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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    I got this other shot of the Lambo in Coulterville a bit later.

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  2. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    5 miles up Greely Hill Rd we turn left onto Priest-Coulterville Rd. This is a 10 mile or so road that goes to the top of Priest Grade at CA 120. After which we will head down. Pics here of Priest-Coulterville Rd.

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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    This is CA 120, the gateway to Yosemite NP. In the summer, traffic and RV's galore, today; smooth sailing, no cars. This road was repaved several years ago, the pavement is glorious. Just perfect. I do enjoy going UP this section a bit better , but this road is a blast......:happay

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    Over there is 'old Priest Grade', I took that one last time up here. I posted pics of that one too, very steep. That used to be the main road up to Groveland.
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    Following Dave, setting up for the next big sweeper......:super
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    Lake Don Pedro in the distance.
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    We split up not too far after this and headed our respective routes home.
    A solid 300 mile day and MUCH FUN!!!

    Until next time......
  4. picknpluck

    picknpluck Been here awhile Supporter

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    Are you planning to ride on Saturday? If so, can I tag along?
  5. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    Saturday, March 20, 2021:
    Met up with @picknpluck to ride a slew of Sierra backroads.

    Geoff:
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    The route:
    CA 26, Stoney Creek Rd, CA 49, Railroad Flat Rd, Sheep Ranch Rd, Parrots Ferry Rd, Big Hill Rd, Phoenix Lake Rd, lunch in Sonora, Wards Ferry Rd, CA 120, Priest-Coulterville Rd, CA 49 (little dragon), Bear Valley Rd, Hornitos Rd, CA 132, home.
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    Geoff & Jeff
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    The morning sky. It had rained up here the previous night, but the roads were in good shape. This is Stoney Creek Rd near Jackson.
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    Wards Ferry Rd; the Poppies were incredible, more pics of this coming up.
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    picknpluck Been here awhile Supporter

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    My photography isn't nearly as prolific as Jeff's but I got a few shots off yesterday. Here's Jeff getting jiggy with it, snapped from my phone mount.

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    Ward's Ferry Bridge
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    And looking out over the Little Dragon
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    I hit Jeff up hoping he'd show me around Gold Country and that, he did. We had a great ride yesterday!
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  7. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    We headed on the slab for 30 miles to CA 26 out of Stockton. Headed east to Valley Springs. We stopped for coffee to warm up before heading to Jackson via Stoney Creek Rd.

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    Pardee Res
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    Spring California Poppies; much more of this to come.
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    Pardee Res
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    Here I waive Geoff in front so I can grab some pics of him on the awesome Ducati.
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    @picknpluck tearing thru turns:rayof
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    And this was just the start of our Gold Country Tour:ricky
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    What device are you using to take pics?

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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    Sena 10c
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    svo_jon Been here awhile

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    The pics look good, how is it for video?

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    On to more Gold Country roads. We ran south on CA 49 to Moke Hill (Mokelumne). There is a nice bendy bit up the ravine here. We turned left on CA 26. The road climbs up a bit, it was chilly up there. The corners were sandy in spots, so a bit of caution was needed here. Plus a Sheriff pulled in off a side road right behind us. A quick pass on the outskirts of West Point.
    Then on to Railroad Flat.

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    Railroad Flat Rd
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    Railroad Flat general store.
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    Some cool places out here.
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    Railroad Flat Rd
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    Here we turned onto Sheep Ranch Rd.
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    Sheep Ranch Rd.
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    Sheep Ranch Rd.
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    Down town Sheep Ranch (population: 37).
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    From here we continued onto the very bumpy Sheep Ranch Rd to Murphy's. Quickly passed thru that touristy town. A quick few miles west on CA 4, left turn onto Parrots Ferry Rd. This was a blast, big, fast sweeping turns. No pics here. Then thru Columbia State park on Yankee Hill Rd.

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    Old creepy place, they don't want any visitors. :confused
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    Left onto Big Hill Rd (pic here), which will take us over to Sonora for lunch.
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    At the top of Big Hill, it's right on Phoenix Lake Rd.
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    Lunch at Mike's Pizza in Sonora. VERY GOOD! :dukegirl

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    Up next after lunch: Wards Ferry Rd and an amazing display of California Poppies.

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    Yep, we're in gold country.
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    Down the steep canyon, the start of the Poppies show.
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    Amazing.
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    More.
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    Just stunning.
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    Look in the distance, they're all over.
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    All up the hillside.
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    I thought at one time the California poppy was protected/endangered? Sure looks like a lot of them.

    Jonathan
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    More pics of this amazing display of orange. I have been on this road quite a few times, I have never seen anything like this.

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    Arriving at the graffiti bridge.
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    Geoff was as amazed as I on the brilliant display.
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    Back up the other side of the canyon.
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    I'm posting so many of these because I know how rare it is to see this. This summer, this whole area will be brown and dry, and HOT.
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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    A few more pics of this day. We went over and rode the little dragon (CA 49). Took a break at the lookout at the top. Then headed back into the valley towards home.
    This is Bear Valley.

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    Rolling into historic Hornitos.
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    Some old building in Hornitos. Sometimes I'm amazed at the pics the Sena can capture on the move. Sure beats having to stop and get out the camera/phone.
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    Hornitos Rd. High speeds can be had in this section:ricky
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    Thanks for joining me @picknpluck .



    Until next time.

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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    I have a couple rides to catch up on here. On Sunday April 11, 2021 I went on a solid 300 mile, all day ride with Mike. I had recently met Mike through everyday stuff. We discussed bikes and riding and decided to ride together.
    Here are pics of that day.

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    Mike on the cruiser. Which he handled very well on the twisty foothill roads. This is on CA 26
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    We had lunch here, Shenandoah Valley Road. Never been here before. It was quite good. I would stop here again.
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    Burritos with chips & salsa.
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    Road pics coming up.
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    First stop; a quick pee break at the corner of Sonora Rd and Milton Rd, Stanislaus County.

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    After turning onto CA 4, we fueled up and had coffee in Copperopolis. Back on 4 for a few miles where we turned onto Pool Station Rd.
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    Pool Station is 10 miles long, a bit bumpy in spots, also a few very good sections. Things are still pretty green here. This won't last long. The extreme heat is coming.
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    A quarry just before San Andreas.
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    A quick run north on 49 to Moke Hill, where we turn onto one of my favorites; CA 26.

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    This road is...........a blast. almost no cars, and no LEO's.:rilla
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    I have been trying to capture these old, cool, rustic, mountain/country places on the go with the Sena. This is West Point.
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    Mike in the lead back up the canyon.
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    Near West Point.
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    This is Ram's Horn Grade out of Volcano.
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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    We took Shake Ridge Rd to Fiddletown Rd.
    Pics of Fiddletown.

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    The actual Fiddle. I guess they have some world class "Fiddle Festival' here yearly.
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    We turn right here.
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    We will turn onto Omo Ranch Rd.
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