks for clearing the roads.
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I had Black ice. this was not bad, I just had to ride carefully in the canyons. basic skills and awareness was all needed for the ice problem.
I try to do this as a yearly ride and the road was fairly decent. However it is lava rock and with leaves on the road it made seeing to rocks tricky. My eyes where working hard and focused all day. some spots are kind of rough but again a confident rider with basic skills could do this ride. It did take alot out of me as I had to work the heavy BMW around and over rocks.
So ice, but that didn't bother me as much as a couple other issues. And nothing real bad but it does crack me up that this is considered a real road in places. You certainly would not want to take your truck through certain spots unless you didn't care about your paint.
This is a off camber downhill that isn't any to wide. Once you get your handlebars to clear the brush you are off line and into the ditch or off the side of the road. Lots of places on this road that were not 5 feet wide.
And this little water crossing caught me by surprise too. Going a little to fast to stop I just went through and got a wee rush because it was pretty deep. I pop right through it and took this next picture because again I was amused that this is considered a road. it is about 4 foot wide where my bike is parked in the middle of the road. But I dont think I was going to be blocking traffic any time soon.
Well shortly after this point I got to the Deer Creek crossing and meet an environmental naturalist. He was awesome and I hope to get to know him . He is a doctor out of Magalia and takes hikes in the deer creek drainage and has made some documentaries on Ishi. He knows about all the native foods and medicinal plants of the area. He was setting out for a walk about and says he usually stays out a week or so. He has a 2 hour documentary on Vimeo under Don Sakal. Once I saw him I knew the road was passable, and after talking to him he said he had cleared several logs as well and even drove under one giant tree that he had work an hour on. I was amazed his little outback could get this far in as the road had huge ruts in it at places and some large rock sections.
Now I almost got lost about 4 miles from the top of Cohasset but as I am off the bike sniffing the road for tracks I had a side by side come up and reassured me I was on track and just a few more miles to pavement. Those few mile might have been the most challenging as the ground turned to clay and the road developed huge water hole that in some cases where impossible to avoid. It was real slippery and I was sure I was going to fall down. I keep getting off the bike and finding ways around but finally had to wade through some and pick a path. My boots got soaked as I had to wade over the top and could barely stand up. But ending up with soaked boats paid off as I found the best path and never fell down.
I did miss a road after Cohasset and ended up coming in past the airport instead of coming out on Keffer.
Out the door with a full tank at 10:20 back home at 4:20. So its a 5 hour ride time as I lost at least an hour moving trees and a chat with Don.
Nice one Hop Singe! That road is slowly returning to it's elements. It goes way out in the middle of no where and not many drive it.
I drove it in a very basic 4X4 small truck some years ago and it was slow but no problem,now its turning into a trail. Kind of good for bikes not so much for basic 4 wheelers.
Serious 4X4's would have a chainsaw and it would be no sweat.
Those clay sections near the Cohassett end of road were soaked when I drove through in truck,truck right ahead of me was full lock sideways sliding idling downwards then in a second I was doing the same thing right behind him. At that time there would have been no way my truck would have gone back up that clay,was lucky to stay on road going down.
Is anybody going riding in the next couple days ? I am looking at this nice weather and think I should get out before it snows. I am looking at a loop to the North East. I will head out 36 and go out to Manton. Going to work some Sierra Pacific land and come out up by Viola. Haven't found the road but I want to cross 44 and come back down through the Latour State Forest and then into Whitmore. The last stretch is the part I am working on for a long ride in the summer from Whitmore out to the desert.
Anyway we have been getting an inversion layer that has been keeping the foothills a little warmer than the valley and with quick warming is making for some good 6 hour loops. So are you all just not posting or what.
I've made a couple trips up to my friends cabin for a turn around point out ponderosa way towards black rock, not too exciting but getting out riding,
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The "exciting" part is succeeding in making the loop. It is only 20 miles to Black rock once you hit dirt. That part of the road is tame, with a truck or two each day. Try riding all the way into Cohassett and then telling me it's not an Adventure. I was shaking in my boots trying to figure out the mud bogs just as you come back into civilization. I was thinking I was going to have to get help. Maybe I just EXCITED easy, I mean I get excited just thinking about it. Once the boots go on I get a woody.
I can maybe get out for a ride just lemme know.
I have been looking at maps and don't think I have time to do the Latour State Forest unless I stack on some road mile and go out through Palo Cedro. This might have to wait for longer days. I am still missing a few miles in between My property in Manton and the Mineral Viola road. It seems stupid to ride out there just to connect a couple of dots but I tried it recently and could not find my way from the top down into Manton. I know I can find my way if I am going up.
Boy, your Cohasset ride brought back some memories. A few years ago a group of NorCal TW riders did a loop from Los Molinas. It was close to 10 a.m. when we hit the beginning of Hogs Back. Temps were mild and fortunately all downed trees had been cleared. Indeed, the real challenge were the mud holes from the helicopter pad to pavement once on the ridgetop. Had no idea how deep those mud holes were and the wet clay, as they say, 'slick as snot'. Made it back to camp 45 minutes after dark. Really enjoyed your pictures. Have a few that include pretty much the same location.
I was at a Backwoods party within walking distance of the Helicopter pad in 08.
5 or 6 of us walked over to the pad late evening. We could see at least 8 fires going down in the canyon and trucks attempting to wind their way down to the bigger ones.
It was the very start of the 08 fires up and down California.
That's a tuff down hill even for the smallest fire rig. As Hop-Sing mentioned, the trail gets rough and narrow. In 08, I was between Jones Meadows and the Bald Mt. lookout when the lightening started. Since I had a tall (metal) CB antenna on my TW, it seemed prudent that I park the bike for a while and wait out the storm. After the light rain let up I continued and made the first right before the climb up to the lookout. Saw smoke and thought i should call it in. Had some elevation and a clear view so cell service seemed likely. 911 rang for a bit and when answered a male voice said, Yea? Like to report a fire was my reply. You and everyone else was the reply. Gave my general location as between Bald Mt. lookout and Sterling City. The voice said that 12 lightening strikes had already been reported in and around Sterling City. What a year....
A few weeks after was able to track down the strike location. Off 30r between Reston and Browns Valley rd.
I had a pretty neat day going being able to get past so many obstacles. I was taking pictures all the way, but when I got to the mud bogs I was happy because I was so close to civilization I could smell it. And then realized I could easily walk out but my bike might not be coming with me. A bit frustrated I never considered taking pictures as I was more concerned with just making it out.
Dang it anyhow, another day escaped and my bike never left the property. 44 degrees last night at 8:30 by 11 it was 66 degrees. and this morning it was 70 at 8 am. would have made for a perfect morning to scoot early. Now I will give you folks in Chico a break because your Temps where about 25 degrees less. Plan a ride now because rain is coming Wednesday.
I need to wash some red clay off my bike so the cops can see my license plate and spray my chain with some lube. Otherwise I am itchy and ready to hit some backroads.
Many trails are clear in the mountains around here,might ride all winter. What ever happened with the singletrack bike?