A fun fall dual sport ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Spurlock, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. Spurlock

    Spurlock Long timer

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    This time of year I'm yearning for two things - the first rains to settle the dust and end the fire danger, and the welcome appearance of fall color marking the end of late summer's drab foliage. But with no rain in sight and hungry for a long ride I decided to take a 240 mile late summer look around some favorite riding areas, dipping into five N. California counties along the way. The gravel of Old Toll Road east of Hopland was on my agenda so the nimble little NX250 was my bike of choice.

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    On a cool Thursday morning I headed up Pleasants Valley Road enjoying the long shadows and peacefulness.

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    The placid waters of Lake Solano and Lake Hennesey reinforced my goal of taking it easy and enjoying the scenery.

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    Dropping into Napa Valley, Silverado Trail took me past endless vineyards and wineries. It's harvest season so the air was spiced with the perfume of fermenting grape juice. Peak foliage color is a couple weeks away though.

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    I followed Hwy 128 past Calistoga as it wound through the beautiful Mayacamus Mountains and into Anderson Valley. Light traffic, wonderful scenery, and twisty tree lined stretches kept me grinning.

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    Heading north toward Geyserville I had to stop once again for a photo op of the big boar sculpture at Soda Rock Winery. It's quite the beast.

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    I was grinning real big as I left 128 and began the climb up Geysers Road, 25 miles of remote road offering everything from smooth two lane to ratty single lane, fantastic ridge top views to secluded ravines. It's one of my favorite roads ever. First the climb out of Anderson Valley-

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    About half way through and after a steep descent the road changes personalities to funky single lane. I have the road all to myself as it meanders along Big Sulfur creek.

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    Near the end the road alternates between decent two lane and post-landslide single lane with plenty of surprise whoop-de-doos that will launch the unaware off their seats.

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    Reaching Hwy 101 at Cloverdale I headed north for a hearty lunch stop at the always-enjoyable Bluebird Cafe in Hopland.

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    Continued next post....
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  2. Spurlock

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    Continued....

    With both me and the bike refueled I headed east on Hwy 175 and turned off on another all time favorite, Old Toll Road, 22 miles of remote riding pleasure, mostly gravel.

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    After a couple miles the primitive pavement turns to gravel and I begin a climb back over the Mayacamus and back toward home.

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    Reaching a summit the road descends towards Clear Lake, eventually settling down to follow a canyon along Highland Creek.

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    Reaching Kelseyville I head east toward home on Hwy 175, my saddle sore 69 year old backside was complaining but my heart was happy. Life is good.

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    -Bill
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  3. Sparti

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    Beautiful ride thanks for sharing.
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  4. bodine003

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    Very nice THANKS!!!!!
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  5. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    You’ve got a great way with words and your camera! Thats some groovy stuff there. Much enjoyed thanks!
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  6. Spurlock

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    Many thanks for the kind words guys!

    -Bill
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  7. FourHondas

    FourHondas Been here awhile

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    Nice pics - if you are looking for rain, come on out east.

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  8. staudio

    staudio Time to take a ride.....

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    yet another fine ride report and photos.....Old Toll Road, will have to check that out. Won't be the first time I tried a road that I first learned about in one of your ride reports...
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  9. Spurlock

    Spurlock Long timer

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    So glad to share the bounty of great roads in our area!
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  10. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Love the bike!
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  11. Spurlock

    Spurlock Long timer

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    Me too! Six speed water cooled DOHC 250 single with lots of power and counterbalanced, Honda
    could reintroduce it today and sell a bunch I think.

    -Bill
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  12. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks

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    Fine report, like the photo from under the bike, I must try that! cheers.
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  13. Mikeburndirt

    Mikeburndirt n00b

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    Great rr and pics ! Great inspiration to be riding the ripe young age you are. I hope I'm blessed and fortunate enough to still ride when I approach later years in life. Keep on riding!
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  14. WRC51

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    I have seen the Geysers Rd. turnoff on 128, never took it but I will now. Every time I pass thru Hopland there is at least one or more bikes at the Blue Bird café. Thanks Spurlock another set of roads to try next time out.:D
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  15. Skowinski

    Skowinski opposable thumbs

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    Love that part of California. You are lucky to call that your back yard.

    (let me know when you want to sell that CB125... :lol2)
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