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Last Sunday Triggerfish made it over this way from his snow-bound hotel in the mountains for a little riding action. Great Escape Tours made it over from the coast and finally got his beautiful green machine out of my garage for a ride. It was a cold windy day but we had loads of fun!
We stopped as soon as we were off hwy 58 and aired down the tires.

Made a stop on the first trail we rode. It was marked as an "easy" trail. What we didn't know was it intersected with a difficult single track with huge rocks and ruts.



I had the first casuality with a broken handguard when I tipped over to the low side of the trail. I could of save it if may legs were two feet longer.



More to come but it's bed time now. I gotta get up n chase some wild pigs in the morning.
 

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Bummer the edit button is gone! Now for the rest of the story. (Where's Paul Harvey when you need him?)
Next we headed up a jeep trail that goes to the top of Pine Mountain.


Here's were the going got a little difficult. My hat's off to Dug for making it up on street type tires. He did need a little help though. Did I mention I crashed right where he is in these pics? The pictures really don't do this trail justice because it is quite steep.

I don't think the KTM rider was amused that we were blocking the trail.

Here's a view from the top.


Here's Triggerfish on the decent back the way we came. The trail does continue on but there is a section called the Stairsteps that is extremely difficult and we had already put our riding skills through the wringer.


This is an old mine we found on the way out. There are a number of old mines out in this area.

We only rode about 90 miles, 30 being off road but it was one heck of a work out. It was great to make a new friend and am looking forward to doing it again next month.
 

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Darin, Hopefully that was the first of many monthly CenCal rides. I had a great weekend over there.

For everyone else... join Darin on one of these rides. He is a wonderful tour leader. I'm sure he will have a great ride picked out the next time he organizes one.

I second that comment about Doug. He "claims" that he has not been riding very long, but he made some difficult terrain look very easy on street tires!
 

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Looks like you guys had a great time. As far as it being cold and windy, it was 3 degrees here yesterday. So I don't want to hear about your "cold" weather :lol:
 

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OK, I feel better now. But I'm still cold. Warming up a little today. Just went to pick up Cody at a friends house and its up to a balmy 18 degrees. Our high for the day :c00198
 
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