It started with a random thought thrown out a couple of days before Thanksgiving. I was considering riding Ponderosa Rd. connecting up with Hogsback Rd. and heading home. I was pretty sure I was going to do it this past Sunday but when I got home Saturday night I saw a couple of other inmates post that they may like to join in on the fun, very cool, I'm game and a chance to meet a couple of other local inmates. I checked the thread Sunday morning at around 7:00AM no other updates so it seemed, or so I assumed, it was on. I showed up at the Flyers gas station on Cohassett Rd. in Chico at 9:40AM, waited until 10:15AM seemed I was on my own so what else to do but A little later start than I'm used to but what the heck. The "meeting" place. Heading up Cohassett Rd. you come to this sign shortly after hitting dirt. This road is refered to either Campbell Ridge Rd., Cohassett Stage Rd. or Ponderosa Rd. depending on which map you're looking at and whatever you prefer. The puddles that are on this road are sizable and can be pretty deep but today they were drier than I had expected since we've had some pretty heavy recent rains. The ground is so dry it's just absorbing the water like a sponge. We need it badly and it looks like we've got another week of wet weather on the way. The mud and puddles would not be a problem today. Sorry for the finger in the pics. There are several like this, I was wearing my heavy gloves and wasn't aware my fingure was getting in the way. Another puddle that is usually pretty sizable this time of year. There are go arounds at most of these puddles but they're getting almost as bad as the puddles themselves. Got to the helipad at the top of Campbell Ridge and realized that since I'm riding alone and nobody knew where I was going and I was heading into some new territory maybe, just MAYBE I should tell somebody where I was going so I stopped and called good ol Mom and let her know my plans and when to expect to hear from me when I got back. Helipad shot, Mt Lassen in the distance from the helipad, I continue on and from here you are on Ponderosa Rd. heading down to Deer Creek. Rocky road that I always have a blast on, Minor obsticle along the way but made me wonder what lay ahead. Veiw of some pinacles from "pinacle point" on the way to Deer Creek. For those of you that enjoy Geo-caching, there are a lot of Geo-caches along this route. Just be sure you have the vehicle capable for the area. Rough road, blah blah blah, usual disclaimer, pictures DO NOT do justice. Big rock pinacle at the top of the hill that caught my eye. I don't have to tell most of you that enjoy taking pictures that you usually don't capture the true beauty of what you're seeing. It was truly a beatiful day and the colors were fantastic Like this moss covered rock that caught my eye as I came around a corner and the way the sun hit it, it was really bright colored and the contrast between the dark grey lava rock and the bright green moss was awesome. There are more of these pics coming. Indulge me. Creek crossing as you head out of the canyon from Deer Creek. Ok, that's all for tonight. I'm down to Deer Creek now. Tommorrow night we'll head up and out of the canyon. Goodnight.