Slug Ride 11-05 (Mud, Sweat and Gears)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Zen Slug, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    The plan was a weekend of dirt riding and camping
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    in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest.
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    This is one of my favorite places to ride in southern California
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    It’s only 60 miles north of Los Angeles…
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    ...but feels like a whole ‘nother world!
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  2. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Here is the group that rode with us last weekend:



    Rider914
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    sdmdm8
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    alcesito
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    Dils
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    DannyG
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    Yo-Ram
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    Torrey45
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    ojaichris
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    zenslug

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  3. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    We met at 8:30am at the ‘Flying J’:jose in Frazier Park
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    I think the breakfast buffet was left over from the previous weekend:puke1
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    Toyanvil & Mrs. T stopped by for the company (couldn't have been the food)
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    Once everybody was 'satisfied' it was time to find some dirt
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    We stopped to air down the tires, of course
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    And then rode along 7N03 towards Thorn Meadows Camp
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    Recent rains had filled the water crossings
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    Dils made a wrong turn towards a mud-hole and his 1150 took a nap in some sand
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    Then he gave it a bath:D
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    The road out to camp is pretty fun:ricky
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    It's hard to keep Rider914 in focus:D
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    The campers unloaded our gear at Thorn Meadows
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  4. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    With our camp secured we headed off to hit some trails!
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    Dils found some slick mud near Yellowjacket CanyonTrail
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    And took a soil sample for his friends in San Diego
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    Now he’s got serious street cred:thumb
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    Next we headed back out to Lockwood Valley Rd.
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    And slabbed it northeast about 6 miles
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  5. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Then we turned south on Lockwood Creek Rd.
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    And up West Frazier Mine Rd. (8N42)
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    It sure was pretty up there!
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    But don't take your eyes off the road:eek1
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    There were some pretty deep ruts in places
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    Not sure what happened here:huh
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    Looks like Yo-Ram was helping turn somebody's napping pig around:dunno
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  6. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    W. Frazier Mine Rd. ducked in and out of the woods
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    And gained some decent altitude, too
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    By this time Dils had found his groove:thumb
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    And everybody was doing really well!
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    Of course:bowrider914 showed us how it was done
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    And:bowYo-Ram was an inspiration to the GS crew
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    Did I mention this trail was FUN?
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    We all got good practice picking a line
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    And following one, too
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    But after a 6 mile roller coaster ride, the road came to an end:cry
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  7. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Next we shot past Chuchupate on 8N04
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    Towards Frazier Mtn. Lookout
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    There's some cellphone towers at the top
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    So the reception is pretty good
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    It's a nice place to rest
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    And take in the view
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    We did some minor surgery on Dils' leaky banjo nut:lol3
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    And bid our day-tripping friends good bye:wave
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  8. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Then the overnighters stopped at Mike's Pizza
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    For some fine grub
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    Before riding out to camp by the light of the full moon
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    ...to be continued
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  9. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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    Looks like my kind of ride! Keep it comming..
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  10. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer For The 2nd Time

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    Thanks for the invite Zen, wish I could have made it. Looks like a great ride!
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  11. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Thanks to ZenSlug for putting this all together and orchestrating a great outing. I did not take my 1150GSA but after seeing what those folks were able to do with theirs will definitely be bringing it out next time.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

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    Great ride report.<o:p></o:p>




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  12. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    Great report! You're making me homesick. :cry

    Now get on with it. :lurk
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  13. ojaichris

    ojaichris Hungry Adventurer

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    And now for a smiley synopsis of the evening:

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    :freaky

    :poser

    :snore

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  14. sandiegoland

    sandiegoland Adventure Boy®

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  15. waltert

    waltert Poseur

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    Oh man did I miss a winner of a trip. Next time.

    Great writeup and pics.
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  16. KillerPriller

    KillerPriller Long timer

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    Nice!!!


    awsome photos. great narration. keep em comming!

    nk
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  17. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Adventurer

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    I wish I could have ridden with you guys, but it was nice meeting you at breakfast. Maybe next time I can :evil
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  18. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    When do we get to see the rest of the ride report?


    :lol3
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  19. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I'm trying to figure out the correct BPR ('beers per report')...
    last night I had too many and fell asleep before submitting my post:lol3

    I'll try coffee tonight instead:D


    Hey CollinsB!:wave
    can you email me those night photos you took?:ear
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  20. Yo-Ram

    Yo-Ram GS Rider

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    Hey Zen

    did you get my photos?


    Ram.


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