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.