Lockdown Loop

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by UpST8, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    I have joked often that I am on Lockdown with folks asking me to do overnighters or far off travels...it's a good Lockdown...it's Baby Lockdown :clap Wife is 31 weeks with our first...so, I am getting rides like this in while I can...Up a little early for a couple hundred miles of twisting asphalt, light gravel and some nice views.

    Start on my favorite paved road around...Rt33 through Los Padres National Forest from Ventura to Ventucopa, it is most excellent :wink: Not much traffic today, felt as though I had the place all to myself :D

    Love the way tunnels come out on video

    TURN SOUND DOWN it's all wind whistle

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    Little ways pass the tunnels I took a quick stop to check out the Smallest Post Office.

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    Another stop to click a few pics of what I just rode :ricky
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    While taking a break I noticed this nice memorial..looks like a soul I could get along with :bubba:kumbaya
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    The Chumash Indians left some rock drawings here as well :norton
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    I did get behind a parade of chrome cruisers for a bit, they were in no rush and I shouldn't have been either...none the less they waved me pass on one of the straights.
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  2. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Fueled up in Ventucopa and grabbed a bag of Pistachios before heading to Carrizo Plain via Elk Horn road...

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    Chromed cruisers caught up to me at the store, they were yacking about how cold their hands were...I couldn't help but notice...they had no fingers on their gloves :huh

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrizo_Plain

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    Love Carrizo Plain, desolate, wide open beauty, didn't see one other person or vehicle the whole 3 hours I spent riding through it.

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  3. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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  4. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Tarantulas were all over the roads...I stopped for the first one. Very cool and nope I didn't splat not a one of em...I did splat this guy though, he had nice blue wings..neato :D

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    Back on the blacktop and onto to Pozo Road

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  5. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Good luck when the baby comes. Way to ride while you can. :thumb
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  6. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Onto Pozo Road, easy dirt with lots of nice view points.

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    checked out campground
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    Not a big fan of campgrounds, mainly due to things like this
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    food left out brings bugs and critters :cry
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    fires left burning bring down lots of forest...:cry

    guess it's not really campgrounds I dislike, but people huh? :huh:D
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  7. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Thanks man!!! :D
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  8. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Back on pavement..I love the terrain and scenery of farm / wine country in California

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    Climb up and up...it was very hazy, need to come back when the wind blows some of the haziness away
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    Lopez Lake down below

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    not sure what this is??? Chime in if you do? Photo was taken from Hi-Mountain lookout rd.

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    Ride home was uneventful...just drone down the 101 southbound...felt great to get out, gotta get it while I can...
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  9. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    Awesome!! Cant wait to see it first hand!!
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  10. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Soon Paddiwan...yes soon you will know the way of dirt :lol3 Training day is coming.....You will ride that shit, it is not an option :lol3
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  11. fredster

    fredster Clueless Adventurer

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    I never realized that Tarantulas were in central California until I was out there on a moto trip about 8 years ago on a backroad between SLO and Monterey when I saw something crossing the road. Seriously, my first thought was "Aww, someones pet Tarantula escaped" and then I realized that was probbaly a really dumb thought and that it was wild. Gets kinda chilly near the coast so it just surprised me as I thought they were more hot weather creatures. Just goes to show how little I know. Spiders don't really bother me but don't think I would really want to wake up and find one of these sitting on my head in my tent in the morning. Damn these things are big. Ever have a problem with them carrying away small children (sorta like dingos in OZ)? :lol3

    Thanks for sharing. Love me some California trip pics.
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  12. TheAdmiral

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    Well, that sure is a nice place to ride, and without the crowds to boot. Thanks for providing the Wikpedia link (saved me from googling) of the Carrizo Plain. Not having traveled to California much, other than by plane, I wasn't familiar with the area you were riding at all. Lot more empty spaces than I would have imagined down yonder.

    You took some really nice photo's and video's too. One of them I enjoyed was one of the first photo's with the hill/mountains covered in the scrub, I assume Chaparral or something similar. And for me the video going through the tunnels was neat.

    Oh, and my first encounter with Tarantulas was when I was in the Army in Texas. Saw them crossing the road just like you, and from a distance I thought they were turtles they were that big, just like you videoed.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  13. moe.ron

    moe.ron Pig. Can. Fly.

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    I didnt know those damn things ran wild in Cali either. I dont like critters that bite and can fit in my sleeping bag!
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    Falcon86 I just work here.

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    Looks miserable man.

    You know you miss the paved glory that is Hampton Roads.

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  15. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Nice report! I hope everything goes well with the new baby. Being a Dad is the finest thing I've ever done, so I hope you enjoy it as well.

    Tarantulas were all over the roads...I stopped for the first one. Very cool and nope I didn't splat not a one of em...

    When I was a kid growing up in New Mexico we'd ride certain places where these things were thick. Even though we were blazing all around on MX bikes like idiots I don't think I ever hit one - they are FAST and can jump a long way! Cool critters...

    Doug
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  16. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    That reminds me?! I saw a bad ass lookin snake too :rofl

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    Think it's a California Kingsnake, I spotted him on the way down from Hi-Mountain lookout
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  17. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    I do miss the fuckin fucks, but not having to ride 3-4 hours to get to the goodness...whenever any you HR folks find your way west we offer up bed, food, cool daddies at a price that can't be beat...free
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    nice pics and vids.

    wanna go fast = hw33 + carrizo

    wohooo....:clap
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  19. AdvRich

    AdvRich Parallel Reality

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    :thumb Nice RR! Love those Cali roads and vistas.
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  20. screamin injin

    screamin injin FUBAR

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    Nice, I got out to Cali once, but it was before I learned the pleasure of riding. Looks freak in awesome!
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