Posted by: caryandjohn | January 27, 2015

Clear Creek, Carrizo, Coast Ridge …

Headed down toward Clear Creek on Monday afternoon …

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The weather was fine … Up on Hurricane Ridge, above the Tule fog in the Central Valley …

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I’d planned on camping at Hollister Hills after leaving the city on MLK Day at 2 pm.

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… but the ranger at Hollister still wanted $5 from me at 4 pm at the bitter end of the long holiday weekend, so I kept rolling down toward the free camping on Laguna Mountain … This is the new Iron Ranger at Clear Creek … the sign says you can’t get the permits you need here … ha.

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Had the campground to myself, and got a good look at a bobcat …

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The gate on Colinga Road to the Salinas Ramblers Motorcycle Club …

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The following morning it was over the Parkfield Grade towards the Carrizo Plain …

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Some of the fog that would be a feature of the day … Gavilan Ridge and Parkfield Grade …

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Campsite on Hurricane Ridge and Tule fog in the Carrizo Plain …

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Me and my shadow in the sun-dog rainbows cast into the fog by the setting sun …

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… and the sunset …

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… and sunrise the next morning …

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Off to Santa Margarita for coffee …

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My old motorcycle pal Larry Kahn … he helped me with some maps and directions over to Big Sur and the Coast Trail …

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I’d read the Coast Ridge Trail was beautiful …

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… it certainly was!

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… all sorts of nice dispersed campsites up on the ridge …

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Cone Peak …

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… sunset over the Pacific Ocean …

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… campfire …

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Riding out the next morning on Nacimiento-Furgusson Road … got back to San Francisco at 4 pm on Thursday afternoon … looking forward to the spring wildflower season in the Carrizo Plain and Big Sur in the next couple of months!

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SPOT map from the three-night camping trip …

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Responses

  1. Nice pics – Beautiful scenery!

  2. Thank Dad- John can always find some of the best places to ride- lots to be found in California!

  3. Hi Cary it’s Melodi and Rich from Baja:) Awesome site!!

  4. Hi Melodi and Rich- how goes it?! I hope you got back safely and your onto your next adventure!! Cheers! Cary


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