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I wanted to get out on the bike for a while today and what began as a short ride turned into a 4 hour journey.
I didn't really know where I was headed and just started going down roads that looked interesting.
I didn't even take pictures of the first section as I did not expect it to be as good as it was. I took Highway 128 out of Cloverdale and turned East on Mountain House Road. Excellent twisty road and not another vehicle. Amazing scenery- you'll have to trust me. I rode it to the end and it dumped me in Hopland. I continued East on another Highway that is almost joins with- I think that it was 175?

I couldn't believe how well the ride was going. I figured I'd head back toward home and call it a successful day. I happened to notice a worn wooden sign marked Old Toll Road that looked as though it cut straight over the mountain. So glad I turned.



There was a couple of miles of beautiful paved road surrounded by mossy oak trees, foothills and occasional vineyards. The road turned to dirt and stayed that way for about 20 miles.









I am not too sure of the names of the roads, but it was pretty clear and would be easy to remember the route.

I took a few side trails and tested the KLR's off road & mud agility. The mixture of pavement and dirt/mud was perfect. It reminded me why I bought a KLR and reminded over and over that this was what the bike was built to do.

I would love to host a ride out this way again soon, hopefully before the dirt road dried out completely. It was fun testing the limits of the bike and good experience for me to learn how to ride it off road. I realized that you have to ride these bikes fairly loosely when the traction gets dicey. The Metzeler Enduro Saharas were perfect. Great on the pavement and even better in the mud/dirt.

Next time I'll take more pictures- or you can come along and see for yourself. Let me know!

MarkB4- yes, the route does pass right by Buster's BBQ.
 

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I'm in. Looks awesome. Let me know some times you'd want to do it again. This is just the ride I've been looking for.
 

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Lockjaw,
I am thinking I'd like to ride it again in the next few weeks. If we do it, you are more than welcome to come up and stay if you want to cut down on the mileage. I think that it was about 120 -140 miles all said. There are a bunch of variations on the return portion- much better than the one that I took.

Does a Sunday work for you?
 

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I am gone on 1/13 and should return on 1/26.

Sure looks like an excellent ride. I want to buy new more agressive tires for these rides.
 

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yep, fun road.

we did it combined with a similar dirt road that connects Lower Lake to Middletown, and then a super goat that went from Middletown - dumped you out near Geysers.

same area, you guys ever try that dirt road that connects Knoxville-Berryessa to Hwy16 near Cache Creek? i hit a gate about 3-4 miles in, and saw a sign that said the bridge over the creek is not passable.....???? From where i turned around, you could see the road continue crossing Davis Creek (?) then climbing up over the ridge into a different drainage (looked like Cache Creek Canyon)....anyway, looked classic. wondering if that gate is ever open?

klr is new to me....so many new roads/area I never thought about (coming off a gsxr)....:)

maybe see you all out there soon.
 

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, you guys ever try that dirt road that connects Knoxville-Berryessa to Hwy16 near Cache Creek? i hit a gate about 3-4 miles in, and saw a sign that said the bridge over the creek is not passable.....???? From where i turned around, you could see the road continue crossing Davis Creek (?) then climbing up over the ridge into a different drainage (looked like Cache Creek Canyon)....anyway, looked classic. wondering if that gate is ever open?

klr is new to me....so many new roads/area I never thought about (coming off a gsxr)....:)

maybe see you all out there soon.

Rayhouse road!
From what I've researched, this was a BLM road that led to some campgrounds up there. The bridge was deemed "unsafe" and rated at 0 tons, so the road was closed. BUT, the rafters use the Hwy 16 end to either launch from or they portal over it from up river. The rafters have access from a parking lot there and BLM left them a very wide walk thru point that's just right for bikes. I've been all the way through a couple of times. Great ride!
 

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yep, fun road.

we did it combined with a similar dirt road that connects Lower Lake to Middletown, and then a super goat that went from Middletown - dumped you out near Geysers.

same area, you guys ever try that dirt road that connects Knoxville-Berryessa to Hwy16 near Cache Creek? i hit a gate about 3-4 miles in, and saw a sign that said the bridge over the creek is not passable.....???? From where i turned around, you could see the road continue crossing Davis Creek (?) then climbing up over the ridge into a different drainage (looked like Cache Creek Canyon)....anyway, looked classic. wondering if that gate is ever open?

klr is new to me....so many new roads/area I never thought about (coming off a gsxr)....:)

maybe see you all out there soon.
Rayhouse road!
From what I've researched, this was a BLM road that led to some campgrounds up there. The bridge was deemed "unsafe" and rated at 0 tons, so the road was closed. BUT, the rafters use the Hwy 16 end to either launch from or they portal over it from up river. The rafters have access from a parking lot there and BLM left them a very wide walk thru point that's just right for bikes. I've been all the way through a couple of times. Great ride!

Reif road / Rayhouse road does take you all the way from Knoxville to Hwy16.

There is a gate that is closed during the winter so you can't get big bikes past it. You could drag a small bike under it though.


Zero Ton Bridge right near Hwy16


One of the other bridges.


Here's a video from a ride through Knoxville over to Reiff/Rayhouse and out Hwy16
http://vimeo.com/49218689
 

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Nice video!
My bad, I didn't remember that they close that gate in the winter. You can also take a left (eastbound) at the top of a ridge where there is a fourway intersection and wind down to "Buck Island" and a campground. Pit toilets, but take your own paper.
The road out to Buck Island gets STEEP in spots and some do not like the decent along the very top of the ridge. Looking down steep drops on both sides deter some riders outside their box.
 

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And for those that like the Hwy 128 area, go on up to Booneville and turn west on Mountain View Road. You go past the airport and school, then head up into the hills. Great redwoods and places to stop for a break. It continues on out to Hwy 1 and you come out just below Manchester State Beach.

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