San Diego Country Back Country Adventure Route

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Xcountry-Rider, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Shunka

    Shunka Supervision Required

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    Was actually thinking making Butterfield (or another place) the meet point. We would have a good mix of big bike & small bike options. I for one would love to bring my 530 and explore around the area.
  2. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Morning dawns at the OMS (Occupy Mobile Station) Rally
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    Blake holding court
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    Think I was originally slated for group 4, but got conscripted into group 5 (HoW)

    Group leader CA Stu was in a hurry to roll
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    SoCalPhil and spafxr
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    Thru the orchards and aiming for Nate Harrison
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    Regrouping at the S7 pavement
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    Made our way past Mother's and down East Grade before the fog packed in
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    Fun stuff
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    A little more blue sky and sunshine approaching Lake Henshaw
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    Rolled into The Hideout fairly early and waited for other groups to arrive before heading inside for lunch
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    One of these 'skewters' is not like the other ones
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    Lunch was followed by a little piece of Mesa Grande for desert
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    Thought I took more pics of Black Canyon, but the only one that showed was the very end approaching Ramona
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    A few dozen miles of pavement (Hwy78>Hwy79>S2>S3) took us to the top of Grapevine Canyon
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    Caught up with another group on the descent into the canyon
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    Their smooth sweep rider waved me by and I tried to pass as clean as possible
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    Nearing San Felipe creek, more blue sky ahead
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    Stopped at Hwy78 to regroup the group
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    Riders trickling in
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    Stopped at Stagecoach for supplies then made the Blair Valley loop on the way to camp
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    Setting up at Butterfield
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    Managed to find a spot with what turned out to be very good wind protection
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    Sure it was a little cold, but standing IN the fire seemed a bit extreme
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    -M
  3. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Smooth? :huh I'm smooth like a square wheel. :lol3

    Great pictures! :thumb
  4. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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    staging was packed
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    I was in group 4, all great guys
    Beechum1, Afry, Shunka, Homemadebob
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    little foggy
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    before ya knew it, LUNCH TIME
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    group 4 again, with quite possibly a few peckerwoods in the background
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    rider914 was happy to pose as he is always the one doing the shootin
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    then of course some more riding
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    set up camp, tent I don't need no stinking tent..... the wind made things interesting
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    Dj, beechum1 and I did a little ride after camp was set, I believe it was blair valley
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    headed back to camp for some bsing and drinking, things got hazy pretty fast.
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    yours truly showing the lack of hot tubing participants
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    morning shot of the camp
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    group shot after the rock gardens of orifflamme
    afry, h8chains, Dj, liorsmotoride, beechum1
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    heading back to Julian, h8chains in both rainbow picks
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    then things got a little wet
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    well that's about it, it was a great time:freaky
  5. Shunka

    Shunka Supervision Required

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    You said it...Balboa Boy. :lol3




















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  6. bdarling

    bdarling Weatherman

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    Make sure your dome light works or you'll strike out, right?
  7. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Tent maker extraordinaire! Great shot with H8chains and the rainbow over Banner grade. Fun riding with you Caleb (sp?), you did a great job at sweep.
  8. Shunka

    Shunka Supervision Required

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    :thumb Him and ManScape had so many facts about the place my head was spinning.
  9. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Sorry I missed you at julian. I followed Arny to Shinola. From there I went with Joel and JohnGil down to Alpine. You missed the best section of the whole trip!
  10. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Three little thumpers...
  11. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I would have liked to continue on but I was cold and wet and ready to get off that mountain. Once I got to the 15 it was pretty warm and partly sunny. :thumb

    In two hours I was home!
  12. Shunka

    Shunka Supervision Required

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    It's gonna be cold up there again this weekend but not wet. Anyone up for finishing this Sat what we started yesterday? :ear
  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    didn't mean to tease anyone, i will post my rr later.
  14. Shunka

    Shunka Supervision Required

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    You're not fooling any of us. We know what a tease you are...sleeping all alone in your 4-man bivvy. :nod
  15. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    :scratch :dunno
  16. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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    Hey Arny(sp) you got the spelling perfect, great riding with you as well.

    You were fast on that KRL, and I thought they were slow, I'm not going to believe anything I read on the internet any more:rofl
  17. linksIT

    linksIT nOObie

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    Great meeting ands riding with you Jeremy. Nice work on finishing the trip:clap......I always miss the good stuff:cry
  18. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    hmmmm
  19. Shunka

    Shunka Supervision Required

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    :oscarThe innocent act didn't work Sat and it isn't gonna work this time either. :lol3
  20. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    Waiting for the sun to rise on sunday morning
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    The fog conveniently stayed on the other side of the mountains
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    Wasn't paying attention yesterday and missed my 65k mile mark
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    (I've got every 5k since she was 'new')

    All packed up and ready to roll
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    Getting off to a fairly relaxed start ~9am
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    A quick couple miles up S2 to Oriflamme
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    Got mixed in with another group in the first sand wash section
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    Lost track of the guys I was with so adopted the sweep position
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    This GS8 rider (Ron?) was moving along steady until the dirt turned to marbles
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    He soon after turned back towards pavement. Did he make it out?

    browneye (?) on a cheater bike made it look easy
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    FuzzyNugs (?) had circled back to check on the holdup ... or maybe he just wanted to ride the marbles again
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    (My first street legal bike was a KLR250. Lots of fun until I killed it.)

    spafxr cleaned it with smooth and steady throttle control
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    Did my best to keep an eye on the final four until they made it to the top. Ride ahead a bit, then take pics as they worked their way up the grade. In the end, they all made it up without assistance :clap

    Looking back down the canyon
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    There they are
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    The pillion on the two-up Tiger was a trooper and walked/jogged most of the way up :thumb
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    Very cold and windy hanging out at the switchback, also starting to sprinkle a bit
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    This rocky section looked intimidating, but I think actually easier than the marbles down below
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    Just where does this road go? :dunno
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    The BMW Xcountry found a rut and needed Xtraction
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    FuzzyNugs (?) rounding the last bend and powering to the top
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    Once everyone was in the clear, I bid farewell and hustled north down Chariot Canyon. Didn't see anyone else the entire way.

    Fun road :ricky
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    Chariot Mine
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    Rainbow over Banner
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    Nearly 11am by the time I got out to the Hwy78. Looked cold and wet up around Julian. Needed to make tracks towards home anyhow, so turned right towards friendlier skies.

    Cool :thumb
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    Skipped S2 and took Grapevine Canyon (again) instead
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    Turned right up Jasper Trail just before the ranch
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    Fun, but probly a good thing it had not been used on saturday's route. Tighter, sandier, and a couple washed out climbs.

    Made up some time on Hwy79 around to Chihuahua Valley where I pickedup the Cooper-Cienega TT
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    A blade had been run thru since last I was here (~1yr ago) making for a quick pace
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    Heading for Anza
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    Detour thru Terwilliger around the Cahuilla Indian Res
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    Bautista Canyon on the way to Valle Vista
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    Skirted around Hemet, then took one last break on Jack Rabbit Trail before 'hopping' on the highway for home
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    -M