I was ready for a change. All summer I have enjoyed the same dirt road going through the farmland just outside my town. I looked at the detailed roads map. This map has allowed me to determine a route and I make an old fashion small paper map to remind me where to turn. Of course, I can look at my phone. Old habits die hard.
This road had more up and downs than my regular route. I did fine and I will do this loop again.
I got nervous taking this photo because the dog started barking. I get uneasy when the dog barks. I was in the public road so I felt a little safer.
The properties were well taken care of along the way. I saw several equestrian farms. The weather was beautiful: clear sky with a few clouds and very calm.
You never know what these dirt roads will be like. Our weather has been dry and that helps. The gravel quickly mixes into the dirt. I felt that the condition were plenty fast.
The tires are knobby and 2.1" wide. The front shock smooths the bumps. I have a suspension seat post and that takes some of the bouncing. I added the rack this year and it is good to hold the jacket after it warms up.
This section had been on my to bike list all season. There was a threat of rain, but it looked slight and the predicted accumulation was 0.01" and I was not too worried. I really wanted to get this ride in. Earlier in the summer there was a big natural gas line re-do in progress and I figured that the project would be done by now.
You see my jacket strapped on the rack. I always carry a poncho in my brown bag. You cannot beat a compact $1 plastic emergency poncho. The temperature was 60 degrees and I was hoping that my thin merino base layer would be sufficient and it was. You always warm up after you get moving.
This segment winds through woods and is in two state recreation areas that are divided by the state highway 52. There are some parts that travel along the highway, but there is a good space of separation. It is a pretty ride.
I rode 16.4 miles total and there was 764' elevation gain. I took advantage of the norm mode on the e-bike. The downhills gave me some good quick runs. I love the downhill runs!
From the trail you may cross the highway and get to these mountain bike routes. There are three options of routes for the beginner, intermediate and advanced skill level. I have only tried the beginner level and that is hard enough for me. I stopped by today and these trails do not allow an e-bike. Without the motor I would need to make some stops during my loop ride due to the elevation gains.
These routes go through the wooded areas. They are well marked and maintained.
There are wider spots throughout that allow you to get around others . There is a gate to the parking lot that closes access during muddy times.
This seems interesting to see this along a walkway. This photo is from last year. I noticed that this sign is down now. I do not know why it is gone. I hope there is a no longer a threat.
Several side roads are along the trail. In future rides I will do more side exploring. The air was full of tiny water droplets and it quickly soaked you. I was ready to stop and headed back to the trail head. What an enjoyable ride.
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Pacific Coast Highway