Chronicles of Tiamat

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  1. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    So I've switched over from being a heavy cruiser rider to an brand-spanking new (to me!) '04 KTM 950 Adventure...
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    I call her Tiamat! Seems like a good dragon to me.
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    Here will be my little travels and explorations in hopes of finding a few more interesting trails a little closer than the 2.5 hour radius around San Jose that there seems to be....so far I haven't had any luck, but minor details.

    At least the riding bug has definitely been renewed in me, now the weather just needs to improve a little more!
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  2. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    So last Sunday I got my first attempt at exploring a few roads. Fortunately, Google maps showed all of the roads I wanted to look at looked like the went through, though they had those annoying notations..."Partial restricted/Private Use road." It was worth a shot anyway, so off I set.

    First off....Montebello Road.

    Nothing like the gated homes of the wealthy, and the extensive vineyards all up in the hills...but the views were AMAZING...
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    There was a tidge of snow though, so I was taking some of the more steep slushy parts a little more gingerly then I would have normally. I'm not used to snow, what is all this white stuff being dusted around my hills?

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    And then...all good things come to an end...and you find one of these annoyingly dumb gates... And I swear it had like twenty locks on it...I'm thinking about sneaking around the bike hole on the other side, but that's for another trip...

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    So all that left for me to do was turn around and ride all the way back down the mountain, but hey, at least it was worth a shot, though there were a lot of bicyclists on the road.

    (Cont. when I'm not being interrupted at work :rofl)
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    It'll open all new riding adventures for ya.. :thumb

    Moved to Day Trippin'
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  4. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    The next step after Montebello was a nice ride up Stevens Canyon and Redwood Gulch and Highway 9 up to Four Corners.

    Where I found....more snow!!

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    I enjoyed the stop, watched people rolling down the nearby hills in the snow, and a Red Jag that just kept slowly sliding backwards down a side road. Wish I'd gotten a video of it >_<.

    Then I shot over to the Page Mill vista point, which is usually another good panorama. Had a nice chat with another rider up there who was up with family enjoying the snow and the view...

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    Then I rode over to the Skyline required stop (tm) Alice's!

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    After warming up under their nicely provided space heaters out on the deck, enjoying a glass of free water and taking a nice break it was time for another road attempt. This time it was Star Hill Rd.

    Star Hill Rd comes off of Skyline a little north of Alice's, and according to the map, meeting up with another road just before Highway 1 at the coast. The unfortunate problem was it had the same label as Montebello, Partial Restricted/Private Use. It was worth a shot anyway.

    It was a long, twisted, switchback road, rolling down the side of the mountain, tall trees on either side, and meadow interspersed here and there...
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    Until I came to a nice big gate and this sign...

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    And how I felt about the sign....

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    And the beautiful looking road on the other side of the sign...

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    So I gave up on my road hunt for the day, mostly because I had time concerns, and booked it out to a nice lunch...

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    Best sandwiches evar!

    More for another day :)
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  5. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    It already has (and thanks for the move, knew I was off by a little bit).

    It's a rockin bike :D
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  6. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    I'd love to say that I've been so busy riding I haven't had time to update this. The unfortunate problem is the only thing I'm riding at the moment is a hospital bed (non-motorcycle related). Hopefully I can get back out there soon and get more in this. >_<. Ride safe peeps.
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  7. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    It's been an unfortunate couple of months, with medical issues, and vehicle issues. It's nice to finally have Tiamat back after she spent two weeks at the shop, so I decided to take her out for a ride...

    I gassed her up and made a run for the Santa Cruz hills, making a stop at Lexington Reservoir again just because it's starting to become tradition to take a panorama there...

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    And then I cruised up the hill, fully expecting to take Summit to Highland to Eureka Canyon into Corralitos and get lunch.

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    I saw this and figured it was probably nothing and kept going...

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    Only to find....

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    Yes, I know, I bought an Adventure bike to go over issues like this, but hey, I only just got it back and didn't want to break it this soon (though I think mine has sprung a new leak and I gotta bring it back anyway *sigh*).

    So I swung around and rode back on Summit to the Summit Store and had lunch there instead.

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    Then rode off the mountain and finished at my favorite watering hole...

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    Overall a good day, even if it was cut short :D
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  8. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    Yes you can ride through that closed section, I've done it, but it's probably good you didn't. The price of failure is very high if you slip and go over the cliff.

    Glad to see your enjoying that 950!
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  9. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    Still made for a good lunch in the end, even if I had to pay a markup on the sausages I took home, lol :)
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  10. theseekeroftru7h

    theseekeroftru7h N00bventurer

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    Went through a mildly productive weekend, but it seems like my bike is getting steadily worse rather than better, so it'll be back to the shop on Tuesday (sigh).

    I did get a little good riding in at least, just a quick buzz up Kennedy Road to Hicks, and popping onto a few of the dead end roads around there...

    Kennedy...
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    Mount Umunhum...
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    My bike is in this last one, I swear it!
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    The following day was spent having a blast pulling the carbs out of my XR200R, well, more of my roommate doing it and me supervising...
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    Just letting it dry off so we can pry off some rusted stripped screws...
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