It's Not My Fault; It's San Andreas Fault (MitchB + Wafer Adventure)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by mb300, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    Another dose of 2 wheel stupidity brought to you by MitchB and Wafer....except no Wafer this time.

    Wafer was off drinking wine with her GF's, so I had a free weekend.

    Just redid the AT suspension front and rear.

    Spooned off the knobbies, spooned on the street tires (conti trail attacks), and headed to my buddy's place in Paso Robles.

    Here's the route that I ended up taking:

    [​IMG]

    Here's the same route with the San Andreas Fault approximated:

    [​IMG]


    Slabbed it North from the Orange Curtain, tried to take Mulholland Drive off of the 405 but it didn't go thru, glided down and moved west down Ventura Blvd.

    Didn't see Tom Petty.

    Anyways the ride got interesting in Ojai. 40 miles of beautiful twisties and not much traffic. Didn't stop to smell the flowers so no photos.

    Jogged over on Lockwood Valley Rd towards Frazier Park and got "on" the San Andreas Fault at Hudson Ranch Rd.

    A couple of photos from the area:

    [​IMG]


    Cool rocks on the mountain side. If I knew anything about geology I could tell you how they formed and when they uplifted and how many millions of years are visible in the strata.

    [​IMG]


    But I don't know anything about geology, other than these rocks are cool.

    [​IMG]


    Next stop, beautiful Taft CA:

    [​IMG]
    #1
    BigDogRaven, Lanis, Scotty707 and 2 others like this.
  2. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    #2
  3. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    From Taft it was backroads and powerline access 2-track on the way to the 58:

    Vaca:

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    The twisty bit of the 58 is in beautiful condition - perfectly smooth, no traffic, and very little dirt on the road:

    [​IMG]
    #3
    97707, BigDogRaven, Lanis and 2 others like this.
  4. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    Headed north off the 58 and paralleled the fault:

    [​IMG]


    "Everything west of this line is the richest, most expensive real estate in the world: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco...."

    [​IMG]




    "Everything on THIS side of the line is just hundreds and hundreds of miles of worthless desert land, which just so happens to be owned by... Lex Luthor Incorporated..."

    [​IMG]


    Marina Del Lex:

    [​IMG]

    (for those of you who are younger than 40:



    lexluther.jpg
    #4
    NSFW, BigDogRaven, LC8TY and 3 others like this.
  5. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    Arrived at Parkfield Cafe for a late lunch / early dinner. Great food, make sure to get the salsa burger:

    [​IMG]


    You'll shoot your eye out kid:

    [​IMG]


    Branding irons:

    [​IMG]


    Heading north out of Parkfield was more scenery:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    Only 40 more miles to town....

    [​IMG]



    ...and only 1 bar remaining on the fuel gauge. Time to start hypermiling:

    [​IMG]

    More scenery:

    [​IMG]

    And a sh-sh-sh-sh-shark!

    [​IMG]


    Made it back to Paso with 1/2 gallon in the tank, had some beers, and slept well that night.

    Attached Files:

    #5
    Joris van O, NSFW, Lanis and 7 others like this.
  6. jdfog2

    jdfog2 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2012
    Oddometer:
    348
    Location:
    West Central Indiana
    I don't mean to offend you but I have not been a big fan of California for at least half of my 58 years.
    However, posts like this, and videos of people hiking in Yosemite are slowly changing my view.

    To be fair I have pretty limited experience from my short visits to the LA area while in the military.

    I think rides and locations like this are absolutely awesome and very interesting!

    Thanks for sharing
    JD
    #6
  7. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    Day 2: This was my route... but it was not at all my planned route.

    [​IMG]

    The original plan was to cross the mountain range heading SE from Pozo (not SW as is the usual route), but after lots of dead ends and locked gates I ended up going NE back to the 58.


    Beautiful roads heading south from Paso. It was getting hot so I pulled my windshield off:

    [​IMG]


    So green out here:

    [​IMG]


    This is the stuff I love to ride, although I'd definitely prefer to be on knobbies:

    [​IMG]


    Looking back down the trail. I turned around shortly thereafter, as a couple of guys on Betas warned me about a staircase ahead, so I headed back down the way I came.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
    #7
    BigDogRaven, Swen13, snglfin and 3 others like this.
  8. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    Jumped back on the 58, headed east to Carrizo Plain. Here's is Soda Lake (dry):

    [​IMG]


    And here is the little lake to the east of Soda Lake that actually had water in it:

    [​IMG]


    Crunchy road:

    [​IMG]


    It was a little warm out there:

    [​IMG]


    From Soda Lake I went to the Visitors Center, but it was closed. Headed back North, did a drive by of Wallace Creek, one of my favorite spots. Didn't stop this time (see above temperature).

    Wallace Creek Offset is really interesting:

    [​IMG]

    credit: https://epod.usra.edu/blog/2006/12/aerial-photo-of-wallace-creek-and-san-andreas-fault.html

    More reading for those who are interested:

    http://www.thulescientific.com/

    http://scecinfo.usc.edu/wallacecreek/pdf/trailguide.pdf

    http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html
    #8
    Joris van O, Amphib, Lanis and 3 others like this.
  9. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    Headed back to the 58, thru Taft, then down the twisty bits to Ojai. It was still in the low 90s, so I headed over the mountains towards Malibu.

    Mulholland Drive is still closed west of the Rock Store due to the big fire:

    [​IMG]


    "Stay the hell out of Malibu, Lebowski!"

    [​IMG]


    PCH to the 405 back, at a "chilly" 72 degrees.

    852 miles in 2 days.

    My butt is still sore....
    #9
    DCTFAN, BigDogRaven, Amphib and 2 others like this.
  10. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2012
    Oddometer:
    436
    Location:
    SLO Cal
    Well done, and not even on knobbies!! I live not far from Paso and love exploring all the crazy back roads in the central valley, but not this time of year. You're tougher than I am, ha. Beautiful country, minus all the dead ends and locked gates, some of which shouldn't be locked...

    Yosemite is a gem, I'll be there Tuesday. The coast riding is mostly awesome when traffic abates, as are the much less developed inland open spaces like these places MB300 is exploring. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty to dislike about CA, but it's hard to argue that it's not an incredible place to ride.
    #10
    mb300 and snipesd like this.
  11. Swen13

    Swen13 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2015
    Oddometer:
    138
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Thanks for this great post !!!!
    Wow this looks soooo beautiful, may I ask where exactly this is, maybe next time when I am in the area I can ride it on my AT :-)
    #11
  12. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Oddometer:
    20,537
    Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Beautiful countryside.
    #12
  13. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    Right about here, east of Pozo:
    35.331274, -120.242472

    #13
    Swen13 and Nihon Newbie like this.
  14. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    604
    Location:
    AZ and CA
    I was surprised at all the gates that I came across. This one really screwed up my plans for the day:
    35.326169, -120.239515
    #14
    Nihon Newbie likes this.
  15. Swen13

    Swen13 Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2015
    Oddometer:
    138
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Thank you so much :clap
    #15
    mb300 likes this.
  16. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,718
    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    beauty ride report.
    Had the pleasure of ripping up hwy 58, and going through Taft, Ojai and the hood!
    [​IMG]
    #16
    mb300 likes this.
  17. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,718
    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    It's all good in your neck of the woods...had many great rides all over your state, except maybe NE of Redding, and South of Lake Smellsinore
    #17
    mb300 and Nihon Newbie like this.
  18. snipesd

    snipesd Adventurer

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2008
    Oddometer:
    90
    FYI - LA has some good points but a motorcycle ride isn’t high on that list (in general), but head north or east and things change pretty quickly. Rolling hills appear, two lane wandering roads follow the contours, further north in the Sierras you can cross-cross the ridge on hay’s 4, 108, 120 and others. Sure, weekends can be crowded, but nothing at all like SoCal. Enjoy.

    Oh, good thread here too btw!
    #18
    jdfog2 and mb300 like this.
  19. jdfog2

    jdfog2 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2012
    Oddometer:
    348
    Location:
    West Central Indiana
    We're supposed to go to the Prunedale area in January for a surprise 50th Anniversary weekend (Not ours - relatives).
    I hope to make that a longer trip than a few days and do some sightseeing. Might even rent a motorcycle to do that sightseeing on.
    (Kinda hard to ride from Indiana in January) :)

    Thanks!
    JD
    #19