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Dry Spring Ride

It hasn't rained much around here, but the mediterranian climate plants still try to do their best. Last weekend and yesterday afternoon were both very comfortable, so my favorite highway was the place to be. Note to the Stereotypical - SoCal is not all Freeways, Cars, and Beach Bunnies. Here's some photos for the snowbound. Spring is coming!
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thanks for the warm up! looks like you had a great day for a ride on some nice roads

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Picture #2 looks just like a certain AZ road - the south end of 191 near the Morency Mine.

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Picture #2 looks just like a certain AZ road - the south end of 191 near the Morency Mine.

No, it's Highway 33 looking from Ortega Ridge down into Wheeler Gorge. Rose Valley is towards the left and on a clear day you would see the ocean on the far horizon!

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Checking out a squatter's cabin

I did another ride out that way yesterday afternoon to check out a cabin that is scheduled for demolition that a guy who had built it on Los Padres National Forest lands had been living in until last year. He had erected a Sept 11 memorial that was visible from the highway and eventually got caught when the feds figured out he was actually on forest land rather than a nearby private inholding. I've attached some photos. It was a perfect afternoon for a ride!
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Dry Ride Continued....

Went up the 33 and over to Lockwood Valley today. First thing that happened was that I almost hit a deer that came bounding off a steep uphill bank to my left, right across the road in front of me...just a couple of feet from my wheel...and kept running off to the right down a bank towards a dry creek bottom. I barely had time to register a brown blur and aim slightly left while braking and thinking "oh this is going to hurt" before he miraculously avoided me and escaped. I didn't even have time to be scared, it was over before I could be. Needless to say, I rode 'with caution' the rest of today's ride.

I explored a well-packed dirt road on a 160 acre parcel that had a for sale sign on it, off Lockwood Valley Rd. I got about a mile back from the paved road into this somewhat hidden canyon and stumbled onto a bizarre scene. It looked like someone with a backhoe, scrap lumber, sheet metal and barbed wire was preparing for an invasion of some sort. Aliens? There were trenches lined with wood, barbed wire trip zones, even some gun ports. See photos. Cistern photos in next post.

Afterwards, I did a little hike up this wash on Forest lands and found an abandoned old cistern just a hose length away from the highway. I sent the photos to a Ranger I know to see if he knew anything about it. All in all, an interesting afternoon!
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Historic? Cistern

Here's the photos of the mystery cistern.
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...I got about a mile back from the paved road into this somewhat hidden canyon and stumbled onto a bizarre scene. It looked like someone with a backhoe, scrap lumber, sheet metal and barbed wire was preparing for an invasion of some sort. Aliens? There were trenches lined with wood, barbed wire trip zones, even some gun ports. See photos. Cistern photos in next post.
All in all, an interesting afternoon!
Wonder whether or not that that may have been the remainder of a 'set' for a WW1 movie about trench warfare...?

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Wonder whether or not that that may have been the remainder of a 'set' for a WW1 movie about trench warfare...?
That didn't occur to me at the time, but it's probably the best explanation - especially since it's NW of Los Angeles/Hollywood an hour or so. It must have been a cheap film though, unless they digitally removed all the lumber stamp marks, etc!

My Ranger buddy said the cistern is likely a wildlife guzzler, although he was going to check it out on his next trip up that way, because neither of us saw a way for wildlife to get at the water once collected.

Still spooked about almost hitting that deer. I know lots of people ride where deer are common, but almost hitting one was a first for me. I came close to hitting a dog once (that tale previously told in this forum), but that deer would have really hurt!

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