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Cal City

Postby jonnyNITRO » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:22 pm

Well, Eric invited me to ride out at Cal City this weekend and I agreed. Neither one of us had been there before (other than passing through on our way to Barstow), so we wanted to check it out.
Eric was at my house at 6:00 am. We loaded up the bikes and rolled in to Borax Bills around 8:00.
The weather was great and just a light jacket did the trick. A far cry from our last trip through the desert.
So we hit the trails and found a small hill to climb. Turns out it was very rocky and had a steeper backend than the front.

http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h38 ... mputer.mp4

So we continued on our quest to explore. Dust wasn't much of an issue since there were only two of us. And it had rained days before. So we cruised through a ton of places that looked like this...

http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h38 ... mputer.mp4

I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my left eye and lead Eric over to an abandoned mine shaft.
Not good.
At least it was marked (from one side).

http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h38 ... mputer.mp4

So we kept riding and found some more hills to climb. Rocky, hills. I was starting to have Big Bear flashbacks. These hills really were not that bad. They just looked ominous from the bottom. (I know the video makes them look flatter than they really are.) We had a blast riding from one hill to the next.

http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h38 ... mputer.mp4

...and still more hills. I couldn't believe there were so many hills to climb in the desert. I always thought it was flat out here. :excuseme:
It was Cool stuff :banana:

http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h38 ... mputer.mp4

Eric is really improving his hill climbing ability. I guess he's become more comfortable on his new bike. Good job, Eric :up:

So we kept riding. We passed through an old housing tract, that according to one of the locals, was abandoned way back in the late 80s. It was kind of surreal to ride through there. The water lines were buried in the ground, high voltage boxes still sat above ground and several paved streets went nowhere... weird.
Anyway, we had a blast riding around and found a few long washes and single track trails in the bushes that kept our interest.

We returned to the truck just before dark and headed home after 6 hours of riding. It was a good day and nobody fell into any mine shafts which is good.

So, till the next ride... adventure is out there. You just have to go find it.
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Re: Cal City

Postby ericbee » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:06 am

Great Vids John!! :ride:

...felt like I was actually there! :eek:

I really enjoyed spending the day in CalCity, anytime I've ever been before was just passing through. This time got to stick around and explore some great areas - that single track along that fence line... and the hill climbs, made for a fun day.

Maybe we can wait for the wx to warm up and camp/ride for our next visit - I still have some tracks that go out beyond Husky and north to China Lake... or we'll have to head over to Rands/Joberg and beyond to Spangler, etc.

Fun time out there, and it's only a wee bit further than HV - definitely worth another trip!

ericbee :D
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Re: Cal City

Postby mark_hochman » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:45 pm

Nice ride report JN. Great camera work...
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Re: Cal City

Postby jonnyNITRO » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:13 am

Thanks Mark.
When are you going to come out and ride again?
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