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

  1. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    2021 is off to a great start for riding. This is my 4th day ride of the year already. I am very fortunate to have this great weather. This ride was yesterday, Feb 20, 2021. Thanks to @staudio for the pics of Knoxville-Berryessa Rd that sparked me to return there. This road has not gotten any better since I was there in maybe 2014 the last time. Very beautiful area tho. I actually stopped at the same spot he did, simply by chance. Pic of that spot below.
    I lost both my parents in 2018, the day prior (Feb 19) would have been their 72nd wedding anniversary. I wanted to visit the gravesite in Santa Rosa. I left at 7:30am and took some backroads out to Santa Rosa, some I had never been on before.
    After SR, I went over to Calistoga, to Middletown, to Lower Lake, to Morgan Valley Rd, Knoxville, 121, Wooden Valley Rd.
    Pic of the Rever route (a figure eight):
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    This pic is at the intersection of the above pic. Not sure what winery? Nothing but wineries in this area of course.
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    Morgan Valley Rd.
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    Same spot from @staudio report.
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    Not a soul out here.......:-)
  2. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    I did finally figure out the leveling issue on the Sena cam. Looks a bit better now, but a slight tweek will still be needed. These pics are on CA hwy 12. This first one is the Rio Vista bridge. This CA delta region has quite a few bridges and many windmills.
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    This is a few miles before getting to Fairfield.
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    Entering Sonoma county wine area.
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    Lots of green already. Vineyards will be a theme today.
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    I turned right (N) on 116 for a short bit then straight on to Arnold DR. The next few roads I have never been on before. Arnold Dr is a bypass around the busy town of Sonoma. Goes to the town of Glen Ellen:
    https://www.sonomacounty.com/cities/glen-ellen
    Less then 1000 people. Jack London State Park is here. Stunningly beautiful area.
    This is Arnold Dr. Sonoma.

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    This is a 'ritzy' area. You need lots of $$ to buy property here.
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    This is Glen Ellen. Yep, folks wearing masks just walking outside.
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    This place had a bunch old cool old gas pumps.
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    I tuned here onto Warm Springs which will turn into Bennet Valley Rd.
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    Just beautiful roads like this for miles. I'm wondering why I have not been on these roads before.....:norton
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    BigDogRaven Been here awhile

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    This post is all from Bennett Valley Rd on the outskirts of Santa Rosa. I got some nice pics here, the morning lighting, the greenery, just lined up. I loved this road.

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    I had this all to myself, just a few cyclists for the most part. Glorious.
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    The shadow.

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    I stopped just up the road here at the cemetery.
    Then up and over to Calistoga.
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    I forgot how beautiful that area is, I really need to do some riding down there.
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  6. BigDogRaven

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    I went through a bit of Santa Rosa to get to Calistoga Rd. I think this was my first time on this one. It had rained the night before, roads were slightly wet.

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    It turns into Petrified Forest Rd just before the town of Calistoga.
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    Down this road (Tubbs Ln) to CA 29 which will be a very 'bendy bit' up those mtns ahead. Poppies already.
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    CA hwy 29 out of the Napa Valley up to Middletown is a twist-fest. Outstanding, curves and pavement. It certainly does have traffic. I stopped and waited for the traffic to clear a bit, then headed up. It has some passing lanes tho. I got thru with very minimal hold up until just before Middletown. These pics are of 29.

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    I went through Middletown, then it's about 20 miles on 29 to Lower Lake. This is the Clear Lake area. Just mostly straight for the 20 miles. Then I turned right (S) onto Morgan Valley Rd. This next set of pics is all Morgan Valley Rd.
    This is the town of Lower Lake.

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    This road is super fun. The pavement is a bit rough is a few spots, but still can keep up a quick pace. I was fortunate all day with the lighting, clouds, etc for decent pics.
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    Literally no one out here.
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    I had a blast out here.
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    It get 'goaty' after this........
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    Morgan Valley Rd turns into Knoxville-Berryessa Rd. This is where the pavement turns to crap. Very scenic. I have been thru here years ago, I remember is was very HOT and DRY. I got here on a good day. Not exactly 'suspension friendly' for the FJR, but I do enjoy these rough, remote California backroads. This one reminds me of the pavement on Mattole Rd in Humboldt county at The Lost Coast.

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    Very remote.
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    Many of these causeways on this road. It's been a while since water was running across this one.
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    Same traffic issues I have....:D
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    The Sena grabbed so many good pics on this road. Here is the rest of what I have for the day. The Sena somehow did not say the memory card was full:hmmmmm. I recorded video here too, but can't seem to open the file. More Sena gremlins.
    Knoxville-Berryessa Rd:

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    No water today.
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    Basically a dirt road here....:norton
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    Too bad the Sena cam checked out. It was superb after this too. This rough stuff ends after this, then it runs along the Berryessa shoreline to Spanish Flat. I had chili at Turtle Cove there right by the 128/121 intersection. I too 121 toward Napa. Another great road. Then left (S) on Wooden Valley Rd. I never had been on this one before either. A fun surprise as it was full of fast sweepers with great scenery. This brings me to the interstate 80 junction, where I droned it on the slab freeways home. A fun 'figure eight' loop (as it looks on the map).
    More great weather on the horizon.
    Until next time......