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post #1 of 17 Old 02-27-2020, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Northern California February ride.

Went for a ride on Monday with a buddy who just bought a used Triumph Tiger 800 over to the coast. The weather has only gotten better & warmer. Then I see an update on a thread about Knoxville Road, and Reiff Road.
"Well now, I haven't been over Reiff Road in, uh, two? three years?"
The wife has plans with her mom & sister on Wednesday........ PERFECT!



Head out solo and have to stop 40 minutes into the ride to start shedding layers. :letsfide
And a cup of coffee at one of my usual spots, Spanish Flat store.



Then I head on up around Lake Berryessa. The fishermen seem to enjoy the calm water.



A great road that narrows down a bit in places, but it's still green and it has a few creek crossings that can be a problem in the rainy season. Not an issue right now.




Three of the crossings still had water over them. :wings

Can I make it?


Uh, yeah that's not a problem.



Then on up to the old Homestake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLaug...atural_Reserve Mining operation. Used to come up here in the 80's and see piles of huge tires for the haul trucks. This was a bridge for them running between the pit and crushing plant.

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Turn on Reiff Road and start to leave pavement behind for a while.






And make it passed the open BLM gate.



Head east past Davis Creek reservoir and on up to the ridge.

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Once I made it to the top of the ridge, the views were spectacular to say the least.



And this one is looking north towards the Stony Ford area and you can even see Bear Valley in there somewhere if you know where to look. Need to head up there soon, it is famous for spring wild flower blooms.



Now that ridge I was on is over 2,700 feet in elevation. I started the ride at around 45 feet of elevation, and the creek I'm heading to down below is around 550 feet of elevation. The trail gets a little steep. Here, let me show you the elevation profile.



First gear all the way down covering both brakes, leads to a BLM campround that is more or less abandoned but some regular locals seem to keep the place up. And I heard that Cal Fire used it when fighting a very large fire in the area two years ago.

And one little problem turning around at a creek crossing gave me my workout for the day.



Had lunch at the campground, then decided it was time for heading back up out of there.



Up to the top of the ridge again, and then a left turn towards Hwy 16 and the Cache Creek bridge.
Which by the way is officially closed and rated at "ZERO TONS".



Now we all know that the KLR's are pigs, but really? A ton?
I'll chance it over the broken concrete structure that they use to launch rafts from.



Back to pavement is always a thrill on a KLR. It feels like you're going so fast in anything besides first or second gear.
Wish I had the power of the GS at this point, but REALLY glad that I didn't have to pick it up at the creek incident.

Anyway, Back down 16 to the lovely spot of Guinda California. Always stop to buy something, and sit on the front porch bench to enjoy Mayberry.



After a rest, it was on home before dark on the slabs for a total of 159 miles and 13,425 feet of accent and decent.
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And this one is looking north towards the Stony Ford area and you can even see Bear Valley in there somewhere if you know where to look. Need to head up there soon, it is famous for spring wild flower blooms.
campfire, I think "IMG" files (not, "URL") are required for posting images with posts.

Ain't sure; only . . . none of your images appeared on my computer screen. (Could be my hand-cranked computer, or antique server.)

That said, sounds like you had a WONDERFUL outing (water crossing excluded)!

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campfire, I think "IMG" files (not, "URL") are required for posting images with posts.

Ain't sure; only . . . none of your images appeared on my computer screen. (Could be my hand-cranked computer, or antique server.)

That said, sounds like you had a WONDERFUL outing (water crossing excluded)!
Yesterday, campfires pics were On Screen. Today we need to click on each pic to have proper order or just scroll thru his series selections.

Odd.

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I’ll go make sure that settings are “ public” on my photo hosting site. But I’ve never had an issue before.


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Yikes! I tried, but I can't fix it.

Cool that you rode the weirs, though.

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Yikes! I tried, but I can't fix it.



Cool that you rode the weirs, though.


Can somebody try to look at it with Tapatalk and see if it’s working?


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I think... THINK, that I figured it out, and will have to edit the whole post and re-write the photo parts.


Later.

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I think... THINK, that I figured it out, and will have to edit the whole post and re-write the photo parts.


Later.
That seems like a lot of extra work. But it does make a nice posting.

You currently have 6 pics open again in the 1st posting.
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