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Sport Touring California-2021

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BigDogRaven, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    This is Milton Rd, just before joining CA 4 for the meet up with Dave. I tried 'editing' these pics a bit, the Sena is not the best quality resolution to work with. Trying a few things out with these.
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    CA hwy 4 E, beautiful morning.
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    Copperopolis
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    Lake Tulloch
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    The 'cockpit'
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    Lake Don Pedro
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    This is right after the turn onto CA 49 at Moccasin. The pipes on the hills on left I think is gravity fed water from Hetch Hetchy on its way to SF. Don't hold me to this, but pretty sure. Dave in front here.
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  2. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    OK, now onto The Little Dragon' proper. Locally this is know as the LD, it's a super fun, very tight and twisty run on CA hwy 49. This road runs quite a way thru CA, however, the best sections are here and the Northern part from Nevada City to Sierra City. Almost zero traffic on this section on this New Years Day. Some spots can get sandy as the elevation here is just at the snow line. Several fires have torn thru here in recent years too.
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    Crossing Lake McClure here. Beautiful ribbon of road ahead.
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    "Artsy" pic of the FJR.
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    Where we just came from: The Little Dragon
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  3. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    We went into the town of Mariposa looking for food. This town is a gateway to Yosemite NP. 49 meets with CA 140 here. 140 into the park from here is another great road (another day). We had a quick bite/coffee at the Sugar Pine Cafe. Very good coffee BTW. The had a table out front since no inside service due to Covid.
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  4. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    After Mariposa we went west on CA 140 to fuel up in Cathy's Valley. Here are a few pics of 140 down into the valley. This road is a fast one with big sweeping turns and elevation drop.
    After fuel we went onto a fun backroad called Hornitos Rd. Somehow my Sena cam would not take pics, here is a video I did of Hornitos Rd in 2017.
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    Hornitos Rd 2017:
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  5. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    Right turn onto Merced Falls Rd. A bit bumpy, but zero cars and great rolling hills thru California. Pretty dry tho. Pics from Merced Falls Rd.
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  6. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    This day at this time the lighting was pretty good for pics, so I took a bunch of pics of the ride back home. Random pics here all from CA hwy 132 between Merced Falls and Waterford, fun road.
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  7. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    The sky was just incredible on the ride home.
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    Until next time. Very unusually warm weather coming this weekend........fingers crossed.
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  8. svo_jon

    svo_jon Been here awhile

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    Awesome sky in that last pic! thanks for sharing. I will be revisiting this thread when I head down to CA later this year.

    Thanks again

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  9. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    Sunday Jan 17, 2021. Incredible weather today. Sooooooo many bikes out today, was great to see. Literally 100's of bikes out. Everyone had the same idea. Headed out to the foothills of Amador, Placer, and ElDorado county roads. Met up with Dave again in Valley Springs. Temps today were 46 when I left and 73 upon my return.
    Rever screenshot:
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    Shameless shot of the steed on Milton Rd on the way out for a quick stop to shed a layer.
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    Super Dave on his Ducati Multistrada
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  10. svo_jon

    svo_jon Been here awhile

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    It was an optimistic 20 degrees this morning on my ride to work...

    Jonathan
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  11. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    We rolled out of Valley Springs to get on to the incredible CA hwy 26. This is a cut short cut over to join 26.
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    This road ranks very high on our list of great ones. Twisties galore here. We're going to West Point, and past. The fun begins here. I had fun following Dave getting these shots.
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    I captures this shot on the move; cool old place in the California foothills in winter.
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    West Point.
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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    After we passed thru West Point, Dave waved me in front for the run down the canyon and back up the other side toward Red Corral/Pioneer.
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    Once at CA hwy 88, basically cross over to Volcano Pioneer Rd. This is Volcano; a quaint little hamlet. We stopped here for coffee briefly.
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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    A fun 3 mile stretch out of Volcano is Rams Horn Grade, sadly no pics here as the Sena was being uncooperative. Then on to Shake Ridge Rd to left on Fiddletown Rd:
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    This is Fiddletown. Another tiny place in the beautiful California foothills, this town has some history:
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    Passed thru there quickly, this pic is just outside of Fiddletown almost to Plymouth. We ended up turning right on Shenandoah Rd, which is a whole lotta wineries. There was some traffic here as they were open for dining.
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    We took Bucks Bar Rd into Diamond Springs and then El Dorado. This is near Dave's place. We were going to eat here at Poor Red's. There was quite a long wait. This is kinda a biker place, very popular with the cruiser crowd. Cool place, good food. There were just a gazillion bikes out today due to the weather. Some pics of this place as Dave was chatting it up with the patrons waiting for their food/table.
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    There is this big mural on the side, thought this was a cool shot.
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    We split up here and headed towards home. CA 49 from El Dorado to Plymouth is a blast, then it widens a bit. 49 runs a long way thru CA, some great sections, mostly at the N and S ends tho.
    This is Drytown:
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    CA hwy 49 near Sutter Creek.
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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    From here I went to Martel and took another fun backroad called Stony Creek Rd. It runs back down to Valley Springs.
    Stony Creek Rd:
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    Very little traffic thru here, fun turns, the pavement can be a bit rough in spots. I love this road tho.
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    This is Pardee Lake.
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    Here the road is on top of the dam (one way traffic).
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    This is rolling into Valley Springs.
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    Past VS, I took Jenny Lind Rd (pic here), back into the flatlands and home.
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    A fantastic day of riding. Until next time.....
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  16. silverbandit1

    silverbandit1 Adventure Dreaming..

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  17. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way... Supporter

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    Hey Big Dog. Nice reporting. Love the Rever Maps and pics. do yourself and readers a favor though and put your helmet on in front of a mirror. There’s an adjustment collar around the rim of your camera lens and if you turn it until the little knob is straight up ..... your pics will be level with the horizon.

    Cheers! And thanks for sharing!
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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    I was able to get out on Sat Feb 7 for a ride over to the Santa Cruz mtns area to ride coastal backroads. Plus check out more fire damaged areas. This route went like this: CA 92 over San Mateo bridge towards Half Monn Bay. Left on CA 35 to West on Tunitas Creek Rd to CA 1 south, a couple miles, back inland on Stage Rd to Pescadero (stopped here for coffee), Cloverdale Rd to Gazos Creek Rd, back to CA 1, down the coast to Davenport, back inland on Bonny Doon Rd to Pine Flat RD to Ice Cream Grade to Empire Grade Rd up to the top f the heavily fire damaged ridgeline, down Jamison Creek Rd to Boulder Creek, CA 9 to Saratoga, freeways to San Jose, exit McKee to CA 130 (Mt Hamilton Rd) to Mines Rd to Tesla Rd, Cross Rd, Patterson Pass Rd-home.
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  19. picknpluck

    picknpluck Been here awhile Supporter

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    I enjoy following your rides! I always find myself going north or south from the Bay Area, never east into the foothills. I need to change that.
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  20. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    @picknpluck
    Thank you.
    You are very close to me, hit me, let's do a ride.
    More from this ride upcoming.
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