Post burn, post flood ride to Fillmore

Post burn, post flood ride to Fillmore

Postby Thruxton71 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:25 pm

This weekend the BSA club has a ride out of Morro Bay and Carmel which I have not missed for a long long time, but I had to pass this time. Sometimes prudence and economic factors intrude on our Walter Mitty fantasy world of riding old British motorcycles around on back roads, thinking we are fast.
Our usual Sunday ride was on however, and we headed out over Dennison Grade to Santa Paula on 150. The scorched hillsides and vegetation are sprouting lush green patches, sometimes looking like a giant Chia pets. Most of the route today was involved in the fires, so we were confronted with the wonderful contrast of bright green and black, interspersed with sections of citrus and avocado orchards, thriving despite minor losses to the fires.
South Mountain road rolls along towards Fillmore, were we swung down Sespe to Bardsdale, which shuttles over to 23 towards Fillmore. Right on Guiberson, all the way to Torrey Road, which dumps you out in Piru. Turning left on 126 routed us back to Fillmore and a bowl of Fish Soup at Vallarta Restaurant (hand made corn tortillas, Halibut and veggy soup). Back on the bike (a 1970 T100R, giving the Velocettes a rest today), over to South Mountain and back to Santa Paula and traffic on 150 to Ojai. Did I saw traffic? I never saw it. At the base of Dennison I had time to take off my gloves and helmet and sit on the stone wall at Boccali's Pizza before the other's filtered in. A good run down Dennison is worth some tricky passes.
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Re: Post burn, post flood ride to Fillmore

Postby xbacksideslider » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:26 am

Nice write up Tim. Yes, Dennison is sweet. South Mountain's deep stone lined drainage ditches scare me. The green hills of spring in SoCal are always so lush, just inviting a romantic picnic.
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Re: Post burn, post flood ride to Fillmore

Postby jhwalker » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:58 pm

Adam and we drove to Ryan's Dalton hot shot fire camp today and were amazed at how SoCal heals itself with a little moisture. It is beautiful just driving the freeways.. :clap: I'm sure the back roads are outstanding.
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