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.